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Last updated: 20 September 2021

The new admissions cycle is now underway. Some of the same arrangements that we put in place since March are still in place, some have changed slightly. We will continue to monitor and respond to the global situation.

Please see the latest COVID-19 FAQ published by NHS England which answers questions related to student COVID-19 vaccinations in England. 

New applicants should follow the advice in our Prospective students section, and look out for the Admissions Vlogs - new videos coming soon!

NOTICE: Please be aware of an issue that has come to our attention regarding email junk/spam filters. Some email software is filtering LSE emails to the spam/junk or ‘Deleted Items/Bin’ folder so please make sure to check there for important information regarding your application. If you do find any of our emails in any of these folders, please make sure to add the domain @lse.ac.uk to your ‘Safe Senders’ or ‘Never Block’ list. Emails will be sent to you automatically from our database system once you have begun your online application and as your application progresses through each step in the process (application created; application submitted; application downloaded for processing). We will then send you a further email each time there is an update to the status of your application, including any requests for further information and the programme selectors’ decision on your application. It is essential that you ensure you can successfully receive our emails as soon as you begin your application.

For advice about later stages in the cycle, please read the following advice:

General advice about sending documents and contacting us

The entire Graduate Admissions team is currently working remotely with no access to our office.

We have extremely limited access to paper documents, with considerable delay to their arrival. The best way for you to meet any requirements set out in your offer letter is for you to either:

  • Share your document with us via an online verification service, such as Digitary, CHESICC (for degrees studied in P.R. China) or eScrip-Safe.

  • Send a secure, digitally signed PDF.

  • Share your test scores with us by supplying your TRF number (IELTS) or appointment number (TOEFL, GMAT, GRE), or by sharing your Duolingo results with graduate.documents@lse.ac.uk

  • Ask your institution/referee to email your documents to us directly at graduate.documents@lse.ac.uk

  • Please do not send documents via multiple routes; duplication causes delay.

Other things to note

  • If you have recently sent us official test results via ETS (either TOEFL or GRE results), please can you also self report these using our How Do I...? forms (you will need to use form number 1). We are unable to receive batches directly from ETS at this present time, but we can verify results sent to us in this manner. For TOEFL results we require you to provide your name, appointment number and date of birth. For GRE results, we require you to provide your namedate of birth and registration number.

  • We are sending all decisions out as emails only. All of the information you need is in your offer email, and the offer pack is available online (to everyone) at lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/Offer-holders. Please consider the email as official notification of your offer.

  • Please search for Coronavirus on the LSE Enquiries System for answers to some of the queries we are receiving. We will continue to add to this as more becomes clear. Please do not email us to ask about your individual situation; we will contact you as soon as we have made the relevant decisions. At the moment we continue to receive high volumes of emails which makes the process of confirming offers slower.

LSE teaching and learning in Michaelmas Term 2021 - published 21 July 2021, updated 8 September

Our expectation for the 2021 / 22 academic year is that all LSE students will be in London and studying on campus, where many of your learning experiences will be in-person, supplemented by some online elements. This approach has been informed by our student and academic community, building upon the innovations and improvements we have put in place over the past year.

From the start of Michaelmas Term 2021, we anticipate the following to be in place:

  • We will deliver all compulsory teaching and learning activity in person, including seminars, tutorials, workshops, classes and Harvard style teaching sessions. However, there may be occasional rare circumstances which must be well-justified where we may need to move an activity online.
  • We are not planning to have mandated social distancing in classrooms. However, we are prepared to reintroduce this if the need arises.
  • The standard expectation is that other types of staff-student engagement will take place in-person on campus. These include office hours, academic mentoring and dissertation / thesis supervision.
  • Some other aspects of your programme may also be online but when this happens, we will always prioritise on-campus opportunities for interactive engagement.

