SOAS University of London

Academic Summer School at SOAS

Migration and Diaspora

SOAS Academic Summer School

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  • Teaching and Learning
  • How to Apply


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Session 2: 23 July - 10 August 2018

Programme Description

Migration is one of the most controversial issues in the current political landscape. The causes, costs and consequences of contemporary mass migration are often fiercely contested and frequently divide public opinion. This course takes a multidisciplinary approach to provide participants with a broad understanding of current migration flows, providing both historical perspective and contemporary context. Taught by academics from SOAS who specialise in migration and diaspora studies, in partnership with diaspora professionals AFFORD, the course grounds participants in an understanding of the wider structures of contemporary migration, as well providing practical examples and case studies that help bring into focus migrants, their motivations and their impact on societies and cultures. 

The course aims to help participants: develop a broad understanding of the place of migration and diaspora communities in the modern world; acquire the ability to draw on case studies from the literature to help understand contemporary migration issues; be equipped to use practical examples to illustrate theoretical perspectives.

The course uses perspectives drawn from anthropology, development studies, politics and cultural studies. Teaching comprises of a combination of lectures and participatory workshops, debates and film screenings, as well as museum visits and social events.



A tuition fee of £1600 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee

A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.


20% discount for our partner institutions
50% discount for current SOAS students


Accommodation is available to Summer School students at the SOAS Halls of Residence, Dinwiddy House. For details of how to book a room please visit the Dinwiddy House accommodation page.


Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Social Programme

You will also be able to enjoy our social programme, starting with a welcome party and an optional river cruise on the Thames for a small additional charge. Details about how to book will be communicated to you once you are registered. You will also receive discount codes for day trips and overnight tours with our partner International Friends.


For more information, please contact us


Contact hours: 46 hours (lectures, tutorials, activities). The course will be delivered Monday - Friday over the 3 weeks.

Core hours: Monday - Thursday 10am-3pm, and 2 hours on one specified Friday over the 3 weeks.

Optional activities: The Summer School office will arrange various social activites throughout the 3 weeks. On spcified Fridays there will be a range of optional activities for students to get involved with, providing a taste of SOAS life on campus and nearby places of interest.


Week 1: Migration in historical context  

  • Migration and the making of diasporas in historical context
  • From indentured workers to modern labour migration
  • Refugees and forced migration

Week 2: Contemporary migration, culture and nation

  • Transnational identity, culture and nation
  • Human trafficking and the global migration regime
  • Is there a ‘migration crisis’ in Europe? Debate led by SOAS academics

Week 3: Transnational identities and engagements LED BY AFFORD

  • Skilled-professional migration / returning home led by AFFORD
  • Case Studies - led by AFFORD
  • Plenary All tutors.

Assessment: is optional and will be in the form of a 2000-2500 word essay to be handed in 2 weeks after the end of the course.


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Understanding the roles that migration and migrants play in the transnational and global networks, relating these issues to current debates in the fields of anthropology, politics, cultural studies, development and globalisation
  • Engage with contemporary debates concerning immigration, diasporas, refugees, and other migrant groups with a solid evidence base
  • Employ a multidisciplinary approach to the study of migration and diaspora, incorporating learning from academic teaching as well as from workshops delivered by diaspora practitioners


How to Apply

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Entry Requirements

In order to join our Summer School, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:

  • A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age.
    Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
  • A minimum English language requirement if English is not your first language:
    • IELTS, 6.5 overall or higher, with at least 6 in all sub scores.
    • TOEFL Paper based test we require a minimum of 583 with minimum 53 in all skills and for TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 93 with minimum 20 in all skills. 
    • Pearson Test of English a score of 59-64
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Grade B
    • If you have studied in an English speaking institution, or have courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses) you may meet our requirements without having to supply a certificate. Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university.
    • Applicants with an alternative qualification should contact us for advice.
    • Applicants whose English language level do not meet out requirements may be interested in our subject based courses with English language support.

Enrolment of Summer School applicants who don’t meet the entry requirements is at the discretion of SOAS – please get in touch to speak to us in detail about your application

Application Procedure

Once you have paid the £40 application fee and submitted the online application form, you will be informed as to whether you have a place on the summer school within 5 working days. Please do not pay your tuition fee prior to having received your offer letter.

Application Deadline

15 June 2018

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