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Skidmore College
Skidmore in London

SOAS, University of London

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 Middle 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 undergraduate modules in the following academic departments:

Anthropology & Sociology
History of Art & Archaeology
China & Inner Asia
Development Studies
Finance & Management
Japan & Korea
Near & Middle East
Politics & International Studies
South Asia
South East Asia
Study of Religions

At SOAS, classes are called modules. Typically, students will take 4 modules (each module is worth 4 credits at Skidmore) for a total of 16 credits each semester. 

SOAS offers both full year modules and half year modules.  Whether you are coming to SOAS for the full year, Term 1 (Fall semester) or Term 2/3 (Spring semester), you can enroll in either full year or half year modules (subject to availability and space in the class).



Preference will be given to students who meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0*;
  • At least junior standing at the time of program participation
  • Ability to demonstrate, through personal essay and recommendations, the level of maturity and self-motivation needed to succeed abroad.

SOAS will only consider applications from students studying off campus during their junior or senior year. Students interested in studying in London during their sophomore year may consider the University of Westminster or King's College London

Any student receiving academic or physical accommodations should contact OCSE as soon as possible to discuss your program selection with a Program Manager and what accommodations may be available in London. For more information, please see Disability Services.


Students must apply for accommodation directly with SOAS' accommodation office after being accepted. Please note: In the UK, housing is called "accommodation". 

Students studying at SOAS for only a semester will be offered housing at Dinwiddy House, a predominantly undergraduate hall that houses 500 students enrolled at SOAS. The residence hall is approximately a 20 minute walk from the main campus and offers students individual bedrooms with a private bathroom. Six or seven rooms are clustered around shared kitchen. Students that are studying at SOAS for the full-year can apply for housing at any of the SOAS undergraduate halls of residence.

Program Dates

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

  • Fall semester dates: mid-September to mid-December
  • Spring semester dates: early January to mid-June
  • Full-year dates: mid-September to mid-June

Upon arrival, students will participate in an orientation with IES Abroad, Skidmore's partner for additional student support in London. After the IES orientation, students will move into their university housing assignment and participate in the SOAS orientation for study abroad students. 


The application process for Skidmore in London: SOAS, University of London is a two-part application process. Students must first submit a Skidmore in London application to Off-Campus Study & Exchanges (OCSE) to be approved for off-campus study at SOAS. In addition, you must also submit an online application directly to SOAS, which may include the submission of supporting documents. SOAS will make the final decision on your application.

Application deadlines

  • September 22 for the spring semester
  • March 15 for the fall or full-year