SOAS University of London

Adrian Plau

Nowhere else in the world are such a range of South Asian languages available for study, combined with tutors who are able to devote such a considerable amount of time to individual tuition.

My interest in South Asia started during my undergraduate studies in Oslo. I was studying for a BA in the History of Religions and an element of the course involved spending time in India. Following from that, I took an additional BA in South Asian Languages, and it was during this time that I became aware of the name SOAS constantly turning up as the publisher of the books I was using for my research, and so it was a fairly natural progression to look to continue my studies at SOAS itself. I have found the experience phenomenally rewarding, and have been impressed by the quality, breadth and scope of the SOAS course. Nowhere else in the world are such a range of South Asian languages available for study, combined with tutors who are able to devote such a considerable amount of time to individual tuition. I have been encouraged to pursue a PhD in early modern north Indian poetry. Staying on at SOAS for further study has allowed me to maintain my interest in Shakespeare, who was a contemporary of many of the Indian poets I am now studying, and also to indulge my passion for Bob Dylan, who I have been able to see perform at London’s Royal Albert Hall.