SOAS University of London

Study Abroad / Exchange Programme at SOAS

How to Apply

Please see below links for more information on the different steps you should take in making your application.


We receive applications from undergraduate and postgraduate students from all over the world, contributing to the extremely diverse student body at SOAS.  Any student is welcome to apply to SOAS as a fee-paying Study Abroad student. We also maintain exchange agreements with a number of international partner universities.

Exchange Partnerships

Students from one of our partner institutions should contact the home institution’s International Office to find out more information about being nominated to SOAS as an exchange student.  


Study Abroad students can be sponsored by their home institution, come to SOAS via a Study Abroad provider or enrol directly.  Nominated exchange students are not charged SOAS tuition fees. Please see our website for more information about Fees & Expenses.

Information for dual nationality students (Overseas):

Fee status can either be Home or Overseas. The main criterion for Home fee status is settled residency: 3 years ordinary residence in the UK for purposes other than full-time education. 

Term Dates

We offer three study options: Full academic year, Term 1 only or Term 2 & 3.  While Term 1 and Term 2 include teaching, Term 3 is an examination term where little teaching takes place. To take full advantage of all SOAS and London have to offer, we recommend enrolling for the full academic year. 

  • Full academic year (Autumn and Spring semesters): September – June,
  • Term 1 only (Autumn semester): September – December, or
  • Terms 2 and 3 only (Spring semester): January – June

Please note: we do not offer a Terms 1 and 2 programme.

2021/22 Term Dates
Term 1: 27 September - 17 December 2021
  • Orientation/ Welcome Week: 27 September - 1 October 2021
  • Teaching Begins: 4 October 2021
  • Reading Week: 8-12 November 2021
  • Teaching Ends: 17 December 2021
Term 2: 10 January – 25 March 2022
  • Teaching Begins: 10 January 2022
  • Reading Week: 14–18 March 2022
  • Teaching Ends: 25 March 2022
Term 3 (Exam term): 25 April–17 June 2022

See SOAS Term Dates for the most up-to-date information available.

Entry Requirements 

More detailed information about our academic requirements and English proficiency requirements can be found on the Entry Requirements page. 

Application Form and Instructions

Please use the  Study Abroad and Exchange Application Form (pdf; 420kb)  

The application should be completed electronically and submitted via email in one combined PDF labelled 'FAMILY NAME, first name' to

Please ensure that all additional documents requested in Step 2 of the application are included, such as an academic reference, official academic transcript and proof of English language proficiency (if applicable).

Step 3 of the application should be completed and signed by the International or Study Abroad Office at the applicant's home institution.

Please note that applications will not be accepted in hard copy. 

Application Deadlines

Please ensure that Study Abroad and Exchange applications reach SOAS by the following dates:

September Start (Full year / Term 1 only): 30 June
January Start (Terms 2/3 only): 31 October

We aim to process all application within three weeks, however it may take longer at peak times.

Please note that these are the deadlines for direct application only. If you are applying through a provider then please contact them for their application deadlines.

Late applications are considered at the discretion of the Study Abroad Office.

Study Abroad Provider Information 

If you are considering applying to SOAS through a study abroad provider, please contact the following:

Arcadia University, Center for Education Abroad:

Kelly Sheaffer
Web: Arcadia University

Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA):

Aimee Formo
Web:  IFSA-Butler

IES Abroad

Alice Kerby
Web: IES Abroad