SOAS University of London

Access, Participation and Student Success

Languages and Cultures Outreach

SOAS is the leading institution in the teaching of the languages and cultures of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The Languages Outreach Programme provides schools and students with opportunities to learn, taste, experience new languages in 

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 information about some of the activities we will be delivering in 2021/2022. We will be adding more later in the year. If you are not in our mailing list and would like to receive this information directly to your inbox, please see a link to join it below.

The 2021-22 programme of activities includes:



Online Outreach for Languages

Year 10 Capital L (Routes into Languages) Summer School 
Monday 18th to Friday 22nd July 
Year 12 Languages & Law Capital L (Routes into Languages) Summer School Monday 1st to Thursday 4th August  

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:

Lauren Williams 

Capital L Officer; Access Participation and Student Success 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