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Why Study at SOAS?

SOAS is an exceptionally cosmopolitan and vibrant university located in the heart of London. It is the ideal place for those who want to develop their understanding of the world, widen their horizons and test their preconceptions about Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

As one of the UK’s highly ranked research-intensive universities, SOAS produces world-class research and offers an excellent student experience with one of the best student:staff ratios (11:1) in the UK.

SOAS Summer School courses will provide the same in-depth knowledge and high academic standards as our regular undergraduate degrees, so you can be sure that your time with us will be well spent.

World Class Library and Collections

SOAS has well-equipped facilities including a world renowned library. With more than 1.5 million items and extensive electronic resources in more than 400 languages, the SOAS Library is the national library for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East and attracts scholars from all over the world.

SOAS also has its own exhibition and conference space, the Brunei Gallery. In addition to a visiting exhibitions and events that reflect our broad teaching and research interests, a permanent rotating display of SOAS’ own rich collection of manuscripts and artefacts is on show in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery.

Central London Campus

Whether you’re into art and architecture, music and dance, film and theatre or current affairs and finance, London has a lot to offer. As a student at SOAS, the capital’s rich intellectual, cultural and social life is on your doorstep. You can choose from a huge range of attractions and entertainment to suit every taste and budget.

SOAS’ main site, the Russell Square campus, is in historic Bloomsbury, an area of leafy squares and parks well known as a haven from the bustle of the city and ideal for study breaks.

We are also enviably close to the West End with its cinemas, theatres, clubs, popular shopping areas such as Oxford Street and Regent Street, and Covent Garden with its kaleidoscope of cafés, market stalls and street performers. The British Museum, the British Library and a number of other University of London colleges and facilities are also nearby. The University of London Union (ULU), has its own fitness centre and swimming pool (available for an additional fee) and is only two minutes away.

Summer School students will have full access to the range of bars and cafeteria facilities at SOAS.