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International Students

Entry Requirements

 

  • Academic requirements
  • English Language requirements
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    Academic Requirements 

    Undergraduate Applicants 

    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.

    Postgraduate Applicants

    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 Applicants

    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.

    Need more information?

    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 studyabroad@soas.ac.uk

    English Language requirements

  • 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  

     OverallListeningReadingSpeakingWriting
    IELTS7.06.57.07.07.0
    TOEFL iBT10522252525
    Pearson7565707070

     

    IN-SESSIONAL: Students with these minimum scores will be recommended FREE in-sessional English course

     OverallListeningReadingSpeakingWriting
    IELTS6.56.06.56.56.5
    TOEFL iBT10020222222
    Pearson7060656565
    More information on in-sessional English can be found here.

    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
     OverallListeningReadingSpeakingWriting
    IELTS6.55.55.56.06.0
    TOEFL iBT9518182020
    Pearson6555556060

    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 

     OverallListeningReadingSpeakingWriting
    IELTS6.05.05.55.56.0
    TOEFL iBT9016181820
    Pearson6050555560
    More information on our 8 week pre-sessional can be found here.

    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.
     Required Scores
    IELTS4.5 (At least 4.5 in writing)
    TOEFL iBT60 (At least 12 in writing)
    Pearson41 (At least 41 in writing)
    More information on our ELAS courses can be found here.