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Most common tasks for applicants

Please use the new Graduate Applicant Portal (GAP) to track the status of your application, access the knowledge base and to let us know about any changes to your personal details or application. the graduate admissions office?

  • The website and knowledge base are the quickest way to receive answers to any questions you may have. Please explore the site before contacting us. If your question cannot be answered by reference to online resources, you can submit an email enquiry via the knowledge base.
  • We have a bookable Zoom service to answer Admissions queries not covered by our online resources.
  • The Student Services Centre in the Old Building on the ground floor is available to answer general queries. If you have specific questions about your application, please use one of the above methods to contact us.
  • If you need to post documents to us, our postal address is:
    Graduate Admissions,
    The London School of Economics and Political Science,
    PO Box 13420,
    Houghton Street,
    WC2A 2AR,
    United Kingdom.

    Where possible, please instead send digital documents to

For our full contact details, including closures and information regarding turnaround times, please see our 'Contact Graduate Admissions' page.

..check my application status?

The online Graduate Applicant Portal (GAP) allows you to see exactly what stage your application is at, to make changes, and to fulfil document requirements.

It is dynamically linked to our own internal database, reflecting any change or decision on your application as soon as it happens. We also notify you by email when we process a document or request or if a decision is made on your application.

You can also use the GAP to inform us of any change of address or contact information, to accept or decline your offer, and to submit your Financial Undertaking Form.

Via the GAP you will also be able to submit your Graduate Financial Support Application. a reinstatement fee?

The reinstatement fee is £95. 

Please pay the reinstatement fee via the LSE Online store. an administrative fee?

If you need to pay an application assessment fee, additional choices fee, reinstatement fee or have been asked to pay a top-up fee, please use the LSE Online store.

..request references?

It is your responsibility to supply suitable references in support of your application. For the majority of applicants this means two academic references from university tutors who know your work well. Check individual programme pages and our rules and exceptions for full information. Applications will not be considered without suitable references. Please be aware that if you are reinstating your application from one year to the next, you must use option 2 if additional references are needed, as your application will not go through the submission system again.            

Request references online (new applications)            

When you apply online you should use the system to request references. Subsequently you can send a reminder to your referees, or add a new referee to your application. You should always use an academic/professional email address for your referee in preference to a webmail address. It is usually best to let your referees know in advance that you will be nominating them on your application.            

Request references to be submitted by post or email (reinstated applications)            

If you are reinstating from one year to the next and are submitting a more up to date reference, you can forward the word template and ask your referee to send a hard copy of the reference to our usual address or to from an academic or professional email address. Please use this option if:          

  • we ask you to send an additional reference after your application has been processed              

  • you have sent the wrong type of reference by mistake              

  • your referee is having technical problems with the online reference form              

  • you have applied with a paper application.                    

Copy and paste this text into an email to your referee to submit a quick request.            

Dear ……………………… I am applying for a graduate programme at the LSE <<insert the name of the programme (s) here, it is also useful to briefly mention why you are applying for this programme>> Please see the information below for further instructions on how you can submit a reference on my behalf. The LSE operates a rolling admissions policy, applications are considered only when all requested items, included references, are received for my application.               

You can download the Word version of the academic reference form or  and submit it directly to the LSE via quoting my name and applicant ID number << insert your ID number if you know it>>

You should submit this from your academic or professional email account to avoid having to submit a duplicate hard copy if I receive an offer of admission. If you do not have an academic or professional email account you should print this reference on the official headed paper of your institution or company, sign it and post it to the address shown on the form.               

Please let me know when the reference has been submitted.