Confirming your offer of admission

Providing official copies of your documents to confirm your offer.

Whether you have a conditional, or unconditional offer, you are likely to need to provide us with official copies of some of your documents before you are ready to come and register. Please see below for all the ways these can be provided.

In order to fulfil the requirements for entry to LSE, we must have official proof, in English, of your qualifications, test scores and references. Your online application status will show which (if any) documents are still outstanding.

Please be reminded that all documents sent to us are non-returnable and must be received before you are due to register at the School.

All official documents must be posted to us at the usual address. Emailed documents are not considered to be official for this purpose unless they are received directly from your institution or from an official online service, such as CHESICC, Digitary, GMAT or TOEFL.

Graduate Admissions Office
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London
WC2A 2AE
UK

Posted documents should be sent in sealed envelopes bearing the signature/stamp of the responsible person. They should be on official university headed paper. If the original document is not in English, we must receive the original and an official translation, signed and stamped by a translator. The LSE Language Centre offers a translation service.

Official proof of qualifications/degree certificates

You should submit the completed proof of degree form, signed and stamped by your institution, or a final transcript stating that your degree has been awarded with the final grade and date of award.

Alternatively you may send a photocopy of your degree certificate bearing an original stamp and signature of your institution to prove that the copy conforms to the original. 

Do not send your original degree certificate, as documents received by us will be marked with the date they are received and are non-returnable.

Transcripts

If you have submitted an unofficial transcript with your application you will be required to submit an original or certified copy if made an offer. You may also be required to confirm that you have been awarded your degree with a particular grade or classification. If your degree transcript does not confirm your final grade and date of award, you should ask your institution to complete the proof of degree form.

GRE/GMAT

You may be required to provide a GRE/GMAT score even if you have a UK qualification.

You should arrange to take the test as soon as possible if you have not already done so - visit GRE or GMAT to do so.

Test scores such as these should be supplied directly to us from the test provider. Submit the score to LSE with the institution code 0972 (GRE) or HMT-86-56 (GMAT)

Sending an English language test score

You are required to submit the IELTS or TOEFL with the score stated in your offer letter - you should arrange to take the test as soon as possible if you have not already done so, and submit the score with the institution code 0972.

Alternatively you may submit a photocopy of your IELTS score certified by your local British Council with an original signature and stamp.

If you have an IELTS TRF (test report form) number, you can submit it to us using our new information form - we can then verify your IELTS score officially.

References

Your references should either be submitted to us from your referee's institution email account, or be signed originals on the headed paper of the institution.

They should be supplied to us in a sealed envelope with the referee's signature across the seal to preserve confidentiality.

If your referee submitted their reference from a webmail account, e.g. hotmail/gmail/yahoo, then we will request that they submit a signed version on headed paper. A signed letter on headed paper confirming that they submitted their reference from a webmail account will be acceptable.

Translated documents

These should bear the stamp and seal of an official translator and must be supplied with the original document, or on the headed paper of your institution.

Current LSE students and students following Summer School or Economics/Mathematics and Statistics for Management courses

Your results will be released to the Graduate Admissions Office within the same week that you receive them. If you do not meet the condition, then your file will be sent to the Department in order for them to make a final decision regarding your application.

Graduates of Chinese institutions

LSE has formed a partnership with CHESICC (China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center) to receive verified transcript and proof of qualification information from Chinese universities. If one or more of your qualifications is from a Chinese university, you must submit your verified documents in this way. There is a fee for this service.

Please note that the CHESICC requirement acts as official proof of your documents, but your offer can be made unconditional before we receive it. Please see "What is the difference between a conditional and unconditional offer" on page 12 of the Offer Pack. We can also issue your CAS before we receive your official CHESICC documents.

The documents we need to be verified and transmitted via CHESICC are:

  • Your transcript
  • Your degree certificate
  • Qualification verification report

Delivering verified CHESICC reports to LSE through Digitary

Before applying for your reports, you must have your individual LSE application ID number. You will find the number on your acknowledgement email or offer email/letter. You will need your number when requesting your documents through the CHSI Website.

