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This study abroad program through partnership with IFSA allows you to take enroll as a visiting student at SOAS, University of London. SOAS, University of London is the only higher education institution in the UK specializing in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, is one of the world's leading institutions of its kind. SOAS, a part of the University of London, has expanded rapidly in recent years to over 4,600 students from more than 130 countries but still retains its characteristic friendliness.

Academic Programs

Visiting students can choose from hundreds of courses across seventeen departments at SOAS which allows for an interdisciplinary perspective on the parts of the world under study. The specializations on Asia, Africa, the Middle East are supplemented by a wide range of foreign languages available at all levels of expertise.

Program Features

SOAS students enjoy a campus environment in the heart of London. The Russell Square campus is situated in a quiet area in the center of London known as Bloomsbury, which is surrounded by other colleges and buildings of the University of London. The British Museum, Oxford Street, Covent Garden, and the West End are all within easy walking distance. Students live in Dinwiddy house, a student residence about a 20-minute walk to the Russell Square campus.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.