Academic and Other Support
We hope you enjoy your time at SOAS, whether it be for one term or the full year. This page is designed to provide information that you may need in order to be successful in your academic studies and in getting the best study abroad experience.
You are encouraged to contact the Student Engagement Team (SET) if you have any questions or issues. The SET is your main point of contact during your time at SOAS.
Student Engagement Team
firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to the Student Hub for initital enquiries
- Department Office Support
- Academic Advisors and Study Support
- Student Advice and Well-being
- Students' Union and Getting Involved
- Assessments, Submission and Extensions
- Grade Conversion and Marking Guidelines
- SOAS Credit Conversion to your Home Institution
- Assessment Regulations and Plagiarism
Department offices can offer advice and guidance on navigating individual modules. Office numbers can be found on each specific department page
Your Academic Advisor can offer advice and guidance on all aspects of study and academic life at SOAS
Study Abroad/Erasmus Student Academic Advisor
Dr. Roy Fiscel, email@example.com
Roy is based in the History department. Please note that for advice pertaining to specific subjects and majors, you may find it useful to approach convenors within the relevant departments.
Learning and Teaching Development offers all students extra support with their academic studies. All students can receive help, whether you are at SOAS for the full year or one term. The department runs one-to-one tutorials, workshops and also has 'help yourself' resources online. You might wish to speak to them about:
- Using the online Bloomsbury Learning Environment (Moodle)
- Planning and structuring essays
- Listening to lectures and taking notes
- Managing your time
- Giving presentations
- Preparing for and doing exams
- Working with long reading lists/ adapting to an independent learning style
- Dyslexia/dyspraxia support
To find their resources, see a list of forthcoming workshops or to make an appointment for a tutorial, please visit the Study Skills site
The main Student Advice and Well-being office is based in Paul Webley Wing, Senate House. They can offer advice and support on a range of areas relating to student life, for example, on money and budgeting, health, faith and spiritual practices in London and complimentary therapies. They also have the following specialist services:
- International Student and Welfare Advice
- Disability Advice
- Mental Health and Well-being Advice
- SOAS Chaplaincy (based in the Faber Building at Russell Square)
All services are free and confidential. For further information about all of these services, as well as information about their drop-in times, how to make an appointment and their online materials, please visit Student Advice and Wellbeing.
All of the societies, events and facilities of the SOAS Students' Union are open to Study Abroad and Exchange students, so get involved! The Students' Union website has a full list of all the societies available, an events calendar and welfare information and you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Your student sabbatical officers are based on the ground floor of the main building at Russell Square, next to the student common room.
Check out SOAS' London - a chance for SOAS students to share their favourite places in London in one network.
If you are at SOAS for the full academic year then you must complete the same assessments as the degree students in your classes. Full year students are expected to be present for Term 3 exam period and cannot expect alternative assessment arrangements to be made to accommodate travel wishes.
Note: SOAS has a final School deadline, after which no essays (even with evidence) can be submitted.
If you are at SOAS for either Term 1 only or Terms 2/3 then you will follow our Alternative Assessment Policy.
Term 1 only Alternative Assessment Policy
- Undergraduate students: one essay of 4000 words maximum, due by the Friday of Week 1 of Term 2
- If preferred by individual lecturers, this could be split into two essays with a maximum total of 4000 words or one presentation with one shorter essay. Note: if this option is chosen, the first Assignment should be due on the Friday following Reading Week and the second assignment should be due by the Friday of Week 1 of Term 2
- Postgraduate students: one essay of 5000 words maximum, due by the Friday of Week 1 of Term 2
- Languages and other courses which need to be assessed with an end of term test will need to have assessments arranged before the end of Term 1.
- Students taking term 1 only classes with no exam will be required to complete all the same assessments as regular students.
- Students taking term 1 only classes with an exam will need to discuss their assessment with the SET.
Each student will use the Term 1 only Alternative Assessment Confirmation Form to confirm the planned assessments for each of their courses directly with each of his/her Professors. This form is due by the end of the second week of teaching.
