SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Summer English Language and Academic Subject Courses in London

“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
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UPDATE (31st March 2020): Due to the Covid-19 crisis, we are unable to run the Summer Programme in 2020 and it is, unfortunately, cancelled. The information below is for reference only and we expect to provide details of the programme for 2021 from October onwards.


If you are an international student and want to study academic English in London, then come to IFCELS at SOAS. Take a look at the IFCELS Summer Programme 2020 Brochure (pdf; 2mb)

We offer a range of summer courses for English language development and introductions to academic subjects too. These courses are 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 courses consist of 18 teaching hours per week and are taught in the daytime between 9 AM and 5 PM.

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 2020:

3 weeks (1 block) £1,500 GBP

6 weeks (2 blocks) £2,900 GBP (save £100*)

9 weeks (3 blocks) £4,000 GBP (save £500*)

*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 £1,500 for one extra block and £3,000 for two.

We recommend you apply early, especially if you want accommodation in the SOAS Halls of Residence. 

You will be sent an invoice for the course fees when you have accepted the offer of a place on the course. A letter of registration will be provided for visa purposes when you have paid the full fees. Please note that refunds of accommodation and course fees are made only at the discretion of SOAS. More information can be found on our Terms and Conditions page.


Accommodation Options

Self-catering accommodation is available in a SOAS Hall of Residence within easy walking distance of the Russell Square campus, where teaching takes place. You will have a single room with private shower and toilet; shared cooking and laundry facilities are available. All rooms have complementary wireless internet access. 

All Summer students will be accommodated in Dinwiddy House or Paul Robeson House. If you would like to apply for one of these rooms, please select 'Course plus accommodation' on your application form.


 Contact Us

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



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