SOAS University of London

Academic Services: Widening Participation

Bridging Courses

The SOAS Bridging Courses enable students to make a flying start to higher education.  They are free, last a week, and take place in September.

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Widening Participation at SOAS

Who are the Bridging Courses for?

We offer two distinct Bridging Courses: one for students who are the first in their family to go to university or who grew up in an area where there is low progression to university, First Generation Bridging Course and another for Mature Students who are 21 and over.

We run the courses because we recognise that these students are less likely to have had access to the kinds of informal networks of information, advice and guidance that may support other students in the transition to life and study at university.

What are the benefits of attending?

By attending the Bridging Course, you will:

  • Develop your study skills further
  • Improve academic writing skills
  • Meet other students in a relaxed environment
  • Gain extra exposure to university-style teaching and learning
  • Learn from and be inspired by current students who attended previous Bridging Courses
  • Feel more prepared for your studies and university life!

What do previous attendees say?

"I enjoyed speaking to the Student Ambassadors...because it showed us a glimpse of what actual student life would be like"

"I enjoyed the information and explanations which we received in order to have a better understanding of what is expected of us at SOAS"

"I enjoyed meeting new people, the free food, learning about university, spending time with the Ambassadors because they offer a lot of advice"

"I think being afforded an insight into how university life will actually be; contrary to what I envisioned was the most useful thing I've learnt"

"I enjoyed most how we were introduced into SOAS and felt like a part of the university before out studies even started"

Further information:

To find out more about the SOAS Bridging Courses and how you can reserve your place, please see:

Please note that a prerequisite for attending either course is that you are due to start an undergraduate degree at SOAS, and are a UK resident.