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Offer Holders Information

Welcome to the European Institute community!

Congratulations on your offer to study with the European Institute! We can't wait to meet you in September. 

The below information will help you prepare for your arrival. Bookmark this page and check back often, as further information will be added over time.  

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Key Contacts

Who to speak to

The European Institute Professional Services Team is here to help you as you prepare to study with us in September, but there are some questions that we are simply unable to answer. In these cases, it’s best to contact the relevant department directly with your question. Here are some key contacts for you in your journey from accepting your offer to arriving on campus:  

Type of query


For any questions relating to the admissions process, including:

Check the Graduate Admissions Knowledge Base for answers to Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Graduate Admissions Team.

Please note that Graduate Admissions are very busy at this time of year, so you may need to be patient while you wait for a response from them. See Current Processing Times for details.

Visa advice

Student Advice and Engagement Team

Graduate Financial Support and scholarships

Financial Support Office

Fees, financial matters, and payment plans

Fees and Funding or Student Services Centre


LSE Accommodation

LSE Summer School

LSE Summer School

If your question is not related to the above, please drop us an email at ei@lse.ac.uk and we will be in touch.


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First steps: accept your offer and confirm your place

Accept your offer

You should accept or decline your offer to study with us online via your "LSE for You" account. This step is required in order for us to officially record your acceptance of our offer. 

The form will give you a list of instructions, which include some of the following steps:

  • Indicate your acceptance of the offer
  • Inform us if you are disabled or have specific learning needs
  • Provide your passport number
  • Provide a photo for your student card
  • Indicate your agreement to terms and conditions of enrolment
  • Complete the Financial Undertaking Form

Deadline: The School asks that you fill out the form within 6 weeks of receiving your offer. If you're unsure if you'll be able to accept or decline, wait until you're certain before accepting. Your offer won't be lost if you don't respond within 6 weeks. Completing the form as soon as possible will enable us to plan for your arrival and will make enrolment easier for you. You may get automatic reminders that the form has not been submitted. Once the form is processed, your status will be updated online.

Provide Graduate Admissions with relevant documents

Regardless of whether you have received a conditional or unconditional offer, the Graduate Admissions team has likely told you in your offer letter that they need you to provide them with official copies of some of your documents. You must submit outstanding documents before they will allow you to enrol in September. Although you may have already submitted electronic copies of some of these documents, Graduate Admissions now needs you to submit a more official version.

Top tips!

  • Where possible, do not wait until you arrive in September to submit your documents.  Graduate Admissions has very specific requirements on what they can/can’t accept before they will permit you to enrol, and so it is important to send documents to them as early as possible to ensure that you have met their requirements. 
  • Don’t send hard copies of irreplaceable documents:  Graduate Admissions will not return anything that you send to them.  If any of your documents are irreplaceable, you should consider sending certified copies instead.
  • If any of your documents are not in English, you will need to submit certified translations as well.  When in doubt, check with Graduate Admissions. 

    Helpful tip: The LSE Language Centre offers translations for a fee for some languages.
  • Your European Institute (EI) Professional Services team is unable to help with most Admissions related queries.  Contact the document specialists in Graduate Admissions with questions (see below), as they are best able to assist.

Where/how to send documents

To learn more about what documents you need to submit, and where/how to send them, visit Confirming your offer of admission

Check LSE for You to see what documents you still have pending.

Due date for submitting documents

There’s no specific deadline for submitting your documents, but the Graduate Admissions team won’t let you enrol or attend classes until all pending documents are submitted. To avoid any delays, it’s best to submit all your documents as soon as possible, and before September 1st if possible. This allows Graduate Admissions to process your documents before your arrival for Welcome. If you can’t meet the September 1st deadline, submit your documents as soon as you can. Don’t wait until you arrive for in-person campus enrolment, as the format of your documentation may not meet the admission team’s requirements and prevent you from enrolling. Submitting your documents ahead of time ensures that you can enrol during Welcome and start attending classes without any issues.

I sent my documents, but I don’t think they have been processed yet. Should I be concerned?

Documents are processed in the order that they are received, so often it is just a case of being patient while your documents go through the queue. Here’s what to do if you’re concerned:

1.  Check the status of any documents you have submitted in LSE for You. LSE for You will be updated as soon as your documents have been processed.

2.  If you don’t see the processed document listed in LSE for You, you should next  check the current processing times for Graduate Admissions online. If the processing time has passed, you may consider contacting Graduate Admissions directly with any questions.  If the processing time has not yet passed, then be patient and avoid contacting Admissions, as this will slow down their processing times. 

Top tip! The European Institute Programmes Team is unable to give further advice as to when you will receive a response to your query, or to expedite the processing of your documents. All documents questions should be sent to Graduate Admissions.

Questions about documents

Any questions? Contact Graduate Admissions using one of the options on their Contact Us webpage.

