SOAS University of London

Meng Wang

The MA programme Religions of Asia and Africa (Buddhism pathway) has offered me a good opportunity to explore the Buddhist traditions in various forms and contexts. In this course, I have been able develop an in-depth understanding of the subject and necessary research methodologies.

The MA programme Religions of Asia and Africa (Buddhism pathway) has offered me a good opportunity to explore the Buddhist traditions in various forms and contexts. In this course, I have been able develop an in-depth understanding of the subject knowledge and necessary research methodologies. This has set a firm foundation for me to further my study as a postgraduate research student. The teachers in this programme are not only experts in their fields but also very warm-hearted and caring. They have given me great support for my progress in the course.

My biggest inspiration at SOAS is the unique atmosphere the School creates in which students are encouraged to engage in a multi-cultural experience. This has influenced my perspective on academic study, and I enjoy more and more my life and study as a student in SOAS.

No matter where you are from and what you study, you have a fantastic opportunity to learn a language as part of your programme. There are a wide range of Oriental languages to choose from, depending on your personal interest or area of research. That is why in a language class, you meet with students from across different disciplines and cultures. There is so much to learn from them, too. So, learning language becomes a wonderful opportunity to explore a variety of cultures. 

One day at the beginning of the first term, after our Tibetan language class, my classmate and I went to one of the study rooms on the ground floor of the library. While we were doing our revision on Tibetan, a group of students were discussing their Arabic class. Then, a friend came in and talked about her difficulty in catching up with the Thai language class. We were speaking in our native language – Chinese. An English boy sitting behind us, overhearing our conversation, started to talk in fluent Chinese, offering help to our friend about how to learn Thai. We were very impressed. This is what I like the most about SOAS.