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About LSE Summer School


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.

Study in one of the world's most exciting cities

London is one of the most exciting and culturally-diverse cities in the world. 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.

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.

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 2014 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 2014, 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.

Professor Craig Calhoun
Director of LSE

Professor Craig Calhoun

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 LSE Summer School offers an opportunity for you to share this tradition of excellence and engagement. Our courses in Accounting, Finance, Economics, English, International Relations, Government and Society, Law and Business 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


Dr Erik Eyster
Summer School Academic Director
Department of Economics

Dr Eyster is the Academic Director of the LSE Summer School. He has a BA from Columbia University and a PhD in Economics from UC Berkeley, and held a Prize Research Fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford before joining LSE. His research interests include Psychology & Economics, Microeconomic Theory and Experimental Economics.

“LSE Summer School offers a broad set of courses across a variety of different disciplines, taught by leading scholars in their fields. The LSE experience provides a unique mix of rigorous academics and all the vim and vigour of central London.”

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