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 2020 SOAS will once again be offering five summer schools. The dates and details of subjects and applications will be available at the end of January.

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 - 4.30pm each day.

If you have any questions about the summer schools then please e-mail post16officer@soas.ac.uk stating:
  • Name
  • School/college
  • Which summer school you are interested in
  • Any questions you have

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 the 2019 summer schools:

SOAS Summer Schools 2019

  • "I enjoyed learning what lectures are about and what it is like to go to university"
  • "Everything gave me an insight. The ambassadors were amazing"
  • "I enjoyed the diversity and structure of the programme, although very packed, all parts were informative and fun."
  • "I enjoyed meeting new people and learning about topics which I had never done before - the debate was amazing"
  • "I enjoyed interacting with people from all walks of life as it gave me a wider perspective"
  • "I enjoyed the careers/alumni session because it gave an insight in to life and opportunities after university"
  • "I really enjoyed the lectures and all of the activities we did. Everything benefitted me in some way or another"