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The London School of Economics and Political Science



Study Abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science


Facts and Highlights about LSE


›› The Times Higher Education World University Ranking (2018) ranked LSE the 25th in the world. The survey of more than 20,000 experienced academics from 133 countries ranks institutions solely on their reputations for teaching and research.
››The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) conducted by the Center for World Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University has consecutively placed LSE as the No.1 European university in the field of social sciences (2011-2016)
››The QS World University Ranking (2015-2016) ranked LSE the 2nd in the world in the field of Social Science & Management
›› US News & World Report (2017) ranked LSE 9th in the field of Economic & Business
›› A member of “G5 Super Elite”, along with the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College London and King's College London




The London School of Economics and Political Science (often referred to as LSE) was found in 1895. LSE is a member of the Russell Group which represents 24 leading UK universities committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

By 2016, 18 Nobel Prize winners and 37 world leaders have either taught or studied at LSE. The university is centrally located in London, within a walking distance from the city landmarks such as the British Museum, the Trafalgar Square and the Parliament Building.

LSE has more than 10,000 students, among whom nearly 70% come from 160 countries. It is a home to 25 academic departments and 23 research centers. Many of its top-level academics have frequently advised governments and international organizations in the world.

Features of Studying at LSE in Summer:

›› The opportunity of studying at a world-class university and a member of the G5 Super Elite and the Russell Group;
›› Its worldwide reputations on Social Science, Management and Economics;
›› The extraordinary geographical location within a walking distance from the city landmarks such as the British Museum, the Trafalgar Square and the Parliament Building.
›› Guarantee of university housing which are largely located in central London, if students apply early enough.




Program Dates and Courses

Now in its 30th year, the LSE’s Summer School is the most well-established and the largest of its kind in the whole of Europe, with over 80 academically rigorous courses on offer. Those who meet the English language and academic requirements can choose to attend one session, two consecutive sessions or all the three session of Summer 2018 as listed below:
Session One:17 June – 5 July 2019(3 weeks)
Session Two:8 – 26 July 2019(3 weeks)
Session Three:29 July – 16 August 2019(3 weeks)  
LSE Summer School courses are full-time, intensive programs, and consist of at least 54 contact hours over the three-week period, generally taking the form of 36 hours of lectures and 18 hours of tutorial or seminar-based classes. In addition, students are recommended to spend 2-3 hours per day in self-guided study.

Students can choose one course only per session from a range of academic areas including Accounting, Business and Management, Culture and Environment, Economics, Finance, International Relations, Government and Society, Law and English Language. Courses are taught at 3 levels, namely 100 Level, 200 Level and 300 Level. The 200 Level and 300 Level courses are equivalent to intermediate and advanced university courses, and often have prerequisites of university level courses in the same or a closely related subject. More details could be found here.  

Those who wish to improve their business communication skills may choose English for Business, which is only available in Session Three. 

Students without TOEFL or IELTS scores may apply with their CET-4 scores. However, they must attend one week Intensive English course prior to the credit course, which adds the program length up to 4 weeks in total. The start dates of the Intensive English course are June 11, July 2 and July 23, 2018.

Assessment for Summer School courses is based upon the results of either two formal examinations or a combination of formal examination and assessed work. Students will obtain an official LSE transcript and a certificate upon completion of program.

Each Summer School course is equivalent to one course from an undergraduate degree. Generally the LSE courses receive 3-4 credits in the US system. It is up to the students’ home institutions to decide whether and how many credits can be transferred back the home institutions.  



Source of image: LSE


Entry Requirements

›› English language requirements
- Finance, Economics and Accounting: TOEFL 93 or IELTS 6.5
- Management, Law, International Relations, Government and Society: TOEFL 107 or above (including 25 in each component), or IELTS 7.0 or above (including 7 in all components)
- English for Business: TOEFL 79,IELTS 6.0 or CET-4 470
- Students applying with a CET-4 score (470 or above) must attend one week Intensive English course prior to a credit course (except for English for Business course)

›› Academic requirements
All applicants need to show university grades of GPA 3.0 for English for Business course and GPA 3.3 for all the other courses.



Source of image: LSE


Features of Study Abroad Program at LSE
›› The General Course is LSE’s sole study abroad program that originally began in 1910.
›› It allows students from overseas universities to spend a full academic year at LSE from late September through to early June to get the most out of LSE and London.
›› It offers a great variety of undergraduate courses for students to choose.



Source of image: LSE


Program Dates and Courses

Dates: 30 September 2019 - 19 June 2020

Application Date: March 2019

Choosing Courses

General Course students take four full-unit courses (or the equivalent in half-unit courses), and may pick and choose these from across 300+ options in 18 academic disciplines including Accounting, Anthropology, Economic History, Economics, Finance, Geography and Environment, Government, International History, International Relations, Language Centre, Law, Management, Mathematics, Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, Social Policy, Social Psychology, Sociology and Statistics.
General Course students are assigned to one of the 16 academic departments that offer undergraduate degrees, and are notified of their assignment in late August or early September. This will act as your “home” department during your time at the School, and your academic adviser will be based in this department.
You will have chosen at least one course offered by the department to which you are assigned (two for the Department of Economics). Please note that your departmental assignment need not restrict your course options: you may take any combination of undergraduate courses offered by any department at the School, with just one from your home department (two from the Department of Economics).

Entry Requirements

1. Applicants should usually have completed at least two years of study at an overseas university by the time they begin studying at the School.
2. Applicants, who are studying towards a bachelor's degree, should have an overall mark of at least 85 or GPA 3.3 (90 or GPA3.5 preferred)
3. English Level:IELTS 7.0 with a score of 7.0 in all four components;or TOEFL 107 with a minimum of 25 in each of the four components
4. Applicants should provide a personal statement, a university transcript as well as the contact details of two academic referees.
5. Pass USIEA’s interview and LSE’s academic review


All the residences are located in central London, offering great convenience to students in their daily commuting. Here are some very popular apartments:

Bankside House is located in the historic borough of Southwark on the Thames’ South Bank. A walk along the river will take you to the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern and the South Bank Arts Centre, as well as the famous Borough Market.

High Holborn is situated just over ten minutes’ walk away from LSE campus, near the fashionable areas of Covent Garden and Soho. The main shopping district of Oxford Street is moments away, as are many of the capital’s major landmarks.

Rosebery Hall is located in Islington, near Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the Barbican arts centre with Clerkenwell's trendy bars and restaurants situated nearby.

The room type, price and facilities vary in different residences, but overall they all have a full array of amenities and are within a reasonable distance from the campus.



USIEA I chose the General Course because I wanted a rigorous education.  Three Smith students who had gone to LSE the year before raved about their experience, and being in London sounded like a dream.

What I enjoy most about LSE is the effort it puts into “understanding the causes of things” (LSE’s motto), demonstrated by the incredible group of professors, the inspiring lecturers, and the speakers that come to campus. A good reflection of LSE’s great academic practice is LSE LIFE – a program dedicated to helping students be the best they can be that I have found to be exceptionally useful.

LSE and General Course students are particularly good at balancing academic work with enjoying life and the city. I tend to study during the day and then get dinner or see entertainment with friends during the evenings and weekends, so I am able to maintain social ties and have fun, while I am knee-deep in reading!

The benefit of a full year abroad is congruent with the time devoted to it - the longer you stick with it, the more you get out of it, the more you understand it, and the more you reap its benefits. Spending a year at LSE means you get to build meaningful relationships with fellow students, and have time to explore London, the UK and Europe. 

Latifa Al-Mohdar / Smith College, Northampton, USA / General Course Class of 2017


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