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The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) reviews

87 reviews
3.96 / 5 based on 87 reviews
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Unique programs
Renata R
Finland, Undergraduate
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies
Overall
SOAS offers a large scale of unique and truly interesting undergraduate programs. These include Middle Eastern studies, Persian and Arabic, Chinese and Developmental studies. What makes SOAS truly unique is its' concentration on nonwestern scholars and curriculum that does not focus solely on the western perspective.
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Pros
one of a kind degree
Cons
unorganised
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Narmin J
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Development Studies, Graduate, Independent
Overall
Personal recommendation
A more even weighting needs to be implemented for exams, essays and participation. For example 50% final exam, 30% essays, and 20% participation. Other than that, the university atmosphere is wonderful. The professors reflect the diversity in the classroom. SOAS has a great academic and student atmosphere!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
1
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
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A place to become an independent thinker
Malin E
United States, Graduate
Development Studies
Overall
SOAS finds knowledgeable and engaged professors. There is a course for everyone. I am particularly drawn to the diversity of the students and the intersectional content of the courses. I was happy to do my masters there in migration studies.
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courses, community, resources
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A place to become an independent thinker
Malin E
United States, Graduate
Development Studies
Overall
SOAS finds knowledgeable and engaged professors. There is a course for everyone. I am particularly drawn to the diversity of the students and the intersectional content of the courses. I was happy to do my masters there in migration studies.
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Pros
courses, community, resources
ABOUT
The School is part of the University of London and was formed in 1916 as a School of Oriental Studies. It took its present title in 1938, by which time it had established itself as a centre of African studies. The Scarbrough Report of 1946 recommended that the whole field of Asian and African studies should be developed in London as against estricted range of subjects in other universities, and there was a considerable expansion of the School's activities. In addition, after the Hayter Report of 1961, increased attention was given to the development of the social sciences. The School thus performs a national role, and its library, containing over 850,000 volumes as well as non-book materials, acts as the national lending library in the field it covers. SOAS continues to consolidate its position as the major national centre for the study of subject concerned with Asia and Africa. New teaching posts have been established, student numbers have expanded and the School's status as a leading research institution has been enhanced.
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Other names: University of London
Homepage: www.soas.ac.uk
Phone: +44 20 7637 2388
Address: Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square WCIH0XG, U.K., London, United Kingdom