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Study Abroad/JYA at SOAS

Course Finder for Study Abroad/Exchange Students

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to study at SOAS for either a half or full year.  You 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 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 courses from across SOAS.

What are the credit values?

We offer both full year courses (1 unit) and half year courses (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 courses.

Which courses are available to me?  

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

Departments

Africa | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

Anthropology and Sociology | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

History of Art and Archaeology | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

China and Inner Asia | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies | Postgraduate Courses

Development Studies | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

Economics | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

English | Undergraduate Courses 

Financial and Management Studies | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

Film Studies | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

Gender Studies | Postgraduate Courses

History | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

International Studies and Diplomacy | Postgraduate Courses

Japan and Korea | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

Law | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

Linguistics | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

Media Studies | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

Music | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

Near and Middle East | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

Politics and International Studies
| Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

South Asia | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

South East Asia | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

Study of Religions | Undergraduate Courses | Postgraduate Courses

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

  • Some courses require pre-requisite coursework.  In order to take one of these courses, you will be expected to prove that you have taken a similar course to the pre-requisite at your home institution. 
  • All language courses 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.
  • Unfortunately, you are not eligible for the Language Entitlement Program as this is for degree-seeking students only

How many courses can I choose?

  • Undergraduate: 4 courses at any given time (full year, Term 1 or Term 2/3)
  • Postgraduate: 3 courses at any given time (full year, Term 1 or Term 2/3)

Note: Any student on a Tier 4 visa is required to be enrolled full-time for the duration of their studies. Full time study is 4 courses (undergraduate) and 3 courses (postgraduate) 

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

Yes! Study Abroad/Exchange students may join a full year course 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 course.