SOAS University of London

SOAS and COVID-19

Support and information for future students

We understand that you’ll be eager to know what the plans for September are with regard to teaching and learning and student experience.

Teaching plans for September 2021

From September, we aim to prioritise face-to-face teaching and academic activities on campus. Small group teaching - seminars, tutorials, smaller lectures and supervisions — will primarily take place in-person, on campus. Larger group teaching, such as lectures, will be delivered mainly online, through a mix of live and recorded content and activities that will allow students to work at their own pace.

We understand that some international students may not be able to join us in September due to ongoing travel restrictions or disruptions. For this reason, we will offer a remote (online) delivery option for students who cannot travel to London in Term 1 (September - December 2021). We expect that all students will be in London for on-campus teaching for Term 2 (January 2022). 

International students will be able to enter the UK at any point during Term One up until the start of Term Two in January. 

  • If you are planning on coming to London for the start of Term 1 in September, request your CAS now. 
  • If you are not sure whether you’ll be able to travel to London for the start of Term 1 in September, please do not request your CAS until you know your intended date of travel.

When making your travel plans, please keep in mind the latest rules and quarantine regulations when coming to the UK. See our Arriving in the UK page for detailed information about entry into the UK.

We hope that we will not have any further restrictions or national lockdowns due to Covid-19, however, we must be prepared if this does occur. In the case of any future lockdowns, all teaching will move online during any temporary lockdown period. And based on government restrictions, we will do our best to ensure that the Library and study spaces remain open with bookable slots. In the event of stricter social distancing measures, we may need to reduce the amount of on-campus teaching temporarily and introduce bookable slots for the Library and study spaces.

Hotel quarantine support fund

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, international students travelling to the UK from ‘red list’ countries will be required to quarantine in an approved hotel for ten days upon arrival. We understand that this is expensive and therefore are offering a support fund to help towards the cost.

Any student, whether new or continuing, who has to pay for hotel quarantine, will be eligible to apply for the support fund, which will cover half of the cost (eg, if hotel quarantine is £2,285 students will be reimbursed for £1,143). Students will be required to provide proof of payment in order to be reimbursed.

All enrolled students will receive an email in January 2022 detailing how to apply for the support fund. There will be a limited fund, and we cannot guarantee that every student will be reimbursed, so we encourage students to apply as soon as possible once the fund is open.

What will student life look like?

There is no such thing as a typical SOAS student. Our diversity is our greatest strength. But if you want an idea of what to expect from September, take a look at our recent blog. The blog includes a general guide to what a typical week might look like, which includes 12 hours of teaching time, made up of lectures (online) and tutorials and seminars (on campus).

Facilities on campus

In-person student services and facilities will be open and accessible to students on campus. The Library and other study spaces will remain open, as they have been over the past year. These services will operate in line with government guidelines, which may include limiting the number of students who are able to use the facilities at one time, as well as social distancing and wearing of face masks.

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