SOAS University of London

Study Abroad/JYA at SOAS

Module Finder

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate Masters level students the opportunity to study at SOAS for either a half or full year.  You are able to choose from over 400 modules and can build a unique programme, exploring the range of specialist modules available at SOAS that may not be available at your home institution.  You may pick options within our regional expertise of Africa, Asia and/or the Middle East; one of the over 50 non-European languages taught or courses within our traditional academic disciplines. Whether you are coming to SOAS for the full year or half the year, you are not restricted to a Study Abroad ‘Track,’ to one specific Faculty, or to one specific department. You can choose modules from across SOAS.

Departments and available modules

Most of the modules taught at SOAS are available for Study Abroad/Exchange Students.  

  • Independent study projects, dissertations and extended essays are not suitable for Study Abroad/Exchange students.
  • Language modules are found in the regional departments: South East Asia, South Asia, Africa, China and Inner Asia, Japan and Korea, Near and Middle East

You can view the list of courses by clicking through the links below. Please be sure to check multiple links as certain topics (e.g. Buddhism) will be found across many different departments. If there is an asterisk (*) next to one of the departments, please scroll below to see if there are any restrictions on specific courses.  

Africa* | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Anthropology and Sociology* | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

History of Art and Archaeology | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

China and Inner Asia | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy* | Postgraduate Modules 

Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies | Postgraduate Modules

Development Studies* | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Economics* | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

English | Undergraduate Modules

Financial and Management Studies | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Film Studies | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Gender Studies | Postgraduate Modules

History | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

International Studies and Diplomacy | Postgraduate Modules

Japan and Korea* | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Law* | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Linguistics* | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Media Studies | Postgraduate Modules

Music* | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Near and Middle East | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Politics and International Studies* | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

South Asia | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

South East Asia | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Study of Religions | Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

*Note: The following modules are unavailable (or include caveats) to Study Abroad/Exchange students:

  • Africa
    • Black Urban Studies (151230001) - not open to Study Abroad/Exchange students as administered by NYU London
  • Anthropology
    • African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World (15PANC012) 
    • Anthropology of Development (15PANC090) 
    • Comparative Media Studies (15PANC009)
    • Comparative Studies of Society and Culture  (15PANC073)
    • Cultural Understandings of Health (15PANC093)
    • Directed Practical Study in the Anthropology of Food (15PANH045)
    • Ethnographic Research Methods (15PANH002)
    • Media Production Skills (15PANH050)
    • Research Methods in Anthropology (15PANC011)
    • The Anthropology of Food (15PANC013)
    • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology (15PANC008)
  • Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy
    • Applied Energy and Climate Studies (15PFFH007)
    • General Diplomatic Studies (15PFFC001)
    • Global Public Policy (15PFFH004)
    • Project Management (15PFFH005)
  • Development Studies
    • Political Economy of Development (15PDSC002) - only open to full year students 
  • Economics 
    • Econometrics (153400103) - only available to full year students
    • Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Economists (153400120) - only open to full year students
    • Quantitative Methods for Economists (153400121) - only available to full year students
    • African Economic Development I and II (15PECC057 and 15PECC058)
    • Economic Development and Financial Systems (15PECC056)
    • Economic Development in South Asia a) the macroeconomy (15PECC060)
    • Economic Development in South Asia b) Major sectors and the International Economy (15PECC061)
    • Economic Issues of the Environment and Development (15PECC055)
    • Macroeconomic Theories and Techniques (15PECC062)
    • Microeconomic Theory and Techniques (15PECC054)
    • Quantitative Methods I (15PECC008), Quantitative Methods II (15PECC045)
    • Research Methods I (15PECC040)
    • Research Methods in Political Economy I and II (15PECC052 and 15PECC053)
    • Themes and Approaches in the Political Economy of Institutions (15PECC059)
  • History
    • Islam and the West (151230006) - - not open to Study Abroad/Exchange students as administered by NYU London
  • Japan and Korea
    • Korean-English-Korean Translation (155901276) - not suitable for native Korean speakers
    • Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation (155901214) - half unit; taught across full-year and only open to full-year students
  • Law - Unless student has completed undergraduate or first degree in Law, not eligible to take LLM courses, but may be eligible for MA Law courses
  • Linguistics
    • Field Methods (15PLIC019)
  • Music
    • Performance (15PMUC002)
    • Performance as Research (15PMUC008)
  • Politics
    • Islam and Political Ideologies (15PPOH007) 
    • Politics of Resistance in the Middle East (15PPOH010)
    • Political Violence (15PPOH009) 

Once you arrive to listing page, please click on the link to find out further information about each module. The module page gives further information on the module: units (1.0 or 0.5); when it is offered (full year, Term 1 or Term 2); who is teaching the module (see the link on the right-hand side of the page) and will provide further details as to the content of the module.

  • Some modules require pre-requisite coursework.  In order to take one of these modules, you will be expected to prove that you have taken a similar module to the pre-requisite at your home institution. 
  • All language modules are taught over one year.  Therefore, if you start in January and wish to take a language, then you must have prior knowledge of the language. The half unit courses are normally not language acquisition courses, but language use i.e. literature, drama.

Module length and credit

We offer both full year modules (1 unit) and half year modules (0.5 unit).  Whether you are coming to SOAS for the full year, Term 1 (Autumn semester) or Term 2/3 (Spring semester), you are welcome to enrol in either full year or half year modules.

How many modules should I choose?

The Study Abroad/Exchange Programme is designed to host undergraduate and postgraduate students who will take a full module load, defined as: 

  • Undergraduate: 4 modules at any given time (full year, Term 1 or Term 2/3)
  • Postgraduate: 3 modules at any given time (full year, Term 1 or Term 2/3) 
  • Note: Postgraduate modules have letters in the code; undergraduate modules have only numbers

Any student on a Tier 4 visa is required to be enrolled full-time for the duration of their studies.  Students not on Tier 4 visas can request to be enrolled less than full-time but must receive explicit approval from their home institution and the Study Abroad Office at SOAS. 

Can I join a full year module if I’m only coming for a half year?

Yes! Study Abroad/Exchange students may join a full year module and only stay for Term 1, or may join during Term 2. You will only be assessed on the material covered while you are at SOAS, and are therefore eligible to take the first half or second half of a full year module.

If you are joining in January, and would like to take a language, you will need prior knowledge of that language to join a full year module, half way through the year. 

Non Study Abroad/Exchange Study Options

Our Study Abroad/Exchange Programme is designed for undergraduate and Masters level students to come to SOAS and take a full module load.  

  • If you are interested in only taking 1 or 2 courses at SOAS, you should apply as an Associate Student
  • If you are interested in coming to SOAS as a visiting PhD student, you should apply as a Visiting Research Student.  
  • Unfortunately SOAS does not currently participate in the Student Mobility for Placements (work/training programs) aspect of Erasmus+ Key Action 1. This means that we cannot accommodate any Internships and Traineeships at present.  

Please see our Study at SOAS page for a range of non Study Abroad/Exchange options at SOAS including undergraduate study, postgraduate study, distance learning, foundation courses and summer school.