SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Welcome to IFCELS:

We offer a range of programmes for students from outside the UK including preparation for university degrees, language improvement, study abroad and short courses.

We are one of the leading centres for foundation and pathway study in the UK and bring 35 years' experience and expertise to our innovative programmes. These, integrate expert lectures and seminars in subjects across the Social Sciences and Humanities, with subject-specific academic English language support and development.

The programmes are flexible and allow students to create their own pathway to a degree by choosing from a range of subjects, including: Business/Management/Finance, Economics, Media, Law, Politics, International Relations, Development Studies, Media and Communications, Culture, History, Art and Literature.

We are part of one of the world’s most international universities, with over half of SOAS students coming from outside the UK.

We are based on the SOAS Campus in Central London. Our students are full members of the SOAS community. This means they have access to the all the facilities and activities available to degree students, including the world renowned SOAS Library and the 200+ clubs and societies run by the SOAS Student Union.

Read more about our programmes and apply:

  •  ICC International Foundation Programme – Academic development, English language and study skills preparation for high school students wishing to go on to an undergraduate degree at SOAS or other UK universities
  • FDPS Pre-master's Programme – Academic development, English language, study and research skills  preparation for university students wanting to prepare for a Master’s programme at SOAS or other UK universities

  • ELAS (English Language and Academic Studies)  – A flexible modular programme with two entry points a year combining intensive academic English with academic subject study

  • Pre-Sessional Courses – Intensive academic English development during the summer before starting degree-level study at SOAS.

  • Summer Programme – A range of English language or academic subject courses and study for 3, 6 or 9 weeks on our central London-based campus.

  • In-sessional English – Free English language courses to support SOAS degree students

  • TEAP (Teaching English for Academic Purposes) – Training course for English teachers who want to work in EAP or to upgrade their knowledge and skill


FDPS Progress Prize Winner Dian Tao with SOAS Pro-Director Professor Deborah Johnston
FDPS Progress Prize Winner Dian Tao with SOAS Pro-Director Professor Deborah Johnston
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for future students:

    The current coronavirus pandemic is having an impact on universities and educational programmes around the world. The next few months are likely to be unpredictable, so we have tried to provide clear information for our future students through our Coronavirus FAQs. This will be updated as the situation develops.

  • Applications for ICC International Foundation and FDPS Pre-master’s starting September 2021 are now open. ELAS applications are open through to September 2022 entry.



Telephone: +44 (0)20 7898 4800