Located in Bloomsbury, the academic heart of London, SOAS University of London is a remarkable institution with one of the most unique teaching faculties in the world. The school is a centre for the study of subjects concerning Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It was founded in 1916, and has since developed a reputation for excellence, and unrivalled expertise in the laws of African and Asian countries, commercial and environmental law, languages and human rights.
Location is one of SOAS's main assets. London offers one of the best student experiences in the world, and students at the university are ideally placed to make the most of everything the city has to offer. There is a vast array of amenities nearby, from cafes, restaurants and bars to art galleries, parks, and museums, all within a short walk of campus. London itself is a diverse and continually evolving city with a wealth of internship and employment opportunities across a wide range of job sectors.
SOAS is an exceptionally diverse university, with 51 per cent of its students coming from outside of the UK, around five times the global average according to the QS World University Rankings 2021. The school focuses on small group teaching, with one of the best staff to student ratios in the UK, and is able to offer highly personalised mentorship and a lot of student contact time.
SOAS contains a vast repository of knowledge in both its archived resources and human capital, and the school acts as a consultant to government departments as well as multi-national corporations in London and internationally. SOAS graduates go on to pursue a range of careers which make a significant contribution to global society.