Frequently Asked Questions

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Please see responses Frequently Asked Questions  below. If you have any further questions please contact us directly with your query.

How to apply

How do I apply?

We have an online application form that takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Within the form you will be asked why you would like to apply to the course, along with an opportunity to detail any relevant Methods training you have undertaken.

You will be asked to upload all relevant university transcripts and any other relevant documents (e.g. a CV, or student/PhD status – if not obvious from university transcript). If a sponsor will be paying your tuition fees, you are also asked to provide their details (though these can be provided later if not yet confirmed). 

Once submitted, your application will be assessed and you receive a response within 10 working days.

When is the deadline for applications?

There is no official deadline as we continue to accept applications until the course is full. However we advise that you submit your application as early as you can to ensure there are still places available on your chosen course.

I’ve submitted my application, what happens next?

Once you submit your application, this is sent directly to the teaching faculty to assess. You will receive a response from us within 10 working days with an outcome of your application assessment.

General queries (ECTS credits, timetable, language requirements)

How many ECTS credits is each course worth?

Unfortunately we cannot provide any clear guidance on this, for a number of reasons: 

  1. It is always up to the student’s home institution to decide how many credits to award for any external courses, this is not a decision we make.
  2. LSE does not itself award credits to its students for external courses they may do.  We have spoken to the programme directors of one of the two-week courses who have suggested that their course would be worth 5 ECTS, though this may be increased if there is an element of self-study involved. However, as mentioned above, this decision is ultimately up to the home institution to decide.

What are the language requirements for the Methods Summer Programme?

There are no official English requirements on the Methods Summer Programme, so we would not ask to see evidence of a TOEFL or IELTS, however it will be expected that all attendees are fluent in written and spoken English. As any assessment will be in English, and you will be assessed at a native English level, it is in your interest to ensure your English is at a sufficient level.

Can I do more than one course at a time?

No – it is not possible to take more than one course at a time. Some of the courses are 1-week long and others are 2-weeks long. If you are interested in one of the 2-week courses, it would only be possible to take that one course, however, it is possible to take two 1-week courses if they fall in separate weeks.

When will I receive my course timetable?

Timetables will be provided at registration on the first day of your course. Core teaching hours will start no earlier than 09:00 and finish no later than 17:30 each day. Approximate course hours can be found in each course page under the Timetable tab.

We will be hosting social events outside of core teaching hours. There will be a welcome reception on the first day of your course, and an evening reception on each Friday of the programme.


Does LSE provide accommodation for Methods Summer Programme participants?

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at various LSE halls of residence for attendees of the Methods Summer Programme. All rooms are subject to availability and are not guaranteed, so early bookings are strongly advised. If offered a place on the programme, further details regarding accommodation available and how to book will be provided.

Please note: All bookings must be made via LSE Vacations.

Payment and Fee queries

I have studied at LSE before, am I entitled to a discount?

Alumni of the LSE as well as previous attendees of the LSE Summer School and the Methods Summer Programme are entitled to a 15 per cent discount off the advertised course fee. Please note: the alumni discount does not apply to the Tools for Macroeconomists courses.

What are your Scholarships?

It is the School’s policy not to offer scholarships or discounts for our short courses, as scholarship funding is prioritised for full-time award-bearing undergraduate courses. Please note: there is a reduced fee for current full-time students as well as academic staff and UK registered charities. Tuition fees can be found under each individual course page.

I’m being sponsored to attend the Methods Summer Programme, what do I need to do?

For those sponsored by an employer or university, there is a section within the application form where sponsor details can be entered. If offered a place, your sponsor will be sent an invoice to make payment. Please note: if you are applying close to the programme start date, card payment will be required in order to secure your place on the programme.

I am a PhD student applying to the Tools for Macroeconomists course(s), how do I receive the ESRC scholarship?

Current PhD students applying to either of the Tools for Macroeconomists courses are entitled to a £150 ESRC scholarship per course. This scholarship will automatically be deducted from the student tuition fee rate, we simply ask that you can upload evidence of your PhD status in your application form.

I have received an offer, when am I expected to make payment?

In order to secure your place on the programme, you will need to pay your tuition fees in full within the timeframe set out below.

If you think you will need extra time to pay your fees, please get in touch so we can make alternative arrangements.

Date of Emailed Offer

Period of Time the Offer is Valid

If an offer is issued before the 3 June 2017.

You must pay your Tuition Fees within thirty (30) calendar days.

If an offer is issued on or after the 3 June 2017, but before the 8 July 2017.

You must pay your Tuition Fees within fourteen (14) calendar days.

If an offer is issued on or after 8 July 2017.

You must pay your Tuition Fees immediately upon receipt.

Please note: If a course is operating a waiting list, it is likely that payment will be requested immediately to secure your place on the course.

Payment has been made, what happens now?

Card payments can take up to 3 working days to show in our accounts, and bank transfer payments normally take 10 working days to be received. We will be in touch to confirm your place on the programme as soon as the funds reach our accounts.

Visa queries

I need some advice on visas, who can help me?

LSE has its own team, the International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT), dedicated to providing visa advice to programme participants. Information and advice can be found on their Webpages, or if you cannot find the required information, questions can be asked by completing their Web Query Form.

I need a confirmation letter from LSE for my visa application, how can I request this?

As soon as course tuition fees have been paid and your place on the programme is confirmed, we will be able to issue a visa letter.

Please check with your visa office whether soft copies via email will be sufficient for your visa application. If they require a hard copy of the visa letter, this can be ordered via the following links:

Visa letter by regular post

This is a free service where we send your visa letter by regular post. It is very hard to give an accurate delivery for estimate for delivery, but it can take up to 4-6 weeks for delivery to some parts of the world.
Order a Regular Post Visa Letter

Visa letter by DHL courier

This service has a charge of £50. We instruct a DHL courier to deliver your letter. It normally only takes a few days to be delivered anywhere in the world, and we will provide you will a DHL tracking number so you can track its delivery.
Order a DHL Courier Visa Letter


I wish to sit the optional exam 
Most courses have an optional exam on the final day of the course. Participants who sit the optional examination will be posted a certificate and official academic transcript with their grade.

I do not wish to sit the exam
Participants who choose not to sit the examination will be posted an attendance certificate, as long as they have attended at least 80% of the afternoon classes.

I have sat the exam, but would like a certificate without my grade
Participants who sit the exam will also have the option of receiving an attendance certificate (if they have attended at least 80% of classes), however the academic transcript will always list the grade received.

When will I receive my certificate?
Certificates are posted in early October and the length of time they take to be received will very much depend on the country they are going to. For some parts of the world, it can take 4-6 weeks to be received. England normally only takes a few days.


LSE Methods Summer School Programme Transcript

If you previously attended the LSE Methods Summer Programme and require an additional copy of your transcript, or need a copy to be sent to an academic institution, please request this by emailing with the full postal address to which it should be sent.

LSE Summer School Transcript

If you attended the LSE Summer School and need an additional copy of your transcript please click here to order your LSE Summer School transcript.

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