SOAS University of London

Enrolment for new students

Enrolment Information for Pre-sessional Students

If you are taking a Pre-sessional English programme followed by a full time SOAS degree programme, you will receive all the joining information for your Pre-sessional programme from our IFCELS department.  

Please see the Pre-sessional webpage and the Pre-sessional student FAQs for more information on your visa requirements.

To complete enrolment, you need to have original versions of the following documents.  We can't enrol you without these:

EEA students
  • Passport or EU Nationality Card; or UK Full Driving Licence - If you don’t hold any of these, we might accept other forms of photo ID. Please talk to the enrolment staff who will let you know whether your alternatives are acceptable; and
  • Evidence you’ve paid your fees, or evidence of your sponsorship - You should pay your fees or give us your loan/sponsorship details before or during your enrolment.
 
Non-EEA students (who made a visa application inside of the UK)
  • Passport; and
  • Visa (either a temporary visa within your passport or a full biometric card); and
  • Evidence you’ve paid your fees, or evidence of your sponsorship - You should pay your fees or give us your loan/sponsorship details before or during your enrolment.

Non-EEA students (who made a visa application outside of the UK)
  • Passport; and
  • Visa (either within your passport or a biometric card); and
  • Visa Confirmation Letter (which is provided by the UKVI confirming your visa and details for collection of your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP); and
  • Evidence you’ve paid your fees, or evidence of your sponsorship - You should pay your fees or give us your loan/sponsorship details before or during your enrolment.

Due to regulation changes this year, you will have been provided with a temporary visa in your passport and you must collect your permanent Biometric Residence Permit on arrival from the Post Office listed on your Visa confirmation letter.  

You will be able to enrol with the temporary visa, but we must see your Biometric Residence Permit before your temporary visa expires, which will involve returning to the IFCELS office with this Permit as soon as you have collected it.  We therefore strongly advise that you collect your Biometric Card before you attend your enrolment session if at all possible, to avoid having to return before your temporary visa expires.

If you’re in the process of applying for a visa, we’ll need to see the following instead:

  • A photocopy of the photo page of your passport; and
  • A photocopy of your current/previous visa; and
  • A copy of your visa application - It should clearly show the type of visa you’ve applied for and if it’s a Tier 4 Student Visa, we’ll need to see the section showing your CAS number and our sponsorship. (We suggest you print off the whole document and bring the whole document you submitted to the UKVI to ensure we have the evidence we need).

 

We will email you before the end of your pre-sessional programme with information regarding your enrolment onto your main degree.  You can find out information about this process in the section for Undergraduate and Taught Masters.