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SOAS University of London
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Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Claire Hu
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Please be reminded that you may need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program. 

  • Program deadline: June 30, 2020
  • Princeton deadline: April 30, 2020

SOAS University of London

As part of the University of London, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is the only higher education institution in Europe specializing in the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The School also has the largest concentration of specialist faculty concerned with the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East at any university in the world. They offer a wide range of courses in the humanities and social sciences covering the cultures of Africa, the Far East, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia.

Study in the heart of London at the center of historic Bloomsbury, minutes from the world-renowned British Museum and the British Library. Take advantage of affordable, easy travel connections from London to the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond.Full year preferred.


Study Abroad students at SOAS are able to choose from over 400 modules and can build a unique program, exploring the range of specialist modules available at SOAS. You may pick options within the regional expertise of Africa, Asia and/or the Middle East; one of the many non-European languages taught or modules within traditional academic disciplines. Whether you are coming to SOAS for the full year or half the year, you are not restricted to a Study Abroad ‘Track,’ or to one specific department so you can choose modules from across SOAS. Study abroad students are required to take a full course load of 4 modules.

Please click on the links in each department section for further information about each module. The module page gives further information: the module value (30 or 15 SOAS credits - these are not ECTS credits! ECTS information is listed at the bottom of this page); when it is offered (full year, Term 1 or Term 2); who is teaching the module and the class content. Some modules have pre-requisite classes, so you will be expected to prove that you have taken a similar module to the pre-requisite at your home institution. 

Study Abroad students may join a full year module and only stay for Term 1, or may join during Term 2. You will only be assessed on the material covered while you are at SOAS, and are therefore eligible to take the first half or second half of a full year module. If you are joining in January and would like to take a language, you will need prior knowledge of that language to join a full year module and so should meet with the Module Convenor at the beginning of term to confirm the most appropriate class for you.

Academic Calendar

Please see here for the academic calendar.


Most Study Abroad students stay in SOAS accommodation, however students are also welcome to find their own housing.  All options are close to SOAS by foot or a short Tube ride away, with excellent facilities.  Most student residences are self-catered (no meals provided) and many have en-suite bathrooms.  

All SOAS accommodation options can be found the Accommodation webpages, and more detailed instructions on how to apply will be sent out once a student's application is received.  Please note that Term 1 only or Term 2/3 only students may only choose Dinwiddy House due to requiring a shorter contract.
  • University of London Intercolleagiate housing is only available for full academic year students.
  • Study Abroad are giving priority by Sanctuary Housing (Dinwiddy/Paul Robeson House) but we recommend making the housing application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
  • Please do not apply for SOAS housing until you have received specific instructions from the Study Abroad / Exchange Coordinator.

Please see below for advice from past students:
  • "I lived in Dinwiddy House which is not official university housing but is basically a SOAS dorm. It's not glamorous but definitely has everything you need and you get your own single and a shared kitchen."
  • "I actually found more opportunities to meet locals through church activities. I would highly recommend this to those who are religious. If not, I would recommend you to join clubs or other social events that are regular if you want to meet same locals regularly and build relationship."

Student Life

All of the societies, events and facilities of the SOAS Students' Union are open to Study Abroad and Exchange students, so get involved! The Students' Union website has a full list of all the societies available, an events calendar and welfare information and you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Your student sabbatical officers are based on the ground floor of the main building at Russell Square, next to the student common room.

Check out SOAS' London - a chance for SOAS students to share their favorite places in London in one network.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.    

Application Process

  1. Click "apply now" in GPS to access Princeton's application instructions

  2. Students interested in applying to this program must first review the SOAS application instructions, forms, and deadlines on the SOAS program website. All application materials should be submitted to the Office of International Programs, and will be submitted together to SOAS on your behalf by their deadline. Please note that all items must be received by OIP by the deadline listed in GPS in order to be submitted on time.

  3. In addition to the SOAS application items, students must also complete the Princeton Study Abroad Course Approval Form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee. To complete the Princeton approval process., download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval form submission deadlines.


Start planning your study abroad experience!


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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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