SOAS University of London

Access, Participation and Student Success

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 are for students in Year 12. During each summer school students will have a mixture of  activities, including interactive lectures delivered by academics, study skills sessions as well as access to resources and materials. Students will also have a live Q&A with recent alumni and current SOAS students and will complete a group project with peers, supported by student ambassadors.

Some of the summer schools will be taking place on campus and some will be offered with a hybrid approach where you will be able to select whether you attend on campus or via Zoom. Each summer school clearly states which format is being used so please make sure you check that the summer school you are interested in is being delivered in a format suitable for you before you make your selections.

Summer schools are from 10am - 4pm each day, unless stated otherwise.

If you are from outside of London but are interested in attending an on campus programme SOAS will provide unsupervised accommodation and cover travel costs (for eligible students)

During July and August 2022 SOAS will be offering eight summer schools. Please click on the individual links for more details and application forms.

Applications have reopend for the following summer schools (closes Friday 27th May) for students who attend a UK state school and fulfil at least one of the following criteria:

  • First generation in family to attend university in the UK
  • Eligible or previously eligible for free school meals
  • Experience of local authority care
  • From an area of low progression to higher education (as measured by Polar 4 data)

Applications are closed for the following summer schools:

The SOAS summer schools are widening participation activities designed to give students a first-class experience of study at HE level. 

If you have any questions about the summer schools please email (please specify which summer school your question relates to as there are different people running each programme).

To get an idea of what a Year 12 summer school at SOAS is like please see the video of the History summer school in 2017:

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Year 12 Summer School

Please see below for information on what participants thought of previous SOAS summer schools:

  • "I really enjoyed working in my group and discussing the topics that we had learned about. It has helped me gain confidence to talk about my opinions and ideas - especially to new people"

  • "I enjoyed hearing what the mentors had to say about their personal university experiences and how they have dealt with opportunities, challenges, achievements and more throughout their SOAS university experience. This gives me the confidence to go to uni and experience these moments, learn about the wider world and be a lot more independent and calculated."

  • "I enjoyed the lectures because they were really insightful and eye opening to the university learning experience"

  • "I enjoyed the lectures and the information given to us during the summer school. I really enjoyed working and bonding with my groupand my student ambassador was really nice to work with. Everything was very useful."

  • "I really enjoyed the different seminars and workshops which we did. It gave me a better understanding about how everything works atuniversities and how different it is to college. I always really enjoyed the group work because we got to discuss and give different ideas as well as our own research for the end presentation "

  • "From group work sessions to the alumni advice, everything enabled me to have a betterunderstanding of university life as well as the numerous opportunities there is available to us, regardless of what degree you choose to do."

  • "The interactiveness of the sessions and lectures was really good"

  • "I particularly enjoyed the group work experience as we were able to apply the knowledge from previous lectures and seminars and engage with each other based on this information , gaining different aspects and interpretations of them."

  • "The ambassadors and alumni were really excellent at explaining and describing university life and background. The summer school gave me more confidence in university and application because the lectures and talks were very clear on key aspects of them"