SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Summer English Language and Academic Subject Courses


“In a short period of time I gained a general view of the subject. […]. Professional and friendly staff helped me to experience an academic atmosphere and adapt to a different way of studying. I would recommend the summer courses to students who would like to sample the Higher Education system of the UK"
- Student Comment

The Summer Programme 2021 will be taught online due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. 

All SOAS teaching has been delivered online since March 2020 and the Summer Programme 2021 will offer the same high quality of teaching as previous years. Daily live interactive classes will be supplemented with other activities. We are offering reduced tuition fees, and of course there are no accommodation, flights or visa fees to pay this year. 

If you are an international student and want to study academic English or learn more about a range of subjects, then come to IFCELS at SOAS, University of London. We offer a range of 3 and 6-week summer courses for English language development and introductions to academic subjects too. These courses combine language skills and academic content in an interactive way and provide a great introduction to studying at an English speaking university.

You will need to be at least 17 years of age to apply. Normally, you will need to have graduated from high school, but in exceptional circumstances we can consider 17 year olds with one year of high school remaining.

All online courses consist of 12 teaching hours per week. Live classes will be taught in the mornings UK time (to allow for time differences). Students will also be required to spend approximately 10 further hours per week on guided independent study.

Subject Based Summer Courses with English Language Support:


English language requirements for students choosing subject courses: 

Students will need at least an intermediate level of English in order to understand the lectures, which are delivered at undergraduate level, and to engage in lively discussion in the seminars and tutorials.


Academic English Summer Courses:

The Summer Programme is intended for students with at least a pre-intermediate level of English and is not suitable for beginners or students with elementary level English. The English courses are offered at different levels, from pre-intermediate to advanced.



Tuition fees 2021:

3 weeks (1 block) £1,200 GBP

6 weeks (2 blocks) £2,250 GBP (save £150*)

9 weeks (3 blocks) £3,075 GBP (save £525*)

*Compared to the cost of multiple individual blocks. The reduced fees for multiple blocks above are available for 2 or 3 blocks booked at the same time. The fee for any additional blocks booked after the initial application will be £1,200 for one extra block and £2,250 for two.

We recommend you apply early, to secure your place. 

Please note that refunds of course fees are made only at the discretion of SOAS. More information can be found on our Terms and Conditions page.


Contact Us:

If you need any more information please see the frequently asked questions.  If you still have a query, you can contact us on or ring +44 (0)20 7898 4800.

Student Perspective:

Read a blogpost by Linsong Gao, a 2019 summer student.


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Please ensure you include a copy of any current or past student visa and a copy of a valid passport with your application so we can check that you are eligible to study. Make sure you fill out all the parts of the application form so we can process your application as quickly as possible.