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Information for students arriving September 2017

Welcome to LSE and the Department of International Relations. Below you will find full details of our Welcome Week Timetable and other useful links. 

IR Welcome Week Timetable

There will be Orientation Meetings for each programme with the IR Department that take place on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September 2017.  Here you will meet the Programme Directors for the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

  • BSc IR (first year undergraduates)
    Thurs 21 Sept 13.00-14.00, New Academic Building, Thai Theatre

  • BSc IR Year 2 Re-orientation:
    Thurs 21 Sept 10.00-11.00, Tower 2, Room 2.04

  • BSc IR Year 3 Re-orientation:
    Thurs 21 Sept 11.00-12.00, New Academic Building, Thai Theatre

  • General Course:
    Thurs 21 Sept 15.00-16.00, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Room LG.04

  • MSc IR:
    Thurs 21 Sept 13.30-14.30, Tower 1, Room G.01

  • MSc IPE (International Political Economy)/MSc IPE Research:
    Thurs 21 Sept 12.00-13.00, Clement House, Room 2.02

  • SPDD (Sciences Po-LSE Double Degree in Affaires Internationales and IR/IPE): Thurs 21 Sept 09.00-09.30, New Academic Building, Room 1.15
    DD students should also attend the MSc IR or MSc IPE meetings above, depending on their choice of programme.

  • (Overview of) Relevant Courses offered by the Methodology Department (open to MSc and PhD students):
    Friday 22 September 10.00-10.20, Clement House, Room 6.02
    Dr David Hendry will give a short talk about available courses, workshops and other support that the Methodology Department provide.

  • MSc IR Theory (IRT) and MSc IR Research:
    Friday 22 Sept 10.20-11.30, Clement House, Room 6.02

  • (Overview of) Student Wellbeing Service (SWS) (open to all IR students):
    Friday 22 Sept 11.30-11.45, Clement House, Room 6.02

  • (Overview of) Opportunities with LSE Careers Service (open to all IR students):
    Friday 22 Sept 12.00-12.30, Clement House, Room 6.02

  • (Overview of) Opportunities with the Widening Participation Team (open to all IR students):
    Friday 22 Sept 12.30-13.00, Clement House, Room 6.02
  • Research (new students only):
    Friday 22 Sept 15.00-16.30, Clement House Room 2.06

There will also be an IR Start-of-Session Undergraduate Party on Monday 25 September 2017 and an IR Start-of-Session Postgraduate Party on Thursday 28 September 2017, both from 18.00-20.00.  You will be notified of venue details.


It is important to attend your orientation meeting as the structure of your course and administrative arrangements will be explained at this time. BSc, GC and some MSc appointments with Academic Advisers will be scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday 21 September and for Friday 22 September 2017, so we would be grateful if you could keep your diary free on those days.     If your Academic Adviser is unable to meet with you on the Thursday or Friday, they will contact you directly to make alternative arrangements. 


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 (21/22 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 2017

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 will also be an LSE Students Union Welcome Week 2017 Facebook page.

Early Arrivals

You can find out more about provisions for early arrivers at lse.ac.uk/earlyArrivals

Connect with LSE Alumni

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 2017-18 will be available via IR student handbook after the IR Welcome Week Meetings 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 2017-18:






  • Sciences Po-LSE Double Degree in Affaires Internationales and IR/IPE students - please see relevant programme letters above