Summer at SOAS

SOAS offers a wide variety of courses taught in the summer months, varying in length, structure, and price. To get a taste of the SOAS experience takes a look at the video! If you would like to broaden your horizons at summer school and get a new learning experience then have a look at what is on offer below.

Taking a summer course at SOAS enables students to learn about a wide range of topics, combining cutting-edge academic research, innovative teaching and practice-oriented learning.

Whether you are a current student, a recent graduate, a young professional, or if you would like to upgrade your knowledge, taking a summer school course will broaden your horizons.

What can I study?

SOAS Summer 1

Summer School courses are offered throughout three sessions and enrolment is open for one session, only, of a combination of sessions:

Session 2: 2 July - 20 July 2018 Session 3: 23 July - 10 August 2018
Capitalism, Crisis, and the Neoliberal State Development & Conflict
Gender, Conflict and the Middle East Finance and Risk Management
NGOs and Social Movements: the Politics of Protest and Change International Relations in the 21st Century
Public Financial Management International Law: Contemporary Issues
The Middle East in Global Politics Migration and Diaspora
Understanding Africa

Courses are taught at level 2/3 of a typical SOAS undergraduate degree programme and are suitable for undergraduates, as well as graduates and postgraduates without in-depth knowledge of a specified topic.

Attending the SOAS Summer School enables you to:

  • Join our diverse and international student community
  • Make your views heard – SOAS’ innovative teaching methods, based on excellence in research, enable students to add to the lively discussions and critical analysis in the classroom;
  • Learn from our highly experienced and specialised academic staff – SOAS has the largest concentration in Europe of experts on the Middle East, Africa and Asia;
  • Be critical and make a difference – SOAS challenges mainstream schools of thought, taking a non-Western centric approach and encouraging students to develop a critical outlook and foster change;
  • Pave your way into SOAS: Summer School students can apply to continue their studies at SOAS, with over 115 Postgraduate programmes to choose from.

Entry Requirements

A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the Summer School, and 18+ years of age. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.

  • Participants have to be 18 or over at the time of attendance.
  • Fluency in English demonstrated through:
    • TOEFL Paper-based test we require a minimum of 583 with minimum 53 in all skills and for TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 93 with minimum 20 in all skills.
    • IELTS, 6.5 overall or higher, with at least 6 in all subscores.
    • Pearson Test of English a score of 59-64
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Grade B
  • If you have studied in an English speaking institution, or have courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses) you may meet our requirements without having to supply a certificate. Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university.
  • Applicants with an alternative qualification should contact us for advice.
  • Applicants whose English language level do not meet out requirements may be interested in our subject-based courses with English language support.

Enrolment of Summer School applicants who don't meet the entry requirements is at the discretion of SOAS - please get in touch to speak to us in detail about your application.

Once you have paid the £40 application fee and submitted the online application form, you will be informed as to whether you have a place at the summer school within 5 working days. Please do not pay your tuition fee prior to having received your offer letter.

Assessment and Credits

Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution, typically our courses receive:

  • 3 credits in the US system
  • 7.5 ECTS in the European system.

If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however, please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Contact Hours

Sessions 2 & 3: Monday - Thursday

  • 46 hours contact time.
  • Monday - Thursday
  • 10am - 3pm: lectures and tutorials
  • Additional 2 hours on a specified Friday involving content-related optional activities, such as museum or company visits.
  • On Fridays, courses open up one of their activities to all Summer School students, giving each student a variety of different activities to attend.

Fees

SOAS fees

There is a one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40.

Tuition fee:

  • Sessions 2 & 3 - £1,600

An early bird discount of 10% is available until 30 March 2018

Accommodation

Accommodation is available to Summer School students at the SOAS Halls of Residence, Dinwiddy House. For details of how to book a room please visit the Dinwiddy House accommodation page.

Social Programme

Our friendly and vibrant campus is located in the heart of London at the centre of historic Bloomsbury. The capital's rich cultural and social life is literally on our doorstep! During the SOAS Summer SchooL, you will be invited to attend a diverse social programme offered by SOAS and the Summer School team, including course-related activities, a welcome and a farewell reception, a Thames River cruise, and various events offered by SOAS throughout the summer.

In addition, you can book discounted trips through our partner International Friends or you can explore what the city has to offer. A detailed programme will be available closer to the Summer School's start.

SOAS student 2

I found my classes extremely stimulating and found the teachers to be very qualified, as they all had previous professional experience in the fields they were teaching. The campus is beautiful and each classroom is reasonably sized with students from all over the world. It is also located in a very nice part of London that has plenty of things to offer once the class is over. SOAS was an enriching experience for me and I would not change it for anything in the world.

