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FAQs for LSE students

What are the criteria to be accepted as an Erasmus student?

  • You must be currently registered at LSE
  • Your department must have a formal agreement with that university. For a list of current agreements, see the following relevant webpages:
  • Your exchange must take place during your period at registration at the LSE.  It is not possible to undertake an exchange once your official programme end date has passed.

Can I set up a bilateral agreement/go on an exchange with a university which LSE does not have an agreement with?

It will not be possible for you to arrange an exchange to an institution which LSE does not currently have an agreement with as part of your LSE programme.  If you wished to attend an exchange at an alternative institution, you would need to interrupt your studies at the LSE and would not be able to benefit from funding.

There are alternatives to the Erasmus + programme available at the LSE. Please see the FAQ ‘Are there any other exchange opportunities?

Is there a deadline for applications?

Undergraduates:
Deadline for Sciences Po can be found on the webpage Undergraduate Exchanges. Please ensure that you have submitted your application by the given deadline. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept any applications received after the deadline.

Postgraduates:
Please return the Erasmus Application Form to the Erasmus Coordinator one month prior to your exchange period abroad or by the stated deadline for an exchange period during 2017/18. Exchange partners may also have their own application deadlines for incoming Erasmus students and you should check the host university's website for further information.

How long will I spend at the partner institution?

  • Undergraduate:  students will spend one academic year at Sciences Po.
  • Masters: students will spend one academic term (3 months) at their receiving institution.
  • PhD: students will spend between 3 – 6 months on exchange depending on the agreement with the receiving institution.

How much will it cost and is there any financial support available?

Tuition fees

As an LSE student studying at a partner institution, you will still have to pay tuition fees to LSE. However, you will not have to pay the tuition fee of the host institution. During your Erasmus study, you continue to receive any student grant or loan to which you are normally entitled.

Financial support

Erasmus Grant: You may also be eligible for an Erasmus mobility grant. This grant is merely a contribution toward the cost of studying overseas, and is not intended to cover all your expenses. The amount you receive is set by the British Council and changes each year. The grant you will receive is dependent on the estimated cost of living in your host country and the number of days you spend on your exchange. You can see the grant rates for the previous years here

The LSE aims to distribute Erasmus grants in full to all LSE students participating in Erasmus exchanges. However, this may not be possible depending on the amount of grant received from the British Council.  In this circumstance, we will allocate a partial grant for your exchange.  We will contact you if you will be affected by this.

Extra support: Additional grants are available for students with disabilities or those who are eligible for a widening participation grant (students with a household income of £25,000 or less)  at undergraduate level. Please indicate on the Erasmus Application Form if you need to apply for a special needs allowance or are eligible for widening participation.

Please note:

  • You should not rely on an Erasmus Grant to fund your exchange period.
  • A £150 paperwork deposit is retained by the school and paid on the receipt of all required documentation.
  • It is your responsibility to complete all the paperwork within the required timeframes.  Failure to do so may result in the British Council withholding the grant requesting you return your grant in full.

Are there any language requirements?
Undergraduate:
Information on language requirements for studying at Sciences Po  can be found here  .

Postgraduate:
You should contact the Erasmus Coordinator at the institution you wish to visit for details of any language requirements they may have for Erasmus students.

You may be required to undertake an online language programme for the European Commission if the language you will be taught in is not your native language.  LSE will contact you with further details if this is required.

I have a Tier 4 visa - can I still take part in the Erasmus exchange?

Undergraduates:
Yes. However, from April 2016, the Home Office viewed exchanges which were added to a programme as a "new" course.  LSE will no longer keep you sponsored on your Tier 4 visa during your period of exchange and you will need to apply for a new visa overseas to be able to return for your final year at LSE.

You should note that any time waiting for your Tier 4 visa to be cancelled whilst overseas will still count towards the cap on degree level studies.

If you have any questions regarding how your visa may be affected by a year abroad please contact the International Student Visa Advice Team.

Postgraduates:
Yes.  You will remain a registered student at the LSE, so we will continue to sponsor you on your Tier 4 visa.  The Registry will be required to inform the Home Office that you are at an alternative location of study for your period of exchange.  We will also be required to continue monitoring your attendance.  It is likely that any attendance issues will be flagged by your exchange institution, however to remain sponsored please respond to any emails from LSE.

Where can I get visa advice?

For any initial questions regarding visa advice please contact the International Student Visa Advice Team. You may also need to contact the Erasmus Coordinator at your receiving institution for advice on how to apply for a visa to enter the country where the receiving institution is based.

Who can I contact for further information?

All prospective or current students with further questions about the Erasmus programme should contact the Erasmus Coordinator:

  • Email: erasmus@lse.ac.uk
  • Drop in: Tuesdays 11am – 12pm during term time only in the Student Services Centre.

I have heard that I can do an Erasmus Traineeship/Internship. How can this be organised?

Whilst the School does participate in the Erasmus + programme, we do not currently participate in student traineeships. Unfortunately, as we do not have funding for this type of exchange, we will be unable to assist at the present time.

You may find the following web page helpful to find a suitable opportunity:
http://erasmusintern.org/

Alternately, you can find non-Erasmus opportunities through LSE Careers:
http://www.lse.ac.uk/intranet/CareersAndVacancies/careersService/Home.aspx

Are there any other exchange opportunities?

The only Erasmus exchanges offered by LSE can be found on our Erasmus webpages for undergraduate and postgraduate students. There are a few other exchanges available which are separate from Erasmus:

Departmental undergraduate exchange for Social Anthropology or Anthropology and Law students to the University of Melbourne:
http://www.lse.ac.uk/anthropology/home.aspx

Undergraduate exchange to University of California, Berkeley: http://www.lse.ac.uk/intranet/LSEServices/academicPartnerships/lseBerkeleyUGstudentExchange.aspx

LSE – Peking University Summer School: http://www.lse.ac.uk/study/summerSchools/LSEPKUProgramme/Home.aspx

LSE – University of Cape Town Summer School: http://www.lse.ac.uk/study/summerSchools/LSEUCTJulySchool/Home.aspx

PhD Student Exchanges: http://www.lse.ac.uk/intranet/LSEServices/academicPartnerships/phdStudentExchanges.aspx

FAQs for Science Po applicants

A special document has been produced with some frequently asked questions from students who have been selected to participant in the undergraduate Sciences Po exchange programme. The FAQs have been answered by past Sciences Po exchange students. As a result the LSE is unable to take responsibility for the advice given which is purely the opinion of past students. Nevertheless, we hope that you will find the document useful.

Sciences Po_outgoing_factsheet

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