Frequently asked questions


Answers to our most asked questions

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The LSE-PKU Summer School will run from 6-17 August 2018

 

Academic structure

The LSE-PKU Summer School programme draws on the collaboration between LSE and PKU and each course is taught by a specialist in their field, who hold a full time position at either of these two world class institutions.

How many hours is the programme and what are the teaching methods?

The LSE-PKU Summer School is an intensive, two week programme. Each course is full-time, and consists of a total of 48 contact hours between Monday and Friday over the two weeks. Usually this involves 36 hours of lectures, attended by all participants on the class and held each morning, and 12 hours of seminar classes in groups of up to 15, held each afternoon. However, other teaching methods appropriate to the individual courses may be used and schedules may vary.            

A course pack of reading material is provided to each participant at the start of the programme. If participants are required to purchase any textbooks prior to the start of the LSE-PKU Summer School, this will be made clear in the course outline.

Due to the rigorous, academic nature of the programme, participants are strongly advised to consult the preparatory and background reading section of the full course outlines, and to prepare as appropriate for the demands of the course.

How will I be assessed and will I receive a certificate?

All LSE-PKU Summer School courses are assessed and graded, and a transcript and certificate are provided to all participants who successfully complete their course.            

Courses are generally assessed on a mid-term paper and a final examination, but other elements such as mid-term quizzes, group projects and student presentations may also contribute.            

All courses feature a final examination, which are two hours in length and held on the final day of the programme. All participants are encouraged to take the final examination, but those who choose not to are eligible to be awarded a Statement of Attendance, provided they have attended at least 80 per cent of the taught sessions. The final examination will be written by hand, however additional arrangements can be made for students with a disability or medical condition.

Full details of the assessment criteria, marking schemes and deadlines will be provided at the start of the programme. Please see the individual course descriptions for further information.

Can I obtain credit?

Institutions all over the world grant credit for Summer School courses. While ultimately it is up to your home institution as to how much credit is awarded, generally our courses are awarded 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. For details, speak to your Study Abroad advisor.

The quality of the LSE-PKU Summer School courses is given the highest priority. However, no formal credit is awarded by LSE or PKU for the programme. It is hoped that the certificate, transcript and course syllabus provided to successful participants will enable them to receive credit from some universities, though it is strongly recommended that anyone considering this should speak to their home university as early as possible. Generally speaking, we have found that other institutions will recognise an LSE-PKU Summer School course as equivalent to 3 credits in the US system or 7.5 ECTS in the European system.

The LSE-PKU Summer School office is very pleased to provide any further information which may be helpful to students or their institutions.

What study facilities will I have access to?

During the LSE-PKU Summer School, participants have access to study facilities at Peking University including computer rooms, library, campus wireless network, printing services, and sports facilities. However, considering the intensive nature of the programme and the requirement for written papers and research, participants are strongly advised to bring their own laptop or similar device with them.

What is the difference between 100, 200 and 300 level courses?

Generally speaking, a 100 level course is equivalent to the first (freshman/sophomore) year of a UK undergraduate degree, a 200 level course is equivalent to the second (junior) year, and a 300 level course is equivalant to the final (senior) year.

100 level courses have no specific prerequisites in their own subject, but may require some mathematics (please see individual course pages for more information). The minimum requirement for taking these courses is to have an offer of a place at university, but additional evidence of academic ability may also be required.

200 level courses are equivalent to intermediate level university courses. They have prerequisites in the form of university level introductory courses in the same or closely related subject. 

300 level courses are advanced and equivalent to either final year undergraduate or first year graduate courses. They have prerequisites of university level intermediate courses.

What level is my course?

The first number in the application code (found on the individual course pages) will indicate the course's level. For example LPS- EC208 is a 200 level course, and LPS-MG301 is a 300 level course. 

What support is there for students with diabilities?

The LSE-PKU Summer School aims to create an environment which is welcoming to all participants. If you have a disability, medical condition, dyslexia, neurodiverse condition or other specific need, please email us before the Summer School begins so that we can try to accommodate your needs and ensure that we are fully prepared for your arrival.

How many courses can I study?

Due to the intensive nature of the programme you can only take one course per year, however if you wish to do another course you might consider joining the LSE-UCT July School running in July 2018.

 

Entry requirements

The LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing is a university-level programme which accepts applications from university students and professionals from all over the world.

What are the academic requirements?

There is no minimum grade requirement for applications to the programme, but applicants should be prepared to actively participate in a rigorous, intensive academic programme run by two leading research and teaching universities. It is expected that participants will engage with the extensive reading list as required by their course and contribute fully to class discussions.

We also welcome students and professionals on all levels of courses. Students who complete their High School studies in 2018 and hold a confirmed offer to begin university in 2018 (or in 2019 after a gap year) may also apply.

Are there any prerequisites?

