Frequently Asked Questions
Will the SOAS Academic Summer School run in 2021?
Yes, the Academic Summer School will run in 2021. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we successfully delivered our courses online in 2020 and will be following a similar model again.
When can I apply for the Academic Summer School 2021?
Applications are due to open in February 2021. In the meantime, please feel free to ask us any questions you may have.
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 £40* application fee via our online store. Please note that no applications will be considered unless the application fee has been paid.
*Please note that if you cancel your application after the 14 days period, your application fee will be non-refundable, as stated in the Terms and Conditions.
What will online teaching for the Academic Summer School look like?
Our online summer courses take a blended approach to learning, ensuring that students still enjoy an interactive and engaging experience with a high quality of teaching. Courses will feature live tutorials with world-renowned academics, lectures, independent learning and the opportunity to collaborate with your peers.
Can I apply for two courses?
Of course! Applicants choosing to study two courses will be eligible for a 10% discount. Please note that if you intend on studying two courses, these must be in separate sessions. You cannot complete more than one course per session.
Can I still earn credit despite studying online?
Yes - our courses are still credit-bearing and worth 15 credits in the UK system. 15 credits is equivalent to 4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system.
If you intend to transfer credit to your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you apply. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, but please be aware that the decision to transfer credit rests with your home institution.
Can I study online despite being in a different time zone?
The Academic Summer School attracts students from across the globe and therefore our courses have been designed with varying time zones in mind. All lectures will be recorded for access at any time and discussion forums are open to posts from students at all times. The limited 'live' sessions will be scheduled between 13:00 - 15:00 BST and will be recorded for any students unable to attend.
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.
Take a look at our entry requirements page.
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 have a disability, how do I let SOAS know?
Within 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.
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 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. SOAS Summer School Terms and Conditions (pdf; 2mb)
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. SOAS Summer School Terms and Conditions (pdf; 2mb)