A 3, 6 or 9 month Diploma/Certificate Programme in Academic English with:
- International Business
- Social Science
The programme meets the needs of different groups of international students:
Students who have a first degree in a particular subject and who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in the same or a related field but who need to develop their English language and study skills and gain experience and confidence in studying academic subjects in the British university environment.
Students who are studying at university in their own country and who wish to spend a period of time at a British university to develop their English language, study skills and insights into the contemporary world through a range of academic subjects.
Students who have a first degree and wish to improve their English for entry to the SOAS Pre-Master's programme (FDPS).
Students who have completed their High School education in their own country and who wish to improve their English language for entry to the SOAS undergraduate foundation programme (ICC).
Professional people who wish to improve their English language skills and deepen their understanding of contemporary issues in a university environment.
Van Tho Nguyen, from Vietnam, studied on ELAS in 2016-17 and was awarded the Bhasi Panikker Progress Prize. Following the programme he joined the Diploma in Asian Art at SOAS.
Click here to see our ELAS Pathways Flyer (pdf; 676kb)
The minimum English language level to join the ELAS programme is IELTS 4.5 (with 4.5 in writing),TOEFL iBT 60 (with 12 in writing), or 41 Pearson PTE Academic (PTE) (with 41 in writing).
For the Certificate/Diploma levels A2/3/4 which include the Academic Subject Modules, you need a minimum of 5.0 IELTS (with 5.0 in writing), TOEFL iBT 68 (with 14 in writing), or PTE 46 (with 46 in writing).
We can also take into consideration other English language tests such as Passport, TOEFL PBT or TOEIC. You can apply without an English score but you may be asked to take a grammar/writing test and/or an interview in London or in your home country.
If you require a visa to study in the UK, you can normally take two terms on ELAS (September to March or January to June) with a Student Short-Term study Visa . For this you are not required to provide an approved English language test score (such as IELTS or PTE). However, if you wish to take two terms on ELAS, starting in April and finishing in December, you will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa.
For periods of study longer than 6 months, students requiring a visa will need a CAS issued by SOAS to apply for a Tier 4 General Student Visa. To issue the CAS we will need to see an IELTS certificate from a test taken less than two years before the start date of your studies. The test result must be above CEFR B1 level - IELTS 4.0 in each subscore. Please note, tests taken after 6th April 2015 must be from an UKVI- approved IELTS test centre. A list of approved test centres.
Please note that we can accept an iBT TOEFL or Pearson PTE Academic score as evidence of your English level, but we can no longer issue a CAS on the basis of a TOEFL or PTE score, so students requiring a Tier 4 visa are advised to take IELTS, from a UKVI approved test centre
You can apply for one, two or three terms but you are reminded that you must take at least two terms studying the same academic subject to qualify for the award of a Diploma or Certificate.
To speed up the application process, please also email us copies of the following:
- the photo ID page of your passport (or national ID card if you don't have a passport)
- your IELTS, PTE or other English certificate (if you have one)
Diploma/Certificate candidates or applicants wishing to go on to further academic study in the UK (eg at Masters level) should also email us a copy of their university transcript.
Autumn Term 2017
- Orientation for new students: 26 - 27 September
- Teaching dates: 2 October – 15 December
- Reading Week: 6 - 10 November
Spring Term 2018
- Orientation for new students: 8 January
- Teaching dates: 8 January - 23 March
- Reading Week: 12 - 16 February
Summer Term 2018
- Orientation for new students: 17 - 18 April
- Teaching dates: 23 April - 6 July
- Reading Week: 29 May - 1 June
Autumn Term 2018
- Orientation for new students: 25 - 26 September
- Teaching dates: 1 October - 14 December
- Reading Week: 5 - 9 November
Spring Term 2019
- Orientation for new students: 7 January
- Teaching dates: 7 January - 22 March
- Reading Week: 11 - 15 February
Summer Term 2019
- Orientation for new students: 23 - 24 April
- Teaching dates: 29 April - 5 July
- (No reading week)
- January - July 2018: £5,000 per term
- September 2018 - July 2019: £5,250 per term; £15,750 full academic year
All fees are payable in advance on either a termly or annual basis, and refunds of
fees for cancelled terms are made only at the discretion of the Head of
Department, (see the ELAS Terms and Conditions page for more information). For instructions on how to pay see IFCELS fees page.
SOAS reserves the right to alter Module programmes and fees without notice.