SOAS University of London

Welcome week programme

Welcome Week provides a range of events to help you get settled at SOAS, which we highly recommend you attend. Below is a description of some of the activities you can participate in. 

Welcome to SOAS talks

This is our opportunity to formally welcome you to campus and for you to hear some essential first week information for new students. As well as giving you lots of hints and tips for a great start, we'll be introducing you to all of the support services at SOAS and there will be an opportunity to meet with the teams afterwards to ask any individual questions you might have. You will be invited by your department to a specific time slot but the content is broadly similar at every session so if you can't make your allocated time please do drop in to a different session.

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.


Departmental receptions are informal, networking events that give you an opportunity to meet all academics and students studying similar subjects.

International students and study abroad

All international students are invited to attend the International Students’ Talks. 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.

Getting Enrolled

This is the most important part of welcome week for you to get enrolled as a SOAS student. Please make a note of when your enrolment session is and attend it. Please ensure that you have completed online enrolment prior to this.

Getting Connected 

All these activities revolve around getting familiar with the content, people and details of your programme of study. It includes meeting with academics, tutors and convenors and meeting fellow students in the same programme.

Getting Started

This is a series of events that helps you get familiar with the support services and facilities that are available in and around SOAS. This includes meeting the staff from these services and finding out what is available for you.

Getting Involved

This is your opportunity to participate in activities at SOAS. These are social, interactive and an opportunity for you to get right into student life at SOAS.


Drop-in sessions are available for you to find out more about the many services on offer at SOAS, where you can ask questions, register, and meet the staff. These include Student Advice and Wellbeing, Housing Advice, Specific Learning Disabilities, Study Abroad/Exchange Students Advice, International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies.

Students’ Union events

The Students’ Union organises the Freshers’ Fair, 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. For more information about the events the Union is putting on during Welcome Week, visit the Student's Union webpage or find an events programme on campus.

Other events:

  • 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
  • Campus tours: Walking tours of the local area and Russell Square campuses will take place each day during the week. There is no need to book, just turn up and join our student ambassadors.
  • Language tasters: SOAS offers more than 40 languages from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and you are able to try several of them during Welcome Week. Each taster session is 30 minutes, so be on time!
  • Information Fair: On Tuesday 26 from 11:00 - 15:00 in the Cloister, Paul Webley Wing, representatives from several local and useful organisations will be attending to meet with the students. This will include GPs, local surgeries, Student' Union, Nightline, Student Advice and Wellbeing etc.
  • Academic Guidance Fair: Come and speak to academics in the Cloister, Paul Webley Wing if you have any final queries with your module choices.

Questions? Lost? Find a Student Ambassador (wearing a blue SOAS t-shirt) on campus throughout the week, and they’ll be able to help you on your way!

If you have special access requirements for Welcome Week please contact: Disability and Dyslexia Service
Tel: +44(0)20 7074 5031