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Spend your summer at a world-class institution

Courses taught during the Summer School are based on regular LSE undergraduate courses, and taught to the same standards by leading LSE faculty. Lecturers are experts in their chosen fields and committed to teaching with academic rigour and contemporary relevance. Our faculty are actively involved in academic research and many act as advisers and consultants to companies and Government bodies.

Mix with students from all over the world

At LSE you will be given the chance to interact with students from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, both in and out of class. You will be exposed to a variety of insights and opinions, and form friendships and networks that span the globe. In 2012 we welcomed students from the top universities around the world, including Harvard, Yale, Bocconi, Copenhagen Business School, EDHEC and many more.

While the majority of our students are undergraduate students, we also welcome a large number of postgraduate students and professionals each year. In 2013, over 500 professionals from a variety of fields attended the Summer School. Each year we welcome groups from organisations such as the Bank of England, the European Commission, Dutch Ministry of Finance, Bank of Italy and the United Nations.


Gain credit towards your degree

Institutions all over the world grant credit for Summer School courses. While ultimately it is up to your home institution as to how much credit is awarded, generally our courses are awarded 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. For details, speak to your Study Abroad advisor.

Study in one of the world's most exciting cities

Seeing the world and experiencing other cultures is an essential learning experience; London is one of the most exciting and culturally-diverse cities in the world. With impressive architecture, world-class galleries and museums and great food and nightlife, London remains one of the world's top tourist destinations, and is the European financial capital. Being a part of LSE Summer School will give you the opportunity to study and live centrally in one of the leading global cities in the world.

International experience is an impressive part of any CV and, in addition to the personal growth that comes with overseas travel, being able to include study at one of the world's top universities helps Summer School alumni stand out from the crowd.

While the main focus of your time at LSE will be your studies, you will also have the chance to relax with your fellow students outside of class. An organised social programme will give you a chance to see some of the sights of London. Some of the events held in 2014 included trips to the theatre, day-trips to Cambridge and Oxford, and the ever-popular Disco Boat parties.


Professor Craig Calhoun
Director of LSE

Craig Calhoun

Craig Calhoun Portrait


The LSE is the leading specialist social science institution in the world. We have built up that reputation in the 116 years since our foundation in 1895.

Throughout that time we have been committed to following our motto – understanding the causes of things (rerum cognoscere causas, for the classical scholars among you)!

Our faculty are leading researchers and teachers in their fields. They are also actively involved in policy issues with governments around the world, and with international organisations.

The LSE tradition is one of engagement with decision makers in the public and private sectors. It is not an "ivory tower".

The Summer School offers an opportunity for you to share this tradition of excellence and engagement. Our courses in Accounting and Finance, Economics, English, International Relations, Government and Society, Law and Management will give you an insight into leading-edge thinking in each discipline and will cause you to reflect on the big issues of the day. We look forward to welcoming you to the School.

Professor Craig Calhoun
LSE Director


Academic Director's  Welcome

Professor Michael Cox
Summer School Academic Director

Welcome to the LSE Summer School
Professor Michael Cox 

Welcome to the LSE Summer School, celebrating its 27th year in 2015. What began life as a handful of courses in economics in 1989 has now grown into the largest Summer School of its kind in Europe, attracting over 5,000 students from over 100 countries and every continent. Taught overwhelmingly by LSE faculty, our programme provides an extraordinary menu of top-level courses ranging from Management, Anthropology and Economics, through to International Relations, Law, Media Studies, and Finance.

Principally taught in our award-winning New Academic Building and in Clement House – both only stones’ throws away from the City of London and Westminster – the Summer School has in effect become an integral part of the LSE’s academic calendar, and is often referred to as LSE’s “fourth term”. So much so that many of those who attend Summer School then go on to study full-time at LSE itself. Certainly, by the end of your course you will, we hope, have acquired a deep analytical understanding of current academic thinking on challenging concepts and theories. Based on regular undergraduate courses taught at LSE, the Summer School programme does what many might have once thought impossible: reproduce the full “LSE experience”.

Not content to rest on our laurels, we continually look to enhance our programme, and as part of this we are committed to developing courses in new areas of interest and relevance. After introducing a number of new courses in Management and Finance in 2013, this year we have added two new courses in European Union Law and European Company Law. LSE Summer School offers a programme of courses at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels which are without parallel elsewhere.

All told this will bring our total number of courses up to around 70. So welcome to the LSE Summer School as a member of our much celebrated “School”. Enjoy your courses. Participate in the many other activities we are putting on to enhance your experience – including the four Public Lectures we are hosting for world renowned speakers. And take advantage of a world class institution situated in the heart of a truly global city.

We look forward to welcoming you to London and LSE this summer.

Professor Michael Cox
Academic Director, LSE Summer School

Summer School Academic Director 


Professor Michael Cox

Professor Cox is one of Europe’s leading commentators on the United States. He holds a Chair in International Relations and is also Co-Director of IDEAS, a Centre for the Study of Diplomacy and Strategy at the LSE. He is the author, editor and co-editor of over twenty books. His most recent books Include a major popular text on US Foreign Policy published by Oxford University Press, and a study on US Presidents and Democracy Promotion. He is a regular visitor to the United States and China and holds Visiting Professorships in Rome, Milan and  Melbourne, Australia. 

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Administrative staff

Staff profiles

Tom Purser - Summer School Manager 
Room ANC1 .03 (Office hours 9.30am - 5.00pm)

Tom has been in post as Summer School Manager since July 2008. He joined LSE from the Registry at Imperial College London where he had worked for a number of years, and he has also worked at University College London. Tom manages all aspects of the running of the Summer School, and helps coordinate the operational issues associated with the programme. Tom holds an undergraduate degree in History.

Tom Purser
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Simon Vollar

Simon Vollar - Senior Programme Co-ordinator
Room ANCG.01 (Office hours 9.30am - 5.00pm)

Simon worked in Human Resources and the Department of Management at LSE before joining the Summer School in 2010. Simon holds an undergraduate degree in Business Management.

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Tyrone Curtis - Programme Co-ordinator 
Room ANCG.01 (Office hours 9.30pm - 5.00pm)
Tyrone joined the Summer School in January 2011, after two years at the LSE Library. After completing a degree in mathematics at the University of Queensland in Australia, he spent 18 months in Tokyo, Japan before moving to the UK in October 2008.
Tyrone is also Programme Coordinator of the LSE Methods Summer Programme|.
Tyrone Curtis 
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Elizabeth Slack 

Elizabeth Slack  - Programme Co-ordinator
Room ANCG.01 (Office hours 9.30am - 5.00pm)

Elizabeth joined the Summer School in January 2013, having previously worked at the University of Sussex in Brighton. She holds an undergraduate degree in European Studies and German, and a Master of Arts in TESOL and Translation Studies.    


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SS Staff profiles