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South Asia Department

Student Profiles

Some of the things our students and alumni have said about us:

Xavier Fournier

MA History of Art and Archaeology (Near & Middle East & South East Asia)

Xavier Fournier

The insight provided, knowledge delivered and understanding transmitted during lectures, seminars and conferences at SOAS is impressive and requires real personal involvement in the topics.

Akhil Katyal

PhD South Asia

Akhil Katyal

The most lucrative resource has been the SOAS library which has an excellent South Asia collection


Mikaela Parrack

BA South Asian Studies and Development Studies

Mikaela Parrack

My choice to study at SOAS was the best decision I ever made; being a student here is an exciting and unique experience.

Ross Adkin

BA Nepali and History

Ross Adkin

SOAS is the only institution in the UK to offer Nepali as a BA, and the opportunities to study the history of South Asia are unparalleled anywhere else


Andrew Werner

BA Sanskrit and Study of Religions

Andrew Werner

I have always had an interest in the history, culture and religions of South Asia and having experienced Sanskrit as a language before it was a logical choice to pursue it as a degree at SOAS

Hannah Fitzpatrick, Barnard College

Study Year Abroad

Hannah Fitzpatrick

For the first time in my college career, I felt like I belonged to an intellectual community


Tora Toreng, University of Oslo

Study Year Abroad

Tora Toreng

I really enjoyed the language course. The teachers are amazing and give every student the attention they need.

Farida Begum, Barnard College

Study Year Abroad

Farida Begum

The people are nice, the academics are inspiring, and the city is marvellous! Why would anyone not want to come?!


Franziska Korn

Study Year Abroad

Franziska Korn

I will remember great and long-lasting discussions, helpful and open-minded people and teachers who have time for their students.

Hannah Brower, Smith College

Study Year Abroad

Hannah Brower

If you think you might pass it up because it might not be an adventure- think twice. I know I had my heart set on something exotic like India, but London has been more than I could have wanted.