SOAS University of London

Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Year Abroad Procedures and Contacts

Year Abroad Procedures

Year Abroad Co-ordinator in Department (see list below)
  • is responsible for all academic matters relating to students
  • briefs students upon departure
  • keeps in regular contact with students during year abroad
  • generates a list of contact details for each students: email, phone etc
  • makes arrangements for alternative academic program together with Associate Dean (UG) in case of emergencies
  • if they are the first to hear of an emergency that goes beyond academic matters, they must contact faculty based admin who will alert students services
Year Abroad Co-ordinator in Faculty – Student Support Office (room 351)
  • has detailed information on all year abroad agreements
  • alerts staff when agreement needs to be renewed
  • has central database on all students on year abroad including contact details
  • liaises between Academic Co-ordinator and  the school's Student Services in relation to emergency procedures
  • provides support to academic Year Abroad Co-ordinator
Student and Registry Services 
  • has details of academic coordinators and faculty-based administrator with YA responsibility, who will normally be the primary contact
  • In the event of an emergency:
    • takes responsibility for decisions on evacuation and other emergency procedures
    • takes responsibility for communication with affected students
    • liaises with embassies, FCO etc

Year Abroad Co-ordinators

Language Co-ordinator
Arabic Wen-chin Ouyang
Bengali Francesca Orsini
Burmese Justin Watkins
Chinese Lik Suen
Hebrew Tamar Drukker
Hindi Naresh Sharma
Indonesian Ben Murtagh
Japanese Akiko Furukawa
Korean Kyung-Eun Lee
Nepali Michael Hutt
Swahili Chege Githiora
Thai Sud Chonchirdsin
Tibetan Marta Sernesi
Turkish Yorgos Dedes
Vietnamese Dana Healy

SOAS Contacts

Language Year Abroad Co-ordinator at SOAS - see table above

Faculty Office, Student Support

Faculty of Languages and Cultures
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4044

Dean, Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Prof. Lutz Marten
Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4653

Associate Dean, Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Dr Mustafa Shah
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4341

Interim Director of Student and Registry Services