Owen, Finance & Risk Management Northeastern University, Boston, USA

SOAS Summer School

Programmes taught in:
  • English (US)

This school also offers:

Summer courses

SOAS Summer School

This course aims to provide participants with both theoretical knowledge and practical tools to understand and meet the challenges that the Sustainable Development Goals ... [+]

Programme Description

Since the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, many countries in the world have undertaken parallel efforts to tackle global challenges – from poverty to inequality, from climate change to health, from sustainable cities and communities to peace and justice. The SDGs set ambitious albeit necessary objectives to be reached by 2030, which should be of interest to anyone concerned with the sustainability of production and consumption systems, equitable and inclusive development, and growth and prosperity of future generations. Yet, SDGs should play a more influential role in the policy process than they have actually obtained so far. ... [-]

United Kingdom London
June 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
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SOAS Summer School

This three-week summer course explores critical debates related to artificial intelligence (AI) from a distinctly Global Southern perspective. Situated at the Centre for ... [+]

Programme Description

This three-week summer course explores critical debates related to artificial intelligence (AI) from a distinctly Global Southern perspective. Situated at the Centre for Global Media and Communication (CGMC) at SOAS, it provides a unique multi-disciplinary perspective to what are some of the key factors (and actors) driving today’s digital economy and the role of AI in imagining the future(s) of society. Unlike other courses dealing with the social, political and economic aspects of AI, the course focuses specifically on perspectives of countries from the Global South often omitted from the ongoing debates and controversies.... [-]

United Kingdom London
June 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

This course consists of lectures, workshops, field trips and guided tours of London, together with a guided tour of a rural/coastal region in Sussex, namely the Cinque Po ... [+]

Programme Description

This course consists of lectures, workshops, field trips and guided tours of London, together with a guided tour of a rural/coastal region in Sussex, namely the Cinque Port of Rye and its surrounds. It will offer a wide range of approaches and agendas (both theoretical and policy-related) about tourism, pilgrimage, cultural heritage, and travel more generally – including consideration of refugees and asylum seekers.

The course will be conducted in an intense, unique, and closely-knit environment providing first-class knowledge/practice of and in the field. The course is open to students in a variety of disciplines including anthropology, sociology, history, geography, development studies, international relations, art – as well as disciplines in Art+Humanities more generally.... [-]

United Kingdom London
June 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

This course provides a critical introduction to understanding the politics of climate change. It presents a critical perspective on the relationship between the environme ... [+]

Programme Description

This course provides a critical introduction to understanding the politics of climate change under conditions of economic and political crisis. It presents a critical perspective on the relationship between the environment and development, nature, society and the Anthropocene, and focuses on the dynamics of socio-environmental change, giving attention to its material and economic, political and organisational as well as cultural and ideological dimensions.

The foundation of the course is a theoretical consideration of the history, politics and economics of climate change under capitalism. This is followed by an interrogation of the diplomacy of climate change negotiations, including the Paris Agreement and the IPCC reports, feminist approaches to the environment and ecosocialism. Finally, the course examines contemporary questions to do with technology and the climate, racism and climate denial, and the potential of the movements to force capitalist states and corporations to act to address the climate crisis on the scale that is required.... [-]

United Kingdom London
June 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

This course examines the linkages between conflict and development, between inequality and violence, and between the structures and interests which contribute to the cont ... [+]

Programme Description

Why are people or states violent? What does it achieve and what are the costs? How does conflict affect development and how does development affect conflict? This course presents a range of theories and case studies to examine the linkages between conflict and development, between inequality and violence, and between the structures and interests which contribute to the continuation of violence within and between countries. It provides students with an understanding of the causes and effects of violence, and of the interaction between different types of violence and the forms of security and insecurity that they promote. The course offers a thorough analytical understanding of the processes of violent conflict and a critical perspective on the policy implications for intervention.... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

The effective management of public finances is a fundamental function for every government and public sector organisation. This course provides participants with the theo ... [+]

Programme Description

This course provides participants with the essentials of finance and risk management including the theories, concepts, tools and techniques for understanding, discussing and evaluating key themes in finance and risk management. Many of the principles in risk management were developed in relation to financial firms such as banks and investment fund managers, but they are also applicable to non-financial firms in commerce, manufacturing, government or other sectors. The world changed after the global financial crisis of 2007-2009, in particular, the changes and challenges in financial sector regulatory constraints and the higher capital costs under Basel III. All firms face risks although the types of risks they face and their extent differ, consequently, risk management requires strategies for dealing with financial risks and appropriate techniques for implementing the strategies. Based on academic research on the principles together with practical examples and applications, students will learn how to calculate financial risks, and to change the combination of risk and expected return by taking the form of derivatives contracts (such as options and futures) that powerfully facilitate strategies to reduce risk (‘hedging’) or increase it (‘speculation’). Students will learn how banks manage downside risks through improving their risk measurement and management methodologies under the interconnected nature of the global financial system. ... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

