Welcome Week provides a range of events to help you get settled at SOAS, which we highly recommend you attend. The programme will be online in a few weeks but for now, here is a description of some of the activities you can participate in.
This is a compulsory part of Welcome Week and is the process of making you an official SOAS student. The below schedule shows when each overall department will have their enrolment, but please do note that you will be sent a more specific time slot at a later date - please ensure you come within the time slot that you will be allocated via email.
|Monday 23 September||Morning Session
||East Asian Languages & Cultures, International Studies & Diplomacy, Cultures & Linguistics, Foundation year programes (Surname A)|
||Languages, Cultures & Linguistics, Foundation year programes (Surnames B-F)|
|Tuesday 24 September||Morning Session
||Gender Studies, Finance & Management, Global Media and Communications, Foundation year programes (Surnames G-K)|
||Development Studies, Economics, Foundation year programes (Surnames J-P)|
|Wednesday 25 September||Morning Session
||Law, Foundation year programes (Surnames Q-T)|
||Anthropology & Sociology, History, Religions & Philosophies, Foundation year programes (Surnames U-Z)|
|Thursday 26 September||Morning Session
||School of Arts|
||Politics & International Relations|
|Friday 27 September||Morning Session
The Student Advice and Wellbeing team will be holding a day of interactive sessions in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, where they will share top tips from current students and friendly support staff to Freshers. There will also be stalls in the foyer all day for anyone to come and ask questions and get on the spot help.
Sessions take place on Friday 27 September, on the hour between 9am-4pm for UG students and 5pm for PG and mature students. The 9am and 4pm sessions will be tailored towards international students
Department welcome talks
These meetings are specific to your degree programme, and this is where you’ll get a chance to meet the department staff and other students doing the same degree as you, as well as getting your questions answered about the structure of your programme.
|Monday 23 September||09:30-10:00 Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
13:30-14:00 East Asian Languages & Cultures
15:30-17:30 Foundation Year
|Tuesday 24 September||09:30-10:00 Economics
10:30-11:30 Postgraduate Development Studies
11:30-12:30 Undergraduate Development Studies
13:00-13:30 Finance & Management
15:00-17:00 Gender Studies
15:00-17:00 International Studies & Diplomacy
15:00-17:00 Media Studies
|Wednesday 25 September||09:30-10:00 Anthropology & Sociology
10:00-11:00 History, Religions & Philosophies
13:00-15:00 Undergraduate Law
15:00-16:00 Undergraduate (senior status)
|Thursday 26 September||09:00-10:30 Postgraduate Politics & International Relations
11:00-12:30 Undergraduate Politics & International Relations
14:00-14:30 School of Arts
15:00-17:00 International Studies & Diplomacy (dissertation talk)
Departmental receptions are informal, networking events that give you an opportunity to meet all academics and students studying similar subjects.
Language placement tests
- if you have no prior experience of a language you do not need to take a placement test.
- there is no need to book a slot for a placement test, just turn up at the test location.
You can study languages as a part of your degree in two ways mentioned below:
1) As part of your core subject
2) As an open option
Language placement tests take place during Welcome Week and are ONLY to be taken by those students who have some prior knowledge of the language. If you have no knowledge of the language, you do not need to take a test.
|Chinese Language placement tests - Monday 23rd September||Room|
|Japanese language placement tests- Monday 23rd September||Room|
|Japanese language placement tests- Tuesday 24th September||Room|
|9:30am - 11am||
|Korean language placement tests- Tuesday 24th September||Room|
|12:30pm- 2:30pm||Written language placement test
|2:30pm - 5:30pm||Speaking language placement test
||MB395 and MB351|
|Arabic Language placement test Wednesday 25th September||Room|
Stories on the steps
From Monday-Thursday on the Atrium steps, you will have the chance to listen to personal stories from the SOAS Director & Pro-Directors. Come along and learn more about the people behind the roles, their experiences and their mistakes!
International students and study abroad
All international students are invited to attend the International Students talks which will be detailed in the programme. Exchange Students and those on a Study Abroad programme have an Orientation and a drop-in session available for more information about the structure of your stay.
Students’ Union events
The Students’ Union organises the Freshers’ Fayre, where you will get a chance to explore the wide range of student societies and teams the Union holds and sign up for as many as you want. The Students’ Union also hosts several talks about their work, and the official SOAS Freshers’ Party.
- Library tours: Tours of the Library will be taking place at various times during the week. No need to book, just turn up. All tours start just inside the Library entrance on the ground floor of the School. For tour times and other training events see www.soas.ac.uk/library/events
- Local area tours: Walking tours of the local area and Russell Square campuses will take place each day during Monday 23rd -Thursday 26th September:
- 11:00 - 12:30
- 13:00 - 14:30
- 15:00 - 16:30
- Local area tour with a student ambassador (meet in front of Brunei Gallery steps)
Questions? Lost? Find a Welcome Week volunteer on campus throughout the week, and they’ll be able to help you on your way! Alternatively, please visit the Student Hub on the lower ground floor of the Paul Webley Wing.