Apply for Graduate Financial Support

If you haven’t already applied for funds from the Graduate Support Scheme or another named LSE award, be sure to do so by the deadline. Details on eligibility and the contact details for the Financial Support Office can be found in your Graduate Offer Pack

Top tip! Your European Institute Programmes Team is unable to provide information about financial support, and we are not aware of other alternative sources of funding within the department. The Financial Support Office is the best team to speak to with any questions.   

Complete a Financial Undertaking Form (FUF)

Once you know how you will fund your degree, you need to complete a financial undertaking form to formally declare that you have the resources to study at LSE for the coming year.

If your fees are being paid by an organisation other than LSE, please give full details and obtain the signature of the responsible person. 

You will also be asked to outline a personal payment plan (PPP) indicating the number, dates and size of instalments you intend to pay. The Fees, Income and Credit Control Office publish information regarding fee payments and payment plan instalment dates, you can access this information here.

You should submit the financial undertaking form to the graduate admissions office before 31st July.

You should also remember to submit the offer reply form on the portal.

Top tip! The European Institute’s Professional Services team are unable to advise you on financial matters. Please contact the LSE Fees team or the Student Services Centre to discuss financial matters, payments, and payment plans.


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Your next steps

Read this important information

Don't skip reading through the following! 

a) The Graduate Offer Pack is your go-to guide to find answers to frequently asked questions before you arrive, including information about:

  • pre-arrival checklists
  • accommodation 
  • financial support details
  • visa advice
  • how and when to pay fees
  • and much more!

b) The LSE Welcome Guide, which will be published in August 2023, will offer incredibly useful checklists on what to do before, during and after Welcome, including:

  • how to set up your IT account and LSE email account
  • how to set up a UK bank account
  • tips for using the Library
  • how to register with a doctor
  • fun events
  • lots more!

Arrange accommodation

The LSE Accommodation team is your go-to source for information about living in halls and for help with finding a privately rented place in London.

Check out the LSE Accommodation website for details. If you can't find the answer to your questions online, contact the Accommodation team directly. (Your European Institute Programmes team is unable to advise on accommodation queries).

Not sure if you should book accommodation for summer 2023?

Those who are considering accommodation arrangements over the summer should read through the section below under "Get Ready to Study" called "The Academic Year" for top tips. 

Apply for a visa (if applicable)

More information about visas can be found in the Graduate Offer Pack

All visa queries must be directed to LSE’s Student Advice and Engagement Team.

Online Pre-enrolment and In-person Campus Enrolment

Online Pre-Enrolment and In-person Campus Enrolment are both compulsory steps you must complete before you can receive your student ID card and begin attending teaching. Be sure you know what documents are required before you attend these sessions.  

Plan your arrival

LSE’s official induction is called Welcome. A variety of activities will introduce you to LSE, the European Institute, and your programme. You will formally become a student at LSE and receive your student ID card. 

Compulsory Welcome events will then begin from Monday 18 September 2023.  Plan to arrive at least the day before, as there will be a number of sessions planned that you must attend.  Exact dates and details will be published in mid-August. Please visit the Welcome section below for more details of what to expect.


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Learn about the year ahead

 The Academic Year

The Academic Year at LSE is separated into three terms: Autumn Term in the autumn, Winter Term in the winter/spring, and the Spring Term.  See the term dates website for details. 


The year begins with your compulsory Welcome week, sometimes referred to as Autumn Term Week 0, which begins on Monday 18 September 2023.  All students are expected to attend all relevant Welcome activities. 

Autumn and Winter Terms

Autumn term officially begins on Monday 25 September 2023.  This is known as Autumn Term Week 1 (sometimes abbreviated AT W1). Autumn and Winter terms are comprised of 11 weeks each and each week is numbered. 

All new teaching takes place in the Autumn and Winter Terms. You may also have non-assessed (formative) and assessed (summative) assignments due in these terms or between terms. 

The majority of European Institute courses (EU-coded) hold a Reading Week in Week 6 of both Autumn and Winter terms to allow you time to catch up on past readings and read ahead for future teaching. It is important to note that Reading Week is not a vacation period, and you are expected to be present on campus. There are often workshops, seminars and events scheduled in that week.  (Please note that courses from other departments may not operate a Reading Week, and you may be expected to attend teaching for those courses in Week 6).

During the Autumn and Winter Terms, students will also prepare dissertation/policy incubator/applied policy projects, depending on the programme regulations for your programme.  The timeline for these preparations will vary by programme, and you can expect to receive further information about the timeline for your programme during your programme inductions.  Rest assured that you will be provided with a series of milestones to help you to manage your time effectively.

Top tip! Some courses at LSE hold January exams. European Institute (EU-coded courses) do not hold January exams, but you may have other types of assessments due during that period.  If you are taking any courses from outside the European Institute, they may require January exams. Be sure to check with course materials before planning any travel in January.

Spring Term

The Spring Term is comprised of 7 weeks. There is no new teaching in the Spring Term – the first part of the term is given over to revision sessions, followed by examinations and other types of assessments. You are also expected to work on your dissertations/policy incubators/applied policy projects (as applicable) and to make use of your Supervisors in the Spring Term. 

