'The Language Centre, a department of Faculty of Languages and Cultures at SOAS makes the learning of languages practically useful, highly enjoyable.'
SOAS, University of London, founded in 1916, is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. We live in a world of shrinking borders in which cultural differences and regionalism increasingly manifest themselves. It is a world that SOAS is distinctively positioned to analyse, understand and explain. Our academic focus on the languages and cultures of Africa, Asia and the Middle East is unique in the UK and attracts students from very diverse backgrounds and with varied previous learning experiences.
SOAS is, above all else, an intimate single community, one that celebrates diversity and is respectful and collegial. SOAS’ diverse population is one of its greatest strengths. Equality of opportunity is at the core of all the School’s activities. SOAS is committed to fostering broad cultural understanding in the UK and in the world at large. As well as benefiting clients from the private sector, government agencies, industry and commerce, SOAS provides learning opportunities for London's diverse, multi-lingual and multi-cultural local communities and opportunities for Londoners to participate in a wide range of activities associated with Africa, Middle East and Asia.
The Language Centre is a department of the Faculty of Languages and Cultures at SOAS with proven expertise in making the learning of languages practically useful, highly enjoyable and accessible to people from all walks of life. It offers tuition in a huge and continually expanding range of languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Hindi, Swahili and many other languages of Africa, Asia, MENA region, as well as languages of European origin, such as French, Portuguese and Spanish, all of which may be studied without any prior knowledge.
The Centre was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2009 for the excellence, breadth and depth of its language teaching. A team of over hundred highly-qualified and professionally trained native speakers in the Language Centre provide language training for individuals, companies and government agencies to acquire, develop and use a wide variety of language skills across the languages of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
The School hosts the London Confucius Institute which supports Chinese language learning, teaching and teacher training to enhance understanding of Chinese culture and the King Sejong Institute which teaches Korean language and culture to the worldwide public. The Language Centre also works in partnership with the Japan Foundation to promote the learning of Japanese and international cultural exchanges with Japan.