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Why choose the General Course?

There are many reasons why the General Course is the right choice for you, but here are 10 of the best.


1. The world's leading dedicated social science institution

That’s not just us saying it, the QS World University Rankings confirm it. It is also home to Europe’s largest social science library: the British Library of Political and Economic Science.

2. Global reputation for excellence

Graduate schools and employers around the world recognise and respect LSE. It’s a prestigious name and having it on your CV really sets you apart. You’ll also be part of an impressive global alumni network ensuring you maintain a life-long connection with the School, and enjoy a 10 per cent discount on LSE’s graduate tuition fees.

3. Teaching delivered by leading academics

LSE’s academics are at the cutting-edge of the social sciences, influencing opinion and helping shape society. They are frequently called upon to advise governments and international organisations, and provide an education grounded in the real world.

4. Scholarships for study abroad

Yes, really! All accepted students can apply for a John C Phelan General Course Scholarship worth up to £21,336.  

5. Public lectures delivered by eminent outside speakers

LSE hosts an extensive programme of events attracting leading individuals from all walks of life, including in the past year: Mark Carney; Paolo Gentiloni; Julia Gillard; George Papaconstantinou; Jeffrey D Sachs; Michael Sandel, and Amartya Sen.

6. International and cosmopolitan environment

LSE students are drawn from over 150 different countries and 69 per cent of all those at the School come from outside the UK. Of the School’s staff, 45 per cent originate from countries outside the UK.

7. Guaranteed university accommodation

All students offered a place on the General Course are guaranteed university housing.

8. Central London location

The School is on the doorstep of the City of London, Westminster and Covent Garden, providing great social and academic resources. London is both your campus and your social science laboratory. 

9. General Course social calendar 

A range of UK and European trips and excursions are offered at substantial discounts. General Course students also enjoy a range of bespoke events throughout the year.

10. Over 250 student clubs and societies

Our clubs and societies cover a wide variety of interests including politics, culture, academia, sports, hobbies, and food and drink. Complemented by activities organised by the University of London.