You are expected to be present on campus for the full duration of the Spring Term.


After the Spring Term ends, you will be expected to continue to prepare your dissertation, policy incubator, or applied policy projects independently.  Although there is no formal name for the period between the end of the Spring Term and the official end date of your degree programme, as a 12-month MSc student, you will still be considered to be in term-time during this period.  Those who are studying on a visa should bear this in mind, as it can have implications for you if you plan to engage in paid or unpaid work while you are a student.  See the Visa Advice website for details:  https://info.lse.ac.uk/current-students/immigration-advice.

Those who are considering accommodation arrangements over the summer are not required to remain in London during this period, though you must always be contactable via your LSE email during your time as a student.  However, you should consider whether you will require Library access to write your dissertation, policy incubator or applied policy project as applicable during this time.  Whilst there is a wealth of information electronically available, some materials may only be offered in hard copy format.  Again, students who are studying in the UK on a visa should consult with the Student Advice and Engagement Team to confirm whether there will be implications for completing the dissertation/policy incubator/applied policy project outside of the UK. 

Please also be aware that your dissertation, policy incubator or applied policy project submission deadline is NOT the end date of your programme.  Although you may have submitted all of the requirements of your degree, you are still considered to be a student for the dates listed on your offer letter.

Know where to go for help

 The European Institute prides itself on being a true community. There are a number of places where you can go for advice and support during your studies:

Your Academic Mentor

You will be assigned an Academic Mentor during the Welcome week. This person will play an important role in your academic journey at LSE and will be your go-to person for any questions or concerns. You will have your first meeting with your mentor during Welcome week, which will be a group setting. This will give you an opportunity to get to know your mentor, ask questions about course choices, and settle into your new surroundings at the School. Despite the group setting of the initial meeting, your mentor will always be available for one-on-one conversations if you need to discuss anything further.

Your Academic Mentor will keep tabs on your academic progress and overall wellbeing during your time at LSE. They will provide guidance and support on various academic and personal topics that may arise. Your mentor will also share their experiences and help you become an active member of the LSE community. So, don't hesitate to reach out to them for any support you need.

You can learn more about the Academic Mentor/Mentee relationship on the My Academic Mentor website.

European Institute Programmes Team

Your EI Programmes Team is the first port of call for questions that may come up during your studies. We are:

  • Adam Judge - Deputy Institute Manager (Programme Delivery and Student Affairs)
  • Natalie Grace - Student Experience and Engagement Coordinator
  • Stephen Jenner - MSc Programmes Administrator (Service Delivery and Planning)
  • Wagio Waigi - MSc Programmes Assistant

Not sure which person in the team would be best able to assist with your query?  No problem!  We all share the same email address to make things easy. Reach all of us at ei@lse.ac.uk and the appropriate team member will get back to you as soon as possible.

Meeting academics (Advice and feedback hours)

All academics at LSE provide Advice and Feedback Hours (also known as office hours), which are designated times in which academic staff will be available to students to have conversations about well-being, offer feedback on a student's progress, answer specific questions about summative or formative assessments, and/or have an in-depth discussion about an academic area of interest.

Academic feedback hours are often used for a one-to-one chat but might also be used for a smaller tutorial style meeting between the academic and a small group of students.  Office hours are typically listed on an academic's Who's Who page, or posted on their office door. 

There are a number of key roles within the department whom you may need/want to speak with:

  • Your Academic Mentor
  • Your Programme Director: Programme Directors have oversight over a programme of study.  If you are unable to get in touch with your Academic Mentor for any reason, your Programme Director is your next port of call for advice and support. 
  • Course Convenor: Each course at LSE has a course leader, known as a course convenor, who has oversight of an individual course. Some course convenors do all of the teaching on a course, and others will oversee a group of lecturers and seminar class teachers. Look for the name and contact details for a course's convenor at the top of each course guide.
  • Lecturers/Seminar class teachers: Some courses will have one teacher for all lectures and seminars, while others will be taught by a group of academic staff. Seminar class teachers are your go-to contact for specific seminar questions.  They are also responsible for taking attendance and are your point of contact if you will need to miss a seminar.

Other sources of support at LSE

There are a wealth of support services available outside our department, including teams who can advise on Student Wellbeing Services, Financial Support, Fees office and more. Check out Support during your studies to learn more!

Get advice from a current student

Each year current students volunteer to act as a European Institute Student Ambassadors. Please reach out to our students as they are happy to answer any questions you may have about what it is like to study in the EI.  You can learn a bit more about an ambassador by visiting their LinkedIn page before reaching out.

