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LSE100 summer course (for international students)

This short course is specifically for international students and forms part of our summer programme

It provides an excellent opportunity for international students to experience London and LSE. The course consists of 20 hours weekly contact time and is structured thematically.

This course has given me a chance to learn about Western theory including economics and politics. Also, having lived in London for three weeks is amazing!

Chris Sciberras, LSE Language Centre

About the programme

A unique taster combination of LSE100 and a chance to develop your academic study skills at LSE Life.

The course will take place in LSE Life, sited in the LSE Library.

    • Lectures and seminars from LSE100 academics
    • Over a three-week period engage with three contemporary social issues from a range of social scientific perspectives
    • Weekly themes are carefully selected to reflect the big issues of today’s world
    • Additional day trips and social activities will also be organised during the programme designed to stimulate critical thinking about the topic
    • A real experience of LSE and London

Indicative course content

  • Week 1: Markets: “Should markets be constrained or unleashed?”
  • Week 2: ​Security: “Is there a path to global security?”
  • Week: 3:​ The political future of the West: “Is Western democracy in crisis?”

Participants will practice writing academic essays, giving presentations, listening to lectures and taking part in discussions and debates.

Detailed course information can be found here.


What is LSE100?

  • LSE's flagship interdisciplinary course for undergraduate students
  • Designed to broaden and deepen students' engagement with social scientific analysis
  • Uses pressing social issues as case studies for exploration of the ways different theories, methods and evidence can shape our understanding of events and phenomena

What is LSE like?

We are proud to be part of an international community of students in the heart of London.

This Campus Tour will give you an idea of what LSE is like.

If you are thinking of studying at either undergraduate or graduate level current LSE students and staff explain why prospective undergraduate and graduate students should consider studying at the School.

Please also have a look at Life in London: What LSE students can enjoy.

Finally, have a look at a day in the life of an LSE student.

English language requirement

The language requirement (or equivalent) for students taking this course is one of the following:

  • IELTS 5.5 or higher (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill)
  • TOEFL 61
  • TEM 4 or 8 (Test for English majors)
  • CET 6 (College English Test)

How to apply and course dates

course dates
Code Title  Application deadline Course starts Fee
LS911 Summer course for international students  30 Apr 2019  8 Jul 2019  £1,500
(tuition ONLY)


1. Submit your application form by clicking "Apply" below and wait for our confirmation on your acceptance to the course.

2. Once you are accepted into the course, we will then send you payment instructions to complete your registration.

What about insurance?

  • If you are coming to LSE from a country outside the European Union that does not have a reciprocal health agreement with the United Kingdom, you should arrange private medical insurance to cover all eventualities of health care.
  • Students from countries with reciprocal health agreements with the United Kingdom will be covered for emergency medical conditions, but may wish to take out private medical insurance to cover non-emergencies.
  • More information on healthcare whilst you are in the UK can be found from UKCISA: UK Council for International Student Affairs.
  • In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the course due to low registration numbers, it is also advisable that you make sure you have appropriate travel insurance to cover this and any other eventualities of travel disruption.
  • It is advisable that you take out a personal possessions insurance policy as your possessions are not covered under any hall of residence’s insurance scheme.


Apply to this programme now

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