SOAS University of London

Shiao Fen Rachel Tsai

SOAS is both very established and prestigious but also always current and fresh. Its regional focus builds on itself through the years of surveying and engaging in the cultural, economic and social landscape as our world becomes increasingly interwoven and intimate.

When I was considering applying for the MA program, my criterion was primarily the focus and expertise of the faculty in the Religious Study. I had specific subject I would like to explore through the engagement of the academic program. Indeed the program fits very well with my area of interest and the level scholarship was exemplary.

Upon commencing the program, I was even more impressed with the curriculum and the courses as they were well thought out and complement with each other tightly. Above all, what really makes the whole experience of studying in the program so enriching is the quality teaching. It is the people that make SOAS a world-class academic institution. The full time program was intense and intensive as it demands not only time but also a great deal of mental capacity to engage productively with each course. In the end I completed the program feeling very satisfied and inspired by the study. The intellectual concentration integrates not only my knowledge but also my years of practice in the field of Indian religions and philosophy.

SOAS campus has a vibrancy that invites openness, sharing and participation. One only needs to walk through the hallway to hear the breadth of languages being spoken and the lively conversations amongst students form numerous countries of all corners of the world. There are always seminars and conferences to broaden perspectives and exchange dialogues across various disciplines. SOAS is truly unique in this way in that it provides an invaluable opportunity to be immersed and nurtured in a literally “global” environment to learn both in and outside the classroom.

SOAS is both very established and prestigious but also always current and fresh. Its regional focus builds on itself through the years of surveying and engaging in the cultural, economic and social landscape as our world becomes increasingly interwoven and intimate. My year in SOAS expanded my worldview and on a personal level, it elevates my vision of knowledge.