Associate Student programme


The Associate Student programme is very flexible and allows students to study at SOAS for a short time without studying full-time or following a specific degree, certificate or diploma.

As an Associate Student you can choose to take one or more courses at either the undergraduate or postgraduate level.  You will be a fully integrated SOAS student with access to all of the events and facilities of the School but you will not be expected to take any assessments unless you choose to.

Students are required to demonstrate the potential to be able to study at undergraduate level.

Note regarding student visas: If you require a student visa to study in the UK, you will not be able to apply for an Associate student programme.

Similarly, if you currently hold a student visa for study at another institution you will not be permitted to register as an Associate Student at SOAS.

How to apply

Applicants for one or more courses should complete the Associate Student application form.

Application deadline

The application deadline for each term is as follows (yearly):

  • Term 1: 1 September 
  • Term 2: 1 December


For fee information, please refer to our Tuition fees

On campus modules

You can choose to study modules on campus or take certain language modules via distance learning.

See a full list of SOAS Schools and departments and browse through all of the unique courses that SOAS has to offer on campus.

A full year course counts as one 30 credits, while a course that runs in either term 1 or in term 2 is an 15 credits.

If you have any queries regarding an on-campus associate student application please email:

Online Language modules

The language modules offered by the Department of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics (LCL) are available to distance learning Associate Students. We welcome students from around the world to join these language classes alongside SOAS degree students.

The fees for language modules taken by distance learning Associate Students are £850 for 15 credit modules (1 term) and £1695 for 30 credits (2 terms). Courses are assessed and credit-bearing.

Associate Students may be undergraduates or graduates who will apply for the undergraduate (UG) or postgraduate version (PG) of the language module, respectively. The language content of both modules is the same. Follow the links in the list and contact the convenor for each course for further information. For other queries contact Naresh Sharma (email:

South East Asian languages

African languages

Languages of the Near and Middle East

South Asian languages

Study abroad

Undergraduate or postgraduate students interested in studying full time at SOAS for one term or one year to form part of their degree at another university should apply through the Study Abroad programme.