SOAS University of London

Ana Carolina Sarmento, 1st Year

The CISD department is very special and it provides us the necessary tools and resources that we need during our studies.

MA International Studies and Diplomacy
After coming to one of the Postgraduate Evenings at SOAS, I realized how valuable the MA in International Studies and Diplomacy is because it offers a critical perspective, as well as the opportunity to develop our practical skills through various negotiation, mediation and speechwriting workshops. Not many other programmes offer such an opportunity.

The CISD department is very special and it provides us the necessary tools and resources that we need during our studies. The teachers have always been incredibly helpful and are always willing to take their time to answer any academic and professional questions we may have. It is a great community to be part of.

One of the things that make SOAS truly unique is the cultural diversity. You can meet people from all across the globe and understand better the place where they are coming from. What I like the most is that wherever you go in the building, you always hear different languages, from Arabic to Japanese and Spanish.

Student profile interview questions

How did you find out about SOAS?

I found out about SOAS when I was in High School and one of my friends was applying to do her undergraduate degree here. However, it wasn’t until I was in the 3rd year of my degree in International Relations and was searching on the Internet for MAs that I came across SOAS again and found out about the course I am currently taking.                                                       

What made you choose to study your chosen degree programme at SOAS?

After coming to one of the Postgraduate Evenings at SOAS, I realized how valuable the MA in International Studies and Diplomacy is because it not only gives us a critical perspective on various matter, but it also gives us the opportunity to develop our practical skills through various negotiation, mediation and speechwriting workshops. Not many other programmes offer such an opportunity.

How would you describe your time at SOAS?

My time at SOAS has been truly amazing. I have met wonderful people from all over the world, I have learned so much from my teachers and classmates, and I have had the opportunity to enjoy the vibrant city of London. My horizons have been expanded.

How would characterise SOAS and the typical SOAS student?

I would characterise SOAS as a friendly, unique and vibrant place that welcomes you with open arms. I would characterise the typical SOAS student in the same way. I think we all share a passion for the world and we all want to make it better somehow. We have a very active student body that is always striving for a better world.

How would you describe the course/programme of study/department?

The CISD department is very special and it provides us the necessary tools and resources that we need during our education. Teachers have always been incredibly helpful and are always willing to take their time to help us with any academic and professional questions we may have. It is a great community to be part of.

What is it like to live and study in London?

Living in London can be quite daunting at times – it is a very big city that is always moving alongside the very busy underground. However, it is also a great opportunity to live in a multicultural and vibrant city that is filled with opportunities and experiences. There is always something to do in London, you can never get bored. More importantly, there is something for everyone.

Who (or what) is your biggest inspiration or motivation at SOAS and why?

My biggest inspiration at SOAS is how ready the student body is to always help others across the world and take the initiative to do so

What is your fondest memory of your time at SOAS? Do you have a story or anecdote from your SOAS experience?

My fondest memory of my time at SOAS is my first day as a SOAS student, because right after I came through the gates I felt welcomed and I knew I was getting into a unique and special place

What do you think makes SOAS unique?

One of the things that make SOAS truly unique is the cultural diversity. You can meet people from all across the globe and understand better the place where they are coming from. What I like the most is that wherever you go in the building, you always hear different languages, from Arabic to Japanese and Spanish.

What impact has SOAS had on your life and outlook?

SOAS has changed my outlook on life and on the world because it has made me realize that there are many things that are deemed acceptable as they are but that when we come to think of them, maybe we should do something to change them.

What next? What are your plans for the future?

My dream is to one day work for an International Organization or NGO and try to bring positive change to the world and improve people’s lives.

What does it mean to you personally to be part of the SOAS community?

For me, being part of the SOAS community is being part of a little extended family and being ready to help others.

Do you have any tips or advice for students applying to SOAS?

When you come to SOAS, make sure you make the most of your time in this truly special places. If you have an open mind, you will learn so much, broaden your outlook on the world, meet incredible people and just have a great and enjoyable time. So go to your classes, join a society, learn a new language, challenge yourself, don’t be scared of saying hi to new people and enjoy yourself! Make the most of all opportunities that will be presented to you.    

Describe SOAS in 3 words

Multicultural, Unique, Vibrant.