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How to Apply

Applications for the LSE-UCT July 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-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. Due to the intensive nature of the programme, students follow a single course for the whole duration of the LSE-UCT July School. 

Generally speaking, a 100 level course is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, a 200 level course is equivalent to the second year of an undergraduate degree, and a 300 level course is equivalant to the final year of an undergraduate degree; however, we also welcome students and professionals on all levels of courses. Students who complete their High School studies in 2018 and hold a confirmed offer to begin university in 2018 (or in 2019 after a gap year) may also apply.

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; or
  • Having taken an approved English language test and met the standard below:

    TOEFL (internet based): 107 or above (including 25 in each component)

    IELTS:                              7.0 or above in each component

    CAE:                                Grade B or better, or 185 points overall and a minimum 
                                             of 185 points in each component

    CPE:                                Grade C or better, or 185 points overall and a minimum 
                                             of 185 points in each component

    Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA): 65 or above in all four components

    National Benchmark Test in Academic Literacy (South Africa): Proficient. 

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


Some LSE-UCT July 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

A £50 application fee is payable with each application, and is paid by credit/debit card through the secure online LSE Online Store. Applicants from SADC countries should pay their application fees to UCT - further guidance is available here. 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 the online application form on the LSE-UCT July School website. If, however, you are experiencing any problems with this, please complete the Word document application form, and then email it to us along with your supporting documentation instead.

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.

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 as required.

Online applications for 2018 to open in November 2017
Word document application to be available from November 2017
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(2018 brochure coming soon)