Lecture arrangements for Michaelmas Term 2021

  • Lectures, which are non-compulsory, will normally be delivered online - either synchronously or asynchronously. We will aim to deliver a small number of lectures in-person.
  • All lectures, whether in-person or online, will be recorded for your benefit
  • It may be possible to deliver more lectures in-person in Lent Term and we will continue to explore this
  • This approach towards lectures means that, should we need to reintroduce social distancing measures, we would be able to continue providing face-to-face class and seminar teaching for a much larger number of courses in-person on campus. This will also enable us to use these spaces for community building, networking activities as well as peer and faculty engagement while these measures are not in place.

Coming to campus for Michaelmas Term 2021

  • We expect new students to join us on campus in London for their scheduled campus enrolment date or the start of Welcome on Monday 20 September, whichever is earliest. Term starts on Monday 27 September.
  • However, we understand that due to exceptional circumstances outside of your control, such as visas or local COVID challenges, you may not be able to arrive at this time.
  • If this is the case, we will continue to support you remotely during the first few weeks of term before your arrival. We will aim to offer hybrid teaching to ensure your experience at LSE is maintained despite other delays outside of your control.
  • You will still need to come to London for your studies which will include in-person components for all students, and you should aim to arrive within a few weeks of the start of term, enrolling by 22 October at the latest.
  • The School may be able to offer some flexibility to this deadline for students who face significant extenuating circumstances beyond their control. If you think your arrival at LSE might be delayed by a few days beyond 22 October, as a result of significant extenuating circumstances, please contact your department.

Maintaining a low-risk environment and preparing for future scenarios

  • We will continue to monitor the situation and may extend the COVID-secure measures that we currently have in place or introduce further protocols if required, such as mask wearing in classrooms and lifts and negative testing requirements to enter LSE buildings.
  • All staff and students will be strongly encouraged to wear masks in LSE buildings particularly in high-traffic or confined areas
  • We strongly encourage all new and continuing students to get fully vaccinated, if you are not already. We are working on plans to offer on-campus vaccinations via our St Phillips Medical Centre.
  • To support students arriving from overseas, over the summer we will also be introducing Day 2 and Day 8 testing, to help students comply with government-imposed testing requirements for international travellers. At this stage, we do not expect to be able to provide managed quarantine facilities (“hotel quarantine”) for arrivals from countries included on the government’s red list for travel.
  • We are also preparing for a range of scenarios that will allow us to flex our approach to teaching and learning swiftly and with minimum disruption to our community, should we need to respond to changing health advice over the winter months. You can read more about this online and we will continue to keep our community updated as we progress towards the start of term and beyond.

Offer holders domiciled in Afghanistan

The British Government and British Council are advertising the following details for non-British nationals in need of assistance:



Please also contact the Graduate Admissions Office if we can help in any way.

How is LSE planning for a range of scenarios in 2021/22 - published 21 July 2021

LSE is putting in place comprehensive health and safety measures on campus to keep you safe and secure while on campus and in the halls of residence.

We hope that London does not experience another lockdown in the 2021-22 academic year. However, we are also preparing for a range of scenarios that will allow us to flex our approach to teaching and learning swiftly with the minimum disruption to our community, should we need to respond to changing health advice over the winter months.

If we are required to reintroduce social distancing we could pivot a minority of in-person classes and seminars online to ensure the majority of face-to-face teaching can continue in a safely distanced and secure environment.

If we are no longer permitted to teach in-person on campus for a period of time, all teaching and learning will pivot online, similar to Lent and Summer Terms 2021 where we kept campus open as much as possible.

A key aspect of planning for all scenarios is keeping lectures normally online in Michaelmas Term.

