Admission and How to Apply

Applications for the LSE-PKU Summer School 2016 are expected to open by the end of November 2015. For those interested in joining applying, the information below provides an indication of what the application process will be like. Should you wish to be notified when applications re-open and join our waiting list, please email us.

Admission criteria

The LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing is a university-level programme and accepts applications from university students and professionals from all over the world.

There is no minimum grade requirement for applications to the programme, but applicants should be prepared to actively participate in a rigorous, intensive academic programme run by two leading research and teaching universities. It is expected that participants will engage with the extensive reading list as required by their course and contribute fully to class discussions.

Students who complete their High School studies in 2016 and hold a confirmed offer to begin university in 2016 (or in 2017 after a gap year) may also apply. Applications from school students who have not reached this level will be rejected.

Applicants should also pay attention to any prerequisites for each course.

Proficiency in English

As the LSE-PKU Summer School is delivered in English, it is essential that all participants have a good standard of English language to enable them to fully participate in the programme and interact with their classmates.

We appreciate that applicants may show their English ability in a range of ways, such as:

  • Being of a nationality where English is the first language.
  • Having studied at university level in English (not learning English language), as shown on a transcript.
  • Having studied English at school (eg, GCSE, iGCSE, O-Level, A-Level, International Baccalaureate) and received a good passing grade.
  • Having taken an approved English Language test and met the standard below:
    • IELTS – 7.0 or aabove (including 7 in all components) 
    • TOEFL (Internet based) – 107 or above (including 25 in each component) 
    • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) – with grade B or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component
    • Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) - with grade C or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA) - academic test with a score of 65 in all four components

If you have any queries about whether your proof of English Language is suitable, please contact the LSE-PKU Summer School office.


Some LSE-PKU Summer School courses at 200- or 300- level have specific prerequisites listed in the course descriptions, whilst others suggest (but do not require) particular academic backgrounds. Applicants for a course where prerequisites are in place should ensure that the documentation they provide with their application clearly indicates how their previous study meets this requirement.

How to apply

An application fee is payable with each application, and is paid by credit/ debit card through the secure online LSE eShop system.

All applications should, subsequently, be submitted through the online application form on the LSE-PKU Summer School website. Due to the intensive nature of the programme, students follow a single course for the whole duration of the LSE-PKU Summer School.

The application form requires personal details, information on current or previous university study and current employment information. Details of an academic referee must be provided but a written reference is not required with the application.

A university transcript and, if relevant, proof of meeting the English language requirements must be uploaded as part of the application. A passport-style photograph will also be requested.

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged within five working days. A decision will normally be made on fully completed applications within ten working days, but at particularly busy times this timescale may be extended. Further information may be requested from the applicant and/ or academic referee as required.

Applications for 2016 opening soon