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Inger Lise Ellingsen, University of Oslo, Year Abroad

It is truly an international place where you meet people from all around the world, practice foreign languages and broaden your knowledge and perspective on life.

January - June 2010

Which courses did you study at SOAS?

What did you enjoy most about your academic studies?

What I really appreciated about studying at SOAS is how concerned and helpful the tutors and lecturers were. They showed interest in my progress and gave me valuable advice assistance at a much higher level than what I have been used to back home in Norway. This gave me a closer connection to what I was learning, and made me really look forward to the readings and tutorials every week. Of all the wonderful places I fell in love with at SOAS the Library was the best. It is not only the saver of all my essays but also the selection of books is outstanding.

How did you spend your free time?

The best way to find something to do is to follow the weekly SOAS student email, where most student societies and activities are posted. Sometimes non-SOAS societies find their way on it too. Even if you can’t find that special student group at SOAS you can bet that it will be at UCL or any other university in London; since SOAS is part of the University of London Union (ULU) you can join most of them! I joined an UCL dancing group that put on a show as a protest against the regime in Burma. It was a huge success and we had two performances and several flashmobs. The result was I made many lifelong friends and danced salsa nearly every week. I also spent a short time with the improve theatre group which had weekly meetings where we literally just played acting games for a couple of hours. For more active people there is a gym just beside SOAS, a refuge for those needing an active break from the library. Or if you just want to get a perspective on life – then the British Museum is a really short walk down the road.
The SOAS Ski and Snowboard Society arranged a trip to Tignes, France in the reading week. Eleven people staying in a small cabin for a week in the French Alps, it can’t get better than that! London can offer a really easy way to both Europe and around the British Isles. My visit to Brighton gave me a glimpse of the sea, some delicious fish and chips and the experience of a pebbly beach. My visit to Cambridge the chance to cruise on my bike.  In other words a myriad of activities in a short distance from SOAS.

Any advice for students thinking about Studying Abroad?

I really believe that other students of my age should study at SOAS, not only because it has a high academic standard, but because SOAS offers so much more than most other universities both in the UK and elsewhere. It is truly an international place where you meet people from all around the world, practice foreign languages and broaden your knowledge and perspective on life.