This course offers insight into key issues in the study of gender and conflict, interrogating Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security, including conflic ... [+]

Programme Description

This course offers insight into key issues in the study of gender and conflict, interrogating Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security, including conflict-related sexual violence, while also analysing transnational feminist approaches beyond the resolutions. The course provides a focus for students interested in feminism and masculinity studies, sexuality and gender, alongside the tools to use gender analysis in the study of peacebuilding and peacekeeping, post-conflict initiatives, security and armed conflict.

The course uses interdisciplinary materials and research to examine the various dimensions of gender and conflict, in terms of the experiences of gendered subjects, as well as the legal and political frameworks that operate in conflict settings. Students will develop a nuanced understanding of various approaches to gender and sexuality and apply these to key issues across the spectrum of conflict.... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

The Global Diplomacy Summer School course will be a unique offering to the summer school environment. Bringing together cutting-edge research in the broad fields of Diplo ... [+]

Programme Description

The course will place our students at the centre of the course; providing a panoptical view of diplomacy in the 21st Century.

The Global Diplomacy Summer School course will be a unique offering to the summer school environment. Bringing together cutting-edge research in the broad fields of Diplomatic and International Studies, and award-winning blended pedagogic delivery, the course will address a range of relevant issues such as Gender, Human Rights and the role of International Organisations.

The course also offers students the direct opportunity to develop and enhance their practice in communication and negotiation in a professional setting, while engaging directly with practitioners. In this the course takes advantage of London’s positioning as hub of Diplomatic activity so students can engage with practicing diplomats.... [-]

United Kingdom London
June 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

This course provides students with a basic understanding of international law, focusing on foundational structures that are necessary to engage with any international leg ... [+]

Programme Description

This course provides students with a basic understanding of international law, focusing on foundational structures that are necessary to engage with any international legal issue. In addition, students are introduced to a number of contemporary problems of world order that require the application of the foundational rules and structures to develop awareness of both the limitations and potential of international law as a tool for change.

Students will leave the course with the capacity to address international legal problems with confidence as well as awareness of specific contemporary issues and how international law is dealing with emergent and on-going concerns including the relationship between business and human rights; refugees; technology; feminism; and the use of force outside of the collective security structures.... [-]

United Kingdom London
June 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

The course will provide a critical understanding of key developments and issues in contemporary world politics for students with no prior background in international rela ... [+]

Programme Description

The course will provide a critical understanding of key developments and issues in contemporary world politics for students with no prior background in international relations. Focusing on the period since the end of the Cold War, an era defined by rapid institutional innovation and development, as well as a number of emergent global issues, problems and policy dilemmas, the course locates these in the context of north-south relations. Treating the international system as a dynamic whole, it examines how issues that have become central in international politics including ‘failed states’, nuclear proliferation, armed conflict and terrorism, democratisation, pandemics and the Arab Spring are intimately linked to expanding efforts since the mid-20th century to generate a liberal world order. In doing so it provides analysis of the roles played in contemporary world politics by leading members of the ‘international community’ such as the United States, the European Union, ‘rising’ non-western states China, India and Brazil, non-state actors such as NGOs, transnational corporations and armed groups, and international financial and other institutions.... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, un ... [+]

Programme Description

Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, understanding, personal development and careers: languages set you free.

Choose to learn Chinese Mandarin at level 1a (beginner) or level 1b (Advanced Beginner), or combine both levels over 6 weeks.

Chinese Level 1a (Beginner)

29 June - 17 July 2020

This is a basic introductory language course in the written and spoken language for absolute beginners and is equivalent to the first term of Chinese language study at university. Students are not assumed to have any previous knowledge of the language or its script.... [-]

United Kingdom London
June 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, un ... [+]

Programme Description

Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, understanding, personal development and careers: languages set you free.

Choose to learn Japanese at level 1a (beginner) or level 1b (Advanced Beginner), or combine both levels over 6 weeks.

Japanese Level 1a (Beginner)

29 June - 17 July 2020

This is a basic introductory language course in the written and spoken language for absolute beginners and is equivalent to the first term of Japanese language study at university. Students are not assumed to have any previous knowledge of the language or its script.... [-]

United Kingdom London
June 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

This is a basic introductory language course in the written and spoken language for absolute beginners and is equivalent to the first term of Korean language study at uni ... [+]

Programme Description

Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, understanding, personal development and careers: languages set you free.

