Frequently Asked Questions
How is the Academic Summer School being affected by the outbreak of Covid-19?
Due to the situation surrounding Covid-19, we will now be offering our courses online. Courses will run for a duration of 2 weeks and be offered at a revised fee.
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.
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.
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.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for summer school courses is 25 May 2020. 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 25 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.
If I can't pay via the online store what should I do?
You can pay your application fee and tuition 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 Q222 SUMMER SCHOOL. If you are paying from a non-UK bank please make sure that you pay in GBP so we get the correct amount. If you pay by bank transfer from a non-UK bank, you may incur bank charges, therefore we ask that you add an additional £30 to your payment to allow for this.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3 We should receive the payment within 10 days of us sending you an offer letter or by the 25 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. 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)
Is accommodation provided for participants?