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Information for students arriving September 2016

Welcome to LSE and the Department of International Relations. 

IR Welcome Week Timetable

For the Departmental Welcome Week timetable see below (click here or on image for larger PDF version).

The information and links below will be of use ONLY for those who have been made offers by LSE for the academic year 2016-17.

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For information on registration see: New Student Programme Registration including details of required documents and where and when registration for your programme takes place.

New research student registration:
(see Admissions and Registration on the PhD Academy website for more information)

LSE Welcome Presentations and activities

LSE Welcome Presentations are compulsory for all new students.  Please see the Welcome Presentations webpage for full details of date, time and location.

For information about the Student Services Open House days and the Welcome Fair (22/23 September in the SU Building) please consult the Welcome Guide and the LSE Student Union website.

Settling in

For information to help you settle in during your first few weeks at the School see: LSE General Information for New Arrivals - Your First Weeks 

For campus and area maps, room numberings and other useful information about finding your way around campus see: LSE Directories and maps

LSE Life

LSE LIFE is the School's centre for academic, personal, and professional development. It is the place to come for all undergraduate and taught master's students for support, guidance, and ideas about how to succeed in your studies and extend your learning and discovery outside the classroom. 

LSE LIFE has an in-house team of specialist study advisers, on-hand to help Monday to Friday, 10:00-19:00 and Saturday, 10:00-18:00. You will also find research specialists from the Library, English-language experts from the Language Centre, and career advisers from LSE Careers at certain times of the week. 

It also has a full calendar of events every week which you can view and book here.

Guide to Welcome Week 2016

In addition to a list of Welcome Week events, the Welcome Guide has been expanded in collaboration with a number of services across campus, including comprehensive ‘how to’ guides for settling in during the first week. The Guide is downloadable here and will also be made available in hardcopy format in a variety of locations for new students to collect upon arrival.

There is also an LSE Students Union Welcome Week 2016 Facebook page.

LSE Alumni Relations

Check out the LSE Alumni Online where you can connect with LSE Alumni throughout your time as a student at LSE.  Students can connect with the lifelong global network of over 136,000 members in almost 200 countries. There are 80+ regional and 10+ special interest alumni groups, an Alumni Professional Mentoring Network, and some events that may be opened to students.  You can check upcoming alumni events and use the alumni mentoring network by registering at www.alumni.lse.ac.uk.  

Alternatively, LSE Alumni Relations can help connect students with alumni for events and societies.  LSE Alumni are online and on social media.

Further IR Department Information


The updated International Relations Department Student Handbook 2016-17 will be available via IR student handbook after the IR Welcome Week Meetings listed above are over.


You may also find the IR FAQs for offer holders and current students useful.

Letters for new students:

Below are copies of the letters for new students of the IR Department who have offers for 2016-17: