SOAS University of London

Academic Summer School goes Online

Why SOAS?

SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues.

As one of the UK’s highly ranked research-intensive universities, SOAS is a remarkable institution. Combining language scholarship, disciplinary expertise and regional focus, all SOAS courses provide students with an understanding of complex contemporary issues and knowledge of non-Western theories.

This makes SOAS synonymous with intellectual enquiry and achievement. It is a global academic base and a crucial resource for London. We live in a world of shrinking borders and of economic and technological simultaneity. Yet it is also a world in which difference and regionalism present themselves acutely. It is a world that SOAS is distinctively positioned to analyse, understand and explain.

Our academic focus on the languages, cultures and societies of Africa, Asia and the Middle East makes us an indispensable interpreter in a complex world.

World Class Library and Collections

SOAS has well-equipped facilities including a world renowned library. With more than 1.5 million items and extensive electronic resources in more than 400 languages, the SOAS Library is the national library for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East and attracts scholars from all over the world.

SOAS also has its own exhibition and conference space, the Brunei Gallery. In addition to a visiting exhibitions and events that reflect our broad teaching and research interests, a permanent rotating display of SOAS’ own rich collection of manuscripts and artefacts is on show in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery.

Central London Campus

Whether you’re into art and architecture, music and dance, film and theatre or current affairs and finance, London has a lot to offer. As a student at SOAS, the capital’s rich intellectual, cultural and social life is on your doorstep. You can choose from a huge range of attractions and entertainment to suit every taste and budget.

SOAS’ main site, the Russell Square campus, is in historic Bloomsbury, an area of leafy squares and parks well known as a haven from the bustle of the city and ideal for study breaks.

We are also enviably close to the West End with its cinemas, theatres, clubs, popular shopping areas such as Oxford Street and Regent Street, and Covent Garden with its kaleidoscope of cafés, market stalls and street performers. The British Museum, the British Library and a number of other University of London colleges and facilities are also nearby. The University of London Union (ULU), has its own fitness centre and swimming pool (available for an additional fee) and is only two minutes away.

Academic Summer School students will have full access to the range of bars and cafeteria facilities at SOAS.

Attending the SOAS Academic Summer School enables you to:

  • Join our diverse and international student community
  • Choose from a range of over 20 inspiring and enriching courses and study for credit
  • Challenge and interpret the world around you, connect communities and cultures, and inspire positive change
  • Enhance your learning with our unique Guest Lectures & Workshops - a series not offered anywhere else in London - aimed at developing your political and communicative skills
  • Make your views heard – SOAS’ innovative teaching methods, based on excellence in research, enable students to add to the lively discussions and critical analysis in the classroom
  • Pave your way into SOAS: With over 115 Postgraduate programmes to choose from, Academic Summer School students can apply to continue their studies at SOAS and also benefit from alumni discounts on online courses