A sense of belonging is essential to help students settle in and succeed at university, particularly if they are mature students or the first in their family to go onto higher education. Bridging Courses are designed to develop a feeling of community in these students before they arrive at SOAS, helping them prepare for student life and degree-level study. Online mentoring extends the reach and impact of Bridging Courses by providing students with an online forum during the summer, where they can ask questions about university life and discuss any concerns with student ambassadors. They are also given the opportunity to be matched with their own individual mentor throughout the first term, who can offer personal advice around the transition to university.

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