SOAS University of London

Academic Services: Widening Participation

Summer Schools for Year 12s

SOAS, University of London is the only university in the UK specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  SOAS summer schools grapple with some of the pressing issues — democracy, development, human rights, identity, poverty, religion, social change — confronting these regions and our globalised world.

SOAS Summer Schools last for four days. During each summer school students attend lectures by leading academics, take part in a debate, engage in study skills sessions and receive personal statement advice. Participants meet and work with current students and have a Q&A session with recent graduates.

During June and July of 2017 SOAS will be offering five subject-specific summer schools (click on a title for more information):

The SOAS Summer Schools are for students currently in Year 12, attending UK state schools or colleges. They are all free, non- residential (accommodation can be provided in certain circumstances for students from outside of London) and will be held at the Russell Square campus, running approximately 10.00am - 4.00pm each day.

There are a limited number of places available and a mixture of academic and widening participation criteria will be used to allocate places. Students can apply for more than one summer school but please submit separate applications for each summer school you are interested in attending.

The deadline for applications is Friday 31st March 2017.

If you have any questions about the summer schools then please e-mail Sarah Tucker on st47@soas.ac.uk stating:
  • Name
  • School/college
  • Which summer school you are interested in
  • Any questions you have

Please see below for information on what participants thought of the 2016 summer schools:

SOAS Summer Schools 2016

  • “I enjoyed having a week of being able to pretend I was at uni; a real taster”
  • “I enjoyed getting to meet a new, diverse and welcoming group of people who encouraged me to come out of my comfort zone”
  • “This summer school has really broadened my knowledge and has been a great opportunity which I am happy about being a part of.”
  • “I didn’t realise I would find lectures and seminars so interesting, but the non-Eurocentric topics discussed were really fascinating”
  • “I enjoyed meeting new people and all the ambassadors. Overall it was a really nice and happy experience.”
  • “I actually loved the lectures but my favourite thing was the seminar. I was completely in my element!”
  • It gave us a very accurate and informative experience of what university will be like.”