SOAS University of London

International Students

Information for Prospective Students from the United Arab Emirates

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Welcome to the country page for the UAE. This page contains specific information for students from the UAE. 


Please contact the Student Recruitment Office with any questions you may have about applying to, and studying at SOAS: 

For further information about future SOAS staff visits to the region, please go to: Meet SOAS staff in your area page.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The below are guidelines only and do not guarantee entry. Each application will be judged on its own merits. 


To be considered for admission for a Taught Masters degree, SOAS requires a bachelor's degree from a prestigious institution with grades of 3.3/4. In addition, applicants should also refer to the individual programme entries in the Graduate Prospectus or postgraduate admissions pages, which may have additional requirements. 
The International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies Centre (IFCELS) at SOAS offers a preparatory year for international students seeking entry to postgraduate degrees at British universities.

Research applicants would normally be expected to have completed a Masters qualification equivalent to a UK Masters degree from a good university.

English Language Requirements

To ensure that you can fully benefit from your studies at SOAS, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our minimum English Language entry requirements.


SOAS offers a range of scholarships, bursaries and awards to support students. There are other scholarships provided by the University of London, the British Government and other external organisations. For further information please visit the Scholarships web page. 

In-Country Representatives

Education Resources Network

Office 2203, Concord Tower, Dubai Media City, Dubai, 454483 
Tel: +971 4 4364200 - Mob: +971 50 8540515 - Email:

Intelligent Partners  
Office 1705, Mazaya Business Avenue - BB1
Jumeirah Lake Towers, PO Box 114423 
Tel: +971 43686087/97/36

Alumni Contacts

SOAS has alumni all over the world, if you would like to contact an alum to ask any questions then please visit the SOAS alumni website.

Useful Links

  • The British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Their UAE website is a useful resource for education in the UK and other cultural information.
  • The British Embassy in the UAE where you can find information about all aspects of the UK, as well as practical information about VISAS.
  • UCAS - the Universities and Colleges Admission Service is the central organisation through which undergraduate applications are processed for entry to Higher Education.
  • UKCISA - the Council for International Student Affairs provides information on many aspects of studying in the UK, including visa advice.