Information for Prospective Students from China
Welcome to the country page for China, which contains specific information for students from or currently living in China, who are interested in studying at SOAS. Currently there are 292 students from China studying at the School.
- Minimum Entry Requirements
- English Language and Foundation Courses
- In-Country Representatives (Agents)
- Scholarships, Fees and Funding
- Popular Courses
- Useful Links
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Credibility interviews for Chinese Tier 4 visa applicants
From 29 April 2013 some visa applicants from China (including Tier 4 students) will be interviewed when they submit their visa application. Selection for interview will be at random and genuine students should not be concerned about this process. Interviews will be conducted by visa officers in the UK.
We are delighted to answer any questions you may have about applying to, and studying at, SOAS. Please feel free to contact Mark Coddington, International Officer for China.
Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4032
Mark undertakes regular visits to China to meet prospective students and provide advice and guidance about study opportunities at SOAS. Further information on upcoming visits can be found on the Meet SOAS Staff in your Area page.
You can also follow China on Weibo.
The below are guidelines only and do not guarantee entry. Each application will be judged on its own merits with your academic qualifications, personal statement and your references all being considered carefully.
Applicants offering either ‘A’ levels or the IB Diploma will be considered in the same way as UK applicants. For details of the IB and A-Level requirements for individual degree programmes please refer to the undergraduate admissions pages. Neither the Chinese High School leaving certificate or Goakao are sufficient for entry to a SOAS undergraduate degree. However, the International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies Centre (IFCELS) at SOAS offers a preparatory year for international students seeking entry to undergraduate degrees at British universities. Details can be found at IFCELS.
Applications from students who have completed first year undergraduate study in a relevant subject from a prestigious Chinese university may also be considered. Information about how to apply can be found on the undergraduate admissions pages and on the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website.
SOAS welcomes applications from those with an Upper Second Class degree (2:1) or above in their UK Bachelor degree. Applicants with a Bachelors degree from a 211 or 985 university in China will be considered for entry if they have a minimum passing grade of 80% or GPA 3.3. Graduates from non-211 or 985 institutions can be considered on a case-by-case basis. Relevant work experience may also be considered.
In addition, applicants should also refer to the individual programme entries in the Graduate Prospectus or postgraduate admissions pages, which may have additional requirements.
Applicants to MPhil/PhD programmes should have an excellent master’s degree, preferably from a UK university. Any other application will need to make a strong case and secure the approval of the Associate Dean for Research. Please note that you are expected to have a demonstrable background in the area of research you would like to pursue.
Applicants whose first language is not English must show that their level of English is sufficient to follow an academic programme in English. For more information please visit the English entry requirements page. SOAS does offer English ‘pre-sessional’ course for those who do not meet the exact entry requirements, so that students have the opportunity to improve their language skills before beginning academic study.
Those applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements or would like to improve their English language before studying for a degree, could consider applying for one of the foundation degrees offered at the SOAS IFCELS centre. Students can improve their English while studying academic courses in an area of their choice, including Development Studies, International Business, Media and Communication and International Politics.
SOAS works with the following educational representatives in China, many of whom have offices in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities. You can contact them directly for further details. If you have any comments about these representatives please contact Mark Coddington (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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- Amber Education
- EIC China
- Golden Arrow
- Index Education Services
- JJL Overseas Education
- Power Academy
- UKEAS China
- YF Education
SOAS offers a range of scholarships, bursaries and awards to support students from across the world. For current information on scholarships, please see the scholarships page.
Each year SOAS welcomes students who have been awarded scholarships from external organisations. For China, the Chinese Scholarship Council and Chevening have been popular sources of funding for high achieving scholars.
Some popular courses studied by our Chinese students include:
- BSc International Management (China)
- BA History of Art and Archaeology
- BA International Relations
- MA History of Art
- MSc International Management (China)
- MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries
If you have any questions for a SOAS alum in China then please contact the alumni association through the SOAS alumni website.