SOAS University of London

Sonja Bartsch, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Year Abroad

Here you have the possibility not only to read about other cultures, you can experience them.  Besides that, SOAS offers such a wide choice of exciting courses with interesting teachers, you will find nowhere else in the world and all that in the heart of London.

Erasmus Exchange September 2013 - June 2014

Which courses did you study at SOAS?

  • Islamic Law
  • Israeli History and the Israel/Palestine-Conflict
  • Elementary Written Persian
  • Arabic 200

What did you enjoy most about your academic studies?

Because of the wide variety of course offerings at SOAS you can choose courses which are extremely detailed and which would never be possible to attend at my home university. Also it was great to have this mixture between writing essays and exams in a course, so you can really develop you own ideas and your teachers are always there to assist you and offer help where needed. And especially for that the SOAS library offers you the best range of academic resources for your essay writing. Additionally, studying at SOAS is not only about taking courses, you also have the opportunity to join interesting presentations, to get involved in societies or to do other volunteer work. It is a totally different student life than at my home university.

How would you describe living in London?

London is an absolutely unique international city, where you can meet interesting people and enjoy the culture of many different countries just in one city. There are lots of festivals, restaurants, shops and events which bring you close to different countries of the world and you can experience their food and music and lifestyle. There is always something to do or to see in London, the city never sleeps. But with the high amount of nice parks in London you never get tired of this big city.

How did you spend your free time?

I spent a lot of time discovering London and travelling around the UK. London is great point to start lots of day or weekend trips to see the UK. You can be at the beach in Brighton or see historic University cities like Oxford or Cambridge in just one hour. And you will find also lots of trains and buses going further from London, so you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of Wales and Scotland or even go to Paris very quick.