A well established event at the start of each new academic year is the welcome party for arriving study abroad students, hosted by the Associate Dean for the General Course. Held in the week prior to the start of the Michaelmas Term, this popular icebreaker is a great way to meet your fellow students before you settle down to the serious work of studying and exploring London!
Cumberland Lodge residential visit
An escape from London to Cumberland Lodge is an annual event in the General Course calendar. Located 27 miles to the West of London, Cumberland Lodge is the largest house in Windsor Great Park. Built in 1652 on land that Oliver Cromwell had appropriated from the Crown, following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 the Lodge became the home of the Ranger of the Great Park, acquiring its present name in the period of the Duke of Cumberland's residence in the mid-eighteenth century. It has been the home of many distinguished people (Queen Victoria was a frequent visitor throughout her life) and for 350 years has played its part in national history. For example, it was the setting for talks about the abdication crisis in 1936.
Since 1947 Cumberland Lodge has been a place where students and teachers in higher education can go to reflect quietly on the purpose of their study and research.
The General Course visit acts as an introduction to both the School and the UK and involves a mixture of academic seminars and social activities, as well as the opportunity to explore the Park and Windsor itself. Held over a weekend in the Autumn Term it is open to around 40 students each year, with the cost subsidised by the School.
Click here for a general impression of the 2010 Cumberland Lodge visit.
Further information about Cumberland Lodge can be found on their website.
Trips and excursions
Throughout your year at the School you will be able to explore the UK and Europe on a range of day trips and short breaks. Arranged in collaboration with a company called Proscenium, past excursions have covered the delights of Amsterdam, the ruggedness of the Scottish Highlands, and the joys of an English brewery! Each trip is subsidised by LSE and offered to our General Course students at a significant discount, helping you get the most out of your time with us.
For more details, please see the Social calendar page for our current General Course students.