MSc Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe

Mélusine Lebret: m.lebret@lse.ac.uk |   https://www.linkedin.com/in/m%C3%A9lusine-lebret/ | Home country: France | Languages: French, Italian, English 

Erell Mourouga: e.a.mourouga@lse.ac.uk | https://www.linkedin.com/in/erell-mourouga/  | Home country: France | Languages: English, French 

Alexandra Teisan: a.teisan@lse.ac.ukhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/teisan/ | Home country: United States of America | Languages: English, Khmer 

MSc European and International Public Policy

Soenke Jordan: s.jordan9@lse.ac.uk |   https://www.linkedin.com/in/soenkejordan/ |  Home country: United States of America, Germany | Languages: English, German 

Lukas Seibert: l.seibert@lse.ac.ukhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/seibert2000/ | Home country: Germany | Languages: English, German 

Maria Suciu: m.b.suciu@lse.ac.ukhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-suciu/ | Home country: Romania | Languages: Romanian, French, English, Spanish 

Alan Vo: a.d.vo@lse.ac.uk | Home country: United States of America | Languages: English, Spanish

MSc European and International Public Policy (LSE-Bocconi) 

Ludovico Campagnolo: l.campagnolo@lse.ac.uk |   https://www.linkedin.com/in/ludovico-campagnolo-5a6834244/ | Home country: Italy | Languages: Italian, English, French 

Lorenzo Di-Nardo: l.di-nardo@lse.ac.ukhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/lorenzo-di-nardo-00ldn | Home country: Italy | Languages: Italian, English, Chinese, Spanish 

Sara Marchi: s.marchi@lse.ac.uk https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-marchi-a35250184/ | Home country: Italy | Languages: Italian, English, French 

MSc Global Political Economy of China and Europe (LSE-Fudan)

Lola Peïs: l.s.peis@lse.ac.ukhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/lola-pe%C3%AFs-480947193 | Home country: France | Languages: French, English 

Bianca Volmich: b.volmich@lse.ac.ukhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/bianca-volmich-a459411a1/ | Home country: Luxembourg | Languages: German, Japanese, English, French

Yining Yang: y.yang178@lse.ac.ukhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/%E5%BF%86%E5%AE%81-%E6%9D%A8-628a071aa/ | Home country: China | Languages: Chinese, English 

Xuan Zhan: x.zhan6@lse.ac.uk https://www.linkedin.com/in/zhanxuan/ | Home country: China | Languages: Mandarin Chinese, English 

MSc International Migration and Public Policy

Mubarik Abdi: m.e.abdi@lse.ac.uk | Home country: Republic of Somaliland | Languages: English, Somali

Saqib Ali Khan: s.khan69@lse.ac.ukhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/saqibalkhan/ | Home country: India | Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu 

Asuka Goto: a.goto1@lse.ac.uk http://www.linkedin.com/in/asuka-goto | Home country: Japan | Languages: English, Japanese 

Lavinia Pilosu: l.pilosu@lse.ac.uk | http://www.linkedin.com/in/lavpil | Home country: Italy | Languages: Italian, English 

MSc Political Economy of Europe

Daniel Calero Torres: d.e.calero-torres@lse.ac.uk | https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-calero | Home country: Ecuador | Languages: Spanish, English

Peter Chen: d.chen26@lse.ac.uk | Home country: China | Languages: English, German, Chinese 

Morgane Foret: f.morgane@lse.ac.ukhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/morgane-foret-brayer/ | Home country: France | Languages: French, English 

Nikray Izadi: n.izadi@lse.ac.uk https://uk.linkedin.com/in/nikray-izadi-0647a521a | Home country: Iran | Languages: English, Persian/Farsi, Chinese 

Justin Krome: j.l.krome@lse.ac.ukhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-krome-8262ab160/ | Home country: Germany | Languages: German, English 

Olga Triay Bagur: o.triay-bagur@lse.ac.uk |   https://www.linkedin.com/in/olgatriaybagur/ | Home country: Spain | Languages: English, Spanish, Catalan 


MSc Political Economy of Europe (LSE-Sciences Po) 

Anna Kenn: a.a.kenn@lse.ac.ukhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/annakenn/ | Home country: Germany | Languages: German, French, English 

Get involved

The European Institute is a brilliant place to study and socialise. From the moment you accept your offer, you are part of the EI community of staff, students, and alumni, and there are plenty of ways for you to get involved:

Student Voice

The student voice plays a central role in shaping your experience with us at the European Institute and helps us to make positive change for future cohorts too! Throughout your time studying with us, you’ll have opportunities to provide feedback through surveys and focus groups. One of the primary ways that we respond to your student voice is the Staff/Student Liaison Committees (SSLC). The SSLC is attended by MSc Student Academic Representatives from each programme who feedback on what’s going well and what can be improved. Student Academic Representatives receive training from the Students’ Union and develop valuable communication and negotiation skills, so it’s a great addition to your CV! More information about volunteering as a Student Academic Representative will be shared with you prior to Welcome. If there are multiple applications, we will hold elections at the beginning of Autumn Term.  

