The PRIORITY DEADLINE for the LSE Summer Program is February 3rd, which is our standard summer program deadline. All applicants who apply by the priority deadline will have the best chance of getting into the courses they want. Applications received after the priority deadline but before the final deadline (May 1st) will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
London is one of the largest and most dynamic cities in the world, with an increasingly international character and population. A great cultural, economic, and political center, London is home to Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and the British Museum. Red double-decker buses, the River Thames, Chaucer's grave, touristy Piccadilly Circus, the Soho labyrinth, chic Covent Garden, and the expansive Hyde Park exemplify the contrasts that make London one of Europe's most exciting and vibrant destinations.
London School of Economics and Political Science
LSE boasts an outstanding international reputation in all the social sciences and closely related subjects such as history, law, and philosophy. The majority of its 7,000 students and academic staff hail from outside the United Kingdom, giving the school a vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Situated in the heart of London just off the River Strand, the LSE divides two historic centers of development, with the city's commercial, financial and legal institutions immediately to the east, and the government buildings of Westminster and Whitehall to the west. The school is home to the British Library of Political and Economic Science and provides all students with a range of sporting, social, and academic support facilities. The West End, South Bank, and Oxford Street are within easy walking distance.
The summer program has a cosmopolitan feel with more than 2,000 students representing more than 80 different nationalities. It is usual for a course to have a number of undergraduate and graduate students embarking upon their studies alongside practitioners with 20 years 'hands on experience' such as UN and government officials, economists, lawyers, and bankers. The results of this are a beneficial learning experience for both professionals and students.
Academics and Courses
The LSE summer program provides an intensive curriculum for students interested in a rigorous and challenging academic experience. Courses normally consist of 48 contact hours over the three week period, taking the form of 36 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutor-led classes. Lectures will occupy three hours per day and are attended by all participants in the course. Small tutor-led classes supplement lectures and provide an opportunity to work through problem sets or case studies or present and discuss seminar papers. Two to three hours of private study per day is strongly recommended. Final grades are typically based entirely on one final examination.
Students will be housed in Rosebery Avenue Hall, a self-catering hall of residence about a 20 minute walk from the School (buses also available). Shared bathrooms are situated on each floor and all rooms are internet-ready. All rooms have their own washbasin, desk and lamp, wardrobe, telephone. and internet cord. The residence hall provides bed linens and towels as well as laundry service. Full English breakfast is included in the program fee.