- Academic requirements
- English Language requirements
SOAS is looking for students who are getting the equivalent of a British 2:1 in their current undergraduate studies.
For example, students from US/Canada students should have a GPA of 3.3. Applicants with GPA of 3.0 overall will be considered if they can demonstrate a strong academic motivation and/ or have a higher GPA in their Major. Students from Norway should be receiving predominantly grades B and C in their undergraduate studies.
If you would like to take postgraduate courses during your time at SOAS then you must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree with an overall grade that is equivalent to a British 2:1.
For example, students from US/Canada students should have a GPA of 3.3 and students from Norway should have an average grade of B/C in the Norwegian system.
Erasmus/Exchange student entry requirements may vary according to your home institution. Applicants should contact the Exchange/Erasmus coordinator in their home university for more information.
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Please see specific information regarding Academic Entry Requirements for your home institution/country on the SOAS Country Pages. If you have further queries, please contact us on email@example.com.
- The scores below only apply to Study Abroad and Exchange Students and do not apply to students applying for full degree programs. Please see SOAS English language requirements for further details if you will apply for a SOAS degree.
Those students whose first language is not English will be required to submit evidence of English proficiency in the form of IELTS or equivalent qualification.
*If the student/applicant will be coming to SOAS for longer than 6 months and requires a Tier 4 visa, TOEFL/Pearson scores cannot be used. IELTS scores or other relevant SELT must be obtained*
DIRECT ENTRY: Students with these minimum scores will have no further requirements
Overall Listening Reading Speaking Writing IELTS 7.0 6.5 7.0 7.0 7.0 TOEFL iBT 105 22 25 25 25 Pearson 75 65 70 70 70
IN-SESSIONAL: Students with these minimum scores will be recommended FREE in-sessional English course
More information on in-sessional English can be found here.
Overall Listening Reading Speaking Writing IELTS 6.5 6.0 6.5 6.5 6.5 TOEFL iBT 100 20 22 22 22 Pearson 70 60 65 65 65
4 WEEK PRE-SESSIONAL: September starters with these minimum scores will be required to complete a 4 week pre-sessional; January starters with these minimum scores cannot be admitted and look at ELAS below
Overall Listening Reading Speaking Writing IELTS 6.5 5.5 5.5 6.0 6.0 TOEFL iBT 95 18 18 20 20 Pearson 65 55 55 60 60
More information on our 4 week pre-sessional can be found here.
8 WEEK PRE-SESSIONAL: September starters with these minimum scores will be required to complete a 8 week pre-sessional; January starters with these minimum scores cannot be admitted and look at ELAS below
More information on our 8 week pre-sessional can be found here.
Overall Listening Reading Speaking Writing IELTS 6.0 5.0 5.5 5.5 6.0 TOEFL iBT 90 16 18 18 20 Pearson 60 50 55 55 60
ELAS (English Language and Academic Studies): Any student not achieving the entry requirement for one of the pre-sessional courses should consider applying for ELAS online at www.soas.ac.uk/ifcels/elas. Students achieving excellent progress on ELAS may be allowed to take one undergraduate course as well as ELAS in their second or final term.
More information on our ELAS courses can be found here.
Required Scores IELTS 4.5 (At least 4.5 in writing) TOEFL iBT 60 (At least 12 in writing) Pearson 41 (At least 41 in writing)