Student Engagement Programme

Our Student Engagement Programme offers a dynamic range of social and educational activities. From walking tours to familiarise yourself with London, to professional skills workshops, to end-of-term drinks receptions, there are numerous opportunities for you to engage with the European Institute community. A major highlight of our year is the European Institute Student Conference at Cumberland Lodge, a sixteenth-century manor house in Windsor Great Park. The conference is open to around 80 students. We will be going to Cumberland Lodge from 31 January – 2 February 2024, so save the dates! Please note that there are additional costs associated with this event. We will share more information during Welcome.

Find out more on our Student Engagement Programme page.


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Get ready to study

Join Offer Holders’ Events

The European Institute will hold dedicated online Offer Holder Information sessions where you can come and meet staff and ask us questions.

These online sessions will introduce you to the department, your programme, some of the services available on campus, and your future teachers. You will also hear about the fantastic extra-curricular activities that we organise.

These sessions will be recorded. If you would like to submit a question in advance, you can do so by filling out this form.  

All times listed below are British Summer Time (BST). 

Introduction to your MSc Programme

An overview of your chosen MSc Programme including key themes, learning objectives, and teaching methods. The session will be led by your MSc Programme Director and offers you the chance to ask questions relating to your academic journey with us.   

Looking Ahead: Careers, Alumni Engagement, and Professional Development at the European Institute

Wondering where a degree from LSE could take you? This session will present the careers support available to European Institute students, highlight the opportunities to network with and learn from our alumni, and introduce you to our bespoke professional skills workshops. 

Student Experience: Meet the Students! 

Hear from the experts on life as a European Institute student – the current students themselves! In this session, students from across our MSc programmes will offer their top tips on making the most of your time at LSE and reflect on their experiences.   

Read your MSc programme regulations

This section will be updated once your MSc programme regulations are published mid-August.

Read the EI MSc Handbook, the EI Moodle programmes information page, and academic and School regulations

The European Institute MSc Handbook is your guide to the department and contains key information about School processes and how things generally work at LSE.

  • The European Institute MSc Handbook (Published mid-August)

Please take some time to familiarise yourself with the contents of the MSc Programmes Information Moodle page (LSE IT account required). Here you will find important information related to your studies, academic work, sources of support and other essential resources.

You should also ensure that you are familiar with School and Academic Regulations on the main LSE Calendar page. Please pay particular attention to the rules surrounding plagiarism as they may differ from those of your previous place of study. You can find them here.

Selecting your courses

Here is some information to help you to start thinking about course choice. 

Don't be overwhelmed by the amount of information provided here!  Rest assured that we will discuss course selection procedures in detail before and during Welcome, with lots of opportunities for questions at that time.

What courses am I permitted to take? 

Every MSc programme at LSE has a set of Programme Regulations, which outline the courses that you are permitted to take. Some courses will be compulsory for your programme, or you may be permitted to choose from a list of required or suggested options. Unless your regulations specifically state that you are able to take a course from outside the regulations with permission, then you are expected to only choose courses listed in your Programme Regulations. 

Your MSc Programme Regulations

The below links to your MSc programme’s regulations will go live when they are published in mid-August.

  • MSc Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe
  • MSc European and International Public Policy
  • MSc International Migration and Public Policy
  • MSc Political Economy of Europe
  • LSE-Bocconi Double Degree in the European and International Public Policy & Politics
  • LSE-Fudan Double Degree in the Global Political Economy of China and Europe
  • LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in European Studies

Note: Places on courses are limited and all are offered subject to availability. 

Where can I find details about course content and format? 

Course guides provide descriptions of every individual course at the School, including information about content, teaching methods, types of assessment, and more. Visit your regulations at the link above and then click on course codes to view each course guide. 

The method of teaching and types of assessment for LSE courses vary.  Some courses will operate a combination of online lectures, in-person and/or online seminars and workshops, or include online real-time discussions. Each course guide will clarify what to expect.

In addition to course guides, the European Institute will offer Course Options taster videos in the run-up to Welcome. In the videos, course convenors for EU-coded courses will give a short presentation about their courses. 

What is the difference between a half unit and a full unit course?

A half unit course typically runs for just one term - either the Autumn (first term) or Winter term (second term) and typically comprises around 20-27 hours of teaching (lecture/seminar) over ten weeks. A full unit course, on the other hand, usually runs for both the Autumn and Winter term and typically comprises 40 hours of teaching (lecture/seminar) over 20 weeks. The course guide for each course will indicate the number of units for each course.

Who can give me advice on which courses to choose?

Rest assured that the department will be running a number of course selection sessions before and after you arrive for Welcome to answer questions about the process. You will also be assigned to an Academic Mentor during Welcome, who will discuss your course selection options with you. See the Academic Mentor section to learn more about your relationship with your mentor. Your Academic Mentor is responsible for approving your course choices to ensure you meet all of the requirements to graduate.

If you have questions about course selection and how it relates to your future career goals, you could also consider speaking to LSE Careers for advice. 

Where/when do courses take place?

A provisional timetable will become available online in late August 2023 on the LSE Timetables website. Unfortunately, timetables are decided at a School level, and the European Institute does not have access to the timetable until it is formally released.  Although courses are typically scheduled Monday-Friday, some courses may be offered on weekends in some exceptional circumstances.  The number of hours/minutes and days of the week that lectures and seminars will run will vary from course to course. 

