About the General Course

Experience a year of fully integrated undergraduate study at one of the world's leading social science institutions.



The General Course is LSE’s sole study abroad programme that originally began in 1910. It allows students from overseas universities to spend a full academic year at LSE from late September through to early June. We don’t offer any single semester/term options, largely due to the fact that most of our modules span the full year, but also because we feel you need at least a year to get the most out of LSE and London!

Term dates for 2020/21 are as follows:

Michaelmas Term
Monday 28 September – Friday 11 December 2020

January exams
Monday 11 – Friday 15 January 2021

Lent Term
Monday 18 January – Thursday 1 April 2021 (due to Good Friday holiday on 2 April)

Summer Term
Tuesday 4 May (due to May bank holiday) – Friday 18 June 2021

As a General Course student, you’ll be able to study any combination of more than 300 available courses covering the full range of social science subjects. You should be in the top 10-15 per cent of your home university grades and are required to have completed two years of university-level (undergraduate) study by the time you join us. In return you’ll get the unique opportunity to experience a year of fully integrated undergraduate study at the world's leading dedicated social science institution.

Furthermore, not only will you be an LSE student but upon completion of your year you'll become an LSE alumnus, thus beginning what we hope will be a life-long association with the School.

We're confident that your time at LSE will be both enjoyable and rewarding, providing you with knowledge and experience that will prove hugely beneficial in both your future academic and professional careers. If you think you'd enjoy this academically rigorous and culturally rich programme, I encourage you to explore our website and I look forward to receiving your application.