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International Students

Why Study Abroad at SOAS?

The study abroad programme offers international and European undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to study at SOAS for a short period. Students are able to transfer credit back to their home universities so that their courses at SOAS form part of their degrees.

SOAS values its study abroad students very highly. They are fully integrated into the academic and social life of the school. Study abroad students are able to choose from over 400 courses and can build a unique programme, exploring the range of specialist courses available at SOAS that may not be available in their home institution.

The programme is open to students from any country and SOAS has recently welcomed study abroad students from the US, Canada, Korea and Europe.


SOAS is the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East and is one of the world’s leading institutions of its kind.

SOAS is part of the federal University of London. The School has expanded rapidly in recent years to over 5,400 students from more than 130 countries but still retains its characteristic friendliness and warmth.

The specialisms offered at SOAS have increasing relevance in today’s complex world. Economic, political, cultural and environmental changes have all led to a growing need to understand the world from a range of perspectives. SOAS has a long and distinguished tradition of widening the horizons of its students and helping them to gain the skills required in an international environment. At SOAS you will be guided by scholars at the forefront of their fields who engage students in a challenging and dynamic learning experience.


SOAS students enjoy a campus environment in the heart of London.

The Russell Square campus is situated in a quiet area in the centre of London known as Bloomsbury, surrounded by other colleges and buildings of the University of London. The British Museum, Oxford Street, Covent Garden and the West End are all within easy walking distance.

The School is also very well served by all forms of public transport. The nearest underground station, Russell Square, offers a direct link to Heathrow and several of London’s main railway stations are within easy reach.

The Vernon Square campus is located between Kings Cross and Islington, a 15 minute walk away from Russell Square.