MG410      2.0 Units
Term Abroad

This information is for the 2020/21 session.


This course is compulsory on the Global MSc in Management (CEMS MiM) and Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

CEMS MIM degree:

During Year 2 of the Global MSc in Management (CEMS MIM), students can apply to spend an international exchange term at a leading CEMS school, along with exclusive CEMS core courses in Global Management, skills seminars, block seminars, and an international internship.

MBA Exchange Term Abroad:

During Year 2 of the Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange) students can apply to spend a term abroad at one of LSE’s leading partner business schools in the US and Asia. Students will join an MBA class at their chosen school, and take a choice of optional elective courses offered by the school.

All students should register for the course code MG410 (Term Abroad) as their only LSE course for LT 2021. (This applies to 2020/21 only)


July/August/September (according to the host school timetable) to December. (For 2020/21 CEMS/MBA students this will refer to Term 2 teaching at the host school)

CEMS MIM partner schools:

MBA Exchange partner schools:

  • Cornell University - Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
  • University of Chicago - Booth School of Business
  • University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business
  • Emory University - Goizueta Business School
  • University of Michigan - Ross School of Business
  • Yale University - School of Management
  • Duke University - Fuqua School of Business
  • Peking University - Guanghua School of Management
  • Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

Information for MBA Exchange track students

All MBA Exchange students must take the following minimum number of credits/courses during the exchange term:

  • Cornell: 12 credits
  • Duke: 12 credits
  • Kellogg: 4 credits
  • Yale: 16 units
  • Chicago Booth: 4 courses / 400 units
  • Michigan Ross: 12 credits
  • UT Austin: 12 credits
  • Peking: 8-12 credits (4 classes)

Please be aware of the course choice regulations whilst on the MBA Exchange:

  • LSE cannot validate non-taught courses as part of a student's term abroad grade. E.g. language, sports, skills workshops, society activities, oral communication etc. Only taught courses will be accepted.
  • All students must ensure they take courses that award actual grades such as alphabetical grades etc.
  • We are unable to use pass/fail courses as we cannot quantify or convert them back into the LSE framework.
  • LSE will not accept language courses.

Information for LSE CEMS track students

All LSE CEMS students must take 30 academic ECTS credits in Term 1. (This will be in Term 2 for 2020/21 CEMS students)

All LSE students are required to take at least 30 ECTS credits in Term 1 so that they can meet the overall CEMS MIM Year ECTS course requirements.

  • Total number of CEMS course (academic) credits that need to be taken in Term 1: 30 ECTS. Students should not take courses that exceed the 30 ECTS requirement (unless due to the weighting of each course it is inevitable that the total amount of ECTS goes over by slightly by one or two ECTS credits).
  • Total number of CEMS credits that should be acquired in Term 1: 34 ECTS. Academic courses and electives = 30 ECTS, Block Seminar = 3 ECTS, CEMS Skills Seminars = 1 ECTS.
  • Maximum number of credits you are allowed to take in Term 1: 37.5 ECTS. This includes the Block Seminar and CEMS Skill Seminars.

Please be aware of the course choice regulations whilst on the CEMS term abroad:

  • CEMS students must take the mandatory CEMS courses at their host institution and at LSE. In Term 1, this is Global Business Strategy (or similarly titled). In term 2, this is Global Leadership and the Business Project.
  • Language courses are not included in the 30 ECTS requirement for LSE as the LSE GMiM degree does not recognise languages courses as part of your LSE degree requirements. Students can take CEMS language courses to satisfy the CEMS language requirement only.

Final considerations when choosing your classes on your term abroad:

Students are not allowed to take more than the amount stated (unless due to the weighting of each course it is inevitable that the total amount of credits goes over by slightly by one or two credits.

LSE are not responsible for the course selection at the exchange schools. Some exchange schools do not offer a wide range of courses and you may find that some courses do not appeal to you. However, you will still have to abide by minimum credit rule.

The GMiM Programme Office will not be held responsible for students who fail to meet the requirements listed above.

Credit transfer from host university to LSE:

The LSE term abroad does not operate on a pass/fail basis, and you will receive ONE final grade for your overall term abroad that will show as 2.0 units for MG410 in your second year.

LSE will then assign a number grade that will be used for LSE MG410, which is calculated using a weighted average of all the grades from courses taken during the exchange term.

We also take into consideration the variation in units for different courses.

Students can be awarded a 45 or 0 for failed courses depending on the nature of the fail.


Courses equivalent to the value of 2.0 LSE units should be taken at one of the partner CEMS or MBA Exchange Institutions.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2019/20: 54

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Controlled access 2019/20: No

Value: 2.0 Units

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