Admission and How to Apply

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 2014 and hold a confirmed offer to begin university in 2015 (or in 2016 after a gap year) may also apply. Applications from school students who have not reached this level will be rejected

All applicants should 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 – 6.5
    • TOEFL (Internet based) – 100 points
    • TOEFL (Computer based) – 250 points
    • TOEFL (Paper based) – 600 points
    • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) – Pass
    • Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) - Pass

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

Prerequisites

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.

When to apply

Applications for the 2015 LSE-PKU Summer School will be accepted from early 2015

How to apply

All applications should be submitted through the online application form on the LSE-PKU Summer School website. Applicants must select one course to apply for. Due to the intensive nature of the programme, it is not possible to take more than one course on the 2015 programme.

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

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.

If you have any difficulty submitting your application through the online system, please contact the LSE-PKU Summer School office.

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.

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