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CIEE Asian and African Studies in London, England - School of Oriental & African Studies
London, United Kingdom
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Economics, History, Music, Political Science, Pre-Law, Religious Studies, Sociology Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Academic Level: Sophomore Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Dorms
Program Description:


Come study in one of the most culturally rich and ethnically diverse cities on earth.

From the Bangladeshi community of King’s Cross, to the African enclaves of North Kensington; from the Caribbean neighborhoods in Notting Hill, to the Iranian residents of Queensway, London is a beautiful, fascinating collage of people and cultures. And with CIEE’s African+Asian studies program, you’ll use rigorous academics, cultural excursions and activities to gain critical and unparalleled insight into these communities and cultures as well as new tools for evaluating your own.

Study abroad in London and you will:

  • Take a wide range of courses including social sciences, humanities, and the study of languages and cultures with a focus on Africa, Asia, and the Middle East
  • Learn more about other cultures and languages through dedicated language labs and television programs from around the world
  • Integrate with the diverse student body through SOAS' thriving multicultural student union facilities
  • Join CIEE on excursions in and around London and a weekend out of the country to Wales, Scotland, or Ireland
The CIEE Difference


Enroll directly in the School of Oriental and Asian Studies, is the only institution of higher education in the UK specializing in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Near and Middle East. Choose from a wide variety of courses ranging from Ethnography, and Cultural Music, to Developmental Studies, Religion, History, and Law and Social Sciences. Interested in a language learning program? SOAS offers over 30 of them.
Cultural Activities and Field Trips

CIEE excursions help study abroad students explore all aspects of contemporary London during their stay, including trips to Parliament, sporting events, concerts, and the theater. Each semester also includes a weekend trip to another area within the UK or Ireland. Past participants have had the opportunity to visit Edinburgh, Dublin and the Welsh Coast.

University Life

SOAS has a thriving international and multicultural student union which is a hub for social life, with frequent entertainment and outings. As a SOAS participant, students become part of the University of London Union, which is located a few minutes away and houses a swimming pool, gyms, and lounges.


Students typically earn 16 semester/24 quarter hour credits during the fall or spring semesters and 32 semester/48 quarter hour credits during the academic year.

Each course is typically worth four semester hour credits.

Program Requirements

Study abroad students typically take four courses during the semester and eight during the academic year.

About London

Home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games, London is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with over 250 languages spoken in the UK capital. This makes London the most linguistically diverse city in the world. London is at the cutting edge of the arts scene and provides access to music, fashion, museums (which are all free!) comedy, and theater. For those who want a break in the pace of London life, there is an abundance of green space to be explored in and around the capital, which boasts eight Royal Parks right in the heart of the city.

Where You’ll Study

Founded in 1916, the School of Oriental and African Studies welcomes students from all over the world, particularly those with an international frame of mind. SOAS is the only higher education institution in the UK specializing in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Near and Middle East. Its two campuses are located in the heart of London and about 20 minutes walking distance from one another. More than 5,000 students attend SOAS from over 130 countries with 45% of them coming from outside the UK. While SOAS has grown rapidly, it retains a friendly atmosphere and provides the personal attention that students require. The cosmopolitan nature is both a challenging and rewarding experience which enables students to look at their own culture from a fresh perspective.

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Students are typically housed in single or shared, self-catered rooms with baths and shared kitchens. However, university housing cannot be guaranteed and students may be placed in an alternate residence: an intercollegiate residence or a private residence hall. The SOAS student residences are located at Vernon Square, about a 15-minute walk from the main academic center at Russell Square.

Students are responsible for their own meals during the entire program; however, some meals are provided during orientation. Meals may be taken at cafeterias and University restaurants, at restaurants throughout London, or prepared in the residence’s kitchen facilities.

Academic Program

The CIEE Study Center in London opened in 2000. The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) was added as a host institution in 2006.
Study abroad students at SOAS learn about the societies, economies, and cultures of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. There are fifteen departments at SOAS grouped into three faculties: Arts and Humanities, Languages and Cultures, and Law and Social Sciences. CIEE students may register for all courses available to study abroad students for which they meet the prerequisites. Cross registration among CIEE host institutions is not possible.

Academic Culture

CIEE participants may notice a striking difference between the educational system in the United States and Britain. The British educational system allows students greater responsibility and initiative in a less structured environment. The CIEE program is geared towards students who are motivated, self-sufficient, and fully interested in experiencing the British educational system. To aid in this transition, the CIEE London  Resident Director will cover these differences during orientation and will be available throughout the semester.

The advantage of studying at SOAS is that students receive close supervision and have regular contact with faculty. Learning takes place through a coherent blend of lectures, seminars, and tutorials (individual or small group sessions).

SOAS’s fall term runs from September to December; the spring term from January to March; and the summer term from April to June. Students participating in the U.S. spring semester attend SOAS for the spring and summer terms; there is a four-week break between terms. Students may not enroll for the SOAS spring or summer term only.