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

Students who have completed recognised international qualifications, such as the International Baccalaureate, A-Levels or AP examinations, will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate programmes. For more information, please view our undergraduate entry requirements.

Applicants from Bahrain who have completed the General Secondary Education Certificate will be required to complete a Foundation Year before applying for undergraduate study.

Postgraduate study

SOAS will consider all applicants holding the equivalent of UK Lower Second-Class Honours undergraduate degree. For more information, please view our postgraduate entry requirements.

In addition, you should check the individual programme of study for any specific academic requirements.

Research applicants would normally be expected to have completed a Masters qualification from a good university.

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.