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SOAS, University of London is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. SOAS is a remarkable institution. Uniquely combining language scholarship, disciplinary expertise... read more

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OVERALL RATING 3.6
Based on 8 Reviews
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January 22, 2023 Personal Agency
I gained new perspectives, new academic and professional interests. I felt like I grew as a person since I was living on my own, truly on my own and taking care of myself, for the first time. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 10, 2023 Best Experience Ever!
Learned to live on my own, meet new people, get out of my comfort zone, how to learn and study in a new system, and make time to have fun - Wellesley College View Entire Review
September 24, 2021 Avoid Soas At All Costs
I was able to grow my language proficiency in some classes but a lot were disappointing and upsetting. The admin causes such horrible problems that create overwhelmingly deplorable and traumatic experiences for students. It was not worth it! Please avoid SOAS if you can! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Greater variety of courses - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Loved London!
I learned how to be more independent since I had to live by myself (with other suite mates), cook for myself, and take responsibility for my own schedule. I also learned a lot in my classes at SOAS which I never would have learned at Wellesley. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Ehh
I learned a lot about linguistic typology and the syntax of Chinese, I suppose. Not much else. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Excellente
Yes, it was a worthwhile experience. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Yes yes yes It was worthwhile. I got to learn about London history, I traveled, I understood european lifestyles, met new people. Developed more ideas about myself as well - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I loved having the chance to take niche classes that might be hard to find at other institutions. I also loved the social environment at SOAS. It was remarkably warm and welcoming. It is strongly community-oriented despite its urban location. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review One Of A Kind!
The most valuable aspect of studying abroad in London was learning to live independently. Budgeting, cooking, and time managing are some of the skills I developed during the semester. I would say I now feel more comfortable living on my own, adjusting to an urban setting, and balancing my time --the experience was definitely wor... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Very worthwhile. Learned alot about London as an international city. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review I Must Go Back!
I feel like I gained different perspectives and gained many experiences studying in a large city with many opportunities. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I was able to take classes that I would not be able to take at my home institution, and I really enjoyed my experience overall. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained extensive knowledge in the field of South Asia Studies and improved my fluency in Bengali. I learned to live independently in an apartment-style dorm without a meal plan, managing my meals, schedule, and finances, completely on my own. I learned to not be afraid anymore of firsts - it was my first time in Europe, my fir... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
April 02, 2022 Abroad In London
I best part of my experience abroad was the people I got to meet and learn from. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent and travel on my own. It was not worthwhile at all. I did not enjoy my semester there and wish I didn't go. I think Middlebury has this culture where everyone is pushed to study abroad because "you will regret it if you don't" but honestly it's hard for me to believe everyone loves it that much. I... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Eye Opening
I have always had a fascination for London, so I was definitely living my dream of living in London. I got to explore the city and also travel in the country. I made several really good friends. I was introduced to a lot of new academic ideas that have definitely impacted my current academic interests. I also really liked the di... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Learned a lot about living in a city, and attending a larger, research uni - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Okay
worthwhile - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Good
worthwhile - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Enjoyed meeting people from all over, taking interesting classes not offered at my home university, visiting new countries and enjoying their culture. Definitely worthwhile - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Would Recommend!
I got to know how it feels like to live in a cosmopolitan city (London) and how to balance life with work as a result. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Soas
I learned that other schools do things different from Wellesley so we don't have to take things we don't like about Wellesley at face value because we can try to change them, because other schools are doing it. I.e. a more active college government, more active social life and activist culture - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned that you must take every chance to expose yourself to new environments, different people, and varying circumstances in order to broaden your understanding of the world. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot socially, but very little academically. - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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SOAS, University of London is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. SOAS is a remarkable institution. Uniquely combining language scholarship, disciplinary expertise and regional focus, it has the largest concentration in Europe of academic staff concerned with Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

With more than 5,000 students from around the world (our students represent more than 130 nationalities and 45% of the student population is from outside the UK), SOAS makes for a fascinatingly diverse and lively close-knit community.  As a Study Abroad student, you are able to design your own unique programme of study and be surrounded by students who share your passion for international issues. Whether you decide to focus on a particular region or concentrate on a specific discipline, you are free to choose from a wide range of courses from across 17 different departments. There are more than 400 fully integrated courses to choose from including: Law, Development Studies, Economics, Politics, non-European languages, History, Anthropology and Religion. Take this opportunity to study and live within easy distance of all the main tourist attractions and fashionable area of London like Camden, Soho and Islington. You could also take advantage of cheap and easy travel connections from London to the rest of the UK, to Europe and even to North Africa.  We look forward to meeting you!

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • Area Studies
  • African Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
  • South Asian Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Central Asian Studies
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • African Languages, Literature
  • East Asian Languages, Literature
  • South Asian Languages, Literature
  • Southeast Asian Languages, Literature
  • Legal Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Management Science
Minimum GPA:
3.3
Year Founded:
1916
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