Student Shadowing (Years 12/13)

Student Shadowing is for Year 12 & 13 students from state schools and colleges who are interested in finding out what life as an LSE student is like.

Students spend half a day with us, shadowing one of our undergraduate students. They experience an undergraduate lecture, a tour of campus, a taste of Student Union activities, and get the chance to quiz students on their university life. The scheme includes an informal personal statement workshop, where current LSE students will provide basic information on how to write a personal statement.

Pupils will also have the opportunity to speak to one of our Student Recruitment team about any queries or concerns they have about admissions and other aspects of studying at LSE. We hope that shadowing a student will allow Year 12 and 13 students the opportunity to make an informed decision about whether to apply to LSE.

In the past two years over 200 year 12 and 13 students have taken part in LSE's Student Shadowing Scheme. Feedback from visitors is resoundingly positive:

"“I wasn’t sure whether university was the path for me, but visiting LSE has really opened my eyes."

"I was shocked to find how friendly and comfortable the environment was. Although the studying facilities and their quality play an important role in making a good reputation, I feel the environment is vital for the student."

"Being able to view the campus and talk to current students was invaluable."

Please note that LSE does not cover attendees’ travel expenses.


Applicants interested in participating in LSE student shadowing must either:

  • Attend a London state school attaining below the national average at GCSE/A level.
  • Attend a London state school where 35.1% of pupils on free school meals.

In addition, applicants must meet one of the following:

  • In receipt of free school meals
  • Looked after child (in care)

Or two of the following:

  • No parental experience of Higher Education (HE)
  • Parents employed in low socio economic categories
  • Live in an area of low participation to HE
  • Have a disability
  • From an ethnic group which is under represented in Higher Education

Applicants to the shadowing scheme will also need to demonstrate high levels of academic achievement at GCSE or A Level.

How to apply

Student Shadowing has now finished for the 2013-14 academic year.  It will start again in October 2014. If you would like to be considered for the 2014-15 Student Shadowing programme, please submit your name and contact details on this form| and you will be contacted by us from September 2014.

If you have any queries please email us|.