SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

IFCELS Entrance Tests in London and Abroad


All applicants to ICC Foundation and FDPS Pre-master's programmes are interviewed and some are required to sit an entrance test. After we receive your application, we will inform you how we plan to consider it.

Students whose English level meets our entry requirements can be considered by a Skype interview (and in some cases an emailed essay), but we also run tests and interviews at SOAS and in other countries - see below.

Candidates applying from countries not listed below should send their applications to or by post to the address given on the front of the application form and we will confirm arrangements for testing and interview.

Students intending to apply for SOAS or University of London accommodation are advised to make an early application for the programme, and by May 2018 at the latest. Students who apply later may not receive an offer for university accommodation.

Please also see the IFCELS International Visits Page for details of when our staff will be in your country.



Entrance tests and interviews for 2018 entry to ICC Foundation and FDPS Pre-master's programmes will run on a regular basis from January until early September 2018 on the dates below:

  • Friday, 5 January
  • Wednesday, 14 February
  • Wednesday, 28 March
  • Wednesday, 18 April
  • Wednesday, 2 May
  • Wednesday, 16 May
  • Wednesday, 30 May
  • Wednesday, 13 June
  • Wednesday, 27 June
  • Wednesday, 4 July
  • Wednesday, 11 July
  • Wednesday, 18 July
  • Wednesday, 25 July
  • Wednesday, 1 August
  • Wednesday, 8 August
  • Wednesday, 15 August
  • Wednesday, 22 August
  • Wednesday, 29 August
  • Wednesday, 5 September



The entrance testing schedule for ICC Foundation and FDPS Pre-master’s programmes starting in September 2018 is as follows:

  • Saturday, 2 December - Shanghai
  • Sunday, 3 December - Beijing
  • January 2018 - Guangzhou
  • March/April 2018 – Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Chengdu or Chongqing, plus one more city to be decided
  • July 2018 – Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen

Further details and dates will be posted here once they are decided.

Full details of the venues and times will be will be sent once we receive your fully completed application. To reserve your place on a particular test date, please send your application by email at least one week in advance to

Applicants who have already met the English language requirements for the programme can be considered by Skype interview and, in some cases, an essay test by email so they can be tested at any point throughout the year.



The next opportunity for in-country testing and interview for students in Japan will be announced here once the details have been confirmed.

In the meantime, please send applications to and we will contact you about forthcoming tests and interviews. Suitably qualified candidates can be considered by Skype interview.



We plan to run entrance tests in Seoul on a regular basis from early 2018 to the summer, combined with Skype interviews. The first test date will be posted here once it has been confirmed.

If you would like to take the entrance test, please send your application form and supporting documents to and we will confirm the venue and provide full details of the test.

Suitably qualified candidates can be considered at any time by Skype interview and, in some cases, emailed essay.