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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 info below offers details to help you prepare for your arrival.  Bookmark this page and check back often, as further info will be added over time.  

Please note: This info is subject to change due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. Further updates will be shared closer to the start of the academic year. 

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Welcome to the European Institute 2021

Msc Programme Pre-Arrival Information and Welcome Schedule

MSc Handbook, programmes information and academic and School regulations for all MSc students

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.

Please take some time to familiarise yourself with the contents of the MSc Programmes Information Moodle page. 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.

Academic Mentor Meetings

During Welcome you are required to attend a meeting with your Academic Mentor. We will email you your Academic Mentor’s name at the start of Welcome. Once you have been assigned your mentor, please check the below schedule for the time, date and location of their session. If you are in London and not under any national Coronavirus restrictions, you are expected to attend the on-campus session.

How to choose your courses

Please ensure that you watch all four videos in the ‘How to choose your courses’ series here at least once.

If you have any questions about course selection and the course selection process, please join us at one of the Course Selection Q&A sessions listed below. Course Selection Q&A sessions are not compulsory, there is no set agenda and we will only cover questions that students bring to the session.

Sessions 1-3 will be recorded and made available here within 48 hours of each session.

Course Selection Question and Answer Sessions

Course choice question and answer sessions will take place on the following dates and times:

Course Selection Videos

You can find introductory videos to most EU-coded courses in your regulations here. Please note this playlist only hosts videos relating to EU-coded courses which are run by the European Institute.

To access videos of courses hosted by other departments, please navigate to the relevant department’s Course Selection Videos webpages hosted here, or contact the relevant department directly here.

Most videos should be available from mid-September. Outstanding questions about individual EU-coded courses should be directed to the Course Convener. You can find their contact details here.

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Your next steps

Review LSE's teaching and learning plans for 2021/2022

For up to date information and details about how LSE is planning for a range of scenarios, visit the Graduate News page.  

For additional information, please see the newsletter sent on 9 September 2021 outlining LSE's COVID-secure measures from 20 September here.

Accept your offer and complete the Financial Undertaking Form (FUF)

How to accept your offer

You should accept or decline your offer to study with us online via your LSE for You account. We must receive the form 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 registration
  • Complete the Financial Undertaking Form

Deadline

The School requests that you submit the form within six weeks of receiving your offer.  If you are not yet sure if you will be in a position to accept or decline your offer, we would rather that you wait until you are certain that you will be joining us before accepting your offer.  Please rest assured that you will not lose your offer to study with us if you do not respond within six weeks. However, please do return the form as soon as you can to enable us to plan for the coming year, and to make the registration process easier for you when you arrive. You may receive emails reminding you that the form has not been submitted; these are sent automatically. Once the form is processed, you will see your status updated online.

Plan your arrival date

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. 

When and where to go

Compulsory Welcome events begin from Monday 20 September.  Plan to arrive at least the day before, as there will be a number of sessions planned throughout the week that you must attend.  The Welcome timetable will be published here over the summer with further details.      

Registration and Campus enrolment

Registration and campus enrolment are compulsory steps you must complete before you can receive your student ID card and begin attending classes.  Be sure you know what documents are required before you attend these sessions.  Dates and details will be published over the summer.

Provide Graduate Admissions with 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 oustanding documents before they will allow you to register 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!

  • Due to COVID-19, some of the information provided below may have changed.  Visit LSE Graduate Admissions News regularly for updates. 
  • Where possible, don't 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 register, and so it is a good idea 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, and so 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 likely 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.  Due to COVID-19, you can also find general advice about sending documents to Graduate Admissions on the Admissions news page

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

Due date for submitting documents

Although there isn't a set deadline for submitting your documents, the Graduate Admissions team will not allow you to register and attend teaching until you have submitted all pending documents.  Where possible, we strongly urge you to submit all pending documents as soon as possible and ideally by 1 September, to give Graduate Admissions enough time to process them before you arrive for Welcome.  If you can't meet the 1 September deadline, then just submit documents as soon as possible.

Some students ask if they can wait and submit their documents once they have arrived for Registration.  We do not recommend this - if the format of the documentation does not meet the Admission team's requirements, you may find that you are unable to register.  Submitting documents before you arrive will give you peace of mind of knowing that you can register during Welcome and begin attending your teaching on time. 

I sent my documents, but they haven't been processed yet.

Check the status of any documents you have submitted in LSE for You.  Next, check the current processing times for Graduate Admissions online.  If the processing time has passed, you may consider contacting 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.  Your EI Professional Services team is unable to give further advice as to when you will receive a response to your query.

Questions about documents

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

Offer Holders' Week Recordings

We thoroughly enjoyed Offer Holders’ Week and it was fantastic to meet so many of you!

