School of Oriental and African Studies

Specialised teaching of a wide range of African, Asian and Middle Eastern languages


The School is a pioneer of innovative research and teaching of African, Asian and Middle Eastern languages. Every year, it teaches around 4,000 students an unrivalled range of languages, including combinations of lesser known African and Asian languages that are not taught anywhere else in the West. The School provides languages training for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its work in Urdu and other UK community languages is contributing to social cohesion across the country.