It is important that you take the time to review the Timetable before selecting your courses to ensure that you do not select courses with a timetable clash (courses scheduled at the same time), as this is not permitted.  Although the system will allow you to sign up for clashing courses, you will be contacted by the EI Programmes Team and asked to make a different course selection.  It is better to check the Timetable before choosing your courses to avoid disappointment.

You may consider using Course Finder to build a shortlist of courses and compare the Lecture Timetables for that shortlist. Course Finder will become available in September 2023. However, please note that Course Finder can only be accessed once you have activated your LSE IT Account closer to the start of term. It is also important to note that selecting a course in course finder does NOT formally register you on the course. Formal enrolment on a course can only be done via LSE for You (see below).

Where do I apply for courses? 

You will select for your courses online via LSE for You. You do NOT need to be on campus when you select your courses. You can sign up for your courses anywhere with internet access that will allow you to log into LSE for You.

When do I apply for courses? 

Course selection typically takes place during the main Welcome week and closes at the start of Autumn Term Week 2. The exact dates and deadlines will be published on the Course Selection website over the summer. 

How do I apply to take a course? 

Some courses at LSE will allow anyone to sign up to take the course while space is available. Others courses are known as "controlled access courses" which means that space is limited and priority may be given to students from particular programmes or departments before others are offered any remaining spaces on the course. 

You will apply to controlled access courses of interest in LSE for You with a written supporting statement of no more than 200 words which succinctly address your reasons for wishing to take the course and how it fits with your overall research interests. Statements are reviewed by course convenors who decide who will receive an offer to join a course. Although we are unable to guarantee availability on any courses, European Institute students do have priority access to EU-coded courses.

Once course convenors have made an offer, you will see the offer in LSE for You. You have 48 hours to accept your offer in LSE for You before it is automatically withdrawn. 

Please note that the online system will only permit you to request up to four units of courses. When course selection opens, we recommend that you sign up to take the courses which you are most interested in first. If you are unable to obtain a spot on a course of choice, then you should have a few backup options in mind to ensure that you are able to sign up for courses that will meet your programme regulation requirements.

Do I need to sign up to take compulsory courses?

Yes, you MUST register for compulsory courses in LSE for You, (for example, dissertations, policy incubators, or applied policy projects). The system does not do this automatically for you. 

Can I take more courses in one term than another? 

We strongly recommend that you plan to take a balanced course load across terms.  The academic year is a very busy one, and students who balance their course choices evenly find it easier to manage their time. If you do want to take more courses in one term than another, then you must discuss this with your Academic Mentor. Your Academic Mentor has final approval of your course selection. 

Can I take more than 4.0 units of courses?

No. However, it may be possible for you to audit courses of interest.  Auditing is when you follow the recorded lectures and online materials of a course on Moodle, with the permission of the lecturer. Do note that you are not formally enrolled on the course when you are auditing. This means that you are not permitted to attend seminars or to take the assessment of course, and details about this course will not appear on your final transcript. You do not need to request to audit a course via the course selection system. Instead, you should email the course convenor directly to ask for permission to audit their course.

I've accepted an offer on a course!  How do I sign up for a seminar group?

Each course may operate a different system for seminar sign up.  Here are some top tips: 

  • Some courses will assign you to a group, whereas others will allow you to select a group while there is space available.
  • Some courses will immediately allow you to sign up for a seminar group, and others will have a set date/time when seminar group sign-up takes place.
  • Most EU-coded courses will allow you to choose your own seminar group where space permits.  You will do this via the Seminar Sign Up option in LSE for You. 
  • Seminar groups are typically limited to 15 students. Students will be unable to select a particular seminar group once it reaches capacity. Where this happens, please select another seminar group.
  • In some cases, it may be necessary for us to ask students to change groups to assist other students with clashes. 

What if I want to make changes to my Winter Term courses later in the year?

The Graduate Course selection module reopens in January should you wish to revise your Winter Term options only. However, it is not possible to drop an Autumn Term course after the Autumn Term course selection deadline.

I'm a part-time student - what courses should I select for this year?

You should only select the courses that you will be studying for in this academic year. You will be able to register for your second-year courses in the next academic year. Part-time students are required to take the dissertation in their second year of study.  You are strongly encouraged to work closely with your Academic Mentor to split your teaching load equally across the two years of your study.

When can I start accessing online course materials?

You will automatically be given access to the relevant Moodle pages for your courses a few hours after you accept an offer of a place on a course. 

Where can I find more useful information about course choice?

Here are some links that you may find useful:

Watch our handy bitesize information videos

We will start to post videos in mid-August.

Access optional online pre-sessional courses

Top tip! You must pre-enrol and create an LSE IT Account to access pre-sessional courses. Pre-enrolment will take place in late August 2023.

