SOAS University of London


Key Dates - Term Dates

The academic year at SOAS consists of three terms, the first two roughly 11 weeks long and the third usually eight weeks in length. The autumn and spring terms include a reading week.

Opening Hours

The School buildings are open from 8.15am to 9.30pm Monday to Friday and 8.15am to 5.00pm on Saturdays (after 1pm for staff and students only). 
The School is closed on Sundays.

The Library ‚Äčmay be open during School closure days. Please see the Library opening times for more information.

School Terms 2016/2017

First Term

Term Dates: Monday 26 September 2016 – Friday 16 December 2016
Teaching begins: Monday 3 October 2016
Reading Week: Monday 7 – Friday 11 November 2016

Second Term

Term Dates: Monday 9 January 2017 – Friday 24 March 2017
Reading Week: Monday 13 – Friday 17 February 2017

Third Term

Term Dates: Monday 24 April 2017 – Friday 16 June 2017

Examination Period 2016/2017

Examination period: Wednesday 10 May to Tuesday 6 June 2017
Summer re-sits (for eligible Undergraduates only) Wednesday 23 August to Wednesday 30 August 2017

Other Important Dates 2016/2017

Graduation: 26-28 July 2017

Dates of Closure 2016/2017*

*The Library will be open during these closure periods. Details of the Library opening times.

The School will be closed from 4.00pm on Thursday 22 December 2016 and will reopen on
Tuesday 3 January 2017.
For the period Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday inclusive (13 April 2017 – 17 April 2017)
On the May Day Bank Holiday (Monday 1 May 2017) and the preceding Saturday;
On the Spring Bank Holiday (Monday 29 May 2017) and the preceding Saturday,
On the Late Summer Holiday (Monday 28 August 2017) and the preceding Saturday.