• England
    • London
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
African Studies Asian American Studies Asian Studies Business East Asian Studies Economics English European Studies Finance Geography History Jewish Studies Language Studies Law Literature Marketing Media Relations Medieval Studies Middle Eastern Studies Music Peace Studies Public Policy Religious Studies Russian and Eastern European Studies Social Sciences Sociology Theology +17
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans
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Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
School of Oriental and African Studies


Starting Price
Price Details
Price is inclusive of tuition, housing, pre-arrival advising, orientation, co-curricular activities, on-site guidance, 24/7 emergency support, and post-program transcript.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Wifi
Oct 30, 2023
Feb 22, 2021
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About Program

Prestigious SOAS is the UK’s only university to specialize in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Near and Middle East. The perks keep coming. Students get access to libraries throughout the University of London network. And with half the student body from beyond the UK, being here is almost like taking a world tour. Then there’s location. SOAS is in heart of the city, near Oxford Street, Covent Garden, and the West End, so exploring is easy.

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Program Highlights

  • Personalized support from a local London team
  • Excursions and activities included in the program fee
  • Take classes with local and international students
  • 24/7 health and safety support and insurance included



IFSA Scholarships and Financial Aid

IFSA is deeply committed to making study abroad accessible to as many students as possible. We believe that cost should never be a barrier: that’s why we offer financial support to a larger proportion of our students than any other organization.

Financial assistance is available for IFSA January term, semester, year, and summer programs. Scholarships include the IFSA First-Generation Scholarship and IFSA Diversity Scholarship, as well as program-specific scholarships in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK. We also offer $2,000 IFSA State School Grants and IFSA Minority Serving Institution Grants to all qualified applicants.

Once you’ve started your IFSA program application, you’ll gain access to IFSA’s scholarship application.

$500 - $2,500

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Exploring Blackness in London

As a Black Africana Studies major, I was ecstatic to see IFSA at SOAS and immerse myself at a school where non-Western perspectives are the default. In my classes, Language in Africa and Contemporary African literature, we explored African voices and stories that have been severely lacking in my studies even as an Africana Studies major due to a US-centric approach. Connecting with such knowledgeable professors was invaluable and their lessons stick with me still as I casually bring up Africa’s incredible linguistic diversity and find lessons from African literature continue to follow me. I explored my Blackness further outside of the classroom as I traveled around South London after a 20 minute bus ride. It felt amazing to be surrounded by Black communities both long-established and newly formed as they create boisterous communities full of life and joy. I felt so seen walking around and felt so full after eating the amazing food there was to offer. An added bonus was that South London was much cheaper than King’s Cross where I lived. There were also a number of museums that featured work from artists of the African diaspora that left strong impressions both as a member of the Black community and as an artist that focuses greatly on identity. I have brought much of what I learned back to the classroom here and continue to de-center the US in discussions of Blackness because of my time in London.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Particularly for those who are low-income, I would suggest avoiding restaurants and, instead, choosing to cook with groceries that are often much healthier than those in the US, much cheaper, and locally grown. For special nights, traveling to South London to eat will allow you to stretch your money and have far tastier food. While the tube is convenient and quicker, it is also more expensive than the bus. Taking the bus allows you to see more the city and note places you might see from the bus to travel to later! For souvenirs, avoid touristy areas and go to markets, such as the Camden Market, to get great gifts!
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