SOAS University of London


Enrolment Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will I receive my enrolment email?

    1-2 weeks prior to enrolment opening we will begin sending out enrolment emails. But you will not be able to enrol until enrolment officially opens:

    • Postgraduate Taught students – 22 August 2022
    • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research – 7 September 2022
  • What documents do I need to provide if I must study remotely in term 1 due to Covid restrictions?

    You will need to provide a photo, a copy of your passport, as well as a term time address that is outside the UK.

  • I am a new student, how do I enrol?

    Log onto our Enrolment pages and follow the enrolment process for new students. To log on, you will need the following information:

    • SOAS 6-digit Student ID 
    • Password Date of Birth (e.g. 01-Jul-21) 

    For further information on how to enrol, please see our "Before you Start" section.

  • What do I  need to do when my address changes when I come to London?

    Once you join us in London, please do not forget to update your address - and any other personal details - on SOAS Online Services.

  • Can I still enrol if I don't have a visa yet?

    If you don't have your visa yet, you can still enrol. If you are inside the UK, you need to show us proof that you have submitted your visa application and then show us your visa once you receive it. If you are outside the UK, you can enrol without showing us any visa evidence. You will need to make sure you apply for and obtain your visa before you travel to the UK but you can enrol before you receive your visa.

  • I am a returning student, do I need to enrol?

    All returning students must re-enrol at the start of each academic year. You cannot continue your studies without re-enrolling.

    To re-enrol, please log onto our Enrolment pages and follow the re-enrolment process for returning students.

  • How do I choose my modules?

    Module Sign-Up for Academic Year 22/23 will follow your online enrolment.

    Module Sign-Up is Step 2 of the enrolment and registration process. You will receive instructions for this step via the same email in which you receive your online enrolment instructions.

    For further information on Module selection, please log onto our Module Sign-up page.

  • How do I get a Student Status letter from SOAS?

    Enrolment confirmation letters to confirm your student status can be requested  once you have enrolled. 

    During your study at SOAS, you may need a letter to prove your student status - whether it's for council tax exemption, opening a bank account, applying for a Schengen Visa, or many other reasons. The Student Hub can provide  student status letters as soon as you are fully enrolled.  

    Simply contact the Student Hub via the Student Information Desk to request the letter.

  • Where can I find out more information about Welcome Week?

    For further information on Welcome Week - including our Programme of Events - please visit our web pages.

  • I have changed my mind about my course, what are my options?

    For further information on enrolment changes, please see our Enrolment page. At the bottom of the 'Enrolments for New Students' page, you will find further information for both undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. If you are a postgraduate research student please contact The Doctoral School at

  • How do I pay my fees?

    Your tuition fees should be paid in full before or at enrolment at the start of each academic year.

    To pay your fees, please visit the Paying your tuition fees web page.

  • Where can I find information for new international students?

    Further information for international students see information for current students

  • How do I get my SOAS Student ID card?

    Once you have enrolled, you will be able to receive a SOAS ID card. To learn how to get your SOAS  ID card, please visit the ID cards page.

    This card gives you access to the library and all SOAS buildings.

  • Where can I find more information on intercollegiate courses?

    Intercollegiate students fall into three main categories:

    • Joint degree students  - if you are  studying a degree programme that is jointly delivered by SOAS and another College of the University of London.
    • Incoming intercollegiate students  - if you are studying an undergraduate or Master's degree programme at another College of the University of London and you are eligible to take an intercollegiate option at SOAS.
    • Outgoing SOAS intercollegiate students  - if you are already studying a degree programme at SOAS and you are eligible to take an intercollegiate option at another College of the University of London. 

    Further information on intercollegiate courses can be found on the Intercollegiate Modules page.

  • Where can I find more information on Study Abroad and Exchange opportunities?

    Whether your course at SOAS includes a mandatory year abroad, or if you are considering exploring an Erasmus exchange, you can find further information on our Outgoing Exchange Students page.

  • When will I know my timetable?

    The timetable is available on the Teaching Timetable page. Currently this is in draft version, as we are hard at work updating this information for the start of term.

    You can only access this once you have your student log in and you are fully enrolled.