The European Institute offers two online pre-sessional optional courses that you may find useful.  LSE LIFE also offers a third course to help you get up to speed.  See below for details.

Basic Economic Concepts for European Political Economy (EU409)

EU409 is a non-assessed, optional pre-sessional course targeted towards MSc Political Economy of Europe and Double Degree in Global Political Economy of China and Europe students. It is particularly aimed at those who may not have a strong economics background, or those who feel that they would benefit from a refresher.  (Note:  students on other European Institute programmes with an interest in an economics refresher are also more than welcome to access the information as well.)

The course is self-led and you will not be assessed. All material is offered online and designed for you to go through at your own pace.

Access to this course will become available from August 2023. 

Concepts in Political Science and Public Policy (EU4V9)

EU4V9 is an optional, non-assessed pre-sessional course for MSc European and International Public Policy students. This course is also available to students from other European Institute programs who have an interest in the material covered. The course provides a relaxed introduction to the basics of political science, public policy, and related fields through a range of resources such as introductory readings, background texts, news websites, academic journals, and media sources such as podcasts. The course also provides material to help students familiarize themselves with research design and basic methodologies in political science and public policy.

The primary goal of the course is twofold. Firstly, to offer basic conceptual knowledge to MSc European and International Public Policy students who would like a refresher before the start of their program or would like to learn more about politics and policymaking in a European context. Secondly, to provide a resource that students can return to throughout the year at LSE to revise concepts or access data sources, such as when working on their dissertation or the policy incubator project.

The course is self-paced and can be accessed online at any time. All materials are available online and designed for students to work through at their own pace, without the pressure of assessments. Whether you are looking to gain a deeper understanding of the subject or simply brush up on your knowledge, EU4V9 is an excellent resource to get started.

Access to this course will become available from August 2023. 

Prepare to learn at LSE (postgraduates)

LSE LIFE has put together this self-study pre-arrival course to help you prepare for your learning journey. The course will cover several sections: the key study skills you'll need to hit the ground running; the digital tools you'll be using; your goals and aspirations, your identity as a scholar and as a member of the LSE community; and where you might want to go in the future. You can work through these sections at your own pace and should dedicate whatever time you feel would be most helpful for you.

Access to this course will become available from August 2023.


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MSc programme pre-arrival information

MSc programme pre-arrival information will be published in mid-August 2023.

Welcome Schedule

The EI Welcome Schedule will be published in late August 2023.

Academic mentor meetings

During Welcome you are required to attend a meeting with your Academic Mentor. You will receive your academic mentor’s name and the time, date, and location of your first meeting with them on Friday 15 September 2023. Please refer to the Pre-arrival information & Welcome Schedule section for more details.

Session recordings for late arrivals

Links will be provided following each Welcome session.

Register with an NHS doctor

As soon as you arrive in London, you should register with a GP. Do not wait until you are unwell. You can find your nearest GP by using the GP finder on the NHS website. You may be asked to provide proof that you are a student when registering with a GP. Once you’re are fully enrolled you can generate a certificate of enrolment from the Student Services Centre. Click here for more information about registering with a doctor and accessing health services in the UK.


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Additional Information


Information for LSE-Fudan Double Degree students

The information below is relevant to students on the LSE-Fudan Double Degree in the Global Political Economy of China and Europe and is intended to give some information about what to expect in the 2nd year of your programme. A special introductory session with Fudan University will be held early in the Autumn Term, with opportunities to ask for further information about the details provided.

What are the term dates at Fudan University?

Fudan academic year is divided into two semesters, fall and spring semester. The fall semester typically begins in late August or early September and ends in January. The spring semester typically begins in the middle of February and ends in late June. They fall on different dates each year. The academic calendar will be available in the Spring semester before you come to Shanghai.

What steps do I need to take before I go to China?

Fudan University requires you to complete an application before you begin the 2nd year of your studies.  The application period is typically, during April. Fudan will provide students with application instructions in March.

Could my application be refused?

No, but you have to meet the LSE’s minimum progression requirement.

Are there scholarships available for my year in Fudan?

International students have opportunities to apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship that is offered by China Scholarship Council (CSC) for their second-year studies in China.

When can I apply for CSC scholarship?
You need to apply between early January and early April. Please consult the dispatching authorities for the specific deadline of each year.

Where can I get relevant information? 
You can check the official website of CSC or consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

How to submit my application?
You need to prepare application material as required and submit your application to the dispatching authorities in your home country (e.g., Chinese Embassy, Chinese Consulate).

Please note that students in this double degree programme are not eligible for the CSC scholarship program of "Chinese University's Independent Enrolment Program."

What is the procedure for a visa?

You can apply for the student visa to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your home country with supporting documents including Fudan Admission Notice, Visa Application Form (JW202 Form), your valid passport, and Physical Examination Report. More details will be available when you receive the admission package. Typically, the admission package will be sent to accepted applicants by courier in June or July.

How is teaching delivered at Fudan University?

