Why study at SOAS?

SOAS: The World's University

SOAS: The World's University

At SOAS we interrogate the great challenges of our time - climate change, political and social polarisation, and inequality - through a global lens. 

Our mission is to develop local and global knowledge, international perspectives, engage in robust debate, and teach the necessary skills required to be a global citizen - one who is capable of making an impact in a changing world.

SOAS in stats

6th in the UK

for employability (QS World University Rankings 2023)

Top 30 in the UK

(The Times Good University Guide 2023)

135+ countries

represented across our student body

87% of research

ranked 'world leading or internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2021)


Teaching Excellence Framework 2023

Top 50 in the world for internationalism

QS World University Rankings 2024

A student network that spans the globe

Studying at SOAS you'll join an interconnected network of over 50,000 SOAS past and present students worldwide. Whether for networking opportunities, or for friendships that span decades, you'll always cherish the relationships you built during your SOAS years.

Louise Callaghan, Middle East correspondent and SOAS graduate

"I made really good friends, and met people who ended up becoming useful contacts. Working in the Middle East, it was a huge advantage to have been at SOAS because you make all these connections that you can use later on in life."

— Louise Callaghan, Middle East correspondent and SOAS graduate