Languages and Cultures Undergraduate Degrees

Nothing can match the intensity and depth of engagement with a different culture than that achieved through knowledge of a local language. At SOAS, we are committed to delivering specialist language-based scholarship in combination with regional focus and disciplinary skills.

Our specialists are committed to studying the languages, literatures, film and cultures (classical and contemporary) of Africa, the Near and Middle EastSouth Asia, and South East Asia. Our work covers a fascinating mix of cultures, languages, religions and traditions, many in dynamic, fast developing regions, which are assuming an increasingly important strategic role in global affairs.

Explore our undergraduate options below:

BA Korean graduate is now leading translator in her field. Read more

Times Higher Education

We’re ranked 13 in the UK and 61 in the world for Arts & Humanities in the Times Higher Education Subject Rankings 2019

BA Linguistics is designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of the way that languages are universally structured and trains students to master all the basic skills necessary for the analysis of different sound systems and semantics (the study of meaning in language).

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The nature of the Combined Honours degree enables you to develop a specialist niche for yourself by studying a second subject.

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The English degree at SOAS place the academic study of English language and literature in the global setting of Asia and Africa, where SOAS has unmatched expertise in linguistic, cultural, political and social contexts.

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The nature of the Combined Honours degree enables you to develop a specialist niche for yourself by studying a second subject.

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Prepares students for entry onto an undergraduate programme at SOAS. During the Foundation Year, students take modules on academic practice, working with numbers, digital skills and technology, topical global issues and cultural fluency.

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Graduate Destinations

Language and Culture students leave SOAS with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Graduates are equipped with a portfolio of transferable skills which employers seek, including analytical, communication, research, planning and organisation skills along with the ability to work in teams.

This, coupled with the strong sense of social justice that our students are well known for – is why our SOASians go on to pursue careers that make a real difference. Examples are given from the past two years destinations:

  • British Retail Consortium
  • The International New York Times
  • International Alert
  • Interpeace
  • AMP Globe
  • BBC World
  • CAFOD
  • Edelman
  • EY

Class of 2016: Six months after completing their studies

In Work 45%
Studying 36%
Work and Study 9%
Other 9%

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