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I'm considering going to the February Open Day. I don't know for sure yet. What about you?
Definitely, guess I'll be seeing you there !
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This may sound really stupid, but why is it called SOAS? Do you really study African and Oriental stuff?
Well obviously, yeah
I mean of course you study stuff about Britain too, but the majority of the course is international in nature. And to be honest with you, I wouldn't be happy with any degree that wasn't. I've always disliked the fact that eurocentrism dominates the curriculum, and to me SOAS is a fantastic alternative to this. It is a brilliant university that is concerned with education on a global scale, rather than limiting it to that of this country. What more could you want?
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its part of the uni of london i think, havent heard much of it ... is it n e good ?
If you care about more than Britain and America, then yes, it is
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I've had doubts about putting it as my firm choice because no-one I know have heard of the uni so I was kinda worried people might think it's just a uni at the bottom of the league tables.

After reading some of the posts here I've decided that there's hardly anywhere else in the uk that I can study Economics from an international perspective as well as specialising in an east asian region and learn a language such as japanese as a floater course, so the course is perfect for me. From what I've read, it's also a very diverse uni with lots of multi-cultural students so it'll be a perfect environment for me to study in.

Just slightly worried about the area because I've heard it's not the safest part of London. What's the King's Cross/Islington area like? I've read on the prospectus that only 50% of first years are allocated a room at Dinwiddy House. So what about the other 50%? I really like the fact that the rooms all have ensuite and internet access so how will I be guaranteed accomodation?

I'll be putting it as my firm choice once I receive all my offers and hopefully I'll meet my offer.
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Islington itself is fine- I live by Islington/Clerkenwell during term time (I'm at LSE) and there's no real trouble etc. Just bear in mind that it's a big city and act accordingly.

King's Cross is a slightly different story. It's not really that bad, just a little run down and a bit seedy (quite a lot of prostitution, drug dealers etc, although they leave you alone), although accommodation is fairly cheap by there and it's pretty central.
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I've had doubts about putting it as my firm choice because no-one I know have heard of the uni so I was kinda worried people might think it's just a uni at the bottom of the league tables.

After reading some of the posts here I've decided that there's hardly anywhere else in the uk that I can study Economics from an international perspective as well as specialising in an east asian region and learn a language such as japanese as a floater course, so the course is perfect for me. From what I've read, it's also a very diverse uni with lots of multi-cultural students so it'll be a perfect environment for me to study in.

Just slightly worried about the area because I've heard it's not the safest part of London. What's the King's Cross/Islington area like? I've read on the prospectus that only 50% of first years are allocated a room at Dinwiddy House. So what about the other 50%? I really like the fact that the rooms all have ensuite and internet access so how will I be guaranteed accomodation?

I'll be putting it as my firm choice once I receive all my offers and hopefully I'll meet my offer.
SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) is rated 5th for Law in 2003. I have an unconditional offer for law from there and i was just wondering who else is going to open day on March 17th 2004
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(Original post by Kurdt Morello)
SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) is rated 5th for Law in 2003. I have an unconditional offer for law from there and i was just wondering who else is going to open day on March 17th 2004
I'm going in Febuary! How come you're going in March?
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I'm going in Febuary! How come you're going in March?
It's the second one of three so it should be the best of them + i am visiting a friend at Ox Brookes for his birthday and it coincides with the Feb one
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It's the second one of three so it should be the best of them + i am visiting a friend at Ox Brookes for his birthday and it coincides with the Feb one
Are you seriously considering SOAS, got any other offers?
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I got an offer for LAW AAB at SOAS, I am waiting on LSE but SOAS, UCL and LSE are top of my list now Cambridge rejected me (wasn't bothered wanted LONDON!).

SOAS is the best place for undergrad law according to the guardian.
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I got an offer for LAW AAB at SOAS, I am waiting on LSE but SOAS, UCL and LSE are top of my list now Cambridge rejected me (wasn't bothered wanted LONDON!).

SOAS is the best place for undergrad law according to the guardian.
I am having to seriously consider SOAS because I only have an offer from them and Essex at the moment. But i still wait for LSE (my fave) UCL KINGS and DURHAM
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I am having to seriously consider SOAS because I only have an offer from them and Essex at the moment. But i still wait for LSE (my fave) UCL KINGS and DURHAM
I'm waiting for LSE too, but I'm not so keen on it anymore to be honest, so I'm not too fussed whether I get in or not !
Their politics course looks a bit boring.
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I'm waiting for LSE too, but I'm not so keen on it anymore to be honest, so I'm not too fussed whether I get in or not !
Their politics course looks a bit boring.
i want to get in to LSE because i missed out first time round
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i want to get in to LSE because i missed out first time round
But even if you don't get in this time round, I seriously wouldn't worry- according to the Guardian, SOAS, Kings and UCL are just as good for Law! It won't harm your job prospects at all! If you do get in, great, if you don't, their loss
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But even if you don't get in this time round, I seriously wouldn't worry- according to the Guardian, SOAS, Kings and UCL are just as good for Law! It won't harm your job prospects at all! If you do get in, great, if you don't, their loss
Thanks by the way - sorry i didnt reply earlier - just saw ur message
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Have offer of AAB for law
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I got rejected by SOAS for Economics and Japanese. I'm predicted ABB so I thought I was in with a chance but it seems my personal statement wasn't good enough. I just hope that I get a conditional offer from LSE now. Otherwise, it's Greenwich for me.
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I got rejected by SOAS for Economics and Japanese. I'm predicted ABB so I thought I was in with a chance but it seems my personal statement wasn't good enough. I just hope that I get a conditional offer from LSE now. Otherwise, it's Greenwich for me.
Aren't the entry grades for Econ and Japanese just ACD? Your predicted grades are great so don't know how they could have rejected u. Hope u get an offer from lse. I had originally applied for Economics and Chinese but decided that I didn't have the motivation to study a language at degree level so I changed it to straight Economics. I'm glad I did becoz I don't think they would have accepted me if I had applied for a language. Now SOAS is gonna be my first choice. I think it's a great uni.
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Aren't the entry grades for Econ and Japanese just ACD? Your predicted grades are great so don't know how they could have rejected u. Hope u get an offer from lse. I had originally applied for Economics and Chinese but decided that I didn't have the motivation to study a language at degree level so I changed it to straight Economics. I'm glad I did becoz I don't think they would have accepted me if I had applied for a language. Now SOAS is gonna be my first choice. I think it's a great uni.
I'm pretty sure it was my A-Levels. I'm currently doing A2 Chemistry, A2 Maths, A2 Psychology and AS Italian. Even though you don't need any previous knowledge for Japanese, I thought that maybe my linguistic-ability of being able to speak English, Cantonese and Italian would have helped me. It also says on their prospectus that you don't need to have done Ecomomics before and they only want BBC or something. But they probably saw my personal statement and didn't think I was dedicated enough for Economics and immediately rejected me.
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I got rejected by SOAS for Economics and Japanese. I'm predicted ABB so I thought I was in with a chance but it seems my personal statement wasn't good enough. I just hope that I get a conditional offer from LSE now. Otherwise, it's Greenwich for me.
Aww man, you did have a strong chance with your grades and it's great that you tried. For me, despite my Cambridge rejection, I'm so glad I did try. SOAS don't know what they're missing!! But hey, let's hope LSE have better admissions skills. Take care and keep thinking positive.

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