If you couldn’t attend, or if you’d like to revisit one of the sessions, click here to access a playlist with recordings of all sessions.

If you want to hear more, there are a number of ‘Destination LSE’ sessions running over the Summer. Click here for more information.

Read important info

We strongly recommend two pieces of essential reading for offer holders

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

  • accommodation
  • financial support
  • visa advice
  • paying your fees
  • and much more!

Top tip!  Don't miss the handy checklists in the offer pack!

2) The LSE Welcome Guide offers 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 the Accommodation team directly. (Your EI Professional Services team is unable to advise on accommodation queries).

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 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 EI 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.   

Apply for a visa

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

All visa queries should be directed to LSE's International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT).  (The European Institute is not legally permitted to give you advice on obtaining a visa to study with us. ) 

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, you should contact Graduate Admissions and review the information on the How Do I webpage for guidance and next steps.  Admissions onto another programme of study is not guaranteed.  Be sure to check the availability of that programme before applying.

 

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Get ready to study

 The Academic Year

 The Academic Year at LSE is separated into three terms: Michaelmas Term in the autumn, Lent Term in the winter/spring, and the Summer Term.  You can find term dates online.

Welcome

The year begins with your compulsory Welcome week, sometimes referred to as Michaelmas Term Week 0, which begins on Monday 20 September.  All students are expected to attend all Welcome activities. 

Michaelmas and Lent Terms

Michaelmas term then officially begins on Monday 27 September 2020.  This is known as Michaelmas Term Week 1 (sometimes abbreviated MT W1). Michaelmas and Lent terms are comprised of 11 weeks each and each week is numbered. 

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

If your degree programme requires you to write a dissertation or to participate in a policy incubator, your preparations will also begin in Michaelmas and Lent Terms.

The majority of European Institute courses (EU-coded) hold a Reading Week in Week 6 of both Michaelmas and Lent 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 Michaelmas and Lent Terms, students will also prepare dissertation topics or policy incubator 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 induction.  Rest assured that you will be provided with a series of milestones to help you to manage your time effectively throughout the preparations for your dissertation or policy incubator.

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.

Summer Term

The Summer Term is comprised of 7 weeks. There is no new teaching in the Summer Term – the first part of the term is given over to revision sessions, followed by examinations and other types of assessments.

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

Students who will be preparing a dissertation will also have opportunities to make use of your Dissertation Supervisor during this period (if applicable).  

After the Summer Term

After the Summer Term ends, you will be expected to continue to prepare your dissertation or policy incubator projects independently.  Although there is no formal name for the period between the end of the Summer 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 International Student Visa Advice Team's 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 or to prepare your policy incubator projects 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 ISVAT team to confirm whether there will be implications for completing the dissertation or policy incubator outside of the UK.  

Please also be aware that your dissertation or policy incubator 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 certificate.

Selecting courses - Updated 31 August 2021!

Important Updates!  

1) All European Institute students are strongly encouraged to watch the European Institute's Course Selection Video series to learn more about how and when to select courses, which courses are available within your programme regulations - and more!

2) Want to learn more about individual courses of interest?  Course convenors have been recording short course selection videos to tell you more about their courses.  Don't worry if a course of interest isn't listed.  We will be adding more videos on a rolling basis as they are recorded.  Check back for additional videos in due course. 

Note:  You must pre-enrol and set up your LSE IT account in order to access the video information.    

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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 choice procedures in detail 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. 

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

You may consider using Course Finder when deciding which courses you would like to select.  Course Finder is a tool that allows you to browse courses by unit value, keyword, department and assessment type.  You can build a shortlist of courses and compare the Lecture Timetables for that shorlist.  Course Finder will become available in September 2021.

Where can I find details about course content and format? 

Course guides provide descriptions of every individual course at the School, including info 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 Presentation videos during 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 Michaelmas (first term) or Lent 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 Michaelmas and Lent 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 choice 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 choice 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 choice 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 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 Admin 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 shorlist.  Course Finder will become available in September 2021.  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 register 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 choice takes place during the main Welcome week.  

From 10am on Monday, 13 September 2021, you will be able to browse (but not select) courses in LSE for You.  Essentially, this is just an opportunity for you to play around and get to know the online system.  Any changes made in the system at this stage will not be saved.

Course selection for postgraduate students will open in LSE for You at 10am on Monday, 20 September 2021.  Course selection closes at 5pm on Monday, 4 October 2021.  

For European Institute courses, the first deadline to apply for your courses is 10am on Wednesday, 22 September.  Course convenors will review applications for their courses and make initial offers to study on their courses by 10am on Thursday 23 September.  Please note that other departments may operate different procedures and timelines.  You can learn more on the Controlled Access webpage.

In January, course choice will reopen to allow you to make changes to Lent Term half units only from 10am on Monday, 18 January 2021 until 5pm on Friday, 29 January 2021.

