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England Summer Study Abroad at SOAS, University of London

About SOAS, University of London in London, England

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Length of program: 5 weeks, late June to late July
  • Application deadline: March 15
  • Program advisor: Aimee Formo
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Program Snapshot

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We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's summer program at SOAS, University of London for your summer abroad. Located in eclectic and diverse London, SOAS is the only higher education institution in the U.K. specializing in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Near and Middle East. We're sure you're going to love studying there!

What SOAS has to offer

  • A focus on Arabic language and the politics and culture of the Middle East
  • One of the world's leading institutions in the study of Middle East cultures
  • A great location in the heart of London near the British Museum, Oxford Street, Covent Garden and the West End
  • Classes are supplemented by guest lecturs on topics related to the Middle East and Arab culture
  • A social program includes a Thames river cruise, a guided tour of London's historical Bloomsbury neighborhood and discounts for day trips and overnight tours

Housing

  • Students are housed in Dinwiddy House, a SOAS hall of residence
  • The program fee includes daily breakfast

Academics

  • Students take an Arabic language class and choose one additional elective
  • Elective courses include Government and Politics of the Middle East and Culture and Society in the Middle East
  • Students will earn 8 U.S. semester credit hours for the summer

We look forward to working with you!


Academics


Courses

What courses are available?
This program offers four courses:

  • Beginners Arabic 1
  • Beginners Arabic 2
  • Government and Politics of the Middle East
  • Culture and Society in the Middle East

How many courses do I take?
Each student will enroll in one of the Arabic courses and choose a second course, either Government and Politics of the Middle East or Culture and Society in the Middle East. See course descriptions below.

What is the course content?

Beginners Arabic 1
This is an introductory course in Modern Standard Arabic. It teaches students the Arabic script and provides basic grounding in Arabic grammar and syntax. This course is for complete beginners and does not require any prior knowledge of Arabic.

Beginners Arabic 2
This course is a continuation of Beginners Arabic 1. It completes the coverage of the grammar and syntax of Modern Standard Arabic and trains students in reading, comprehending and writing with the help of a dictionary of more complex Arabic sentences and passages. Students should have completed at least one prior introductory course in Arabic to enroll in this course.

Government and Politics of the Middle East (Summer 2017 syllabi)
This course serves as an introduction to the politics of North Africa, the Arab East, Israel, Turkey and Iran. It gives an overview of the major political issues and developments in the region since the end of the World War I and addresses key themes in the study of contemporary Middle East politics.

Culture and Society in the Middle East (Summer 2017 syllabi)
This course provides an introduction to the culture and society in the Middle East. It considers the Middle East from an historical as well as a current perspective, giving an overview of the cultural and societal underpinnings that have shaped the Middle East as we experience it today. The course will explore and analyse the diverse cultural dynamics of the Middle East, with examples from countries such as Egypt, the Gulf States, Iran, Morocco, Algeria, Turkey, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and others.

What other academic elements are available?
SOAS organizes guests lectures on topics related to the Middle East and Arab culture.

Credits

How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
Summer students at SOAS take two courses, one in Arabic language and an elective. Students will earn 4 credits per course, for a total of 8 U.S. semester credit hours.

Registration

What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full SOAS course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.

You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for courses until you arrive on campus.

Exams

What do I need to know about exams?
Exam policies at SOAS do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting an academic record appeal for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.

Transcripts

How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at SOAS, University of London. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.

Housing

Housing Options

What are my housing options?

What are my housing options?
Students will be placed in a SOAS hall of residence, Dinwiddy House. Dinwiddy House offers single bedrooms with a sink, toilet and shower. Each room has a phone and email access point. Dinwiddy House is a 25-minute walk (or short tube or bus ride) away from SOAS' Russell Square campus.

Meals

The program fee for the SOAS summer program includes breakfast daily. Students purchase or prepare their other meals.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals other than breakfast daily.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in England for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via email when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
No, IFSA-Butler does not require a housing deposit for summer programs.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location Info

Living and Studying in London, England

About London
Population: 9 million
Location: Southeast England

City features

  • One of the most cosmopolitan, hip cities in the world, with an atmosphere of excitement and sophistication
  • A major global city with remarkable cultural, historic, artistic, political and intellectual offerings
  • Home to many universities scattered throughout different neighborhoods, each with its own atmosphere and attractions
  • A diverse population with more than 300 languages spoken within the city
  • One of the world's leading business and financial centers

Do more!

  • Use London's excellent transportation links to explore continental Europe
  • Take advantage of Britain's extensive rail system to visit other areas of the U.K.
  • Take a break from the constant bustle of London and experience the beautiful and historic regions of England

Links
Visit London 
London On Line
London Net
Time Out: London
London Town
London Transport
BBC

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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Important: Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

In the United Kingdom, exams are taken under formal conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals. Exams must be taken where and when scheduled.

Program Fees

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What's included in our England program fees
Expense calculator

Payment Due: May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

Housing
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

The housing component of our program fee includes daily breakfast.

† Housing Deposit
Students in summer programs do not pay the $300 housing deposit.

Personal Cost Estimates

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Expense calculator

These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out.  If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate.  If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

*Student Visa: U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are allowed to remain in the U.K. for up to six months but are not allowed to undertake any paid work, internships or unpaid volunteer activities. Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.



Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in England:


altProgram Advisor Aimee Formo is here to assist with the application process and to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Aimee completed her graduate degrees in History and Library Science at Indiana University, and her undergraduate degree in History at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She studied abroad with R-MWC’s program at the University of Reading, where she focused on 19th century social reform movements. Aimee joined the IFSA- Butler team to aid students who want to study abroad and experience all that England has to offer. Aimee can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4253.


altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.

 

  

altStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.



Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident directors. Click here to read more about Resident Directors Lynne Alvarez and Andrew Williams.

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