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One of your most important tasks when you arrive at SOAS is to enrol in person. This is a mandatory part of Welcome Week.

Until your enrolment is complete, you will not be able to access the facilities and services to which you are entitled as a student at SOAS.

The official start date of your degree programme is Monday 22 September and you should be in attendance from that day. Even if you are not required to attend enrolment until later in the week, please come and get involved in the various events we have planned, familiarise yourself with the buildings and facilities, and meet old and new friends in the Students' Union bar.


If you have any enquiries about the offer you have received, please contact the Admissions Team:

Undergraduate Admissions: undergradadmissions@soas.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4351/4301/4306

Postgraduate Admissions: mastersadmissions@soas.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4361/4311/4322/ 4321/4323/4310/4300

All other enquiries about Welcome Week, including online registration and enrolment should be sent to welcomeweek@soas.ac.uk


Where and when do I enrol?

This year Welcome Week starts on Monday 22 September and takes place in the Enrolment Hall, which is based at the Russell Square campus.  

A map of the SOAS Campus is available to download.

The enrolment sessions are scheduled by Faculty and Department, to ensure that students do not miss out on any Faculty or Departmental meetings or other orientation events.

If you are registering on a programme at both SOAS and another UK Institution (Intercollegiate Students), you must enrol at both institutions. Further details on enrolment will be available under the Intercollegiate Enrolment section of this site closer to Welcome Week.

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Enrolment Schedule

You will need to ensure that you attend your enrolment session at the day and time provided to you based on your Faculty and Department. We will send you an email with an individual enrolment session. Enrolment will take place between Monday 22 September and Friday 26 September. You should ensure that you arrive to the enrolment session allocated specifically to you on time to avoid unnecessary delays.

If, for any reason, you are unable to attend your allocated enrolment session, you can attend the Open Enrolment which will be on Friday 26 September, between 12 noon and 3pm. You may have a slightly longer wait to complete the process, depending on the numbers of students enrolling during this period.

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Bridging Courses and Early Enrolments

Some of our programmes will be commencing in early September, prior to Welcome Week. If you are taking a bridging course prior to your main programme, you will complete your enrolment at the start of that programme. You will receive information from your department on when and where you need to attend SOAS, but as a guide the details below show the dates that we will be expecting your department to send you for your enrolment. Please ensure that you have completed the Online Registration process before you commence your course.

MSc Finance & Financial Law01 September 2014
Law Masters08 September 2014
MSc Economics08 September 2014
Undergraduate Bridging08 September 2014
Undergraduate Mature15 September 2014
ICC16 September 2014
FDPS17 September 2014

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Associate and Visiting Students

Schedule of enrolment sessions for Associate and Visiting Students will be available closer to Welcome Week.

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Essential Documentation

Please ensure that you bring the following documents to your enrolment session. Unfortunately, we will be unable to finalise your enrolment without them:

Proof of Identity

We are required to check the identity of all new students as part of the enrolment process. SOAS’s preferred form of identification is a valid passport. The following types of documentation will be acceptable identification for students who are not visa nationals:

  • Valid Passport
  • UK photo driving licence
  • European National Identity Card

Visa and passport

The presentation of a valid passport and visa is a mandatory requirement for all Non-EEA students (visa nationals). You must provide us with the original documents and you should also bring a photocopy to avoid having to queue for the use of photocopiers in the Enrolment Hall.

Please see additional information about your required documentation and activities during Welcome Week designated for International Students in the International Students section of this site.

If you need to be sponsored by us for a Tier-4 student visa, and have not yet requested a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), you must contact the relevant Admissions Team request it. Without the CAS from us, you will be unable to apply for a Tier-4 Student Visa.

Undergraduate Admissions: undergradadmissions@soas.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4351/4301/4306

Postgraduate Admissions: mastersadmissions@soas.ac.uk  
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4361/4311/4322/ 4321/4323/4310/4300

Your visa should be valid for the duration of your course. Applications to renew or extend a visa can be made three months before a visa expires. Therefore, we would expect your visa to extend to at least December 2014.

Please note that if you have to send your passport to the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) in relation to a visa application, you must retain a copy of your visa and the photo page of the passport before you send it off. To enable your enrolment to be completed, we will need to see:

  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your visa application
  • Proof of postage

Evidence of Fees Payment or Sponsorship

You should pay your fees or provide your loan or sponsorship details to SOAS prior or during Welcome Week. Please bring evidence of payment, loan or sponsorship with you to the Enrolment Hall, to enable us to confirm this information if required.

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What if I can’t make it to SOAS for Welcome Week?

We strongly encourage you to attend your allocated enrolment session and the many social and academic orientation activities that are on offer during Welcome Week. Enrolment is mandatory, and if you don’t attend it during Welcome Week, we might have to terminate your studies.

If you are unable to come to Welcome Week, you will need to attend Late Enrolment, which takes place at our Vernon Square campus. This must be completed before you can commence your courses. 

You must also contact your Faculty Office staff as soon as possible to inform them about it:

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Late Enrolments

Students whose programme starts on 8th September and are unable to make it by the start date must contact Chantal Bougnas at cb71@soas.ac.uk. The Preliminary course is integral to the programme and students are expected to attend the entire course duration. Special departmental permission must be granted before enrolment can be allowed.

Students whose programmes start on 22 September and are unable to to attend Welcome Week can carry out their enrolment in the following week at our Vernon Square campus as follows. Please ensure that you bring all of your essential documents with you. We will also ask you to sign a declaration form accepting the risk and responsibility for catching up on missed work.

Monday 29 September - Friday 3 October
Late enrolment in room V101 (Vernon Square) any day between 10am-12noon and 2pm-4pm.

After Friday 3 October no enrolment is permitted under any circumstances for BA language degrees and other undergraduate degrees with a language acquisition course in 2014/15.

Monday 6 October – Friday 10 October
Late enrolment will only be permitted with written approval from the Academic Admissions Tutor and the Associate Dean. You must request this written permission from your Faculty Office.  

Once you have this written permission, you should email us at registrar@soas.ac.uk to let us know that you will be attending the Registry Office (Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm) with the permission. You must ensure that you can provide all of your essential documents and will have to sign a declaration form accepting the risk and the responsibility for catching up on missed work.

Please note that late enrolment is not permitted under any circumstances from 13 October 2014. Students who are unable to enrol before this deadline will have to defer to 2015 entry.

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Failure to Enrol - Implications

All students must complete their enrolment each year. If you fail to complete the enrolment process at the start of your academic year of study, or if you fail to obtain official permission from the University to interrupt your study within the prescribed time, you will not be a fully registered student of SOAS and you will have your studies terminated. 

It is important to note that students will have no right to appeal to SOAS against a termination that is initiated as a result of a failure to enrol fully within the prescribed time.

Students who fail to register and who require a visa to remain in the UK must by law be reported to the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Failure to register could therefore result in your visa being curtailed and you having to leave the UK.

Students who have problems with their enrolment can contact our Welcome Week Team for advice or support by emailing welcomeweek@soas.ac.uk.

What Next?

Once we have confirmed your enrolment, including fee payment, you will be issued with your Library ID card. If you uploaded an appropriate photograph during the online registration process which was validated prior to the deadline shown on SOAS Online Student Services website, your card will be ready for you at enrolment.  

If you do not have a validated photograph loaded in time, don’t worry - we will be able to take your photograph during your enrolment procedures, although you may have to wait whilst this is being done.

The Library card will give you access to SOAS buildings, services and facilities and includes your membership to the Library.

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