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 or Wechat  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 2019 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 2020 entry to ICC Foundation and FDPS Pre-master's programmes will run on a regular basis from January until early September on the dates* below:


  • Friday 3 January
  • Wednesday 12 February
  • Wednesday 25 March
  • Wednesday 15 April
  • Wednesday 6 May
  • Wednesday 20 May
  • Wednesday 3 June
  • Wednesday 17 June
  • Wednesday 1 July
  • Wednesday 8 July
  • Wednesday 15 July
  • Wednesday 22 July
  • Wednesday 5 August
  • Wednesday 12 August
  • Wednesday 19 August
  • Wednesday 26 August
  • Wednesday 2 September
  • Wednesday 9 September

*Test dates are provisional and subject to change.


Applicants based in the UK who have already met our English Language entry requirements can be tested and interviewed at SOAS at any time by arrangement. Please submit your application and we will contact you.



The next date of our Test and Interview series for 2020 entry for ICC and FDPS will be posted here once the details are fixed (please note: the test scheduled for Saturday, 7 December in Shanghai has been cancelled). 

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 before the test date to

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



Our next entrance test dates in Seoul for 2020 entry to ICC and FDPS will be posted here once they have been fixed. 

In the meantime, please send applications to

Applicants who have already met the English language requirements for the programme can be considered at any time by Skype interview and, if required, emailed essay test.


Other Countries

Face to face interviews will be available when IFCELS staff visit other countries – including Japan, Thailand and Indonesia. Please check our International Visits pages for details of when we will be in your country.