Applying for and delivering your CHESICC reports to LSE is a simple online process:

STEP 1 – LOG IN TO THE CHSI WEBSITE

1. For Chinese applicants, please use “Name” + “Chinese ID Number” to register your CHSI Archive, and then check your information of student record (for those who have not completed their studies) or higher education qualification certificate (for those who have already graduated).

Register link: 

account.chsi.com.cn/account/preregister.action?from=archive

CHSI Archive link: 

my.chsi.com.cn/

2. Please use the same Chinese ID number as filled in your CHSI Archive when you apply for university transcript verification report and other reports via the application link:

www.chsi.com.cn/wssq/ 

STEP 2 – APPLY FOR YOUR REPORT(S)

We require official verification of your university-level study. If you have already graduated, you should apply for your College Transcript, Degree Certificate and Qualification Verification Report. If you have not yet graduated, for example if you transferred to a different programme after completing one or two years' study, you should apply for your College Transcript and your Higher Education Student Record.

See: www.chsi.com.cn/en/help/howtoapply_d.jsp

To apply for your College Transcript:

  1. Apply for a Paper report through Online Application
  2. Once CHESICC has verified this report with your Chinese University, which may take up to three weeks, it will be converted to PDF for secure delivery to LSE via the CHSI Website.
  3. CHESICC will notify you by SMS when your reports are ready (usually after about 20 business days).

Please note that if you have not yet finished your qualification, once your final results are available, you will need to apply for a follow up report of your final transcript and proof of qualification to fulfil any offer conditions. An additional verification fee will be payable.

 

To apply for your Higher Education Student Record:

  Log in to the CHSI Website, choose “Online Verification Report of Higher Education Qualification Certificate”, and click “Apply”;

  1. Select the English language version.

 

To apply for your Degree Certificate/Qualification Verification Report:

 Option 1:

  1. Log in to the CHSI Website, choose “Online Verification Report”, and click “Apply”;
  2. Select the English language version.

 Option 2:

  1. Apply for a Paper report through Online Application;
  2. Once CHESICC has verified this report with your Chinese University, which may take up to three weeks, it will be converted to PDF for secure delivery to LSE via the CHSI Website;
  3. CHESICC will notify you by SMS when your report(s) are ready.

STEP 3 – DELIVER YOUR REPORT(S) TO LSE

  • When your report(s) are ready, log in to CHSI Archive and click "International Cooperative Application"
  • Click "Send report"
  • Select "Foreign Universities", "England" and "LSE" from the drop-down list.
  • Click “Pay for the transmission fee” to enter your payment details, your payment confirmation will be presented shortly afterwards;
  • Enter the requested personal details including your LSE application ID
  • Select the report(s) that you wish to send to us (College Transcript, Degree Certificate and either Qualification Verification Report or Higher Education Student Record);
  • Confirm your information and selected reports, click on the “Deliver” button. Delivery is almost instant;
  • You will not be charged again for transmission of your documents to LSE if you have already paid and the follow up is within the year.

FURTHER ASSISTANCE

If you require assistance, please contact the CHESICC help desk at the following telephone numbers: 010-61139132, 62166727, 62169223

Will I need CHESICC?

  • If you are at the Chinese campus of a UK institution, and your whole degree will be awarded by the UK institution, you will not require CHESICC verification.
  • If you have studied on a 2+2 or 3+1 programme with the latter part of study in the UK, you may need CHESICC verification.  If the part of your qualification undertaken in China is not included on your final transcript issued by your UK institution, you will need to request CHESICC verification for the China part of your study.
  • If you think you meet either of the above scenarios and feel that you have been asked incorrectly for a CHESICC report, you may contact us to request a waiver.

If your offer has not been confirmed

If the selector has examined your degree results and your offer has not been confirmed, this decision is final - no appeal is possible. The academic demands of the course are stringent and competition is high – each year more offers are made than there are places available to allow for this situation.

If your offer has been non-confirmed on the basis of your language test score you may arrange to re-take the test.