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International students

The LSE community is very diverse, with students from over 140 different countries and 40 per cent of our staff from outside of the UK. This diversity facilitates social science discussions from a global perspective, building on the different experiences, views and beliefs of our student body.

Admissions 

We welcome applications from all qualified prospective students and seek to recruit individuals with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background. We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, based on the full set of information presented on the UCAS application form, including an applicant’s academic record, subject combination, educational circumstances, teacher’s reference and personal statement. 

How to apply

All applicants who wish to study at LSE must apply through UCAS. We don't consider applications made directly to the School.

Although UCAS allow students from outside of the EU to apply up to the end of June, given the competition for places at LSE ALL applicants are strongly advised to submit their UCAS application by the 15 January. It's rare that we will have places remaining on our programmes after the January deadline. 

Please see our How to apply guidance. 

Entry requirements 

Our entry requirements vary by programme, and are listed on the individual undergraduate degree programme webpages.

Our usual standard offer and entry requirements are listed in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB), however we accept a wide range of international qualifications. Please visit our Information for international students page to check country specific entry requirements

If your qualification is not listed, please contact us.

Applicants applying with certain qualifications may be asked to sit our Undergraduate Admissions Assessment (UGAA) before a final decision can be made on their application. The Admissions team will invite applicants to take the assessment if it's required. 

If you are made an offer you may have to provide evidence of your English language proficiency, although you don't need to provide this at the time of application.

Please refer to our Applying to LSE Open Day page and information for prospective students for additional application guidance. 

Visas and immigration

LSE’s dedicated International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) are here to provide applicants, current students and recent graduates with visa related guidance. 

Visit our Immigration Advice page for visa information. 

ISVAT has created Information Sheets and FAQs to help students with questions regarding visa applications as well as travelling and working during and after your studies.

Student experience

London is an exciting place to be a student, but we know that moving to a new country can be a daunting prospect. Refer to our guidance for students new to the UK and read our tips for dealing with culture shock to prepare. 

Find out more about the benefits of student life in London.

Accommodation

Accommodation is guaranteed for all first year undergraduates who make LSE their firm choice and apply by the deadline. Students can select their hall of residence based on a range of criteria, including location, meal provision and room type. Some residences offer 50 week contracts which include the Christmas, Easter and summer vacations, which could be a good option if you’re planning on staying in London or want to leave your belongings in your room over the breaks. 

Visit our accommodation pages to explore the available options, access price lists and undertake virtual 360 degree tours of the residences. 

Our halls are centrally located, offering the unique opportunity to live close to London landmarks such as Trafalgar Square or Covent Garden, and within walking distance of LSE’s campus. Living in halls is a great way to adjust to living in London, meet new people and settle into student life. Halls of residence will organise their own programme of social events and warden teams are available 24/7 to provide practical and pastoral guidance. 

Student support

There are a number of support services to help ensure that you have the best possible experience at the School. There are lots of people you can turn to if you need help, or just want to talk to someone. Visit our student support page for an overview of LSE’s support services. 

The Students’ Union has its own International Students’ Officer and over 200 societies, many of which have a national or cultural focus. Joining societies is a great way to meet like-minded people, become part of the LSE community and have new experiences. 

Read our student blogs and watch our student vlogs to find out more about settling into life at LSE and living in London. 

Visit our student life page for more information. 

Fees and financial support

The fees and financial support options for students are different depending on your fee status classification.

Fees for 2021 entry have not yet been confirmed. Details will be published in our Table of fees in Spring 2021.

As a guide, our 2020 fees were:

Home/EU fees - £9,250 for the first year.  

Overseas fees - £21,570 per year. 

The arrangements for EU students applying for 2021 entry have not yet been confirmed. We are unable to confirm tuition fee amounts, access to tuition fee loans or financial support arrangements for 2021 at present. 
 

LSE awards around £4 million in scholarships and financial support to undergraduate students every year. Funds are primarily issued on the basis of financial need. 

In addition to LSE's own funds, students may be able to access scholarships and financial support from governments and agencies around the world.

Please visit our fees and funding page for detailed information about loans, government support and our own funding awards.