How to apply

Information on the application process and entry requirements

Go into Cape Town with an open mind and a willingness to learn and interact with everyone. I did not sleep much because of our studies combined with social activities, and it was absolutely worth it. This program has given me friends and family for life!

Christian Pierce, MBA Candidate, COPPEAD Graduate School of Business, Brazil

Applications for the LSE-UCT Summer School are now closed.

We will open applications for the LSE-UCT Summer School 2020 in the coming months. Please sign up to our mailing list so we can let you know when applications are open!

We understand that making applications can be confusing, so we have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. Please read the information in this section carefully and follow the instructions given; this will help to ensure that everything proceeds quickly and smoothly.

Before you start your application, please also ensure that you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course and paid the application fee. We advise that you apply as soon as possible to secure a place on the programme.

Application fee

Before you can apply online you need to pay an application fee of £50 by credit or debit card online through the secure LSE Online Store . Applicants from SADC countries should pay their application fees to UCT - further guidance is available on our fees and payments page under the 'SADC Participants' section The application fee must be paid before an application can be processed.

Pay application fee

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

Making an application

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

Start your application here

If you are experiencing any problems with our online application portal, please contact us via email.

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.

Supporting documents

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) A passport style photo (a photo of your face with a clear background), this will be used for your student ID card at the University of Cape Town.

4) If you will not be 18 years old by 23 June 2019 you will also need to provide a letter from your parent/guardian to confirm that you have their permission to attend the two week programme.  

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.

Entry requirements

The LSE-UCT Summer School in Cape Town is a university-level programme which accepts applications from university students and professionals from all over the world. LSE-UCT Summer School courses are taught to LSE and UCT’s high standards and are therefore academically rigorous.

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 all participants will engage with the extensive reading list as required by their course and contribute in class discussions. Due to the intensive nature of the programme, students follow a single course for the whole duration of the LSE-UCT Summer School. 

Generally speaking, a 100 level course is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, a 200 level course is equivalent to the second year of an undergraduate degree, and a 300 level course is equivalant to the final year of an undergraduate degree; however, we also welcome students and professionals on all levels of courses. Students who complete their High School studies in 2019 and hold a confirmed offer to begin university in 2019 (or in 2020 after a gap year) may also apply.


Some LSE-UCT Summer School courses at 200 or 300 level have specific prerequisites listed in the individual 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 meets this requirement.

English language requirements

As the LSE-UCT 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 colleagues.

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 (eg, South African Matric Certificate, GCSE, iGCSE, O-Level, A-Level, International Baccalaureate) and received a good passing grade; or
  • Having taken an approved English language test and met the standard below:

TOEFL (internet based):

107 or above (including 25 in each component)


7.0 or above in each component


Grade B or better, or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each component 


Grade C or better, or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each component

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA):

65 or above in all four components

National Benchmark Test in Academic Literacy (South Africa): 


If you have any queries about whether your proof of English Language is suitable, please contact us.

Disability support

The LSE-UCT 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 contact 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.