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Skidmore College
Skidmore in London

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London is located in central London and is the only higher education institution in the U.K. that focuses its coursework exclusively on Asia, Africa, and the Near and Far East. SOAS has more than 4,600 undergraduate and postgraduate students, 45% of whom come from outside of the U.K., comprising an incredibly diverse student population. SOAS is a top ranked, competitive institution in the U.K.


Students can choose from over 400 courses in the following academic departments: Anthropology & Sociology, Art & Archaeology, Development Studies, Economics, Finance & Management, Gender Studies, History, Law, Linguistics, Music, Politics, and Religion. A full list of courses is included on their Web site: SOAS is on a trimester system; Skidmore students can only choose from courses that are offered for the second and third terms.


Students will be offered housing at Dinwiddy House in Vernon Square, a residential hall that houses 500 students enrolled at SOAS. The residence hall is approximately 15 minutes from the main campus and offers self-catering accommodation for undergraduates. Each student has an individual study-bedroom with en-suite facilities, telephone and broadband internet access. Six or seven rooms are clustered around shared kitchen and dining facilities.

Program Dates

Students can apply to study at SOAS for the fall, spring or full-year.