SOAS University of London

Study Abroad / Exchange Programme at SOAS

Entry Requirements

The Entry Requirements for our Study Abroad/Exchange Programme are detailed below.  

Academic Requirements 

Undergraduate Applicants 

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

This means North American students should have a GPA of 3.3/4.0.

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

Students from Norway should be receiving predominantly grades B and C in their undergraduate studies. 

Students not meeting the academic requirements due to mitigating circumstances, or are unsure as to how their grades convert should contact studyabroad@soas.ac.uk.

Please note that we do not offer a first year programme, so students can only join us 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 Norway should have an average grade of B/C in the Norwegian system.  

Erasmus/Exchange Applicants

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

Need more information?

Please see specific information regarding Academic Entry Requirements for your home institution/country on the SOAS Country Pages. If you have further queries, please contact studyabroad@soas.ac.uk


English Language requirements

All applications require proof of English proficiency unless the following applies:

  • You are a native English speaker and a national of one of the countries listed on UKVI's Knowledge of English
  • You are studying a full-time degree in one of the countries listed on UKVI's Knowledge of English (except Canada). For example, if you are an international student studying in the USA, you will not need to submit your original proof of English proficiency.  However, if you are an international student studying in Canada, you will need to submit proof of English proficiency. 

Which results should I submit to prove my English Proficiency? 

Depending on your programme length and your level of English, you will need to submit different results.  Please see the scenarios below and submit the necessary documents with your application.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we will also accept online test scores from either Duolingo or LanguageCert in lieu of IELTS. 

If you are coming to SOAS for less than 6 months :

  • Submit either IELTS, TOEFL, or Pearson Academic (2 year validity)
  • SOAS recognises several additional exams as proof of English proficiency.  Please see the SOAS English Language Requirements page and scroll down to the table named 'Examples of acceptable qualifications other than IELTS or Pearson tests' for additional options.  

If you are coming to SOAS for more than 6 months and will therefore require a Student route visa: 

If you are coming to SOAS for more than 6 months and/or require a Student route visa AND your scores are likely to require a pre-sessional course (see below):

If you are not sure if your scores will require a pre-sessional course, then we recommend that you take the UKVI IELTS Academic test from a UKVI approved test centre as this is the safest option.  Students joining the 12 week pre-sessional course will need to take UKVI IELTS.

Please remember that pre-sessional courses are not included in exchange agreements and are at the student's own cost.

Students applying to ELAS will need to take UKVI IELTS if they require a Student route visa.


Based on my scores, what type of offer will I be made? 

The scores below only apply to Study Abroad and Exchange Students and do not apply to students applying for full degree programs. Please see SOAS English language requirements for further details if you will apply for a SOAS degree. 

DIRECT ENTRY

Students with these minimum scores will have no further requirements.  

Test  Overall Listening Reading Speaking Writing
IELTS 7.0 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
TOEFL iBT 105 23 23 23 23
Pearson 70 65  65 65 65

We will also accept Duolingo and LanguageCert with the following scores:

  • Duolingo - 130 
  • LanguageCert (level C1, all skills) - High Pass
IN-SESSIONAL

Students with these minimum scores will be recommended FREE in-sessional English courses (these courses are not compulsory).

 Test Overall Listening Reading Speaking Writing
IELTS 6.5 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
TOEFL iBT 100 21 21 21 23
Pearson 65 60 60 60 65

We will also accept Duolingo and LanguageCert with the following scores:

  • Duolingo - 120 
  • LanguageCert (level C1, all skills) - Pass

Please see the following page for more information on in-sessional English support.

4 WEEK PRE-SESSIONAL

September starters with these minimum scores will be required to complete a 4 week pre-sessional; January starters with these minimum scores cannot be admitted and should look at ELAS below. 

Test  Overall Listening Reading Speaking Writing
IELTS 6.5 5.5 5.5 6.0 6.0
TOEFL iBT 95 18 18 20  20 
Pearson 65 55 55 60 60

We will also accept Duolingo and LanguageCert with the following scores:

  • Duolingo - 110
  • LanguageCert (level B2, all skills) - High Pass

Please see the following page for more information on pre-sessional English courses.

8 WEEK PRE-SESSIONAL

September starters with these minimum scores will be required to complete a 8 week pre-sessional; January starters with these minimum scores cannot be admitted and should look at ELAS below.

Test  Overall Listening Reading Speaking Writing
IELTS 6.0 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
TOEFL iBT 90 18 18 20 18
Pearson 60 55 55 55 55

We will also accept Duolingo and LanguageCert with the following scores:

  • Duolingo - 100
  • LanguageCert (level B2, all skills) - Pass

Please see the following page for more information on pre-sessional English courses.

ELAS (English Language and Academic Studies)

Any student not achieving the entry requirement for one of the pre-sessional courses should consider applying for the ELAS programme using the online form. Students achieving excellent progress on ELAS may be allowed to audit or register for one undergraduate module alongside their ELAS programme in Term 2. 

Test  Required Scores
IELTS 5.5 (At least 5.5 in all sub scores)
TOEFL iBT 80 (At least 18 in all sub scores)
Pearson 55 (At least 55 in all parts)