SOAS is one of the leading global universities for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, offering a unique perspective on the economic, political, cultural and religious challenges of the world, in the past, present and future. Founded in 1916, there are currently 5,000 students at SOAS, 26% of whom are international from over 130 countries.
What makes SOAS standout?
- International reputation for excellence
SOAS is constantly ranked amongst the best institutions in the UK and the world by independent bodies and, in the most recent QS ranking, four of SOAS’ subject areas - politics, development studies, anthropology and study of religions – were ranked in the global top 25. In the same ranking, SOAS is ranked the 288th best university in the world!
- Its library
In the areas of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, SOAS is home to one of the most important libraries on the planet, attracting leading academics, researchers and scholars from all over the world. The library houses over 1.3 million different volumes, as well as a digital library which is constantly evolving. In addition to the SOAS library, the British library is also a short walk away.
- Diversity of courses
When it comes to the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, nowhere in the world offers a more diverse range of courses. SOAS focus on a “interdisciplinary approach” which deepens the learning experience for all students. Whether your interest is in anthropology, law, music or its 100s of other courses, you’ll find a specialism to suit your career aspirations.
- Student societies
The diversity of SOAS student societies reflects on the international flavour of the SOAS student body. There are over 160 different societies in total covering a widely diverse range of topics. So whether your passion is debating, drama or film studies, or Linguistics, Marxism or MMA, there is something for everybody.
- Alumni perks
Once students have graduated from SOAS, they can join SOAS World which gives them free access to e-journals, invites to events and discounted SOAS library membership – one of only five national research libraries in the UK!
- A great London location
London is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan student cities in the world and SOAS is located right in the heart of this famous capital. Over 100,000 students call London home and by studying at SOAS you will also become part of the University of London student network, meaning benefits such as free entry to UoL bars, cheap gym membership and access to all UoL libraries.