Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for the Academic Summer School?
You will need to fill in an application form, including any relevant language documentation, as well as pay a £60* application fee. Please note that no applications will be considered unless the application fee has been paid:
You can check the full application process on our Important Information pages.
*Please note that if you cancel your application after the 14 days period, your application fee will be non-refundable.
What are the entry requirements?
You must be a university student or a graduate at the time of attending the Summer School. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
You must be over the age of 18 at the time of attendance to the summer school. You must also have the appropriate level of English to attend.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for summer school courses is 24 May 2017. Please note that some courses may reach their maximum capacity before this date, so early application is recommended. Please be aware that all fees (application, tuition and any accommodation fees) must be paid within 10 days of us sending you an offer letter or by the 24 May deadline, whichever is the soonest.
What are the English language requirements?
Students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of language proficiency. For further information about the language certificates we accept, please see our entry requirements page.
I am fluent in English, though it is not my first language. Do I need to take a language test?
Students who are fluent in English, but have not studied at university level in English will need to supply evidence of this. However, those who have lived in an English-speaking country for a number of years may be treated as a native speaker; please contact the Summer School office to confirm.
What if I am studying at a university where the teaching is in English?
If this is the case your English level is likely to be good enough to take a Summer School course at SOAS. You will need to send proof that the language medium at your university is English, as well as the English language proficiency certificate that you provided on entry to your university.
What kind of people apply for the Summer School?
Participants on the summer school come from a wide range of locations and backgrounds. A majority of our Summer School students are currently studying an undergraduate or post graduate degree at another university. We also regularly welcome professionals seeking to develop their knowledge of their chosen subject and enrich their career prospects by putting an academic framework around their professional experience. Professional attendees have come from aid agencies, diplomatic services, NGOs etc....
I have a disability, how do I let SOAS know?
In section 5 of the application form, you’re able to give information of any disability you have. Please see the SOAS disability and dyslexia service web pages for further information.
Do I need a visa to come to the Summer School?
You may need a visa to come to the Summer School depending on which country you are coming from; please visit the UKTI website and SOAS advice on our website to check your situation. If you do require a visa then you should ensure that you apply to the Summer School as early as possible in order to allow for adequate visa processing times by the embassy. Please note that should you visa request be rejected after you have applied to a summer course, our full cancellation and refunds policy still applies.
If you are currently studying in the UK on a TIER 4 visa and providing that you have not completed your studies yet, you will be able to attend SOAS’ Summer School, providing that you obtain a letter from your home university allowing you to join the SOAS Summer School.
Please note that visas will be checked on the first day of the course and SOAS reserves the right to reject an applicant should they not have the appropriate visa. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate documentation.
What if I require a letter from SOAS to support my visa application?
We can provide you with a letter to support your visa application, but before we can do this we need to receive confirmation that you have paid your tuition fees in full and details of booked accommodation, if relevant.
Can I book accommodation via SOAS?
Yes, for session 2&3, a limited number of rooms will be available at SOAS halls of residence, Dinwiddy House, which is located a 15 minute walk away from the main SOAS campus. The cost for 20 nights is £710 self-catering, for a single en suite room. To reserve a place through SOAS, please tick the relevant box in the application form and we will be in touch with your confirmation and payment details. Please take a moment to read their residents' guide. There is currently no pre-booked accommodation available for session 1, however you may contact Diniwddy House directly to reserve a room.
Are there other types of accommodation available?
The only accommodation available through SOAS is at Dinwiddy House as described above. However students may like to independently book their own accommodation. Some useful places to look for alternative accommodation are the University of London Halls of Residence.
If I can't pay via the online store what should I do?
You can pay your application fee, tuition fee and accommodation fee via bank transfer. Please follow these easy steps if you wish to pay via bank transfer:
Step 1 Use the account details below to make your bank transfer. Make sure the bank transfer request includes your full name and the code Q194 SUMMER SCHOOL. (If you’re paying from a non-UK bank make sure you pay in GBP so we get the correct amount. If you pay by bank transfer from a non-UK bank, your bank might charge you extra, so make sure you allow for that.)
NatWest Bank plc
Account number: 08622655
Sort code: 56-00-23
Account holder: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Swift number: NWBKGB2L
IBAN: GB77NWBK56002308622655 (International Bank Account number)
Step 2 Then, to allow us to locate your payment, make sure you email us with your bank’s name, the amount you paid, date of transfer and your name. Send that information to email@example.com.
Step 3 We should receive the payment within 10 days of us sending you an offer letter or by the 24 May deadline, whichever is the soonest. Please make sure you print off the online bank transfer confirmation or ask your bank to give you proof of the transaction for your records. Please do not deposit money at a bank branch directly into the School's account as we won’t be able to trace it.
Can I cancel my application?
Yes, you have a right to cancel your application within 14 days of your payment being made. Cancellations received during this time will entitle you to a full refund of any fees you may have paid. After this period, specials terms and conditions for cancellations and refunds of courses apply.
Can SOAS cancel my application?
SOAS makes every effort to deliver the summer courses as advertised on the Summer School website. However, under some exceptional circumstances courses may be cancelled. Please check our Terms and Conditions to find out when a course might be cancelled and the options available to you under those circumstances.