2019/2020 specific dates
The Term 1 only Alternative Assessment Confirmation Form is due by Friday 13 October 2019
If one assignment, then due on Friday 10 January 2020.
If two assignments, first due on Friday 15 November 2010 and second assignment due on Friday 10 January 2020.
Term 2/3 only Alternative Assessment Policy
- Undergraduate students: one essay of 4000 words maximum, due by the Friday of Week 1 of Term 3
- If preferred by individual lecturers, this could be split into two essays with a maximum total of 4000 words or one presentation with one shorter essay. Note: if this option is chosen, the first Assignment should be due the last day of Term 2 and the second Assignment should be due by the Friday of Week 1 of Term 3
- Postgraduate students: one essay of 5000 words maximum, due by the Friday of Week 1 of Term 3
- Due to the cumulative nature of language courses, students joining language courses in January are expected to sit final examinations in Term 3
- Term 2/3 who join half unit courses in January (in which there is an exam) are expected to be present for the Term 3 exam and cannot expect alternative assessment arrangements to be made to accommodate travel wishes.
Each student will use the Term 2/3 only Alternative Assessment Confirmation Form to confirm the planned assessments for each of their courses directly with each of his/her Professors. This form is due by the end of the second week of teaching.
2019/2020 specific dates
The Term 2/3 only Alternative Assessment Confirmation Form is due by Friday 17 January 2020.
If one assignment, then due on Friday 24 April 2020.
If two assignments, first due on Friday 20 March 2020 and second assignment due on Friday 24 April 2020
All coursework should be submitted via the BLE in the appropriate submission point. If you have a question about this, please contact your module convenor and/or the department office directly.
Extensions are not given at SOAS: if you are unable to submit your work according to the deadline then you should apply for Mitigating Circumstances via the Student Information desk. Please see the Registry webpages for instructions on how to apply.
You must demonstrate your extenuating situation and attach evidence (for example, a doctor's note).
Please note that SOAS has a final School deadline, after which no essays (even with evidence) can be submitted.
2019/2020 specific dates
The final School deadline (after which no work can be submitted) is Friday 8 May 2020.
The marking system in the U.K. is different to that of the U.S.A., other parts of Europe, Japan and Korea. Even if you are completing the alternative assessments you will be marked according to the U.K. system. Each faculty has marking guidelines stating what you need to produce in order to achieve certain percentage marks. The marking guidelines can be found on individual module pages on Moodle.
The grade conversion charts on the right of this page will give you an idea of how U.K. percentage marks compare to the U.S. and ECTS systems. Your home institutions will convert your grades so your final converted mark may differ to what is indicated on these scales but they should give you an idea of how you are doing.
If you come for the full year, then each full year module will earn you 30 SOAS credits. If you come for either Term 1 (Autumn semester) or Term 2/3 (Spring Semester), then each module will earn you 15 SOAS credits.
It is up to your home institution how they choose to transfer your SOAS credits but we provide this information as a guide.
ECTS: A full/maximum class load for one academic year is 120 credits (30 credits per full year module) and is the equivalent of 60 ECTS points. Therefore, each full year SOAS undergraduate module is worth 15 ECTS points, and a half year SOAS module is worth 7.5 ECTS points.
US CREDITS: A full/maximum class load for one academic year is 120 credits and is the equivalent of 24 or 32 US credits (whatever is the full course load for your institution).
Even if you are completing the alternative assessments you will be expected to follow the same guidelines and regulations as SOAS degree students. You will find a guide to SOAS regulations, including information on word counts and the penalties for plagiarism on the Degree Regulations, Policies and Procedures page.
Plagiarism is taken very seriously at SOAS and includes using the exact words of others without indicating this with quotation marks and referencing, summarising another's work without referencing them and also using your own previous work without acknowledging this. Please make sure to read our Plagiarism Statement.
Please take careful note of the regulations and reference your work properly. Full penalties will be applied even though you are not a degree student.