Overseas Examination Arrangements

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The School requires all students to sit their examinations in London for the following reasons

  • to ensure that the integrity of the examinations are maintained to the highest  standards;
  • to provide students with the best conditions in which to prepare for and sit their examinations, so giving them the best chance of success.

There may, however, be exceptional cases where there is good cause to arrange an examination sitting overseas.  Such cases will be considered in the first instance by a Panel consisting of two members of Student Services staff (nominated by the Head of the Student Services Centre), at least one of whom is senior.

The merits of each case will be considered against the agreed guidelines set out below.


The criteria permitting students to sit their examinations overseas shall be limited to:

     a. serious injury or a serious medical condition affecting the student or a close      family member that prevents the student from being in the UK.

     b. the death of a close relative – i.e. a member of the immediate family (parent,        sibling, spouse, child) or other person where there is clear evidence that the event would have a similarly devastating effect.

     c. other exceptional circumstances which in the Panel's view has had a profound effect on the student to the point of making it inadvisable for the School to require that he/she should return to the UK to sit examinations.

NB The School will not agree to a request which is based solely on the student's personal convenience and/or the cost of travelling to London.

Consideration will also be given to whether sitting the examination overseas may disadvantage the student and whether it would be better for him/her to sit the examination the next time it is offered in London, usually the following year.

The School will also need to be wholly satisfied that any overseas centre meets the LSE standards of examination service provision and the integrity of the invigilation process. 

It is expected that examinations will be sat at the same time as in London. Applications to sit at another time will be considered on an individual basis. Students sitting at alternative times will be required to confirm that they will not make any contact with anybody regarding the paper. If a student is found to be in breach of this it is likely that an allegation will be brought against him/her under the School's Regulations on Assessment Offences: offences other than plagiarism |

Please note that if you are experiencing difficulties during the exam period and wish to make the exam board aware of this, you should also ensure that you submit an exceptional circumstances form|.


a. A student who wishes to apply to sit examinations overseas should complete an application form| and return it to the Registry in the Student Services Centre by Friday 18 April 2014. Once the deadline passes, students who wish to apply should email examinations@lse.ac.uk|. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis (see below).

b. In very exceptional cases where circumstances are unforeseen, the Head of the Student Services Centre or his/her nominee will decide whether a later application can be accepted. Please note however that even if a late application is accepted in theory, there may be practical issues preventing the School from putting arrangements in place at short notice.

c. The student will need to provide official, original, documented evidence in English in support of his/her request. Applications submitted without supportive evidence will not be considered. 

d. The student will also need to submit a personal statement setting out the reasons for his/her request.

e. The student's application will be reviewed by the Panel, with one of the following outcomes:

  1. The application is accepted. The student will normally be notified of the Panel's decision within 10 working days of receipt of the application, and will also be provided with further guidance on how to proceed with arranging the overseas sit.
  2. The application is rejected. The student will normally be notified of the Panel's decision within 10 working days of receipt of the application.

Please note that, should your request be approved, LSE will charge you a £150 administration fee (in addition to any re-entry fees for any papers you may be re-sitting). Please also note that you will be liable to pay any fees charged by the overseas centre where you are taking your exam(s).

You will be responsible for finding an overseas centre that is willing to accommodate your examination(s).  This should normally be a British Council Office, unless they do not operate in your country in which case it should be a higher education institution which must be approved by LSE. 


If a student believes that his/her request has been rejected unfairly, he/she has a right of appeal. All appeals must be based on either:

a.   New evidence relating to the circumstances that have led the student to request an overseas examination sitting;

b.   Alleged procedural defect in the original decision (i.e. that the decision taken was not in line with the criteria set out in section 2 above).

Any appeal will be considered by the relevant Dean (e.g. if the student is a graduate student, the Dean of Graduate Studies will consider the appeal). If an appeal is rejected there is no further right to resubmit it or to or ask for a further review of the decision.