There is something irresistible about London. Maybe it’s the sights like Big Ben or the Tower Bridge that already feel familiar. Or the international character that is evident in every neighborhood, where people of different cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds live and work together. Whatever it is that has drawn you to London, don’t look back now—London awaits!
This is your chance to live and learn alongside students from the UK and around the world by directly enrolling at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS).
IES Abroad London is dedicated to enhancing your study abroad experience with superior student services and opportunities to fully experience life in London. Our staff in London will help you make the most of your experience abroad.
London will be your classroom. Involvement in the local community enriches your learning experiences and provides excellent opportunities for cultural integration. Additionally, the IES Abroad London staff can provide you with volunteer opportunities once you are on-site.
We want you to feel at home in London, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in London.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with the School of Oriental and African Studies.
The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of Londonwww.soas.ac.uk
As the only institution of higher education in the United Kingdom to specialize in the study of Asia, Africa, and the near and Middle East, SOAS is truly unique. The school was founded in 1916 and today enrolls more than 4,700 students. SOAS fosters an intimate and friendly intellectual community and prides itself on the level of individual contact that students have with their high-caliber instructors.
SOAS specializes in the history, culture, economics, and environment of Asia, Africa, and the near and Middle East. SOAS also has interdisciplinary offerings across the faculties of Arts & Humanities, Languages & Cultures, and Law & Social Sciences. You register for 4 units per semester (16 IES Abroad credits).
Specific courses available to study abroad students can be found on SOAS' Course Listings page.
Courses are available in:
SOAS is located in Bloomsbury, central London, where the concentration of academic institutions reflects the area’s rich intellectual and cultural history. One of those institutions, the British Museum, was founded in 1753 and offers SOAS students easy access to an unparalleled collection of cultural artifacts from across the globe and throughout diverse historical periods.
Even though you’re directly enrolling in one of our partner universities, we’ll be there for you whenever you need us.
Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process.
But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in London, our staff is available to help you transition into your new home.
The support services we offer IES Abroad direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our staff is there for you.
Whether you have questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety, our London-based IES Abroad staff is available to support you. Because of our close relationship with the universities in London, IES Abroad is also able to offer you unique academic, social, and cultural opportunities. Our staff in London accompanies you throughout orientation, as well as at the IES Abroad field trips and cultural events.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave London, it will feel like home.
As part of our direct enrollment services, we offer well-located, comfortable housing for all students because securing housing independently can be challenging. IES Abroad’s housing options meet our safety and security standards.
Dinwiddy House - Adjacent to the Vernon Square Campus and a 15-minute walk from the main campus at Russell Square, Dinwiddy House, a SOAS residence hall, offers self-catered accommodation featuring individual bedrooms with en-suite facilities, telephone, and Internet. Six to seven rooms are clustered around a shared kitchen. You can cook for yourself or choose to eat at school or in one of the many cafés or restaurants nearby. A laundry, common room, and game room are also available on-site.
Part of making you feel at home in London is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or field trips that take you off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
IES Abroad Orientation
Upon arrival in London, you participate in an introductory orientation with the IES Abroad London staff. Designed specifically for direct enrollment students, the IES Abroad orientation program introduces you to your direct enrollment program, your fellow students, and to London.
Other highlights may include a bus tour of London and other cultural activities. In addition, you will learn about the teaching methods of British professors of your host institution.
You will also attend SOAS’ orientation, where you get acquainted with the logistics of student life.
Redefine the way you live and learn in London through our cultural events, such as:
University Clubs & Events
The lively SOAS student union sponsors a number of clubs and societies that offers something foreveryone. The union also hosts social events and provides services for all students. Visit SOAS’ website for up-to-date information on societies, sports, events, and other union services at www.soasunion.org.
Although your adventure begins in London, our field trips take you to other great cities in England to provide contrast and context for what you are learning in London. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Past destinations are listed below.
OVERNIGHT TRIPSStongehenge, Bath, and Salisbury
Visit mysterious Stonehenge, the ancient Roman baths in Bath, and the Salisbury Cathedral, one of the finest examples of the early English Gothic architecture style in Britain.
Explore the north of England, including a night in the historic town of York. Other sites of interest include stunning national parks, the Bronte Parsonage, Castle Howard, and Fountains Abbey.
Explore the historic maze of twisting alleyways and enjoy an optional visit to the royal pavilion, one of Europe’s most exotic royal palaces.
Enjoy a locally-sourced lunch at a working farm or country pub, and visit the country meeting place for the group of artists and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group.
Stratford and Kenilworth
Visit Shakespeare’s house, place of birth, Hall’s Croft, and place of his burial, Holy Trinity Church.
Oxford or Cambridge
1 DayVisit one of these historic university towns, with their picturesque colleges and punting (like a gondola) on the river.
The IES Abroad London Center, situated in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, is a two-minute walk from the British Museum.
John OckeyIES Abroad Director
John brings over 12 years of experience with IES Abroad, including seven years with IES Abroad Milan and nearly three years with IES Abroad Siena before coming to IES Abroad London. During his time in Siena, John developed and implemented a banner program with a strong focus on cultural immersion and academic rigor. In Milan, he played a key role in improving and developing the Milan program, notably in the areas of student housing, student activities, orientation, and supervision of the student services staff. Prior to working for IES Abroad, John received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Italian Literature and Art History from Brigham Young University and worked in Geneva for the United Nations.
IES Abroad Staff
Natanya van der Lingen Interim Assistant Director
Alice Coltofeanu Academic Programmes Manager
Dr. Diane AtkinsonAcademic Advisor
Vanessza KaloczyStudent Affairs Coordinator
Simon CaustonProgramme Assistant
Beth LehlbachInternship Coordinator
Dianna PierceInternship Coordinator
Zosia RutkowskaSenior Programme Coordinator
Martin HannanAccounts Administrator