Semester Study Abroad

School of Oriental and African Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), founded in 1916, is one of the world’s leading institutions for the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East regions. A college within the University of London, SOAS aims to equip their students with the globally-minded education needed to effectively collaborate with the international community.  As students enjoy their stay in the heart of London, they will be challenged to analyse many of the world’s pressing issues (poverty, social change, religion, etc) through various new cultural lens.

Number of Spots for Yale-NUS Students per semester: 2-3

Due to the enthusiastic interest in study abroad and the volume of inquiries that we receive, if you have any questions, please read the Semester Study Abroad FAQs carefully first. And if you have further questions unanswered in the FAQs, feel free to contact Wai Yee at

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Fields of Study

Yale-NUS students can take any class within each of SOAS’s three faculties: Arts & Humanities, Languages & Cultures, and Law & Social Science. The only exceptions are classes within the Language Entitlement Programme. Click here for course listings.

Language of Instruction


Full Course Load (Required Number of Credits)

2 units (4 courses at 0.5 units each)

Students are required to take the full course load at the host institution, which will be equivalent to 20 MCs upon successful completion of credit transfer procedures back at Yale-NUS College.

Academic Calendar

For more information, refer to this.

*New: Yale-NUS students who go in our semester one or two will do 4 courses and transfer 20 MCs in either semester. This is unlike our policy of 14 MCs for one trimester because in SOAS, there is no formal teaching in their third term so a full year’s work load is quite evenly divided between the first and second term.

CAP Requirement


If you are interested in studying abroad at this institution and currently have a CAP below 3.5, please contact a member of the CIPE International Programmes team.

Have Questions?
Leong Wai Yee
Programme Manager, International Programmes

Contact with questions about study abroad programmes.