Korean Level 1a (Beginner)

29 June - 17 July 2020

This is a basic introductory language course in the written and spoken language for absolute beginners and is equivalent to the first term of Korean language study at university. Students are not assumed to have any previous knowledge of the language or its script.

The course covers several basic constructions of the language, enabling students to acquire basic skills in reading, writing, comprehension and speaking. Successful students will gain the ability to read and write short simple texts and communicate on simple everyday topics. Emphasis will be placed on good pronunciation and the social and linguistic conventions of everyday conversation.... [-]

United Kingdom London
June 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

This course introduces students to the role of finance in the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy. Mitigating and adapting to climate change while simultaneou ... [+]

Programme Description

This course introduces students to the role of finance in the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy. Mitigating and adapting to climate change while simultaneously realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires the deployment of large amounts of capital – capital which isn’t currently provided in sufficient amounts. Moreover, climate change poses a significant risk to economies and financial systems alike. At the same time, there are substantial opportunities in financing the green transformation and in aligning investments and finance with environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.

The course enables students to understand and apply key concepts in climate and sustainable finance, the role of climate and other environmental risks in creating potential financial risks in banking and capital markets, and the role of financial actors in driving a global transition and aligning capital markets with climate and sustainability goals.... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

This course aims to place the modern Middle East in its international context, exploring histories of empire and decolonisation, hegemony and resistance, conflict and coo ... [+]

Programme Description

What do we mean by the Middle East – east of where, and why? How should we go about studying the political aspirations and agency of almost half a billion people? To what extent are their fates tied to great power politics, and how can we account for phenomena of cooperation and solidarity in their regional affairs? Can we draw a clear line between the local and the global in Middle East politics?

This course will help students deliberate all these questions, by placing the modern Middle East in its global context, without losing sight of local and regional dynamics, cultures, and political traditions. We will explore histories of empire and decolonisation, alongside themes of hegemony and resistance, conflict and cooperation, identity and foreign policy. The course is informed by critical engagement with theories of international relations. ... [-]

United Kingdom London
June 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

This course provides a critical introduction to the history, nature and impact of social protest and social movements, the politics of neoliberal development and rise of ... [+]

Programme Description

This course provides a critical introduction to the history, nature and impact of global protest. It analyses how social movements, NGOs and other civil society organisations have interacted and influenced each other and how they have globalised. It interrogates the notion of development as economic growth, assesses the critiques against NGOs as alternatives to state-led development models and considers the concept and use of humanitarian intervention in diverse geographical contexts.

The course also discusses the role of labour and labour organising alongside social movements and explores the extent to which movements are posing a challenge to neoliberal development. Finally, it examines both the theoretical basis for social movement and NGO strategies for social change as well as their practical implications, and draws on a number of case studies, including the explosion of the climate justice movement, and advances ideas about what kind of development and social change is possible.... [-]

United Kingdom London
June 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

This course provides participants with an overall understanding of the history, politics and culture of Africa. With a diverse range of sessions, from History, Pan-Africa ... [+]

Programme Description

This course provides participants with an overall understanding of the history, politics and culture of Africa. With a diverse range of sessions, from History, Pan-Africanism and Politics to Languages, Migration, and Music, the course gives an in-depth knowledge of the main academic areas of study regarding Africa. The course comprises a combination of lectures and interactive workshops, as well as museum visits and social events.

This is a great opportunity given the prominence that Africa as a continent has gained over the past few years and the vision of Africa Rising, a continent with many job and investment opportunities. Also, within the Arts, we have seen an incredible rise in the presence of African artists in the international art circles which has been extremely stimulating and refreshing for an understanding of arts and cultures.... [-]

United Kingdom London
June 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

The Understanding Research Methods Summer School course will be a unique offering to the summer school environment in London. The course is designed for a wide-ranging nu ... [+]

Programme Description

The Understanding Research Methods Summer School course will be a unique offering to the summer school environment in London. The course is designed for a wide-ranging number of participants whether preparing for or undertaking a Phd, completing an undergraduate or Master’s dissertation, or as part of a professional task. It will outline the fundamentals of doing research for students from across the world.

Students will collectively develop their understanding of research methods, confidence in designing a research project and executing appropriate methods, and assessing its intellectual rigour.

No prior knowledge or experience in research methods is required to take this course, but the course will be particularly relevant for those who have to conduct research as part of their higher education studies but do not perhaps have access to research methods courses, or for those who feel like they would like additional support for self-improvement. ... [-]

United Kingdom London
June 2020
English (US)
Full time
3 weeks
Campus
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SOAS Summer School

SOAS Summer School