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 choice 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 choice 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.  However, 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 choice 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 Lent Term courses later in the year?

The Graduate Course Choice module reopens in January should you wish to revise your Lent Term options only. However, it is not possible to drop a Michaelmas Term course after the Michaelmas Term course choice deadline.

I'm a part-time student - what should I register 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 info about course choice?

Here are some links that you may find useful:


 Suspended and withdrawn courses

 For a number of reasons, some courses at LSE are not available each year. We have listed some of the courses that EI students have taken in the past below for ease of reference.  This is not a full list.  

The following courses are suspended and will not be available in the 2021/2022 academic year*: 

  • EU425 (Interest Representation and Economic Policy-Making in Europe

  • EU439 (Political and Fiscal Integration and Disintegration in EU Member States)

  • EU449 (Emerging Markets, Political Transition and Economic Development in Central and Eastern Europe)

  • GV4A2 Citizens' Political Behaviour in Europe: Elections Public Opinion and Identities

  • GV450 European Politics: Comparative Analysis

  • IR465 The International Politics of Culture and Religion

  • IR481 Europe, the US and Arab-Israeli Relations

  • LL4BH Law and Government of the European Union

  • LL4Z5 EU State Aid Law

The following courses will be withdrawn from 2021/2022 and will no longer be available:

To be updated

Top Tip!: For some suspended or withdrawn courses there may be an alternative course with similar topics/themes. Speak with your Academic Mentor during Welcome to discuss possible options. 

*This list is updated regularly and subject to change.

Get involved

The EI is a great place to study and socialise. You will learn more about the many ways to get involved with the EI community during your Welcome induction, including:

The European Institute Offer Holders Facebook Group

Joining the EI Offer Holders Facebook Group is a great way to network with your fellow classmates before and after you arrive on campus for your studies.  

Student Representatives

Acting as a student representative is a great way to network with classmates and academics in the department. Each European Institute MSc programme has student representatives who speak on behalf of their classmates at termly Staff-Student Liaison Committee (SSLC) meetings. Meetings take place once in the Michaelmas Term, Lent Term and Summer Term.  SSLCs are one of the most important meetings at LSE. Their purpose is to create a formal forum for students to discuss their experience, both in and outside of the classroom, with LSE staff. Student representatives are expected to canvas their fellow students to identify issues they may be having at LSE, on their programmes, course or using facilities within the School. As an SSLC Rep you will be responsible for bringing these views to the European Institute.  We like to hear what we are getting right as well as have challenging conversations about areas we can improve. One Student Representative will also volunteer to represent all EI students at our Departmental Teaching Committee meetings. Another representative will attend the School-wide Taught Students Graduate Forum, which all SSLCs across the School feed into.

Student Reps gain a number of key skills from being an SSLC Rep, including committee membership, gathering and collating feedback, identifying key concerns, representing other people, negotiating, seeking student-focused solutions, and communicating with groups of people in different contexts. The Student Union organises a training scheme for reps so it also looks great on your CV!

You will be invited to express your interest in this role just before you arrive for Welcome. In cases where a large number of students would like to act as a representative, an election will be held. Each European Institute MSc programme has the following number of Representatives:

MSc Political Economy of Europe (includes Sciences Po double degree students): 2 Reps.
MSc Culture & Conflict in a Global Europe (includes Sciences Po double degree students): 2 Reps.
MSc European & International Public Policy (includes Sciences Po double degree students): 2 Reps.
MSc Global Political Economy of China and Europe: 1 Rep.
LSE-Bocconi Double Degree in European and International Public Policy and Politics:  1 Rep.

EI Student Engagement Programme

The European Institute has one of the most active and extensive Student Engagement Programmes in the whole of LSE. We offer a number of social and educational events throughout the academic year, including during Welcome and in Michaelmas and Lent Terms. These give you an opportunity to engage with academics and students in other programmes and include: visits to various institutions for lectures and workshops, educational walking tours of London, online alumni networking events and more! You will be given more information about the EI’s student engagement programme during your Welcome induction.

EI Student Conference at Cumberland Lodge

In February, the European Institute arranges a 3-day residential conference trip to a beautiful former royal residence in Windsor Great Park, known as Cumberland Lodge. The conference features workshops, guest speakers, discussion panels, breakout discussion sessions and lots of opportunities to network with academic staff and classmates. Students also have free time to explore the park and nearby Windsor. Please note that there are associated fees to attend the conference. 

Please note:  While the department will make every effort to attend Cumberland Lodge in 2021/2022, this will depend on goverment advice on social distancing at the time.  More details will be provided during Michaelmas Term as they are known.

