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Welcome to Postgraduate Research Students

The information on these pages will provide you with all of the information you need regarding your Degree enrolment and also the various events that are taking place during Welcome Week.

Welcome Week is the first week of your academic year and takes place between Monday 23 September and Friday 27 September 2013.

If you are joining us as an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught student, please follow the links on the left to locate the relevant information for your programme.

If you are a Postgraduate Research student, please read on…

What happens during Welcome Week

This is an important week for new students and you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow students, academic and administrative staff and to participate in a range of events to aid you in your transition into life at SOAS, such as:

  • Formal Enrolment
  • Research Orientation Day
  • International Students' Orientation
  • Faculty and Department talks and welcome meetings
  • Walking tours of SOAS and the local area
  • Practical talks on study tips, how to manage your money, etc
  • Language Taster classes where you can sample Khmer, Burmese, Hausa and more!
  • Social activities and the Students' Union Freshers' Fayre

Please note that we are in the process of finalising the arrangements for the various events during the week and these pages will be updated in July to provide more specific information.

Why take part?

It is essential that you attend your allocated enrolment session and the events arranged during Welcome Week.  By joining in as many activities as possible, you can make new friends, familiarise yourself with the School, start making the most of your university experience and, of course, have fun!


You can expect to receive the following communications from the Welcome Week team in the Registry between now and Welcome Week:

Expected DateDetails
Mid-JulyInformation on Online Enrolment requirements
From start of AugustDetails of your Network Account (sent as you accept your offer of a place)
w/c 19 AugustConfirmation that the online enrolment system is open
w/c 2 SeptemberConfirmation of the schedule of events for Welcome Week, including Formal Enrolment
w/c 16 SeptemberFinal reminder of what you need to do before you arrive

You can also expect to receive communications from your Faculty, Department and from Student Mentors.

Please take time to review the Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have any queries, or you are unable to find the information here, please email the Welcome Week Team on welcomeweek@soas.ac.uk