Information for prospective students from France

Students from France

This page contains specific information for students from France.


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Entry requirements

Undergraduate study

Students who have completed recognised international qualifications, such as the International Baccalaureate, A-Levels or AP examinations, will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate programmes. For more information, please view our undergraduate entry requirements.

Applicants from France who have completed the General Secondary Education Certificate will be required to complete a Foundation Year before applying for undergraduate study.

Postgraduate study

SOAS will consider all applicants holding the equivalent of UK Lower Second-Class Honours undergraduate degree. For more information, please view our postgraduate entry requirements.

In addition, you should check the individual programme of study for any specific academic requirements.

Research applicants would normally be expected to have completed a Masters qualification from a good university.

English language requirements

SOAS accepts the French Baccalaureat OIB Bilingual with a score of 11 and the French Baccalaureat General in English with a score of 13 (assez bien) in English, where the co-efficient applied to the subject is greater than 1. These scores allow for entry with an Insessional requirement.

Socrates/ Erasmus Exchange and Study Abroad

SOAS has Erasmus exchange agreements with a number of universities in France through which undergraduate and postgraduate students can study for one year or one semester at SOAS as part of their degree. More information can be found on the Socrates/ Erasmus pages. In the first instance students should speak to the exchanges or international office in their university for application details.

If your university does not have an exchange agreement with SOAS then you can still apply to spend one semester or one year at SOAS as part of your undergraduate degree on the 'Study Abroad' programme. Further information and an application form can be found in our Study Abroad section or please contact


SOAS offers a range of scholarships, bursaries and awards to support students. There are other scholarships provided by the University of London, the British Government and other external organisations.

For further information please visit Scholarships.

UK/EU Funding

French students who are eligible for UK/EU fees can also apply for a loan from Student Finance. The loan covers your tuition fees, is paid direct to SOAS and does not need to be paid back until after you complete your studies.

SOAS Careers Service

The SOAS Careers Service can help you to find volunteering opportunities and can provide information and advice on finding paid employment during your studies and after graduation. There will be a number of jobs (both voluntary and paid) within SOAS itself (for example, in the Students’ Union or cafe) and you can look out for these opportunities through the Careers Service or via the Students’ Union.


SOAS has alumni all over the world, if you would like to contact an alum to ask any questions, please visit SOAS alumni

Useful links

  • The British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Their France website is a useful resource for education in the UK and other cultural information
  • The British Embassy in France where you can find information about all aspects of the UK
  • UCAS - the Universities and Colleges Admission Service is the central organisation through which undergraduate applications are processed for entry to Higher Education
  • UKCISA - the Council for International Student Affairs provides information on many aspects of studying in the UK