SOAS University of London

Study Abroad / Exchange Programme at SOAS

How to Apply

Applying to the Study Abroad / Exchange Programme is very simple!  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 Study Abroad student, but we also maintain agreements with particular universities and receive Exchange students from Japan, Korea, and India as well as students from European countries participating in the Erasmus programme.  

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.  

All other students are welcome to apply as Study Abroad Students.  


Study Abroad students can be sponsored by their home institution, come to SOAS via a Study Abroad provider or are welcome to 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 (EU and Overseas):

Fee status can either be Home/EU or Overseas. The main criterion for Home/EU fee status is settled residency: 3 years ordinary residence in the UK or EU country for purposes other than full-time education. The 3 years is normally the period preceding 1 September before the start of your degree programme.  Please be prepared to provide evidence of residency.

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. One week in each term is designated as a Reading Week where no formal 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.

2020/21 Term Dates
Term 1: 28 September - 18 December 2020
  • Arrive by: 26 September 2020
  • Orientation/ Welcome Week: 28 September - 2 October 2020
  • Teaching Begins: 5 October 2020
  • Reading Week: 9-13 November 2020
  • Teaching Ends: 18 December 2020
Term 2: 11 January – 26 March 2021
  • Arrive by: 9 January 2021
  • Orientation Day: 10 January 2021
  • Teaching Begins: 11 January 2021
  • Reading Week: 15–19 February 2021
  • Teaching Ends: 26 March 2021
Term 3 (Exam term): 26 April–18 June 2021

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 are found on the Entry Requirements page. 

Application Form and Instructions

Please use the  Study Abroad and Exchange Application Form (pdf; 716kb)  

The application is meant to be completed electronically, saved and then scanned and emailed. Applications will only be accepted via e-mail and should not be sent via post/international mail.   

Step 1 - Applicant/student completes 

The applicant/student should complete the sections in Step 1 and electronically sign the Student Declaration. 

Step 2 - Applicant/student collects necessary documents

The applicant/student should then collect the necessary documents in Step 2 including: One Academic Reference, Official Home Institution Transcript, and Proof of English Proficiency (if applicable) and submit all documents to his/her Home Institution (International/Erasmus/Exchange/Study Abroad Office) or Study Abroad Provider.

Step 3 - Home Institution/Study Abroad Provider completes and signs

The student/applicant's Home Institution's International/Erasmus/Exchange/Study Abroad Office or Study Abroad Provider will complete Step 3 and sign the Declaration.  

Step 4 - International/Erasmus/Exchange/Study Abroad Office submits to SOAS 

The Home Institution/Study Abroad Provider will gather all of the relevant documents, save all documents into one PDF per student. Please save the PDF as 'FAMILY NAME, first name' and e-mail one PDF per student to  We can also accept applications to be sent directly by students.

If saving as one PDF is not possible, please save this form as one pdf and gather supplemental documents into an additional PDF. Applications will not be accepted in hard copy. 

Once you receive your offer, please see Steps for New Students for further information.  

Application Deadlines

Students/International Offices must ensure that the application reaches SOAS by the following dates:

September Start: Full year / Term 1: 30 June
January Start: Terms 2 & 3: 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 deadline dates.

Late applications are considered at the discretion of the Study Abroad Office; acceptance after the deadline is not guaranteed. 

Study Abroad Provider Information 

Alternatively you can apply through one of the providers below, all of which have offices in the US. If you are considering applying to SOAS through any of these organisations then 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