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Ranya Saadawi, Columbia University, Year Abroad

I attended as many SOAS events as possible because it is the best way to meet non-study abroad students and interact with the community

Study Abroad January to June 2007

Which courses did you study at SOAS?

How would you describe living in London?

London is a phenomenal city to live in. On any given day there are plenty of things (free or cheap as well!) to do. Check out the markets (make a meal at Borough Market just from the free tasters), hit any of the museums (British Library is right in front of SOAS), or just walk on the South Bank and catch the street performers. There’s so much history and life to the city that you can find movie screenings, musicals or plays going on at any given day/night. Needless to say, you’ll never be bored.

What did you enjoy most about your academic studies?

The SOAS library is AMAZING. The amount of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African movies, books, and maps—dating back even centuries—is just unparalleled to any university library. Whatever you want, it’s there. In regards to the classes, most of my classes were in small, intimate settings which helped facilitate discussions, debates and conversations with the professor and students.

How did you spend your free time?

I attended as many SOAS events as possible because it is the best way to meet non-study abroad students and interact with the community. There is always something going on, whether it is a movie screening, a guest speaker, or a music night in the student centre. I also spent a lot of time travelling to other European countries. London is a central location from which you can find inexpensive travel via plane, train, bus or even boat to other countries.