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Tora Toreng, University of Oslo, Year Abroad

I chose SOAS because of the reputation of the language courses. The South Asian languages that are offered at SOAS are the best option if you’re not able to go to the region. For the first time I was able to study Asia from an Asian perspective through Asian literature.

Study Abroad January - June 2010

Which courses did you study at SOAS?

What did you enjoy most about your academic studies?

I really enjoyed the language course. The teachers are amazing and give every student the attention they need. The focus on oral participation really makes you feel like you’re making progress from week to week. The teachers are good at using lots of different mediums in their lessons, which makes it easier to stay interested.

More generally, I appreciated that the syllabus was very cheap. In most of my classes I had no expenses.

Another great thing about studying at SOAS was the availability of the professors. They really take an interest in the subjects you want to focus on and you get the opportunity to choose how you approach your courses. I felt that this gave every student a unique experience and learning outcome from a class.  

How would you describe living in London?

Living in London has been an amazing experience. There is always something to do, and a lot of it is cheap. Compared to Norway food, clothes and drinks are much more affordable. I love that people are so open-minded. The diversity of the city makes people less prejudice, making it super easy to meet people. I don’t think you can go wrong with London. It has something for everyone and the liberal, laid back atmosphere at SOAS makes you feel like you’re a part of the school environment.  

How did you spend your free time? 

I wanted to get to know London my own way so I spent my spare time at museums, bars, parks and going for long walks. Walking around the neighbourhood really makes it feel like home and you find all the secret short cuts that make London so amazing. Walking also makes you realize how green London really is. You’ll find a local park round every corner. The same goes for the pubs. I really loved all the random concerts and shows at the local bars. There is no way you can be bored in this city.