Student Community

The student community at the LSE Summer School is internationally diverse, with students from over 120 countries studying on campus during the 2011 programme. This mix encourages a truly global and international approach to intellectual discovery and academic life at LSE. Few other universities, if any, can approach our claim to such an internationally diverse body of students and academics.

The page content links above contain country-specific information for the Summer School, including information on applying for visas. Information on English requirements can also be found here.


United Kingdom

Important Facts

  • Each year, the Summer School welcomes students from all over the UK.
  • With pressure on students and graduates to show something extra, more and more UK students are looking to summer courses to boost their CVs.
  • In 2010 students attended from universities around the UK, such as King's College, Imperial, Oxford, Durham, Warwick and St Andrews.
  • We also welcome many professionals working in the subject areas that the Summer School offers. This year we were happy to welcome students from news publications, government departments such as DEFRA and the MoD, and financial institutions such as the Bank of England.
  • Students that have studied at UK universities do not require any additional English language qualifications.

Credit

Please note that although it appears to be changing, due to the nature of UK university programmes, unlike the rest of the world the majority of UK universities are still not able to allow students to transfer credit from additional courses like the Summer programme towards their degrees. However, some institutions are able to. Students are advised to check with their home university's registry office regarding credit transference.

European Union & European Economic Area (not UK)

Important Facts

  • Each year, the Summer School welcomes students from all countries of the EU.
  • In 2010 over a third of our students came from EU countries, and represented every country in the Union. We welcomed large groups from Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands.
  • We also welcomed a number of professionals from the region, including groups from PWC, Accenture, Bank of Italy, the Italian Ministry of Finance, the Dutch Ministry of Finance and the European Commission.
  • There are flights to London from all over Europe on many different airlines: Ryanair and Easyjet can be particularly cheap. Please note, it is often just as quick to arrive at Stansted, Luton or London City airports as to Heathrow or Gatwick.
  • It is also possible to arrive directly in Central London via Eurostar, from Paris or Brussels.
  • EU/EEA nationals do not need to apply for a visa in order to study in the UK.

Credit

Many universities across Europe will allow the transfer of credit from the LSE Summer School towards their degrees, and we will provide each student with official transcripts to confirm the grade received. The decision to award credit for LSE courses ultimately resides with students' home institutions, however students often find that they are able to obtain 7.5 ECTS credits per course taken at the Summer School. Students are advised to check with their home institution's Study Abroad, Registry or Faculty office for full details.

Europe (non-EU countries)

Important Facts

  • Each year, the Summer School welcomes students from all over Europe including many EU and non-EU countries. If you are from an EU country, please see the EU section above for advice.
  • In 2010, we welcomed students from a large number of  Central and Eastern European countries, including large groups from Russia and the Balkan states.
  • There are flights to London from all over Europe on many different airlines: Ryanair and Easyjet can be particularly cheap. Please note, it is often just as quick to arrive at Stansted, Luton or London City airports as to Heathrow or Gatwick.
  • It is also possible to arrive directly in Central London via Eurostar, from Paris or Brussels.

Visas

Credit

Many universities do allow the transfer of credit from the LSE Summer School, and the Summer School office will provide each student with official transcripts to confirm the grade received. Students are advised to check with their home institution's Study Abroad, Registry or Faculty office for full details.

South East and Central Asia and Australasia

Important Facts

  • Each year, the Summer School welcomes students from all over South East and Central Asia and Australasia. In 2010 we welcomed several hundred students from the region.
  • Our biggest groups include a number of students from China and large groups from Japan and South Korea, as well as from countries all over the region such as Vietnam, Hong Kong, Australia and Kazakhstan.

Visas

Credit

Many universities do allow the transfer of credit from the LSE Summer School, and the Summer School office will provide each student with official transcripts to confirm the grade received. Students are advised to check with their home institution's Study Abroad, Registry or Faculty office for full details.

Middle East

Important Facts

  • Each year, the Summer School welcomes students from all across the Middle East.
  • In 2010, we accepted close to 300 students from the region, including large groups from Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Visas

Credit

Many universities do allow the transfer of credit from the LSE Summer School towards their own degree, and we will provide each student with official transcripts to confirm the grade you received. Students are advised to check with their home institution's Study Abroad, Registry or Faculty office for full details.

Africa

Important Facts

  • Each year, the Summer School welcomes students from all over Africa.
  • In 2010, students from 14 African countries were represented at the Summer School, including Nigeria ,South Africa, Uganda and Egypt.

