Students in a classroom

Student Shadowing

Year 12 and 13 students spend half a day at LSE

It was really insightful and helped me to understand what a lecture would consist of
Student Shadowing participant

Student Shadowing provides a unique opportunity for Year 12 and 13 students from schools and colleges in the UK to gain an insight into studying at LSE. Students spend half a day at LSE shadowing an undergraduate student. As part of the day, they will:

  • attend an undergraduate lecture
  • have a tour of the campus
  • quiz students on their university life

We hope that shadowing a student will allow participants to make an informed decision about whether to apply to LSE.

In 2019/20, over 700 students took part in LSE's Student Shadowing Scheme.

Student Shadowing runs from October to March each year and has now finished for the 2019/20 academic year.  Applications for 2020/21 Shadowing Sessions will open in October 2020. If you would like to be considered for the 2020/21 Student Shadowing Scheme, please submit your name and contact details on the form below and you will be contacted by us from October 2020 onwards.

Expression of interest form. 

If you have any questions, please contact Nazia Taznim.

Your Day

Students accepted onto the Student Shadowing scheme will shadow a current undergraduate student (Student Ambassador) at LSE for half a day.

Typical visit programme (2.5 hrs):

  • A Student Ambassador will meet you at an agreed meeting point on the LSE campus. You can expect to be in a shadowing group with around 5 other prospective students.
  • Your Student Ambassador will lead a campus tour, answering any questions you may have on the way.
  • You will attend a relevant lecture with your Student Ambassador.
  • You will be given an LSE branded Keep-Cup and taken for a complimentary drink and chat with your Student Ambassador in one of our student cafes. The LSE Keep-Cup is yours to keep and is part of LSE Student Marketing and Recruitment’s Green Impact strategy, helping towards ensuring “a sustainable future for the social sciences” (LSE’s 2030 strategy)
  • You will complete a brief online evaluation form about your day and your experience of the Student Shadowing scheme.
  • There will be an opportunity afterwards for you to speak to someone from the Student Marketing and Recruitment team with any queries about admissions or studying at LSE.

You may also be interested in combining your Student Shadowing day with an LSE public lecture or to experience the opportunities and attractions in the area around campus – see our information on London Life.

You may be eligible to apply to the LSE Travel Fund to help with the cost of travelling to LSE for the Student Shadowing scheme. 

 

Student feedback

“It was really insightful and helped me to understand what a lecture would consist of”

“The Student Shadowing Day helped me envision myself at LSE”

“LSE has more of a campus feel than I thought it had”

“Speaking to an undergrad gave me a better understanding of student life at LSE and in London”

Eligibility

This scheme is highly competitive. Therefore, we would encourage applications from students who are on track to meet our minimum entry requirements for the programme/subject they are interested in shadowing. Refer to our individual degree programme pages for the entry requirements.

How to apply

Student Shadowing runs from October to March and has now finished for the 2019/20 academic year.  Applications for 2020/21 Shadowing Sessions will open in October 2020. If you would like to be considered for the 2020/21 Student Shadowing Scheme, please submit your name and contact details on the form below and you will be contacted by us from October 2020 onwards.

Expression of interest form. 

If you have any questions, please contact Nazia Taznim.

LSE Travel Fund

The LSE Travel Fund contributes towards the cost of standard rail or coach travel to and from the LSE campus for eligible prospective undergraduate students participating in the Student Shadowing scheme.

Who should apply?
The LSE Travel Fund is available to prospective undergraduate students currently studying at a state school or college in the UK and living more than 50 miles away from the LSE campus who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Live in an area of low progression to higher education. This is determined by home postcode, which must be in POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2. Check your postcode (selecting MSOA) to see if you have ‘Quintile 1’ or ‘Quintile 2’ next to POLAR4 in the table. More information about POLAR.
  • Looked after children/have been in local authority care.
  • Eligible for free school meals and/or pupil premium in the last 6 years.
  • Have a disability or specific learning difficulty.

If you meet our eligibility criteria, please complete the application form at LSE Travel Fund, retain your travel receipts and submit a copy of them, along with your bank details to Alice Else at a.else@lse.ac.uk after the event. 

For further information, see LSE Travel Fund

Data protection privacy statement

LSE Student Marketing and Recruitment collects and uses data to run and evaluate the impact of our activities. The following data protection statement explains what we will and won't do with your data.

LSE Student Marketing and Recruitment and your data (PDF)

This statement was updated on 8 October 2019. 

 

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