Welcome to New Students
I’m pleased to welcome all new students to SOAS.
You are joining an institution that has a long history of welcoming people from hundreds of countries around the world. These people, both students and staff, have made it what it is today –diverse, friendly, stimulating and dynamic.
SOAS is concerned with the places that matter in the 21st century - Africa, Asia and the Middle East. SOAS deals with the issues that matter, such as human rights, poverty reduction and globalisation, to name just three. Our programmes are demanding but you will be inspired and challenged by some truly passionate academics who care about the world, who engage with it and who change it.
We want to ensure that you quickly become part of our friendly, close-knit community and that you get the most from your academic and social experiences. Please read these web pages carefully to ensure you are aware of all the 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.
Every day we receive letters and emails from our alumni sharing their memories with us and it’s wonderful to read how their lives have been influenced by their time here. I have no doubt that your time at SOAS will play a part in your future success and that you will remain forever 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