Visas

Credit

Many universities do allow the transfer of credit from the LSE Summer School towards your own degree, and the Summer School office will provide each student with official transcripts to confirm the grade you received. Students are advised to check with their home institution's Study Abroad, Registry or Faculty office for full details.

North and Central America

Important Facts

  • For students who do not have English as their first language, an English qualification is a prerequisite for entering the Summer School. However, those who are studying or have studied at an English-speaking institution in the US or Canada will not need any external verification.
  • Students studying in the US or Canada will usually be able to apply for credit from the Summer School against their regular semester programme. Those studying outside of these countries should check first with their university's Study Abroad or administration department.
  • Official transcripts are provided to each student to confirm the grade you received, and duplicate copies are free for a year after you've taken the course.

 

USA

  • In 2010, the Summer School welcomed nearly 900 US students representing nearly 100 colleges and universities from all over the country. The top twelve most represented colleges by number of entrants were (in alphabetical order):
    1. American University
    2. Babson College
    3. Bentley University
    4. Butler University
    5. Duke University 
    6. University of Miami
    7. University of Michigan
    8. Northeastern University
    9. Northwestern University
    10. Vanderbilt University
    11. Villanova University
    12. Washington University
  • Students from the USA will generally not require a visa in order to study at the Summer School, however, they will enter the UK as a 'Student Visitor' and will be required to show:
    • A letter confirming acceptance onto a course of study.
    • That the student has the ability to support themselves without recourse to public funds or taking employment.
    • That the student has sufficient funds for fees and living expenses for the duration of the course, and can meet the cost of the return or onward journey.
  • Students should check their situation at UKVisas ,British Embassy or LSE's International Student Immigration Service (ISIS) for clarification.
  • US universities generally do allow the transfer of credit from the LSE Summer School, and the Summer School Office will provide each student with official transcripts to confirm the grade received. Students are advised to check with their home institution's Study Abroad, Registry or Faculty office for full details.

Canada

  • In 2010 we welcomed over 40 Canadian students to London from several different universities, including Concordia University and Queen's University.
  • Students from Canada will generally not require a visa in order to study at the Summer School, however they will enter the UK as a 'Student Visitor' and will be required to show:
    • A letter confirming acceptance onto a course of study.
    • That the student has the ability to support themselves without recourse to public funds or taking employment.
    • That the student has sufficient funds for fees and living expenses for the duration of the course, and can meet the cost of the return or onward journey.
  • Students should check their situation at UKVisas or the British Embassy for clarification and further information can also be found at LSE's International Student Immigration Service (ISIS).
  • Canadian universities generally do allow the transfer of credit from the LSE Summer School, and the Summer School Office will provide each student with official transcripts to confirm the grade received . Students are advised to check with their home institution's Study Abroad, Registry or Faculty office for full details.

Mexico

  • In 2010 we welcomed over 25 students from Mexico to the Summer School.
  • Students from Mexico will generally not require a visa in order to study at the Summer School, however, they will enter the UK as a 'Student Visitor' and will be required to show:
    • A letter confirming acceptance onto a course of study.
    • That the student has the ability to support themselves without recourse to public funds or taking employment.
    • That the student has sufficient funds for fees and living expenses for the duration of the course, and can meet the cost of the return or onward journey.
  • Students should check their situation at UKVisas or the British Embassy for clarification and further information can be found at LSE's International Student Immigration Service (ISIS).
  • Mexican universities generally do allow the transfer of credit from the LSE Summer School, and the Summer School Office will provide each student with official transcripts to confirm the grade received . Students are advised to check with their home institution's Study Abroad, Registry or Faculty office for full details.

South and Central America

Important Facts

  • Each year, the Summer School welcomes students from all over South and Central America.
  • In 2010 we registered over 200 students from eight South American countries and several Central American countries. We had nearly 100 students from Brazil, as well as large numbers from Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Chile and Venezuela.

Visas

Credit

Many universities do allow the transfer of credit from the LSE Summer School towards their own degree, and we will provide each student with official transcripts to confirm the grade you received. Students are advised to check with their home institution's Study Abroad, Registry or Faculty office for full details.

 

South Asia

Important Facts

  • In 2010, the Summer School welcomed nearly 500 students from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
  • Courses at the LSE all require a high level of English. Students who have studied, and been assessed, in an English-medium university (as is normal in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh), meet our English requirement.
  • Students who have not studied in an English-speaking university will need a recognised qualification such as TOEFL or IELTS: please see our Admission Criteria page for further details.

Visas

Credit

Many universities in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh accept LSE Summer School courses as credit towards their degrees. Students are advised to contact their faculty office or Study Abroad office for details.

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