American Friends of SOAS (AFSOAS) is a Community Group, founded by SOAS alumni based in the U.S., which aims to develop a professional, academic, career and social network of 3,500+ SOAS alumni and friends in the U.S., creating a link between SOAS and its American alumni and friends.
AFSOAS shares and promotes SOAS' educational aims of advancing the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East and support projects and activities which meet these aims. AFSOAS also encourages American students to study at SOAS, as well as fundraising for postgraduate scholarships for American students to study at SOAS.
For those who have had the privilege of attending the School of Oriental and African Studies - University of London (or "SOAS," as it is affectionately known), you know well what a truly unique institution it is. With a student body as diverse and rich as the programs on offer, SOAS is exceptional in many ways.
As alumni ourselves, we, the Board of Directors of the American Friends of SOAS, have a deep affinity for the university that has given us each so much and has left such a lasting impression on us all.
Now more than ever, we need to do all we can to invest in quality education, to enable the next generation of academics, professionals, leaders,
and thinkers to help steer our global community toward a more peaceful, prosperous, equitable, and just future.
In addition to its long history of promoting rigorous academic study & research since its founding in 1916, there is much that sets SOAS apart. From its Endangered Languages Programme to the newly inaugurated China and South Asia Institutes to the Sanctuary Scholarships for displaced students, SOAS offers a learning environment unlike any other.
If you are an alum yourself or simply a supporter of exceptional academics, we hope you will stay connected and join us in our mission to strengthen this incredible institution and support other students with an interest in joining our SOAS family.