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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information for Staff

SOAS University of London continues to keep its staff, students and partners updated about Covid-19 risks facing the UK, following best advice from Public Health England (PHE), the National Health Service and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). 

We are encouraging all of our SOAS community, to follow best practice preventive health advice from PHE.

SOAS moves to remote delivery of teaching and services

We have now moved our services fully online. This means that access to teaching and assessments, and support services for our students and staff is done remotely.

As previously announced, our changes to delivery of teaching and assessments means that:

  • We have moved to remote delivery of teaching materials;
  • Our assessments from Monday 23 March onwards will be delivered in appropriate alternative forms, including online

 Staff and students can find more information on this in the links below.

SOAS buildings access

All SOAS buildings are now closed. There will be no in-person delivery of services during this period.

For the summer term, all teaching and student support will be delivered remotely including, summer term exams. We have made provision for continued support to our staff and students from academic departments and professional services as we continue to operate remotely, with guidance and access across all our services that we keep actively under review and development.​ We will review this position on a regular basis and provide further updates when circumstances change. We want to re-open our buildings as soon as it is safe to do so.

Access to buildings in this period will be only for staff who need to ensure buildings and equipment remain secure and safe while buildings are physically closed, or if emergency access is needed.


Library Opening Times  

The Library will be closed to all visitors including SOAS staff and students. Enhanced online services will be available as detailed on Library pages.

Special Collections will continue to offer Reading Room services remotely, including a full enquiry service. Our librarians will offer a full enquiry service.

Our electronic resources remain fully available.

Information for staff

For latest updates for staff, including guidance on remote working and delivery of online teaching, see our intranet pages:

Covid-19 advice and guidance on MySOAS | Staff (login needed)

Information for students

For latest updates for students, including on assessments, visas, and library information, see our intranet pages:

Covid-19 advice and guidance on MySOAS | Student (login needed)

We continue to support any students on study abroad years in other countries which might be affected by Covid-19 measures.

Assesment deadlines

All existing coursework deadlines up to 4 May are being moved back by two weeks. This means that the final School Deadline is also being moved to 18 May.

Additionally, the currently planned exam period is also being moved later by two weeks, and will not start before 20 May. These changes apply to undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.​

Graduation 2020 

SOAS has taken the difficult decision to change the delivery of our graduation ceremonies scheduled for the 22nd - 24th July this year. This decision is to ensure the health and safety of all students, guests and staff. We know this news will come as a disappointment to students, their families and SOAS staff.

Rest assured that the postponement of the ceremonies does not affect the award of a SOAS degree: all eligible students will still graduate.  Although the physical ceremonies will not take place in July, degrees will be awarded at the end of that month as usual to all eligible students, and we currently hope to be able to send physical degree certificates in the month following.

For further information please refer to the Coronavirus advice for graduating students webpage.

Information for applicants 

In these uncertain times, we want to reassure you that SOAS is looking forward to welcoming new and continuing students in September 2020.

We’re delivering all of our teaching, assessment and support for current students online for the remainder of the year - and we’ll be ready to start the new academic year in September.

In light of the ongoing uncertainty being caused by the coronavirus outbreak across many parts of the world, we recognise that many students may not be certain at this time about their ability to take up their offer of a place at SOAS University of London for this September.

In recognition of this we are offering all International applicants the following:

  • The deadline to accept your Postgraduate offer and pay the deposit 31 July 2020
  • Postgraduate deposits will be refundable or deferrable if you are unable to enrol this September
  • Postgraduate application deadline extended to 31 July 2020
  • We will accept alternative English Language Testing in lieu of IELTS: 
    • Duolingo
    • LanguageCert ESOL Expert C1 (combined written and oral)

For more information on DuoLingo and LanguageCert including costs and scores, please visit the Online English Testing webpage.

If you have further questions on admissions, please contact or

This page was last updated on Wednesday 01 April 2020.