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International Students

Information for Prospective Students from The USA

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Welcome to the country page for the United States, which contains specific information for American students interested in studying at SOAS, University of London. 


Please contact Matt Naylor with any questions you may have about applying to, and studying at SOAS: matt.naylor@soas.ac.uk or +44(0)20 7898 4069.

For information about future SOAS staff visits to the US please go to the following web page: Meet SOAS staff in your Area

Minimum Entry Requirements

The below are guidelines only and do not guarantee entry. Each application will be judged on its own merits.


HSGD with a GPA of 3.0 or above (unweighted), plus one qualification from categories 1 and 2;

 1.  2.  
A-Level requirement  (see course pages)SAT-RorACTSAT-SorAP*
A*AA1950 overall (minimum 600 in each section) 293 x 650+ 554
AAA1950 overall (minimum 580 in each section) 283 x 650 554
AAB1900 overall (minimum 580 in each section) 28

2 x 650 & 

1 x 600

ABB1900 overall (minimum 560 in each section) 27

1 x 650 & 

2 x 600

BBB1850 overall (minimum 560 in each section) 273 x 600 444

* two semester AP courses.

A mixture of SAT-S and AP results is acceptable.

Please contact Undergraduate Admissions (undergradadmissions@soas.ac.uk) for further information.  


For entry onto a Taught Masters degree, SOAS welcomes applications from students who have completed a Bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.3, equivalent to a UK upper second class honours.

In addition to the above minimum entrance requirements, applicants should also refer to the individual programme entries in the Graduate Prospectus or postgraduate admissions pages, which may have additional requirements.

Research applicants would normally be expected to have completed a Masters qualification equivalent to a UK Masters degree.

Semester Abroad

SOAS has a fully integrated ‘Study Abroad’ programme for both undergraduates and postgraduates, where students can study at the School for either the Fall or Spring semester or a full academic year as part of their degree at another university or college. More information and an application form can be found on the Semester Abroad pages or please contact studyabroad@soas.ac.uk.

Financial Aid


Eligible American students can apply for Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, Plus Loans and private loans to cover their tuition and maintenance costs. To find out more, please go to the Funding your Studies pages.


American students can also apply for a number of scholarships. SOAS offers a wide-range of scholarships, bursaries and awards to support students undertaking our degree programmes. A number of scholarships are also provided by the University of London, the British government and other organisations, like the British Council. To find out more about these schemes then please visit Scholarships and Bursaries.

The following programmes are specific to American students:

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance up to forty young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom every year. You need to be at UK graduate level, but you can apply for any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years.

Fulbright Scholarships

The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. You can apply for this scholarship if you are a graduating senior, hold a B.S./B.A. degree, are a master's or doctoral degree candidate or are a young professional or artist. Visit the Fulbright Program website for more information. 

The Thouron Award

The Thouron Award is a graduate exchange program between British universities and the University of Pennsylvania. This scholarship programme aims to reinforce the "special relationship" between the U.S. and the U.K. Students receive full support (tuition and generous stipends) to pursue the graduate degrees of their choice.


If you would like to speak to an alum of SOAS who is currently in the U.S.A then there are a number who would be happy to answer your questions. Please visit SOAS Alumni
The alumni in DC also have their own Facebook Group: SOAS DC Alumni

Useful Links

  • The British Council is the British Government's international organisation for educational and cultural relations. Their American website is designed for those seeking information and advice on education and contemporary arts in the UK.
  • Education UK is produced by the British Council to help international students interested in a UK course or qualification.
  • UKCISA - The UK Council for International Students Affairs provides information on many aspects of studying overseas, including visas and working while studying.
  • The UK Border Agency also has up to date information on immigration and visa requirements.
  • UCAS - The Universities and Colleges Admission Service is the body through which all applications for undergraduate study must be made.