Academic Summer School

Academic Summer School (credit-bearing)

Key information

3 weeks
Start of programme
26 June to 16 July 2023
Attendance mode
Russell Square, College Buildings

Fees: £2,000 (Home/Overseas students)
Funding and scholarships:

  • Ambassador Scholarship £2,000
  • Alumni discount scheme 20% for 2023 and 10% discount for 2024
Entry requirements

Applicants should have completed at least one year of an undergraduate programme with good academic standing.

See English language requirements

Course overview

Join the SOAS Academic Summer School this year and study with us in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

With a diverse range of credit-bearing courses and a carefully curated social programme, the Academic Summer School offers a unique insight into student life in the heart of London. Whether you want to earn credit, develop your knowledge, or connect with students from around the world, the Academic Summer School is an exciting opportunity to immerse yourself into life as SOAS student.

Why Study with the Academic Summer School at SOAS?

Attending the SOAS Academic Summer School allows you to:

  • Earn credit whilst studying your perfect summer course.
  • Receive up to a 20% Alumni discount on our postgraduate programmes in 2023 and 10% for our postgraduate in 2024.
  • Experience London life as a student in one of the UK's most international universities.
  • Explore our world-renowned library, one of only five National Research libraries in the UK.
  • Develop academic rigour and engage in robust debate, shaped by the unique lens of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
  • Immerse yourself in your studies by participating in academic-led field trips across London, such as visiting the Imperial War Museum or embarking on a historic walking tour.
  • Experience the wide range of activities that SOAS has to offer beyond your core studies with our social programme, from boat trips to world music.
  • Join a diverse and esteemed network of students, with recent graduates going on to work for the UN, BBC, Amnesty International, Bloomberg, and more.

Applications for the Academic Summer School are now open and will close on 31 May 2023. International applicants are encouraged to apply earlier if they require a visa to study in the UK on a short-term programme.


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 £47 per night, students can if they prefer source their own accommodation for the summer school. 

For more information email


Our summer courses are 15 credit modules taught intensively over a 3-week period. You can only select one of these modules to study in the summer. 

Teaching will consist of a range of methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work and independent reading, alongside academic-led excursions, field trips and guest lectures. 

Each module will have its own assessment and these can be found on the modules pages. Modules are assessed through a variety of methods including short and long essays, examinations, oral presentations, and response papers.

Important notice: Student who attend the full duration of the summer school will be granted a certificate of completion, those who complete all necessary assessments as well as attending the summer school in full will be granted a certificate and transcript showing the credits achieved.

Teaching and learning

Programme learning outcomes


  • Inter-and multidisciplinary specialist understanding of the subject and discipline
  • Knowledge of the comparative and historical contexts of 
  • Theories and practices of criticism and analysis in relation to core topics in the given field of study in relation in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe
  • Understanding of the disciplinary range of the field and the necessity of engagement with the topic and discipline studied
  • Familiarity with various frameworks and key concepts that enable the integration of a variety of perspectives around the subject and discipline of study.

Intellectual (thinking) skills

  • Precision in assessment of evidence and argumentation
  • Capacity to discuss theoretical and epistemological issues in an articulate, informed, and intellectual manner
  • Precision and critical acumen in the assessment of scholarly arguments and interpretations;
  • The ability to assess evidence and arguments independently
  • Effective presentation of complex theoretical arguments and their relationship to empirical data
  • Theoretical and regional expertise in order to develop and apply self-reflexive approaches to dominant issues in the relevant academic subject and discipline.

Subject-based practical skills

  • Academic and professional writing to the highest standards
  • IT-based information retrieval, processing and data organisation
  • Fieldwork and archival research techniques
  • Research project design
  • Presentational skills
  • Independent study skills
  • Reflexive learning.

Transferable skills

  • Problem solving and research skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical and independent thought
  • Synthesising of difficult and wide ranging empirical material
  • Regional specialism
  • Working to deadlines and to high standards of presentation and argumentation
  • Ability to make assessments involving complex factors.

Fees and funding


£2,000 (Home/Overseas students)

Payment should be made through our online store

    Tuition fee discounts for alumni

    SOAS graduates can save up to 20% on their future studies with us.

    • Receive up to 20% off the Summer School if you are a SOAS Alumni
    • Receive up to 20% off your next programme after you complete the SOAS Academic Summer School 
    • Equivalent to between £2,444-£3,468 reduction on Home fee payers and £4,870-£5,127 reduction on International fee payers. 
    Eligibility criteria for 20% fee reduction
    • Students who have an undergraduate degree or master's degree in any subject, or a graduate diploma in Economics from SOAS (excludes distance learning programmes)
    • Students who have an IFCELs ICC or FDPS Pre-Masters (excludes distance learning programmes)
    • Students who have completed a fee-paying Study Abroad programme (semester or full year) or Academic Summer School.
    Restrictions and exemptions
    • The reduction only applies to the first year of full time course or equivalent part-time enrolment.
    • The reduction only applies for students progressing onto a higher qualification than previously studied at SOAS (for example Masters degree to PhD).
    • Students who previously studied the Graduate Diploma in Economics must be progressing onto one of the following degrees: Economics, Development Economics, Finance and Development, Global Economic Governance and Policy, Political Economy of Development and Research for International Development.
    • You cannot receive the SOAS Alumni discount if you have already received another discount / scholarship from the University, such as the SOAS Family Bursary.
    • Not available for students studying online distance learning programmes
    Receiving the discount
    • You do not need to apply; the discount will be applied automatically once you have enrolled. Please deduct the discount amount when paying your tuition fees.
    • The discounts are open to UK, EU and Overseas fee status students.

    Please contact for any queries regarding any of this information.


    The SOAS Academic Summer School is delighted to offer three tuition-fee waiver scholarships to passionate students with a desire to make a difference in the world. The scholarships will cover the tuition fee for one Academic Summer School course in 2023.

    Applications for our 2023 Ambassador Scholarship
    • The scholarships cover the tuition-fee only.
    • Ambassador Scholars will be required to take part in promotional activities to promote the Academic Summer School and the scholarship scheme.
    • Please note that the cancellation policy for courses also applies for the Ambassador Scholarship, please ensure that you refer to the summer school terms and conditions for further information.
    Who are we looking for?

    We are looking for highly motivated, academically driven students with a desire to make a positive change in the world. If this sounds like you, please follow the steps to apply:

    How to apply for the Ambassador Scholarship

    To apply for the Scholarship, you must first hold a conditional offer of a place on an Academic Summer School course. To make your application, simply complete our online application form. The deadline for scholarship submissions is 30 April 2023.

    Once you have received your conditional offer, you must submit:

    • A video (no longer than two minutes) of yourself answering the following question:
      • SOAS inspires students to make a difference in the world. What inspires you and how will your chosen summer course help you to make a difference?

    You can approach the creation of your video any way you like – we do not assess the artistic quality of the video, so please feel free to use a mobile phone or tablet when recording.

    Submissions should be sent to

    Scholarship application outcome

    Successful applicants will be notified by 14 May 2023 at the latest. Unsuccessful applicants will be contacted, however due to the high volume of submissions received we will not be able to provide individual feedback.