SOAS University of London

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Key dates - term Dates

SOAS is working to review the impact of coronavirus on any of the year's dates. To stay updated, check the main Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information page.

The academic year at SOAS consists of three terms, the first two roughly 11 weeks long and the third usually eight weeks in length. The autumn and spring terms include a reading week.

Opening hours

The School buildings are open from 8am to 9.30pm Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, Main College Building is open for access to library between 9am to 5pm and Brunei building for the Gallery between 9am to 5pm (after that for staff and students library access only).

The School is closed on Sundays.

The Library is open 8:00am to 11:30pm on Monday to Friday and 10:30am to 11:30pm  on Saturday and Sunday. For times when the Main College Building is not open, please access though main door using a valid card as issued.

The Library may be open during School closure days. Please see the Library opening times for more information.

Term dates for 2021/22

SOAS is closed Tuesday 31 August and Wednesday 1 September 2021

Term 1

Monday 27 September 2021 – Friday 17 December 2021

Reading Week: Monday 8 November – Friday 12 November 2021

SOAS is closed from Thursday 23 December to Monday 3 January inclusive. This includes UK bank holidays and the School closure days on Friday 24, Wednesday 29, Thursday 30 and Friday 31 December.

Term 2

Monday 10 January 2022 – Friday 25 March 2022

Reading Week: Monday 14 February – Friday 18 February 2022

SOAS is closed from Thursday 14 April to Monday 18 April inclusive. This includes UK bank holidays and the School closure day on Thursday 14 April.

Term 3

Monday 25 April 2022 – Friday 17 June 2022

Term dates for 2022/23

Term 1

Monday 26 September 2022- Friday 16 December 2022

Reading Week: Monday 7 November – Friday 11 November 2022

Term 2

Monday 9 January 2023 - Friday 24 March 2023

Reading Week: Monday 13 February – Friday 17 February 2023

Term 3

Monday 24 April 2023 - Friday 16 June 2023

Postgraduate taught students

Masters students are expected to work on their dissertation throughout the summer
– for these students, this period between the end of Term 3 and the programme end
date is not classed as a vacation. For Masters students, only the Christmas and Easter breaks
are vacations.

Postgraduate research students

Taught course term dates do not apply to SOAS research programmes. SOAS
research degrees are year-long programmes with the enrolment running from the
first day of the academic session until the day preceding the first day of the next
academic session (September to September). Students who wish to take a break
during the academic year should contact the Doctoral School for more information
about requesting annual leave.