SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Student Profiles

Some of the things our students and alumni have said about us:

Ally Clifton

BA Chinese and Politics

Ally Clifton

SOAS gives you an understanding of non-western languages, cultures and countries which is increasingly important in a globalised world.

Osman Diallo

MSc State, Society and Development

Osman Diallo

SOAS is the place to be


Mariam Iqbal

BA Economics and Politics

Mariam Iqbal

If I were to summarise SOAS in one sentence it would be that it is a great place to prepare me for the future.

Ingrida Kerusauskaite

BA Development Studies and Politics

Ingrida Kerusauskaite

SOAS is a unique University that combines both academic excellence and a vibrant, active and innovative student body.


Benita Ngere

BA Politics and Economics

Benita Ngere

SOAS is a World class organisation, with not only state of art teaching facilities but also a wide ranging mix of students, ranging from various parts of the globe

Judith Nubold

MSc Middle East Politics

Judith Nubold

It is the unique SOAS community that makes studying here so special


Michael Sinacore, Boston College

Study Abroad Programme

Mike Sinacore

Living in Dinwiddy was amazing. My flatmates were all very welcoming. Because of them, I feel like I got a full British experience

Soumaya Tidjani

BA Politics and History

Soumaya Tidjani

Having now experienced SOAS life, I can say there really is no other place quite like it


Charles Beard

MSc Middle East Politics

Male Outline

SOAS gave me the skills necessary to achieve what I have.

Christine Wright

MSc International Politics (Middle East)

Female Outline

I think the key factors that helped me get the jobs were my degree choice, prior experience and my language skills.


Daniel Norfolk

MSc African Politics

Daniel Norfolk

SOAS has provided me with extremely useful tools for this new direction.

Erwin Tadiar

BA Economics and Politics

Erwin Tadiar

My time at SOAS helped deepen my appreciation and respect for other cultures and also fired an interest in languages.


Henk Veldman

MSc African Politics

Male Outline

It was a great time and I met a lot of interesting people. [SOAS] made me understand a little bit better how Africa works.


Jennifer Elinow

MSc Middle East Politics and History

Female Outline

Studying Middle Eastern politics and governmental affairs at SOAS was a key point in obtaining the job.

Jennifer Riddell

BA Politics and History, MA History

Jennifer Riddell

Graduating from SOAS set me apart when I was applying for jobs.


Jonathan Tench

MSc African Politics

Male Outline

SOAS was crucial to my career development. I would not be in my role today if it wasn't for the knowledge I gained on international development and politics.

Lanre Akinola

BA Politics

Lanre Akinola

SOAS is the ideal place for people interested in emerging market geographies.


Luke Massey

MSc International Politics

Luke Massey

SOAS is a great place to learn about and discuss politics, and I owe a lot to some inspiring lecturers and students.

Samantha Sultoon

MSc Middle East Politics

Female Outline

I was told that the time that I spent in the region, along with my language skills, were significant factors in helping me to secure this role.


Michael Schmid
POL - UG - Michael Schmid - BA Politics - IMG 240,186,165,56

SOAS has allowed me to focus on politics in a particular region of interest and also study a language of that area.

Rishika Singh
POL - UG - Rishika Singh - BA Politics and International Relations - IMG 240,186,165,56

SOAS has undoubtedly proven to be a myriad of unique and brilliant experiences - all thanks to its exceptionally diverse student body and world-class faculty. Neither leave any stone unturned to make SOAS the vibrant, spirited and accepting space that it is.


Jasmin Amiri
POL - UG - Jasmin Amiri - BA Economics and Politics - IMG 240,186,165,56

SOAS has allowed me to explore a plethora of ideas, themes and concepts that would simply not be the same elsewhere.


Ines Fakiri
POL - UG - Ines Fakiri - BA Development Studies and Politics - IMG 240,186,165,56

Studying at SOAS has completely reshaped the certainties I had of the world surrounding me. Mindblowing experience of learning how to effectively criticise and reassess prejudices about societies, culture and the world.

Yumeng Li
POL - UG - Yumeng Li - BA International Relations - IMG 240,186,165,56

All the staff and students are passionate about what they are doing, the class is always full of energy and fun.


Arzu Abbasova
POL - UG - Arzu Abbasova - BA International Relations - IMG 240,186,165,56

SOAS is more than a university and a place to get an education, it is a community and a big diverse family.