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Hirsh Jain, Harvard University, Law School, Year Abroad

SOAS' location - in the heart of London, one of the world's great cities - made it a great base from which to explore surrounding areas. I spent much of my time, especially weekends, exploring London's diverse neighborhoods, its epic museums and delicious food markets.

Study Abroad September to December 2011

Which courses did you study at SOAS?

What did you enjoy most about your academic studies?

My decision to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies was undoubtedly one of the wisest decisions I made in law school. Most significantly, because of the wide variety of course offerings at SOAS, I was able to craft an academic curriculum that fit my intellectual interests, ensuring that I would get as much out of the semester as possible. Moreover, the quality of the instruction was unparalleled; my professors not only had superb grasps of the issues raised by the respective courses, but also went to great lengths to provide me with extensive feedback on my ideas and work. To top it off, they were all friendly, engaging and approachable. 

How would you describe living in London?

In addition, SOAS provided me with an unrivalled experience outside of the classroom. The Student Union is constantly putting on events - such as talks, fairs, festivals - that not only gave me the opportunity to engage with relevant issues in a less structured setting, but also helped me meet students that were like-minded. As a result, I was quickly able to develop meaningful friendships in a short span of time, something that I think any study abroad student is interested in doing. 

Any advice for students thinking about Studying Abroad?

Simply put, I can't imagine a better study abroad experience than the one that SOAS provided. I'd highly recommend to any student, at the undergraduate or graduate level, to study at SOAS if given the chance. Trust me, you won't regret it!