Below is a summary of the actions the School could take in the event of further COVID disruption:

  • Issue clear guidance from the School and your department regarding the plans for teaching, learning and support;
  • Implement government advice regarding student and staff access to campus;
  • Provide lectures online;
  • Pivot in-person teaching to synchronous and asynchronous online provision using the mechanisms in place in 2020/21 to support those students unable travel to campus;
  • Deliver departmental teaching materials via Moodle;
  • Provide support services remotely, via Zoom, Teams, email, telephone, Livechat, etc. 
  • Provide support and guidance for your health and well-being via Zoom appointments and web-based information;
  • Continue office hours with class teachers and academic mentors online;
  • Maintain access to the online Library materials;
  • Deliver department-appropriate assessments online, taking into account the specific needs of quantitative and qualitative programmes;
  • Provide support and advice to students resident in LSE and UoL halls of residence; 
  • Make available hardship funds for vulnerable students adversely affected by the pandemic;
  • Offer practical guidance and adopt a sympathetic approach to students seeking to interrupt or defer their studies.

English language conditions 2021 entry

Please look at our English language requirements and arrange to take a suitable test such as IELTS Academic, TOEFL, Pearson or Cambridge. You should make these arrangements as soon as you can - if you leave it to the last moment it is much more likely that getting your results to us in time will prove to be stressful.

Prepare early and thoroughly. No time you spend on improving your English language profiency will be wasted.

Nationals/residents of the UK Government's 'Red list' countries who are unable to access our preferred tests may now take either Duolingo or IELTS Indicator tests online and then take the LSE Language Assessment. Capacity for the latter is limited, so if you are able to take one of our preferred tests, please do so. We have written to the offer holders concerned.

Remember that if you need a visa to study in the UK, we need to indicate to UKVI how we assessed your English proficiency, and so we must fulfil their requirements as well.

The LSE Language Assessment

The LSE Language Assessment is by invitation only, based on receipt of Duolingo or IELTS Indicator scores from applicants unable to supply one of our preferred tests.

The assessment is in three parts, intended to demonstrate your proficiency in the core skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Task 1 - Use of English (25 minutes)

This contains 50 multiple-choice questions to assess academic grammar and vocabulary.

Task 2 - Integrated Skills (60 minutes)

This has three sections:

  1. Listening to a short academic lecture and taking notes (approximately 14 minutes);
  2. Reading an academic article (around 1,200 words) and taking notes;
  3. Writing a comment (approximately 250 words).

You will be asked to discuss the listening and reading in the interview.

Task 3 - An interview using Zoom (10-15 minutes)

In the interview, you will be asked to discuss a range of topics including:

  1. Your academic interests, experience and goals/expectations;
  2. The reading and listening on work-life balance;
  3. Your written comment
  • There is no charge for the LSE Language Centre assessment.
  • The result of your assessment will be passed directly to LSE Graduate Admissions; it cannot be used for any other purpose, and we cannot provide individual feedback.
  • Graduate Admissions will contact you with confirmation of whether your condition has been met. If you do not meet the condition, you will be permitted to re-take the assessment once more, not less than four weeks after your first test, as long as this is still before the start of your programme.
  • If you are unable to keep your appointment, you may log in to Moodle and cancel/reschedule. Please keep such changes to a minimum as places are limited.
  • You may still choose to take a traditional test (TOEFL, IELTS etc) if you wish, once test centres re-open.

Degree conditions

We will set our usual degree conditions in the hope that you will not be affected by the sort of disruption to final exams that we experienced in 2020. We expect transcripts will contain details of any adjustments to marks made by your university. If there are further extenuating circumstances, please ask your referees to mention this.

We are aware that some universities (eg University of Delhi) may be making arrangements to delay exams and, in some cases, teaching. If you are affected by this and will not receive your final results in time to attend LSE, please submit a condition waiver request form, including the web page where your institution announces the disruption and the potential outcomes. That will allow us to gauge the scale of the problem and to work on a solution.

Latest advice on international travel to the UK (16 August 2021)

Traffic light system

Currently, a red, amber, green traffic light system is in use across the UK to guide what you must do before and on your arrival into the UK.

You must follow the guidance on international travel and quarantine as appropriate when travelling to the UK.

