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Frequently asked questions (degree courses)

If you are not sure which course to take or are thinking about whether you should take a course with us at all, this information will help

Feel free to contact the appropriate Language Co-ordinator if you have any questions.

New academic year structure

  • From 2015-16 LSE will be adopting a new academic year structure. This will include reading weeks in both the Michaelmas and Lent Terms.
  • The Language Centre will hold ‘the reading week’ in week 11 of Michaelmas and Lent Terms.
  • During this week we will run a series of structured activities related to the particular course, which may include language skills development training, revision classes, testing and assessment, essay-writing and advice sessions; film viewings; applied case studies and cultural trips.
  • Students should be in attendance for 11 weeks in both terms.

Thinking about your 2nd and 3rd year options

  • We recommend that any 1st or 2nd year students thinking about taking one of our courses in the next academic year investigate this possibility before well in advance of the course choice system opening in the Lent Term and if necessary make an appointment to speak with the appropriate Course Coordinator. Details can be found on our People page.
  • Undergraduate students register using the online course choice system LSE for You.
  • You will be asked to confirm that you have consulted the appropriate Language Co-ordinator (see our People) before you make your choice of course(s).

What is capping?

  • Some Departments, including us, will cap courses each year. This means that places on those course will be limited to a specific number of students.
  • On the LSE for You course choice system these courses are labelled as 'capped'.
  • As soon as the number of students registered reaches the capped number the status of the course will change to 'full' and no one else will be able to select it.
  • You can check the current limits with the Students Service Centre.

Request an unlisted course

  • It may be, for various reasons, that the course you want to take is not listed. Therefore there is an option on LSE for You to 'request an unlisted course'.
  • Remember it may be that your degree programme will not allow you to take this course or just that you need to get approval from your Department.
  • Either way if you really want to see if you can take the course it is worth a try.

Unavailable courses

  • Not all courses will be available in a current session.
  • This may be due to staff absence or low registrations in preceding years.
  • If you feel the course should be made available then please email languages@lse.ac.uk us to register your interest.
  • Any interest shown will be taken into account when planning for future years.

University of London students

If you are a student at the University of London and wish to take the course as an intercollegiate student please follow the advice from the LSE Student Services Centre Intercollegiate registration.