Information for prospective students from Malaysia

Students from Malaysia

We have gathered specific information for Malaysian students interested in studying at SOAS.

In these uncertain times, we want to reassure you that SOAS is looking forward to welcoming new and continuing students in September 2020. We are delivering all of our teaching, assessment and support for current students online for the remainder of the year - and we will be ready to start the new academic year in September. Find out more about how SOAS is responding to Covid-19.

In the meantime, join our Virtual Open Days at SOAS, Offer Holder chat rooms, and learn about campus life with our upcoming webinars. Check out our events for more information.

Contact us

Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4700

If you would like to contact Amy Mitchell-Bell, our International Recruitment and Engagement Officer for South Asia and Southeast Asia, you can email her directly:

SOAS staff regularly travel overseas to meet with students who are interested in studying at SOAS. More information can be found in our listings for events in your country

In-country representatives

SOAS works with the following educational representatives in Malaysia. Please contact them directly for more information about applying to SOAS. If you have any comments about these representatives, please contact Amy Mitchell-Bell:

Minimum entry requirements

These are guidelines only and do not guarantee entry. Each application will be judged on its own merits.

Undergraduate study

The Malaysia Certificate of Secondary Education (SPM) is not sufficient for entry to a SOAS undergraduate degree. STPM at grades equivalent to UK ‘A’ Levels or applicants offering either ‘A’ levels or the IB Diploma will be considered.

In addition you should check the individual programme of study for any specific academic requirements. Further information is available on undergraduate entry requirements.

Graduate study

Applicants with a Bachelor degree from the International Islamic University should have a cumulative GPA of 3.3.

Applications are welcome from students with a Bachelor degree from other Malaysian universities with upper second class honours.

Research applicants would normally be 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 prospects or postgraduate entry requirements..

English language proficiency

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 does offer English summer courses (‘pre-sessionals’) for those who do not meet the exact entry requirements so that students have the opportunity to improve their language skills before beginning academic study.

Foundation Courses

Those applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements or would like to improve their English language before studying for a degree, could consider applying for one of the foundation degrees offered at the SOAS IFCELS centre.

Students can improve their English while studying academic courses in an area of their choice, including Development Studies, International Business, Media and Communication and International Politics.


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

For a full list please visit scholarships and bursaries.


The SOAS Careers Service is part of The Careers Group, University of London, which is the biggest careers service in the country. The Careers Service provides a range of services including a careers information library, career counselling services and various events throughout the year, to help with career choice, job hunting, applications and interviews.


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

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