Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

England, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies)
University of London

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Program Location: London, England
Duration: Fall or Spring/Summer
Program Dates
Note: It is recommended to wait to schedule flights until the program has issued specific arrival information.

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Program Overview

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London is a top-ranked university in the United Kingdom. The School is one of only a few places in the world that focuses on issues and life surrounding Africa, Asia and the Middle East, where the school also has earned a highly respected reputation. Alumni are currently serving as diplomats, heads of state, ambassadors, Nobel Laureates and other global leaders. Clark University's inspiring and dedicated faculty member, Professor Cynthia Enloe, received an Honorary Professorship from SOAS in 2009. Professor Enloe notes, "SOAS has a lively Gender Studies program and the student body and faculty are wonderful."

The program offers a semester long or full-year course of study based in the heart of London. There are approximately 4600 students from over 130 countries represented. Three main academic areas offer over 400 courses to choose from: Languages and Cultures, Arts and Humanities, and Law and Social Sciences.

SOAS students live in the heart of London and generally reside in Dinwiddy House, a dormitory located next to the SOAS Vernon Square campus and a 15-minute walk from the main campus at Russell Square. From the main campus it is only a five-minute walk to the British Museum. Several single en-suite rooms are located around common kitchen and dining areas. In line with UK policy, there is a no smoking policy throughout the campus residence halls. More complete housing information is available at their Accommodations webpage.

Clark Credit

Participating students receive the equivalent of four Clark units per semester (16 credits), provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. All courses receive letter grades, which show on the Clark transcript and are factored into the overall GPA. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure transferability of credit. You will need to check with your Faculty Advisor (in your major) to see if major credit for coursework will be approved.


All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements and the SOAS study abroad program eligiblity requirements. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to SOAS. These include the service-learning project and activities, study tours and excursions organized by SOAS, transportation to program activities, emergency medical insurance, visa fees, on-site advising and office expenses. You will be billed a one-time $1000 study abroad fee which will appear on your tuition bill. You will be billed by SOAS directly for your housing, and you will need to provide for your own meals (i.e. cooking or purchasing meals) if not provided. Books, non-academic fees, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional costs per semester for 2015-16

  • Housing, Fall - $2800
  • Housing, Spring/Summer - $5325
  • Air travel - $1000
  • Meals and leisure- $460/month
  • Personal Expenses - $270/month*
  • Travel in London - $150/month
  • Books and Supplies - $50/month

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change.

*Personal expenses are based on SOAS recommendations, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.

Application Deadlines

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Fall semester application deadline - February 15
  • Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Important Information

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at (508) 793-7363 or

Any information on this page is subject to change.