LONDON: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

London, England

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  • Fall Semester - (Term 1): September - December
  • Spring Semester - Early January - Mid June (Terms 2 and 3)
  • Summer 2 Semester - early July - mid August

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer 2 Semester - March 1, 2014


Study Abroad Coordinator: Lane Marder (

SOAS is unique; it is the only university in the UK to focus on the languages, cultures and societies of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. As one of the colleges within the University of London, it is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the UK and is recognised worldwide. Study Abroad students have the opportunity to fully integrate into this specialised institution and concentrate on regions and issues which they might not have had the opportunity to focus on before, for example: Human Rights, HIV/ Aids and Development, the Politics and Economics of the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia or the religions and cultures of these important regions. Study Abroad students are supported by a small but dedicated team before they arrive, during their studies and after they have left London. Regular pre-departure information is sent to all applicants and there are special orientation sessions at the start of each term as well as social events throughout the year. All students on the programme are appointed an academic advisor on arrival and can contact the Study Abroad team with any queries at all, whether they are about accommodation, course choices, transport and travel or where to find the nearest supermarket!

Students enroll directly into SOAS and can choose to study abroad in 3 study periods: Full academic year (Terms 1, 2 and 3), Term 1 only (fall), or Terms 2&3 only (spring)


SOAS offers more than 400 fully integrated Study Abroad courses in the social sciences, the arts and humanities and languages and cultures. Whether you decide to focus on a particular region or continue with a specific discipline (say Politics or Economics) you are free to choose courses from across 17 different departments and create your own unique programme of study. Popular subject areas include Development Studies, Politics, Law, Economics, History, Study of Religions and Anthropology. The School also offers an unparalleled range of non-European languages including Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Thai and Swahili, all of which can be studied as a beginner. Students enroll in 4 courses. For a full list of courses please visit the website.


Summer Program:


For the summer program, students are required to participate in 2 sessions.  You must participate in either Session 1&3 or Session 2&3.  There are a range of courses available in the following themes:

Business and Management

Culture, History, and Society




See Course Catalog here:  you will click on the "Theme" and under each session will list the courses available.  NOTE: you take ONE course per Session.

For information please click on the Brochure.

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If you are interested in enrolling in a course not in our database, please send this course for evaluation.

Policies and Process for Evaluations

Host University

Founded in 1916, SOAS is an exceptionally cosmopolitan, diverse and vibrant university. Students have all the advantages of living and studying in the centre of one of the world's most exciting cities but will also appreciate the welcoming and friendly atmosphere of this relatively small institution. There are just over 4,000 students enrolled at SOAS and so students will easily get to know many of their peers and have the chance to interact with world-class researchers and faculty. The student body is extraordinarily multi-cultural: over 40% of students are international and the student body represents over 130 countries. It is a mini United Nations in its own right! Study Abroad students have access to all of the university's facilties, including access to the prestigious SOAS library, which is the national resource for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East and to the SOAS careers service, which is part of the largest careers service in the UK and can advise on volunteering opportunities, part-time work during term-time, vacation work, internships or graduate jobs. There are more than 100 societies to choose from within SOAS itself and students also have access to the University of London societies and clubs.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.3 in your concentration
  • Major or Minor Related to areas of study at SOAS
  • Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 overall but with strong academic motivation will be considered
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility
  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Application Procedure

    Semester Procedure: 

    • Completed online OISP application
    • SOAS application

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • 1 letter of recommendation from Faculty/Instructor
    • Official Transcript

    Summer Application Procedures:

    • Completed ONLINE OISP application
    • SOAS Application (Please be sure you are apply to session 1&3 or 2&3 - they can be selected on a single application)
    • Official Transcript
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Summer 2 2015: $10,909

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,634) and International Security and Emergency Support ($275). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


The main student residence is Dinwiddy house, home to 500 undergraduate SOAS students. Dinwiddy is a self-catering accommodation with individual study bedrooms; each with ensuite bathrooms and internet connection. Dinwiddy House is next door to one of the SOAS campuses and within easy walking distance of the other. Study Abroad students have this incredible opportunity to live right in the centre of London is an experience not available to many!


Summer Program:


For the summer program, students can elect in the Application to book a room at the International Hall - a 3 minute walk from campus.  Please note that housing is limited, so please book ASAP to secure a place.  Alternatively ,you may find your own accommodation.  Information can be found here:


SOAS has two campuses and both (along with the SOAS accommodation) are based in the heart of London and are all within easy walking distance of each other. Take this opportunity to study and live minutes away from the British Museum and British Library and within easy distance of all the main tourist attractions and trendy villages 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. There is an endless list of things to do and places to visit in London, one of the world's most vibrant and historic capital cities. Some students will spend their time visiting the countless free art galleries, museums and historic attractions while others will make use of the free parks and markets throughout the city. Students will be able to see West End shows, music gigs, comedy shows and plays and eat literally any type of food from all over the world, which reflects the incredibly diverse population of London. Study Abroad students should make use of their student discounts to ensure they get the best deals on whatever they do.