Information for prospective students from the United Arab Emirates
Students from the UAE
We are happy to help with any questions you might have about studying at SOAS.
You can contact the International Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or email Laura Connaway, International Recruitment Manager (Middle East and Africa): email@example.com
Information about upcoming visits and virtual events taking place in the Middle East region can be found in our listings for events in your country.
Minimum entry requirements
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.
Applicants from the UAE who have completed the Thanawiyah General Secondary Education Certificate will be required to complete a Foundation Year before applying for undergraduate study.
SOAS will consider applications from students who have completed a Bachelor's degree from a recognised institution in the UAE with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 3.2/5.0.
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 requirments. Please refer to the postgraduate entry requirements for more information.
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 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.
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 undergraduate and postgraduate foundation degrees 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.
SOAS works with a number of local representatives in the UAE who can support you with applying and any questions you might have.
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 the UAE where you can find information about all aspects of the UK, as well as practical 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