SOAS University of London

Mariam Kandil, Sciences-Po Paris, Year Abroad

I also really appreciated the contact between professors and students and the exchange of knowledge that is established. I loved the way professors made us understand that even them, had something to learn from us students.

Erasmus Exchange September 2012 - June 2013

Which courses did you take at SOAS?

Why did you choose SOAS?

Since the Middle East is my main area of study, SOAS was the only institution that could fulfill my thirst of knowledge of this area. When I knew that SOAS Library is the UK National Research Library for Asia, Africa and the Middle East, I understood that I was in the right place.

How would you describe living in London?

It’s impossible to get bored in London! There’s always something going on: a demonstration, a concert, a talk or Hare Krishna devotees chanting on Oxford Street.  It feels like living at the heart of the world.

How did you spend your free time?

I loved to stay at SOAS even if I did not have lectures. I always had something to do: organizing events for the Palestine Society, attending events of other societies, or simply drinking coffee with the wonderful SOASians - which is what I enjoyed the most!

Any advice for students thinking about Studying Abroad?

Don’t be discouraged by those who tell you about London’s grey sky and cold people. I have been very surprised by Londoners’ friendliness and kindness. As for the weather, there’s nothing more beautiful than seeing the smile on people’s faces when the sun comes out.  So if you ever have this opportunity, don’t think twice!