European Internships Fair

During Lent term, you will have the opportunity to attend our European Internships Fair in Brussels. The Fair is an opportunity to find out more about specific internship and graduate opportunities in EU institutions, as well as public affairs consultancies, think-tanks, and professional services firms that make up the EU ecosystem. You will also have the opportunity to network with LSE alumni working in Europe.

Please note:  While LSE will make every effort to arrange for an in-person European Internships Fair in 2021/2022, there is a strong possibility that this event may be scheduled online due to safety concerns.  More details will be provided during Michaelmas Term as they are known

Feedback sessions

You will be invited to take part in surveys and focus groups during your time with us. These aim to give students a voice in the running of the EI and the LSE in general. Your engagement is crucial to ensuring that we are able to provide you with the best experience while you are studying with the European Institute.

89 Initiative

The 89 Initiative is an organisation of postgraduate European Institute students and alumni who are committed to mobilising young Europeans to engage with the European project. Their aim is to re-position debates about the EU to the local and transnational level, and to inform thinking and government activisim across the continent. Learn more: 89 Initiative

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

European Institute students are assigned an Academic Mentor during Welcome Week. You will be given a timeslot during Welcome for your first meeting with your mentor to get to know one another, to talk about any questions you may have about course choice, and to help you to find your feet at LSE.  This first meeting will likely be in a group, along with other mentees.  This group will be your EI Study Group for the full academic year.  Although your mentor will likely meet with you in a group setting initially, rest assured that they are also always available for a one-to-one conversation if you have further questions that you would like to discuss upon request.  

Your Academic Mentor will be your key point of contact in your department. Their role is to keep an overview of your academic progress and overall wellbeing during your time at the School.  They can provide guidance and coaching on the wide range of academic and pastoral topics that might come up during your time at LSE. They can share their experience, answer questions and help you play a part in LSE’s academic community. 

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

European Institute Professional Services team

Your EI Taught Programmes and Student Affairs team is the first port of call for questions that may come up during your studies.  We are:

  • Stephanie Finney - Deputy Institute Manager (Programmes and Student Affairs)

  • Stephen Jenner - MSc Programmes Administrator (Service Delivery and Planning)

  • Ed Johns - MSc Programmes Administrator (Assessments and Exams)

  • Adam Judge - Student Experience and Engagement Coordinator

  • Fiona Smith - 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 europeaninstitute@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!

Access optional online pre-sessional courses 

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 this course via the EU409 Moodle page.  Note:  You can only access this online course after you have been invited to complete the online pre-enrolment process in late August/early September.  Pre-enrolment will allow you to set up your IT account, which can then be used to access Moodle materials.

Concepts in Political Science and Public Policy (EU4V9)

EU4V9 is a non-assessed, optional pre-sessional course targeted towards MSc European and International Public Policy students.  (Note:  students on other European Institute programmes with an interest are also more than welcome to access the information as well.)

This course offers an informal introduction to basic concepts of political science, public policy and adjacent fields by providing links to a number of resources such as introductory readings, background texts, news websites, academic journals, and external media sources such as podcasts. You will also find material which will allow you to familiarize yourself with research design and the basic methodologies in political science and public policy.

The main aim is twofold: First, to provide some basic conceptual knowledge for MSc European and International Public Policy students who would like a refresher before the start of the course or would like to learn more about the specifics of politics and policy-making in a European context. Second, to provide a resource to which you can return throughout your year at LSE if you want to revise some concepts or look for data sources, for example when working on your dissertation or the policy incubator project. 

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 this course via the EU4V9 Moodle page.  Note:  You can only access this online course after you have been invited to complete the online pre-enrolment process in late August/early September.  Pre-enrolment will allow you to set up your IT account, which can then be used to access Moodle materials.

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.

Visit the "Enrol in our Prepare to Learn at LSE" webpage for further details.

 

Get advice from a current student

The following students have volunteered to act as a European Institute Student Ambassador, to answer any questions you may have about what it is like to study in the EI before you arrive.  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

MSc European and International Public Policy

MSc European and International Public Policy (LSE and Bocconi)

MSc Global Political Economy of China and Europe

MSc International Migration and Public Policy

MSc Political Economy of Europe

MSc Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po)

 

 

 

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Additional information

LSE-Fudan Double Degree in the Global Political Economy of China and Europe

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 Michaelmas 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?

Students in the double degree program can apply for the Chinese Government Scholarships, please visit www.campuschina.org or www.csc.edu.cn/laihua for up-to-date information.

Typically, the application opens between early January and early April. Information on when and how to apply will be released on websites listed above. Please visit the websites from time to time so that you will not miss any important information.  Please note that students in double degree programs are not eligible for the CSC scholarship program of “Chinese University’s Independent Enrolment Program”.

You can also consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your home country for information on the scholarship program you may be interested in.


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, 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 be noted 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: +86-21-55664487


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

1. Develop a thesis topic before you arrive.

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.