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Welcome to New Students

I am delighted to welcome you to SOAS. Congratulations on your successful application to join the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

SOAS is a truly international institution, not least because our staff and students are from over 130 countries. The School also has a long history of addressing global issues since it was established in 1916. You are joining an intimate, friendly, stimulating, diverse and dynamic community and in 2016, SOAS will be celebrating its first centenary.  You are joining SOAS at a very exciting time as work is currently underway to create a new dynamic student social and learning hub in the Senate House North Block which will bring all our students together on our Bloomsbury campus by the end of 2015.

We encourage our students to be inquisitive, critical and challenging. Our programmes are demanding but we know you will be inspired by our truly passionate academics who care about the world, who engage with it and who help to change it. You are about to embark on a very exciting journey and there are many opportunities available for you both academically and socially.

The time before joining university and the first few weeks at the School are very busy, new people to meet, studies to start and there is a great deal to think about. We hope these web pages will help you to get the most out of SOAS and discover the range of help and support available to you.

As you prepare for your new life at SOAS you can do so knowing that you are studying at one of the UK’s leading institutions, uniquely combining language scholarship, disciplinary expertise and regional focus. Our vision for the School and those within it is to make a positive contribution to the regions in which we specialise and in turn make a positive impact on the world.  You are joining a unique institution which has a special atmosphere: distinctive, quirky, passionate and critical. It is a place that dares to be different.

We know that SOAS has an impact on everyone who spends time here and we regularly receive emails and letters from alumni explaining how their lives have been changed by their experiences at the School.  I have no doubt that your time at SOAS will play a part in your future success and that you will become part of our global community.

For now, I hope you enjoy settling into life at SOAS and that you make the most of your time here.

Professor Paul Webley
Director of SOAS