SOAS University of London

Karoline Tufte Lien, University of Oslo, Year Abroad

One of the things I enjoyed the most was the size of the classes, as they are smaller than in Norway, and also the interaction between the students, and especially the interaction between professors and students.

Study Abroad September to December 2011

Which courses did you study at SOAS?

Why did you choose SOAS?

What drew me to SOAS was without doubt their academic focus on Africa and Asia. At SOAS I could learn languages that are barely taught anywhere else. I could take classes with the exact themes or locations that I found interesting and wouldn’t find in other universities. 

How would you describe living in London?

I am so happy I got the opportunity to live in London. It’s such a vibrant world city, full of people and always something going on. I enjoyed studying at SOAS, living with other SOAS students at Dinwiddy and just getting to know the city through walks, events, festivals, trips and sightseeing.

How did you spend your free time?

I made an effort to check out all the different festivals London has to offer – London Film Festival, Himalaya Film Festival, Film Africa, the list goes on and on… My planner was usually full of all kinds of different events that I wanted to go to! SOAS always has exciting events going on, movie screenings, book launches, workshops, and often collaborate in festivals and conferences, which focuses on Africa and Asia. I also joined the International Student House’s Travel Club, and joined an amazing trip to Morocco for reading week!

Any advice for students thinking about Studying Abroad?

I highly recommend it! London is a very student-friendly city with discounts, facilities and services. You learn so much from studying abroad, you’ll make wonderful friends, discover new things about yourself and others, experience new cultures and customs.