Admission and How to Apply

Applications for the LSE-PKU Summer School 2018 will open in November 2017. 

Please note that applications for the 2017 programme are now closed, but the information below provides an explanation of the expected application process for 2018. We will update this web page in due course.

Admission criteria

The LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing is a university-level programme which 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.

Generally speaking, a 100 level course is equivalent to the first (freshman/sophomore) year of a UK undergraduate degree, a 200 level course is equivalent to the second (junior) year, and a 300 level course is equivalant to the final (senior) year; however, we also welcome students and professionals on all levels of courses. Students who complete their High School studies in 2017 and hold a confirmed offer to begin university in 2017 (or in 2018 after a gap year) may also apply.

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 one of the standards below:
English requirements
TOEFL (internet based)  107 or above (including 25 in each component)
 IELTS 7.0 or above (including 7 in all components) 
 CAE Grade B or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of  185 points in each individual component
 CPE Grade C or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of  185 points in each individual component
 Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA) 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 of £50 applies to all applications, and should be paid by credit/ debit card online through LSE's secure eShop system. Application fees must be paid before an application can be processed and are not refundable in the event of an unsuccessful application or a decision to withdraw or decline an offered place.

All applications should, subsequently, be submitted through our online application form. If you are experiencing any problems with this, please complete the Word document version of our application and send it to via email, along with your supporting documentation.

Please also note that students based in China may wish to apply through our Beijing office.

The application form requires personal details, information on current or previous university study and current employment information. The form also requires applicants to upload scanned/electronic versions of supporting documents, such as a university transcript, proof of meeting the English language requirements (if relevant) and a passport-style photograph. Due to the intensive nature of the programme, students follow a single course for the whole duration of the LSE-PKU Summer School and are therefore asked to specify on the application form which course they wish to take. 

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.