International Summer Programme (with English language)

Our International Summer Programme takes place on the main SOAS campus in central London, giving students the opportunity to experience campus life in Bloomsbury while making the most of everything that a major capital city like London has to offer.

If you are an international student and want to study academic English or have the chance to study a range of subjects, then come to SOAS, University of London in the centre of London. The IFCELS department offers a range of 3 and 6-week summer courses for English language development and introductions to academic subjects too. 

These courses combine academic study and English development in an interactive way and provide a great introduction to studying at an English speaking university.

Application form

Apply for the SOAS International Summer Programme


All courses consist of 18-20 hours of lesson time each week at SOAS University of London's Russell Square campus*. The English language courses cover development of all four language skills with a focus on reading and writing in the mornings and listening and speaking in the afternoons. 

The academic subject courses include lectures, seminar discussions and case studies, and support classes from a subject specialist English teacher. Students also carry out their own independent research and present their work at the end of the course.

Students on the International Summer Programme have access to campus facilities including the university's world-famous library, and accommodation is available in nearby halls of residence. Students also use London as a context for further exploration by going on study trips to interesting and relevant places in this historic capital city.


Course type

Block 1

8-26 July 2024

Block 2

29 July-16 August 2024

Block 3

19 August-6 September 2024


English Language Skills

(3 week course)

English Language Skills

(3 week course)

English Language Skills

(3 week course)


Intensive Academic English

(6 weeks - ends 6 September)

Intensive Academic English

(6 weeks - ends 6 September)

Subject courses
(with English language

Art of the World in London

(3 week course)

World Literature in London

(3 week course)

Introduction to the Media

(3 week course)

Global Business Strategy 

(3 week course)

Environment, Development and Changing World Views   

(3 week course)


International Relations

(3 week course)



Important information

You will need to be at least 18 years of age to apply. 

Recommended English Levels

  • Students choosing an academic subject course are recommended to have at least an intermediate level of English (IELTS 5.5)  in order to understand the lectures, which are delivered at undergraduate level, and to engage in lively discussion in the seminars and tutorials.
  • Students choosing the English Language Skills course are recommended to have at least a lower intermediate level of English (IELTS 4.5).
  • Students choosing the Intensive Academic English course should have the equivalent of at least IELTS 5.0 in each skill subscore. 


As a SOAS Summer School student, you can choose to stay in our halls of residence located within 20 minute of the campus. You will have a single room and private bathroom, and share a kitchen and living space with 4-6 other program attendees. 

Attendees are not divided by country or course, giving you a chance meet people of all interests and from all around the world. As well as the room amenities, you will enjoy unlimited free Wifi in your accommodation and all across campus.

Please note: accommodation is not included in the tuition fees and starts from £52.50 per night, students can if they prefer source their own accommodation for the summer school.

Tuition fees


A 10% discount is available for partner universities

Please note that refunds of course fees are made only at the discretion of SOAS. More information can be found on our terms and conditions.

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