SOAS University of London

Jason Hill, Tufts University, Year Abroad

I think the friends I’ve made are the most gratifying part of the study abroad experience. Some of my favourite memories of SOAS come from the late night conversations shared over mugs of tea with my flatmates. Though classes and academics are an important facet of studying at SOAS, I am just so impressed with a number of other SOAS students

Study Abroad September 2007 to June 2008

Which courses did you study at SOAS?

  • Development Conditions and Experience
  • The State and Politics in Africa
  • Globalisation, Borders and Development
  • Resistance, Protest and Rebellion in East Africa

Why did you choose SOAS?

From the start I knew that I wanted to study at a British university. What ultimately made up my mind was the incredible staff of lecturers at SOAS, many of whom have published books used in courses at my home university. On that point alone, SOAS has exceeded my expectations; in fact, I could not be happier with my lecturers and their courses. My lecturers at SOAS are interested in what their students are doing and seem always ready to help with a paper or clarify something from a lecture.

Do you have any other comments about your time at SOAS?

Sometimes I can’t really believe that I’m living and going to school in London! Coming from South Carolina, I sometimes have to pinch myself because I think I’m dreaming this up. Before going to Tufts, I had never heard of SOAS or believed that I could study in London. Now that I’m here, it’s just crazy and I’m so happy I chose to come to SOAS.