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How to Apply

For those interested in joining the July School 2016, the information below provides an indication of what the application process will be like next year. Should you wish to be notified when applications re-open and join our waiting list, please email us.

Admission criteria

The LSE-UCT July School in Cape Town is a university-level programme, and accepts applications from university students, graduates 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 all participants will engage with the extensive reading list as required by their course and contribute in class discussions.

A limited number of places are available to students who will have completed high school by July 2016 and hold a confirmed offer of a university place.

Proficiency in English

As the LSE-UCT July 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 colleagues.

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, South African Matric Certificate, 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:
    • National Benchmark Test in Academic Literacy (South Africa)- Proficient
    • IELTS – 7.0 or above (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 component 
    • Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) – with  grade C or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each 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-UCT July School office.

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. Applicants from SADC countries should pay their application fees to UCT - further guidance is available here.

Once the fee has been paid, applications to the LSE-UCT July School should be submitted through the online application form on the LSE-UCT July School website. Applicants must select only one course. Due to the intensive nature of the programme, it is not possible to take more than one course on the 2016 programme.

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 also be uploaded as part of the application, along with a passport-style photograph and a copy of the applicant's passport.

Receipt 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.