SOAS University of London

At SOAS, we view the world through a different lens. Our expertise in the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East shapes our understanding - to tackle the global challenges of our time.

Come to SOAS and join a welcoming, diverse, and close-knit community in central London. Here, we challenge perspectives, broach debate, and empower our students to find solutions to the issues facing the world today.

A SOAS education gives you a unique perspective on the world, providing you with the cultural insights and skills to make a difference in what matters most. SOAS grads are well regarded by employers for their global outlook and unique specialisms. We are ranked 6th in the UK for Employment Outcomes (QS World University Rankings 2023). Study at SOAS and be ready for a career within the global economy and a multicultural world.

If you want to expand your horizons and develop a deeper understanding of the world, be part of SOAS: The World's University.


Located in leafy and cosmopolitan Bloomsbury, our central London campus is right at the centre of it all. SOAS offers a variety of housing options to match your needs, budget, and taste - in locations close to the SOAS campus in historic Bloomsbury.

Study Abroad Opportunities

With such a diverse community in the heart of London, we offer students a uniquely rich environment to study, develop and live alongside people from different countries, communities and cultures.

However, we understand the importance of experiencing places first-hand, testing your language skills, getting to know people, and exploring the world.

That’s why SOAS holds partnerships with a number of universities, allowing students to study abroad as part of their degree.

Our partners:

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Norway
  • Palestine
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand


Curious minds shouldn’t be hemmed in by financial barriers.

At SOAS we wish to support all students to fulfil their potential. That’s why we offer a range of scholarships, bursaries, and awards to support undergraduate students through their studies.

You can find more information on our scholarships, and how to apply on our website.

Fast Facts

  • SOAS is in London, which is officially the best student city in the world - and has been for four years in a row (QS World Rankings 2023)
  • There are 6,300 students on campus, from 135+ countries
  • Top 50 universities for internationalism (QS World University Rankings 2022)
  • 6th in the UK for employment outcomes (QS World Rankings 2023)
  • Top 50 in the world for internationalism (QS World Rankings 2023)
  • Top 50 in the UK (Complete University Guide 2023)
  • Top 50 in the world for addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals for Peace, Justice, Poverty and Sustainability (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, 2022)
  • One of only five National Research Libraries in the UK. We have over 1.5 million volumes, periodicals and audio-visual materials in 400 languages, focusing on Asia, Africa and the Middle East
  • 87% of research ranked 'world-leading or internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2021)
Times Good University Guide 2024 Ranking 28/131
Guardian 2024 Ranking 52/121
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