Information for prospective students from Iran
Students from Iran
We are happy to help with any questions you might have about studying at SOAS.
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These are guidelines only and do not guarantee entry. Each application will be judged on its own merits.
Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate, A-Levels or AP examinations will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate programmes.
The Iranian School Leaving Certificate is not acceptable for direct entry. Applicants will be required to complete a Foundation Year before applying for undergraduate study.
Interested students currently domiciled in Iran and holding additional qualifications should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and guidance about applying for undergraduate study at SOAS in 2022/23.
SOAS will consider applications from students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree at a recognised institution in Iran with 14/20.
Research applicants would normally by expected to have completed a Masters qualification from a good university.
In addition, you should check the individual programme of study for any specific academic requirements. Please refer to the postgraduate entry requirements for more information.
Applicants whose first language is not English will normally have to provide evidence of their English language proficiency. Please check our English language requirements for detailed information. SOAS also offers English pre-sessional summer courses which allow students who do not meet the exact entry requirements to improve their language skills before beginning academic study.
Applicants who do not meet the above requirements or would like to improve their English language before studying for a degree could consider applying for one of the undergraduate and postgraduate foundation courses offered at the SOAS IFCELS centre. Students can improve their English while studying academic courses in areas including Development Studies, International Business, Media and Communication and International Politics.
SOAS offers a range of scholarships, bursaries and awards to support students, including the International Postgraduate Scholarship. A number of scholarships are also provided by the University of London, the British Government and other external organisations.
The SOAS Careers Service is part of The Careers Group, University of London, which is the largest higher education careers and employability service in Europe. It provides a range of services and various events throughout the year to help with career choice, job hunting, applications and interview preparation. Students can also get help to find volunteering and employment opportunities during their studies.
SOAS has a global alumni network including tens of thousands of former students. If you would like to contact alumni to ask any questions, please visit SOAS alumni.
- The British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations
- The British Embassy in Iran can provide practical information about travelling to the UK and visas
- UKCISA provides information on many aspects of studying in the UK, including visa advice
- UCAS is the body through which all applications for undergraduate study in the UK must be made
- UKVI provides current advice and guidance on immigration and visa regulations for non-UK nationals