Fees and payments

Application fee

A £50 application fee must be paid by all applicants and can be paid by credit/ debit card online through the secure LSE eShop system as part of the application process. Application fees must be paid before an application can be processed. Please also note that the application fee is not refundable in the event of an unsuccessful application or a decision to withdraw or decline an offered place.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee for attending the LSE-PKU Summer School is as below:

  • Standard rate: £1,800
  • Student rate:   £1,500

The student rate is available to current full-time university and high school students.

Due to popular request, we have also extended the £300 'early bird' discount for all fully completed applications received by 30th April 2017.  Professional participants who are no longer in full-time education but who are alumni of LSE or PKU (including alumni of the LSE-PKU Summer School or the LSE-UCT July School), are also able to take advantage of the early bird professional standard rate, regardless of when they apply. The reduced rates are as follows:

  • Standard rate - early bird applicants: £1,500
  • Student rate - early bird applicants:   £1,200

Tuition fees must be paid in order to secure a place on the LSE-PKU Summer School. The payment must be received by the deadline given on the offer email (usually four weeks from the date of offer), or the offered place may be made available to another candidate. These timescales may be shortened closer to the start of the LSE-PKU Summer School.

Tuition fees should be paid online by credit or debit card through the secure LSE eShop, and direct links to the relevant tuition fee rates for each individual are included in the offer email sent to successful applicants. It is possible for fees to be paid by a third party, or for an invoice to be arranged for an employer, university or scholarship provider to make a payment, provided that sufficient notice is given to facilitate payment within the agreed deadlines. Full receipts are provided for all payments.

Under no circumstances will it be permitted for a participant to attend the LSE-PKU Summer School if their fees have not been paid in full in advance.

Change of course

Any applicant or registered student who wishes to change their course should submit their request by e-mail to the office which issued the original offer (London or Beijing). Requests can only be considered subject to availability and should be submitted by 31st May 2017.

Cancellation Period            

As participants enter a contract with the LSE-PKU Summer School by means of distance communication, it is possible to terminate the contract and withdraw from the programme within 14 calendar days from the date on which the offer of a place is accepted. Please note that any request to withdraw must be provided in writing to lse-pku.programme@lse.ac.uk. We will issue the refund of relevant tuition fees within ninety (90) calendar days of such a cancellation.            

Refund Policy

We operate the following policy for refunds after the Cancellation Period:            

  1. In order to withdraw from the programme, applicants must inform the LSE-PKU Summer School Office in writing by sending an email to lse-pku.programme@lse.ac.uk and receive written acknowledgement of their withdrawal.            
  2. Tuition fees will then be refunded in accordance with the terms set out below. The application fee is non-refundable.            
LSE-PKU Summer School Refund Policy 2017

Date of Withdrawal 


Tuition Fee Refund

 On or before 8th July 2017   90%
 Between 9th and 22nd July 2017        50%
 On or after 23rd July 2017  No refund

Please also note:           

  • All refunds are made in pounds sterling (GBP). The LSE-PKU Summer School cannot refund any shortfalls due to exchnge rate fluctuations, or offer compensation for any bank or other charges incurred.
  • Refunds will be made onto the credit/debit card used to make the payment.
  • The application fee is non-refundable, and no refunds can be issued against any additional costs incurred for travel, accommodation, or changes in exchange rates, etc.

In the event that an LSE-PKU Summer School course is cancelled, participants registered for that course will be offered a place on an alternative course within the 2017 LSE-PKU Summer School, or a full refund of their tuition fees. Registered participants will be informed as early as possible if a course is at risk of cancellation, and by 31 May 2017 at the latest.