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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Ethan Merritt Advising Required: Yes
Language Pre-requisite: none Minimum GPA: 3.3
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No
Language of Instruction: English Language Courses Offered: Yes
Housing: Dormitory, Shared Apt. Internship: No
Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this Program Right for You?

SOAS main buildingSOAS - University of London is a truly unique study abroad option for AU students. It is the only higher education institution in the UK specializing in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. It is now one of the world's leading institutions of its kind and has the largest concentration of specialist faculty concerned with the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East at any university in the world.

Studying in England is very different than what you might be used to.  Students are expected to study outside of class to retain a large portion of their subject matter.  Unlike universities in the United States, the majority of each student's grades in England is based on one or two large assignments or solely on the final test - not on class participation or attendance.  This study abroad experience will provides AU students an independent experience with the opportunity to get to know students from Britain and all over the world.

Academic Information

SOAS is part of the University of London and has expanded rapidly in recent years to over 4,300 students from over 100 countries. It has a well-established study abroad program with more the 350 fully integrated courses open to study abroad students in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages with a distinctive regional focus.
SOAS advising
At SOAS students are able to take a range of courses from 16 departments grouped into three Faculties: the Faculty of Arts and Humanities; the Faculty of Languages and Cultures; and the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. Study abroad students must take 4 courses while at SOAS--these courses can be taken across all three Faculties and in a combination of departments.  Students take four courses a semester as a full-load earning 4 AU credits per course.

The aim of the program is to fully integrate study abroad students into the academic and social life of the university. SOAS courses are typically full-year courses. Study abroad student are encouraged to study for a year at SOAS but can study for just the Fall semester or Spring semester instead (and thereby take the first half or last half of a full-year course).

At SOAS it is possible to study over 40 non-European languages from beginner to advanced. This offers study abroad students the opportunity to continue and improve language study or to learn a language that is not available at AU. Language study at SOAS is rigorous and challenging. Please note, Spring Term-only study abroad students are unable to start an introductory level language course as these are full-year courses. In all cases students will sit a placement test upon arrival and be matched to the appropriate class.

For more information on the course offerings and academics at SOAS, please visit their website.

Course Equivalency

View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.


SOAS provides information on various external scholarships which students may be eligible for (NOTE - SOAS tuition does not apply to AU students).  Also, information on the AU Abroad Award and other scholarships can be found at the AU Abroad website.

Student Life

Life in London

London squareSOAS is located in the center of London minutes away from the British Museum. SOAS has an enviable location within short walking distance of most major London attractions. London is truly one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in the world, offering students an unparalleled environment in which to live and study. Whether your interest is art and theater, politics and economics, or film and music, it can all be found in abundance.

Housing and Meals

Students are responsible for applying and paying for housing arrangements directly with SOAS and meal arrangements independently. The main student residence at SOAS is Dinwiddy House which provides accommodation for 500 undergraduate students. It offers purpose built, self-catering accommodation which features individual study-bedrooms with en-suite facilities, telephone and internet cabling. Six or seven rooms are typically clustered around a shared kitchen. Students can cook for themselves, choose to eat on campus or in one of the many cafes or restaurants nearby.

More information on accommodation can be found at the SOAS website.


There are two kinds of visas available to students studying in the UK: the Short Term Study visa and the Tier 4 Student visa.  Each visa type has different requirements and stipulations.  More visa guidance will be provided after acceptance to the program.  Each student is responsible for applying and obtaining the appropriate visa.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/08/2018
Varies by program 09/24/2018 06/14/2019
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.
Fall 2018 03/08/2018
Varies by program 09/24/2018 12/14/2018
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.
Spring 2019 10/12/2018 ** Varies by program 01/05/2019 06/14/2019

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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