SOAS University of London


Information for Prospective Students from Qatar

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Welcome to the country page for Qatar.


We are happy to help with any questions you might have about studying at SOAS.

You can contact the International Office using or email Laura Connaway, International Recruitment Manager (Middle East and Africa), via

Information about upcoming visits and virtual events taking place in the Middle East region can be found on our Meet SOAS Staff in Your Area pages.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The below 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 Qatar who have completed the Senior School 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 Qatar with a GPA of 3.0/4.0, 3.5/5.0, 70% overall or 7/10.

Research applicants would normally by 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 requirements. Please refer to the Postgraduate Admissions pages 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 the English language requirements page 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.

Foundation Courses

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 courses offered through the IFCELS centre at SOAS. International 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.

In-Country Representatives

SOAS works with a number of local representatives in Qatar 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 the SOAS Alumni website.

Useful Links

  • The British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations
  • The British Embassy in Qatar can provide practical information about travelling to the UK and visas
  • UKCISA provides information on many aspects of studying in the UK, including visa advice
  • UCAS is the body through which all applications for undergraduate study in the UK must be made
  • UKVI provides current advice and guidance on immigration and visa regulations for non-UK nationals