Some LSE-PKU Summer School courses at 200- or 300- level have specific prerequisites listed in the course descriptions, whilst others suggest (but do not require) particular academic backgrounds. Applicants for a course where prerequisites are in place should ensure that the documentation they provide with their application clearly indicates how their previous study or experience meets this requirement.

What are the English language requirments?

As the LSE-PKU Summer School is delivered in English, it is essential that all participants have a good standard of English language to enable them to fully participate in the programme and interact with their classmates. Students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of language proficiency.

We appreciate that applicants may show their English ability in a range of ways, such as:

  • Being of a nationality where English is the first language.
  • Having studied at university level in English (not learning English language), as shown on a transcript.
  • Having studied English at school, not as a foreign language (eg, GCSE, iGCSE, O-Level, A-Level, International Baccalaureate) and received a good passing grade.
  • Having taken an approved English Language test and met one of the standards below:
TOEFL (internet based)  107 or above (including 25 in each component)
 IELTS 7.0 or above (including 7 in all components) 
 CAE Grade B or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of  185 points in each individual component
 CPE Grade C or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of  185 points in each individual component
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA) A score of 65 in all four components

If you have any queries about whether your proof of English Language is suitable, please contact the LSE-PKU Summer School office.

 

How to apply

Before starting your application, please ensure that you meet the entry requirements specific to your chosen course.

How much is the application fee?

Before you can apply online you need to pay an application fee of £50 by credit or debit card online through LSE's Online Store. The application fee must be paid before an application can be processed.

Important: The application fee is not refundable in the event of an unsuccessful application or a decision to withdraw or decline an offered place.

How can I make an application?

Once you have paid your application fee, you can start your online application and submit your supporting documents.

If you are experiencing any problems with this, please complete the Word document version of our application and send it to us via email, along with your supporting documentation. 

If you also wish to apply to our Pre-sessional Mandarin Course you will able to do so as part of this process.

If you are based in China you may wish to apply through our Beijing office.

How long will it take to receive a decision?

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged within five working days. A decision will normally be made on fully completed applications within ten working days, but at particularly busy times, or during university closure dates, such as Christmas or Easter, these timescales may be extended.

What supporting documents do I need to provide for my application?

You will need to provide:

1) Documentation to show that you satisfy the entry requirements of your course, such as a university transcript.

2) Proof of meeting the English language requirements (if relevant).

3) Preferably also a copy of your passport (but only if it will be valid for the duration of the Summer School). If you do not currently have a passport that will be valid during the Summer School, we will ask you to send us a copy of your new passport before the programme begins.

Fraud prevention

We take active steps to scrutinise and verify documents received during the application process. If we are unable to verify independently the accuracy of information supplied, your application may be cancelled and any offer withdrawn.

 

Accepting your offer

How do I accept my offer?

Once you have received an offer you must confirm your acceptance within four weeks by paying your tuition fees in full and uploading a passport style photo. Full instructions on how to pay your tuition fee and photo guidelines will be included in your acceptance letter.

If you will not have turned 18 by the start of the LSE-PKU Summer School, you will also need to provide a signed letter from your parent/ guardian confirming their permission for your attendance.

Places on the LSE-PKU Summer School are limited and if your place is not confirmed within for weeks of receipt, it may be offered to another applicant.

How do I decline my offer?

If you have decided not to accept the place, please contact us within two weeks, to enable us to release your place for another applicant.

 

Fees and payment

How much does the programme cost?

The tuition fee for attending the LSE-UCT July School is as below:

 2018 Fees Student rate* Standard rate
With 'Early Bird' discount  £1,275  £1,530
Witout discount  £1,500   £1,800

*Student rate applies to all full-time students who are currently enrolled at a University or College anywhere in the world.

Professional participants who are no longer in full-time education but who are alumni of LSE or PKU (including alumni of the LSE-PKU Summer School or our other Summer Schools), are also able to take advantage of the student rate.

In addition, a £50 application fee must be paid when submitting your application.

What does the fee of the programme cover?

The tuition fee covers the cost of the tuition, the course reading pack, and a variety of extracurricular and social events. You will need to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and living expenses separately.

How do I pay?

A £50 application fee must be paid by all applicants via the secure LSE Online Store before an application can be processed. Once you have been made an offer, you will be provided with full instructions about how to pay your tuition fee.

If you experience any problems paying via the Online Store, or are being sponsored by an organisation or employer for example, please contact us to arrange an invoice. 

Are there any discounts or scholarships?

To mark the 15th anniversary of the LSE-PKU Summer School in 2018 we are delighted to offer a 15% 'Early Bird' discount for all fully completed applications received by 31th March 2018. 

Professional participants who are no longer in full-time education but who are alumni of LSE or PKU (including alumni of the LSE-PKU Summer School or the LSE-UCT July School), are also able to take advantage of the early bird professional standard rate, regardless of when they apply.

Unfortunately we do not offer any scholarships or bursaries.