Usually, teaching is delivered in the classroom in the traditional way. Please note that teaching may be moved online due to conditions like the COVID-19 Pandemic.

What courses will I take and how will I choose them?

Please visit this PDF document for coursework and credit requirements.

When will I receive a timetable?

Typically, the timetable will be available at the end of spring semester. Before that, you will receive a rough one during the orientation session at the beginning of your first year at LSE.

Where can I get more information about accommodation?

You can check the International Students Office of Fudan University website for information on accommodation: https://iso.fudan.edu.cn/isoenglish/

Or contact the International Students Office of Fudan University:

Email: isoadmission@fudan.edu.cn

Telephone number: +86-21-65642258

What should I be doing to prepare to study at Fudan?

  1. Develop a thesis topic before you arrive.  During the first year at LSE, you are expected to attend EU470 "How do we know? An introduction to research design and methods in political economy" to assist in preparing your thesis topic.
  2. Contact your desired supervisor and discuss the topic of your thesis.
  3. Any essential reading? Each course will have different requirements and reading materials and they will be given in each course’s syllabus.

Will I be assigned an academic mentor during my year at Fudan University?

No, the program will not assign academic mentor to students. However, your thesis supervisor will guide you throughout the process of your thesis writing. You can also seek academic advice from your program director.

When can I expect to receive more information about my year at Fudan University?

Fudan will organize an orientation session at the beginning of your first year at LSE (on site or remotely). General information on your year at Fudan will be available during the meeting, and there will be opportunities for students to ask questions about the information provided here. Fudan will also be in touch with you whenever there is any update to the information provided.

Additional Information for LSE-Bocconi Double Degree students

Writing your dissertation

Students taking the LSE-Bocconi Double Degree in European and International Public Policy and Politics are expected to meet the dissertation criteria for each individual academic institution. You will therefore have to submit your dissertation twice. Once at the LSE in mid-August and slightly later in the year at Bocconi.

It’s important that you understand what is required, and when, by each institution. Bocconi will provide you with guidance on writing your dissertation, and the requirements for submitting at Bocconi.

At LSE, the EU499 Dissertation Moodle page is your go to resource for information about the LSE dissertation (please note an LSE IT account is required to access Moodle). You be assigned an academic mentor in the Winter Term who you are expected to speak with throughout your project’s development until the last day of supervision at the end of the Spring Term. Please note that your LSE supervisor will only be able to guide you on meeting the LSE Dissertation requirements. You will need to independently find a supervisor willing to sponsor your project at Bocconi.

We recommend that you read all of the information available from both institutions before starting your project. You should think strategically and ensure that you are not creating more work for yourself by pursuing research that may not be accepted by one institution or the other. This is by no means an easy task, but you will not be left alone You will be assigned an Academic Mentor at the start of your second year at LSE. Your Academic Mentor will help guide you in developing your project to ensure that your research design is appropriate and that your project is viable. Our advice is start early and maintain dialogue with all parties regularly.

Your MSc Programme Regulations

We’ll provide guidance on how to interpret your MSc programme regulations in the summer so please hold off from asking questions about which courses you can take for the time being as there will be plenty of opportunities as we approach the course choice window opening in late September.

Your MSc programme regulations for the coming academic year can be found here:

MSc European and International Public Policy and Politics (LSE-Bocconi)

Additional information for LSE-Science Po Double Degree students

Choosing your degree stream

Incoming LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree students will need to indicate which ‘degree stream’ you would like to pursue during your second year of studies at LSE. You are eligible to choose one MSc programme from the following:

MSc Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe (LSE-Science Po)

MSc European and International Public Policy (LSE-Science Po)

MSc International Migration and Public Policy (LSE-Science Po)

MSc Political Economy of Europe (LSE-Science Po)

To help you make your choice, read through the information on the MSc programme guides via the above links. You can also review the MSc programme regulations for each of the degree streams here. Finally, you can access the degree presentation recordings from our Double Degree Day that took place in early March 2023 here.

Our colleagues at Sciences Po will be reaching out to you about which of the above streams you would like to follow in April.

Review the EI's programme transfer policy

Please be aware that the European Institute does not accept programme transfer requests.  If you would like to join a programme of study other than the programme that you have received an offer for, you will need to apply for the new programme.  Do not fill in a new application.  Instead, contact Graduate Admissions and review the information on the How Do I webpage for guidance and next steps.  Admission onto another programme of study is not guaranteed.  Be sure to check the availability of that programme before applying.

Review the EI’s internship policy

The European Institute does not normally approve of student requests to take internships during term time. We want our students to fully benefit from the outstanding teaching and learning environment at the LSE and take full advantage of the resources and facilities on offer during their studies. Our MSc programmes are demanding, and our expectation is that all students spend their time during the term learning in order to best contribute towards the vibrant discussions that take place in classrooms and preparing for and writing the rigorous assessments students face throughout the academic year. In rare instances exceptions can be made. If you would like to take an internship during term time at LSE, please speak with the Head of the European Institute before applying to avoid disappointment.