It’s important that you understand what entry requirements you will need to adhere to when travelling from another country into the UK, particularly if you will be travelling from a red- or amber- listed country.

Travel to the UK is permitted for those entering on a Student Visa. This applies to all countries including those on the red list.

Please follow the latest government guidance published on the gov.uk website.

Latest government guidance on entry to the UK

Red, amber and green list rules for entering and quarantine in the UK


Travelling from/through a ‘red list’ country

All international arrivals coming into UK airports from red-listed countries must now book and pay for managed isolation in quarantine hotels to help protect against the importation of COVID-19.

Information on which countries are on the UK's 'red list' can be found on the UK government website.

If you are arriving into the UK, regardless of your final destination within the UK, and have visited or passed through a red list country, you will be required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel. You will need to book and pay for this independently using the link below.

Booking a quarantine hotel

The Managed Quarantine Package costs £2,285 for a single person and includes 10 full days (11 nights) including food, beverages, transfers, security and 2 Covid tests.

Updates to the ‘red list’

The following countries will move from the UK government’s travel ‘red list’  to the ‘amber list’ at 4 am on Wednesday 22 September:

Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Turkey

If you have booked a place in a Managed Quarantine Facility hotel for 22 September or afterwards, please contact CTM, the booking agency, directly at 

What support is available for students travelling from red list countries?

Applying for deferred payment for hotel quarantine

If you will find it difficult to pay for the Managed Quarantine Package fee immediately, you can apply for ‘deferred payment due to financial hardship’ as a student with a visa to study in the UK. To find out how to do this, please click on the link at the very bottom of the quarantine hotel booking page. This is the section of the Booking page which says: If you are facing financial hardship and unable to pay immediately - find more details here.

On arrival, you must quarantine in the hotel you’ve booked for 10 days. If you test positive for COVID-19 while in quarantine, you may need to quarantine for longer.

You should book your quarantine package in good time so that you can campus enrol at LSE for the start of your studies.

Means-tested financial support for students from red list countries

LSE has a means-tested In-Course Support fund available for registered students who face unexpected financial hardship once they have enrolled at the School. 

LSE students from red-listed countries who face financial difficulties, as a result of paying for the hotel quarantine arrangements, can apply for a £700 award towards these costs. These awards will be means-tested and students can apply once you have completed your quarantine period and have campus-enrolled at LSE.

 Details of how to apply will be published in August.

UK Government advice on vaccinations (23 June 2021)

It is really important that you get the COVID-19 vaccination when you are offered it. The vaccine offers you the best protection against catching the virus and is one of the best ways to help stop the pandemic.

The UK government does not require students to have had a COVID-19 vaccination before entering the UK and LSE does not require students to have had a COVID-19 vaccination before arriving on campus. However, if you are able to get the vaccination in your home town or country before travelling to London for the start of term we strongly encourage you to do that.

The UK is now offering vaccinations to everyone over 18 at local sites run by General Practitioners (doctors) or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals. If you are unable to get your vaccination before you arrive at LSE you should do so as soon as possible after you arrive.

Information on how students can get their COVID vaccination can be found on this NHS FAQs for students in higher education institutions.


The School has made the decision not to allow any deferrals from 2021/2 to 2022/3. If you decide not to take up your place this year, you will instead need to reinstate your application for entry in 2022/3.

Online appointments

We have now launched our bookable online appointments to replace the phone queueing system. Please book here. We will also be expanding our series of vlogs, to talk you through the admissions process.

You can see where we are up to in the processing queue on our current processing times. You can see when to expect an acknowledgement from us, and when the online status tracker will be updated.

LSE in the news

LSE stays top in London

LSE continues to be the top-rated university in London, according to the latest Complete University Guide. Find out more here.

Exceptional Circumstances

If circumstances beyond your control (unrelated to Covid-19, for which see the advice above) are having an adverse effect on making your application or meeting your offer conditions, you can let us know using our extenuating circumstances form.  We will offer what practical advice and help we can.