School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
The School of Oriental and African Studies (better known as SOAS) is part of the mega University of London. SOAS specialises in the humanities and social sciences particularly politics, law, economics languages referring to the continents of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. SOAS is a well respected university and often scores well in external assessment.
The university received its royal charter in 1916 when it was know as School of Oriental studies. The university has 3700 students of which approximately 40% are studying on a postgraduate degree course.
SOAS has 2 campuses one based in the Russell Square campus is based in the Bloomsbury district of the city which has a vibrant theaters and nightlife. The other campus, Verson Square campus is a much newer campus opened in 2001 and it is based in Islington and it is close to Kings Cross train station.
The University’s Structure
The university is divided into 3 facalties:
- Faculty of Arts and Humanities
- Faculty of Languages and Cultures
- Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (L&SS)
Notable SOAS Facilities
SOAS library is in the Russel Square campus and is one of the best reference resource in the UK for information on Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The library is currently undergoing a modernisation and expansion programme.
SOAS houses the houses the Brunei Gallery as a gift from the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam. The gallery has a Japanese galley on its roof.
SOAS being a member of the University of London has access to UoL’s facilities this includes their libraries and accommodation.
The School of Oriental and African Studies has private accommodation for their students in the Paul Robeson House which is owned by Shaftesbury Housing, James Lighthill House and Winwiddy House.
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Famous past SOAS’s Students include royalty and famous political figures including the Sultan Salahuddin, Mette-Marit prince of Norway and princess Maria Laura of Belgium. Famous politicians include John Atta Mills (president of Ghana) and former Prime Ministers of Mozambique and Turkey.
SOAS has a good reputation in the latest university guides. See our comprehensive review of SOAS’s rankings.
Full-time undergraduate courses (BSc, BA & LLB) in 2013/14 are £9,000 for UK and EU students. Overseas students will pay £14,590.
Information checked on 18/02/2013. For up to date information on tuition fees please see the official SOAS website www.soas.ac.uk
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