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LSE Summer School Office
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How to apply

Find out how to apply for Summer School 2016

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Summer School courses are taught to the LSE's high standard and are therefore academically rigorous. Before starting your application, please ensure that you meet the entry requirements specific to your chosen course(s). 

Minimum Requirements

In order to apply for the Summer School, you must provide the following:

  • 100 level courses: proof of an offer of a place at university or a transcript showing you are currently attending/have previously attended university; or
  • 200 and 300 level courses: a university transcript showing you meet course specific prerequisites

You are also required to provide:

  • evidence of meeting our language requirements (if a non-native English speaker).

We expect all applicants to show grades of around B+ (GPA 3.3). In some instances it is possible to accept slightly lower grades, depending on the strength of the application as a whole. 

Course levels and Prerequisites

Courses are taught at 3 levels that generally equate to the 3 years of undergraduate study in the UK university system:



Equivalent to 



1st year undergraduate

None (though some background in mathematics may be recommended)


2nd year undergraduate

Introductory level university courses (see course description page)


3rd year undergraduate*

Intermediate level university courses (see course description page)


*In some instances can be considered 1st year graduate study 

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are not considered sufficient prerequisites for Summer School courses.

All students must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Native speaker of English
  • Experience of studying in English at university level*
  • Achieving the minimum score in one of the following language certificates:



Required Score 

TOEFL (internet based) 

107 or above (including 25 in each component)


7.0 or above (including 7 in all components)


with grade B or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component.

with grade C or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA)

academic test with a score of 65 in all four components

 *If you have studied in an English speaking institution, or have courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses) you may meet our requirements without having to supply one of the above certificates. Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university.

We are aware that in many countries, university education is taught fully or partially in English as standard.  If you have studied in a country where this is the case you can apply as a native speaker - there is no need to let us know.  Some examples of countries where this is the case are:

  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Turkey
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • The Netherlands and all Scandinavian countries

Applicants with an alternative qualification should contact the Summer School Office for advice.

Applicants who wish to refresh their language skills may be interested to note that the LSE Language Centre offers intensive one week English language courses prior to each Summer School session.