SOAS University of London

Charlie Orr

Aside from the incredible library, I would have to say that the commitment to learning that is shared by both students and staff members is a unique aspect of SOAS. Everyone is striving to do their best and to bring out the best in others.

Japanese Studies with Intensive Language
SOAS has an excellent reputation and my chosen course fitted my interests perfectly. So far my time here has exceeded every expectation. It’s been an amazing first year and I feel like I’ve accomplished a great deal. The course is full of new challenges every day and I’m constantly being given new reasons to find interest in my subjects. The lecturers are extremely well qualified and take personal interest in their students; they offer an amazing support system

Initially, my biggest inspiration for starting the course was to improve my language ability to a professional level, however after the course began, thanks to their continued support, all of my teachers and classmates have become a great source of motivation.

My fondest memory so far would have to be one of the language debates that we’ve had in class. It’s a chance to practice voicing our opinions in Japanese and the atmosphere is relaxed and informal.

Aside from the incredible library, I would have to say that the commitment to learning that is shared by both students and staff members is a unique aspect of SOAS. Everyone is striving to do their best and to bring out the best in others.

Student profile interview questions

How did you find out about SOAS?

I found out about SOAS from one of its alumni.

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

SOAS has an excellent reputation and my chosen course fitted my interests perfectly.

How would you describe your time at SOAS?

So far it has exceeded every expectation. It’s been an amazing first year and I feel like I’ve accomplished a great deal.

How would characterise SOAS and the typical SOAS student?

Hardworking, passionate, and driven would sum up the average student at SOAS.

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

The course is full of new challenges everyday and I’m constantly being given new reasons to find interest in my subjects. The lecturers are extremely well qualified and take personal interest in their students; they make an amazing support system.  

What is it like to live and study in London?

Living in London is a lot of fun. You can never be at a loss for something to do and the atmosphere surrounding the campus is very relaxed.

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

Initially, my biggest inspiration for starting the course was to improve my language ability to a professional level, however after the course began, thanks to their continued support, all of my teachers and classmates have become a great source of motivation.

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

My fondest memory so far would have to be one of the language debates that we’ve had in class. It’s a chance to practice voicing our opinions in Japanese and the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. Looking forward to more in the future.

What do you think makes SOAS unique?

Aside from the incredible library, I would have to say that the commitment to learning that is shared by both students and staff members is a unique aspect of SOAS. Everyone is striving to do their best and to bring out the best in others.

What impact has SOAS had on your life and outlook?

I’ve only been at SOAS for a short while, but it’s already given me a great deal. I feel more focused and better equipped to handle any unexpected challenges that lie ahead.

What next? What are your plans for the future?

Ideally, I would love to work as either a translator or interpreter. Whether that’s in Japan or here in the UK is still undecided.

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

For me it means being part of a fantastic support network, where you are able to receive all kinds of support in or outside of your studies, as well as being given the chance to help others.

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

The time here will go faster than you think, make the most of everyday.

Describe SOAS in 3 words

Challenging, rewarding, boundless

Is there anything else you would like to say about your course, department or student experience?

This course feels as if it was tailor-made, I feel very lucky to be here.