SOAS University of London

Study Abroad / Exchange Programme at SOAS

Entry requirements

Academic requirements 

Undergraduate applicants

Applicants should have the equivalent of a British 2:1 in their current undergraduate studies.

For example, North American students should have a GPA of 3.3/4.0 and students from Norway should be receiving predominantly grades B and C.

Applicants with a GPA of 3.0, or equivalent, will be considered if they can demonstrate a strong academic motivation or have a higher GPA in their Major.

Please note that we do not offer a first year programme. Undergraduate students can join SOAS in their sophomore/second year at the earliest.

Postgraduate applicants

Postgraduate students must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree with an overall grade that is equivalent to a British 2:1. 

For example, North American students should have a GPA of 3.3/4.0 and students from Norwegian institutions should have an average grade of B/C.  

Exchange applicants

Exchange student entry requirements may vary according to the home institution, but we still expect all exchange students to meet our minimum academic and English entry requirements. Applicants should contact the Exchange coordinator in their home university for more information.

Need more information?

For specific information regarding academic entry requirements for your home institution/country, see our SOAS Country pages. If you have further queries, email

English language requirements

See the English language requirements page