LSE and Columbia University are natural partners: both are located in world cities; both have an international character and outlook in their research and teaching and in their student and staff populations; and both are involved in the local and international arenas.
As top-class institutions, LSE and Columbia have a deep-rooted commitment to research and teaching in broad international policy areas with a notion that society can be improved by studying its problems and training its policy makers. We believe that in working together we can create highly distinctive research and teaching programmes.
Collaborative activities to date include:
Double-degree Masters programmes
The LSE-Columbia University Double Masters Degree in International and World History was launched in 2008-2009. Students spend Year 1 studying a Master's degree in International and World History in Columbia's History Department in New York and Year 2 studying a MSc in International History at LSE's Department of International History in London.
The Double Masters in Public Administration (MPA) with Columbia University was launched in 2002/03. Students follow Year 1 of the MPA programme at LSE in London and Year 2 at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York.
Opportunities to link an LSE degree with study at Columbia
The JD/LLM exchange scheme combines two years of study on Columbia's Juris Doctor (JD) with LSE's Masters of Law (LLM). Students who have commenced their studies at Columbia Law School can apply to study at LSE's Department of Law on the LLM degree in London in lieu of studying for a third year in New York.
The LLB/JD scheme combines two years of study on LSE's Bachelor of Law (LLB) with two years of study on Columbia's Juris Doctor (JD). Students who have commenced their studies at LSE's Law Department on the LLM degree can apply to study at Columbia Law School for two further years in New York in lieu of studying for a third year in London.
LSE and Columbia faculty are eligible to apply jointly for "seed funds" for innovative proposals which are likely to secure further external funding within a realistic time frame. The Seed Fund operates on the basis of an open call for proposals with permanent members of faculty free to submit proposals in any field or interdisciplinary initiative. Applications will be considered by the LSE Research Committee. For more information click here.