SOAS University of London

Academic Services: Widening Participation

Languages and Cultures Outreach

The Languages Outreach Programme provides schools and students with opportunities to learn, taste, experience the languages and cultures of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 

We had an amazing year and we are grateful to all the teachers and students who took part in our activities, who welcomed our Student Ambassadors and generally engaged with us.

Please find below the activities we will be delivering in 2019/2020.  If you are not in our mailing list yet, please see a link to join it below.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, we are currently offering a series of online activities aiming to support students during schools' closure and promote foreign language studies. Please see our Online Outreach for Languages programme for details.

The 2019-20 programme of activities include:



Languages Challenge The Languages Challenge will not be running in 2019/20
Turkish Immersion Week Monday 23 - Wednesday 25 March 2020
Bollo Speaks on SOAS Radio - ONLINE Ongoing - from Wednesday 20 May 2020
Online Outreach for Languages Ongoing - from Wednesday 27 May 2020
Critics Programme - ONLINE Monday 1 - Thursday 25 June 2020
Capital L Year 10 Summer School - ONLINE Monday 22 - Friday 26 June 2020
Year 12 Languages and Law Summer School - ONLINE Monday 6 - Friday 10 July 2020
Urdu Immersion Academy - ONLINE Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 July 2020

We work with a wide range of students of varying abilities and in particular work with the following students:

  •    Those whose parents did not to go to university 
  •    Those with experience of care
  •    Those who are eligible for Free School Meals

We exclusively work with non-selective state schools.

We also send Ambassadors to schools to deliver presentations, workshops, round tables and career events. To request a Language Ambassador visit please fill in this form.

For more information, please contact:

Caterina Sinibaldi
Widening Participation Officer
Tel: 020 7898 4877

Over 40 languages are taught at SOAS. To find out more view information on studying languages at SOAS web pages.

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Languages and Cultures Department Open Days

SOAS is the only University in the UK focusing on Asia and Africa and we have the largest concentration of expert teachers in these areas. We specialise in Asian and African languages and cultures, from West Africa to East Asia, but also combine language study with disciplines like Politics, Economics, History, Social Anthropology, Management, Development Studies, etc.

As part of our outreach activities we undertake the following activities in and for schools:

  • Talks in schools on some topical issue or aspect of contemporary culture in Asia and Africa given by a SOAS specialist;
  • Talks in schools about studying Asian and African languages (with taster lessons) and their possible applications, given by a SOAS member of staff;
  • A visit to SOAS either during one of our Open Days or on other occasions.

For more information and/or to arrange a talk, please contact Alyx Lakewood at