The School was founded in 1916 as the School of Oriental Studies. It took its present title in 1938, by which time it had also established itself as a centre for African Studies. It moved to its present site in 1941 (London).
The School of Oriental and African studies has more than 300 academics. It is structured academically into three faculties. In addition to academic departments SOAS also has regional and interdisciplinary centres which are responsible for a vigorous programme of activities such as conferences, colloquia, seminars and publications.
The number of academics in each center is indicated in brackets.
All details are on: http://www.soas.ac.uk/academic/
|Faculty of Arts and humanities Departments
|Faculty of Languages and culturesDepartments
|Faculty of Law and social sciences Departments
- Centre for Iranian Studies (30)
- Centre for Palestine Studies (33)
- Centre of African Studies (130)
- European Association of Israel Studies (3)
- London Middle East Institute (113)
- Centre of South Asian Studies (62)
- Centre of South East Asian Studies (32)
- Centre of Korean Studies (14)
- Centre for the Study of Pakistan (13)
- Centre of Chinese Studies (46)
- Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus (11)
- Japan Research Centre (27)
- Centre for Digital Africa, Asia and the Middle East (3)
- International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies IFCELS
- London International Development Centre