SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies


  • IFCELS 2017-18 prize winners
    IFCELS 2017-18 prize winners, left to right: Kazuna Azuma (FDPS Achievment), Jiyeong Seo (ICC Progress), Weishi Chen (ICC Achievement), Ibrahim AlMajed (ELAS Progress), Linyu Tang (FDPS Progress)

    Entrance tests in China: Our next test will be in Guangzhou on 12 January 2019. From February to April, we will be running tests in 5 cities including our first ever test in Xi'an. Click here for full details.
  • Entrance tests in London: London testing will start in the New Year on Friday, 4 January. After that we have 18 dates fixed, all on Wednesday through to early September. Click here for full details.
  • IFCELS staff will be visiting at least 10 countries in 2018-19. Check our International Visits page to see if your country is included.
  • Gulf Recruitment Tour: Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and UAE. We'll be visiting schools and attending seminars in the Gulf States from 12-23 January 2019 focussing on ICC International Foundation and direct entry to undergraduate degrees at SOAS. Check our country pages for full details.
  • Congratulations to our 2017-18 Prizewinners on ICC, FDPS and ELAS, who were presented with their certificates by the SOAS Pro-director for Learning and Teaching, Professor Deborah Johnston, at the IFCELS welcome reception on 11 October.
  • Applications are now open for ICC and FDPS in September 2019. Dates, fees and application forms are on the ICC Foundation and FDPS Pre-master’s programme pages. The Early Bird Discount scheme for ICC and FDPS will be running again this year – accept your offer within a month of the date of the offer and before 31 May and save £500 on your fees.
  • No increase in FDPS Fees for 2019: they are frozen this year at £17,500 with Early Bird Discount (£18,000 full fee).
  • FDPS Progression Scholarships will be running again for the fifth year. Full details are here.


We provide a range of university preparation and language improvement programmes for international students. Since 1985 over 3000 students have gone on to undergraduate and postgraduate courses at British universities. 

Details of international visits by IFCELS staff members


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