Information for prospective students from Russia

Students from Russia

This page contains specific information for students from Russia.

Contact us

Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4700

Details of any upcoming visits can be found in our listings for events in your country.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate study

The Russian Attestat (Certificate of Secondary Education) is not sufficient for entry to a SOAS undergraduate degree. Applicants from Russia would be expected to take a one year university foundation programme unless they have alternative qualifications eg: IB, A-Levels, APs.

The International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies Centre (IFCELS) at SOAS offers a preparatory year for international students seeking entry to undergraduate degrees at British universities.

International Baccalaureate: For International Baccalaureate (IB) applicants we require between 32 and 38 points depending on the programme applied for.

For full details please see our undergraduate entry requirements.

Postgraduate study

For further information about postgraduate entry requirements for students from Russia, please contact:

English language requirements

To ensure that you can fully benefit from your studies at SOAS, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our minimum English language entry requirements .

Foundation course

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 programmes 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.

In-country representatives

We work with the educational representative ITEC in Russia. For further information 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.

Useful links

  • The British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Their Russia website is a useful resource for education in the UK and other cultural information.
  • The British Embassy in Russia where you can find information about all aspects of the UK and information about VISAS .
  • 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, including visa advice.