Information for prospective students from Nepal

Students from Nepal

We have gathered specific information for Nepalese 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

Please feel free to contact the Student Recruitment Office for more information about applying to SOAS:

Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4700

If you would like to contact Alberto Demo, our International Recruitment Manager for South Asia and South-East Asia, please email him directly at

SOAS Staff make regular overseas visits to meet students who are interested in studying at SOAS. More information can be found in our listings for events in your country.

Minimum entry requirements

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

Undergraduate study

Applicants from Nepal who have completed the Higher Secondary School Certificate are required to take a one year university foundation programme.
The International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies Centre (IFCELS) at SOAS offers a preparatory year for international students seeking undergraduate degrees at British universities.
Students who have completed the International Baccaclaureate, A-Levels or AP examinations will be considered for direct entry to our undergraduate programmes.

Postgraduate study

Please contact us for support with Postgraduate applications.

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 admissions pages.

In-country representatives

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

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 courses) 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 wide-range of 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 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 alumni to ask any questions, please visit SOAS alumni.

Useful links

  • The British Council is the British Government's international organisation for educational and cultural relations. Their website is designed for those seeking information and advice on education and contemporary arts in the UK.
  • Education UK is produced by the British Council to help international students interested in a UK course or qualification.
  • UKCISA - The UK Council for International Students Affairs provides information on many aspects of studying overseas, including visas and working while studying.
  • The UK Visas and Immigration also has up to date information on immigration and visa requirements.
  • UCAS - The Universities and Colleges Admission Service is the body through which all applications for undergraduate study must be made.
  • The British Embassy in Nepal may also be able to help you with information about travelling to the UK.