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.

We are starting to compile our report and plan for 2019-20. Below are some of the activities we will be delivering. Some dates will only be available from December 2019. If you are not in our mailing list yet, please see a link to join it below.

The 2019-20 programme of activities include:



Japanese On-line Blended Learning Course

Sat 19th Oct - Sat 21st Dec 2019

Black History Month

Thursday 7th November 2019 10.00am - 3.15pm

Languages Challenge

 The Languages Challenge will not be running in 2019/20

Turkish Immersion Week

April 2020

Capital L Year 10 Summer School

June 2020

Urdu Immersion Academy

July 2020

Year 12 Languages and Law Summer School

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 in the UK
  •    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:

Dan Gomez & Nima Mudey
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