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, 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.
Study abroad students will enroll in the General Course at LSE, which is an academic year-long program. LSE offers no single semester study options.
Students will choose four year-long courses from LSE's extensive catalog of over 250 courses. Offerings range from Economics, Management, and Accounting to International Relations, Law, and Government. The instruction style will consist of a combination of lectures and small group seminars which run concurrently over the course of the year. LSE expects that students will spend approximately two hours conducting independent study and research for every one hour spent in class. Students receive two grades for each course- one grade for their class (or seminar) and one grade for their final exam. Each LSE course will transfer back as eight Bentley credits, and students are responsibile for working with their advisors at Bentley to ensure that the credits taken at LSE fit into their DAS.
Accommodation is guaranteed in either the LSE or University of London residence halls. These accommodations vary in style and location and house a mix of undergraduates and graduate students, local and international students, and males and females. Some residence halls include meal plans while others are self catering.
LSE requires a 3.3 GPA and a 3.5 GPA for students interested in taking quantitative courses. Not only will they look at applicants' cumulative GPAs, but they will also look at the grades in individual courses that relate to the intended LSE coursework. Please be aware that LSE is extremely competitive and admission is not guaranteed even if the GPA requirements are met.
Special Program Features
LSE hosts a Welcome Party at the start of each academic year for incoming study abroad students. Additionally, a range of day trips and excursions are arranged for General Course students throughout the year. These trips, which in the past have inlcuded Amsterdam and the Scottish Highlands, are subsidized by LSE and offered to students at a discounted rate. Study abroad students will also have the opportunity to take advantage of the myriad of student-organized social events as well as the hundreds of student organizations and clubs.