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.

The 2018-19 programme of activities include:



Language, Linguistics & History Workshop

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Languages Challenge


Languages Challenge European Day of Languages Workshop

Thursday 27th September 2018

Step On October Half-term: Japanese Studies

Mon 22nd - Fri 26th October 2018

Black History Month: A Decolonising Perspective

Tuesday 6th November 2018

UN Day

Friday 9th November 2018

Cities in History: A Short-Course for Adults

Monday 7th January 2019- Monday 4th February 2019

Japanese Day

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Chinese New Year

Wednesday 13th February 2019

World Book Day

Friday 15th February 2019

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

  •    Those who would be the first in their family to go to university
  •    Those passionate about world issues and language study
  •    Those requiring support to fully realise their academic potential

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

For more information, please contact:

Dan Gomez
Widening Participation and Routes into Languages 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