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The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is one of the world's leading institutions in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Near and Middle East.

Over 40 percent of SOAS students are international, representing more than 130 countries, making SOAS an exceptionally cosmopolitan and diverse place to study. Located in the heart of London, SOAS maintains a small and friendly atmosphere, with just over 4,600 students.


SOAS has a long and distinguished tradition of helping students gain the skills required for to excel in an international environment.  It is the only higher education institution in the U.K. specializing in the study of Africa, Asia, and the Near and Middle East. SOAS has the largest concentration of specialist faculty members concerned with these regions, and offers an unparalleled range of non-European languages, including Farsi, Arabic, Chinese, Pashto, and Yoruba. Students at SOAS enjoy over 400 course offerings in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Languages. While the strong academic reputation of SOAS attracts students from all over the world, its 11 to 1 student to staff ratio remains one of the best in England. 


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GW England Student Perspective: Jane Guydan

Jane Guydan
Fall 2013, School of Oriental and African Studies
Major: Political Science
Minors: Arabic Studies, Criminal Justice


SOAS Sixth in UK

SOAS ranked sixth in UK for Arts and Humanities in the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2013 – 2014.