IFSA SOAS, University of London Partnership

London, England


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: October 15

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About SOAS

Spend a semester or year in London, home to one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world. SOAS specializes in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and your semester abroad will be academically challenging as well as culturally enriching.

SOAS Benefits

  • SOAS is the only higher education institution in the U.K. specializing in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Near and Middle East
  • Study at one of the world's leading institutions of its kind, where more than 50 percent of the student body is international 
  • SOAS is part of the University of London (UL) system, so students can use the University of London Union's excellent facilities
  • Live and learn in a great location in the heart of London near the British Museum, Oxford Street, Covent Garden and the West End
  • Enjoy the benefits of a specialized school with more than 500 uniformly excellent courses and more than 30 different languages offered
  • Choose to focus on a particular region, country or a specific discipline

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at SOAS, University of London Partnership

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the SOAS Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

To view available courses at SOAS, visit the university's online course catalog.

A full course load for academic year students is 120 SOAS credits, comprised of any combination of 15- or 30-credit modules. Semester students at SOAS take exactly 4 modules (classes) whether attending in Spring or Fall. Semester students are permitted to take half of a year-long course and earn half of the credit for the course, so the typical semester course load is 60 SOAS credits.

  • 30 SOAS credits (usually full year courses only) = 8 U.S. semester credit hours
  • 15 SOAS credits = 4 U.S. semester credit hours

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Course Restrictions
Students should consult the SOAS course finder for specific course restrictions, which are listed by department.
  • Fourth-year (400 level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (masters or Ph.D.) and are not available to undergraduate study abroad students.
  • Departments that have only graduate courses (including Gender Studies and Media Studies) are not open to undergraduate students.
  • Independent study projects, dissertations and extended essays are also closed to study abroad students.
  • History majors should note that H300 courses are capped at 15 students, and registration is on a first come, first served basis.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at SOAS, University of London Partnership
African Studies Anthropology Arabic Archaeology Art History Asian Studies Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Chinese Community Studies Cultural Studies Economics European History Foreign Language, Other Geography Hebrew Hindi History International Studies/Affairs/Relations Jewish Studies Law/Legal Studies Medieval History Middle Eastern Studies Music Performance Organizational Management Policy Studies/Public Policy Political Science Population Studies/Demography Religious Studies Social Justice Theology Women and Gender Studies World History

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Residence Hall/Dormitory
All accommodations are self-catered. No meal plans are available.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Resident Director

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Andrew Faas

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Spring 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
January 1, 2020
Program End Date
June 15, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Fall 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
September 23, 2020
Program End Date
December 18, 2020

Program Fees

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Total Program Fee
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Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
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