The School of Oriental and African Studies

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SOAS is the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study and research of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. SOAS has the largest concentration of specialist staff (350+ academics) concerned with the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East at any university in the world. SOAS is based in the heart of London and is consistently ranked among the top higher education institutions in the UK and the world.

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The School of Oriental and African Studies delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.
Student Population
Female / Male Students
64% Female
36% Male
Full / Part Students
82% Full Time
18% Part Time
International Students
56% Domestic
44% International
Stats from HESA

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6 November 2018

When you tell people you study at SOAS most respond with, "Where?" or "What's that?" and whilst it may appear small and insignificant it's been one of my most valued experiences. The campus is small and so are the numbers so there's a real sense of community amongst fellow students. The university provides a global experience for all students and promotes inclusivity for everyone. SOAS prides itself on it's diversity and the lessons that can be learned from this are unmatched. My course, though ordinarily Eurocentric, enabled me to study areas across Asia and Africa that's broadened my understanding of the world we live in. Whilst I have very few complaints about the university and what it has to offer, don't expect the typical university experience with parties in central London nightclubs but far more intimate events - the drag show cabaret being a favourite.

6 November 2018

All lecturers are very interesting. The campus is very politicised and the union very active. It is such an international place. You can learn many languages. There are excellent public lectures. Buzzy part of London.

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The School of Oriental and African Studies
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