Study Abroad and Exchange students are able to choose from over 400 modules across our 12 departments at SOAS to build a unique programme. Whether you are coming to SOAS for the full year or half the year, you are not restricted to a Study Abroad ‘pathway’, or to one specific department (note that some module restrictions apply).
Value of modules
- 15 credits – Term 1 only OR Term 2/3 only
- 30 credits – Full year module (Term 1 AND Term 2/3)
These are credits not ECTS points. European students should note the following ECTS points:
- 15 UK Credits are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credit points
- 30 UK Credits are equivalent to 15 ECTS credit points
Students coming for just one term will earn 7.5 ECTS points for a 30 credit module.
Some modules have pre-requisite classes, so you will be expected to prove that you have taken a similar module to the pre-requisite at your home institution.
Note: It is your responsibility to contact the relevant module convenor to get permission to take a module that has pre-requisites.
How do I sign up for my modules?
September starters will use our online Module Sign-up System which opens at the beginning of September.
January starters will submit their choices to the Study Abroad team at the beginning of November.
All available modules are subject to change and some may have restrictions on class numbers so we cannot guarantee entry into every module.
For more information on particular modules, contact the Module Convenor (found on the individual module web pages).
Most of the modules taught at SOAS are available for Study Abroad/Exchange Students, however please note that:
- Independent study projects, dissertations and extended essays are not open to Study Abroad/Exchange students as they are not taught modules.
- Language modules are found in the regional departments: South East Asia, South Asia, Africa, China and Inner Asia, Japan and Korea, Near and Middle East.
- It is also your responsibility to check that your preferred classes do not clash by consulting the SOAS timetable.
- Pre-sessional English courses and Language Centre courses do not carry academic credit and incur extra costs.
- Undergraduate students may be allowed to take one Postgraduate module, but only with permission from the Module Convenor. Please send this to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students interested in literature modules will be able to find these across the Schools.
View the list of modules for 2022-2023:
- Anthropology and Sociology
- School of Arts: History of Art and Archaeology, Music
- Development Studies
- East Asian Languages & Cultures: China and Inner Asia, Japan and Korea
- Finance and Management Studies
- History, Religions and Philosophies: History, Religions and Philisophies
- Interdisciplinary Studies: International Studies and Diplomacy, Gender Studies
- Languages, Cultures and Linguistics: Africa, Linguisticts, Near and Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia
- Politics and International Studies
- Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies
- Film Studies
- Media Studies
The Study Abroad/Exchange Programme is designed to host full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students:
- Undergraduate: 120 credits if full year, 4 modules if Term 1 or Term 2/3.
- Postgraduate: 120 credits if full year, 4 modules if Term 1 or Term 2/3.
Any student on a student visa is required by the UKVI to be enrolled full-time for the duration of their studies. We allow students not requiring a student visa to take 3 modules, but only with explicit written approval from their home institution.
Yes - you will only be assessed on the material covered while you are at SOAS, and are therefore eligible to take the first half or second half of a full year module. See our Current Students page for more information on how you'll be assessed.
Our Study Abroad/Exchange Programme is designed for undergraduate and Masters level students to take a full class load at SOAS, and then transfer the academic credit to their home institution.
- If you are interested in only taking 1 or 2 modules at SOAS (or not for academic credit), you should apply as an Associate Student.
- If you are interested in coming to SOAS as a visiting PhD student, you should apply as a Visiting Research Student.
See our Study at SOAS page for a range of non Study Abroad/Exchange options at SOAS including undergraduate study, postgraduate study, distance learning, foundation courses and summer school.