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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Arcadia 
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior
Housing Options: Apartment (shared) Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Aboriginal Studies, African Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Developmental Sciences, Economics, Geography, Geology, History, International Relations, Japanese, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mandarin, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion/Theology
Program Type: study abroad Minimum GPA: 3
Program Description:
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Get involved in a multi-cultural ‘school for diplomats’

This lively and diverse university is known colloquially as the 'school for diplomats' as it attracts so many international students who are passionate about world affairs and who go on to lead very internationally-focused careers. Even the character for Indiana Jones was inspired by a SOAS lecturer! Maybe you can be one of these intrepid students, hanging out in the beautiful Japanese rooftop garden at the SOAS main campus in central London.

As the only institution in the UK that specializes in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Near and Middle East, SOAS University of London has a unique academic approach in courses like non-governmental organizations and development to international politics, music, anthropology, economics, art history, and the comparative religions. Its Language Centre offers an unparalleled range of non-European languages such as Persian, Thai, Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, Cantonese, and more, taught from beginner to advanced levels. Its international and inclusive heritage is apparent in the energy of its diverse student body, committed to tackling global issues large and small—if this excites you, it may be a great program option.

  • In the 2019 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings SOAS was ranked third in the world for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal “Peace Justice and Strong Institutions”.
  • You’ll have access to the SOAS Library, considered the UK’s national library for Asian and African studies. The collection includes over 1.2 million volumes in more than 400 languages.
  • You’ll quickly become active on-campus through the bustling Students’ Union, home to a number of clubs and societies with organized events like world music concerts, guest speakers, panel discussions, and even a produce co-op. You’re also welcome to use the Student Central facilities in central London.
  • Situated on one charming campus, you’ll be located in the intellectual and literary Bloomsbury quarter, a London neighborhood rich in culture—which is also home to the Arcadia London Center! The newly developed North Block is part of the iconic Senate House library building. You will find state-of-the-art study spaces and the one-stop-shop for student support, the Student Hub. 
  • Travel to fascinating places of interest that enhance your cultural immersion and give a meaningful context to your academic courses through Arcadia's planned Excursions and Activities.

Arcadia is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, offering exceptional study, research, and internship experiences for students from colleges and universities across the US. Our unique combination of customized, diverse academic programming and comprehensive support allows students to explore new worlds, get to know themselves, boost their resumes for future job opportunities and graduate school, and experience the incredible growth and shifts in perspective that a culturally immersive experience can deliver.

Please visit the Arcadia website for dates and the latest program information.