When should I register?
New students will be able to register online for their LSE programme from August 2020. We will send you information about this shortly. In-person campus enrolment is being planned for 21 September and onwards, although the exact timing may differ from the information in your offer letter due to additional sessions being added to facilitate social distancing.
Welcome 2020 events will be running from 21 September, both online and on campus, and we hope that students will travel to London to take part in these activities.
For the majority of students* term begins on 28 September. We ask students to make every effort to come to campus for the start of term. This is because we are planning to run teaching and learning sessions, eg. seminars, tutorials and classes, on campus in a socially distanced environment. However, if your travel plans are impacted by COVID-19 we will put support in place for you to access your teaching and learning remotely in Michaelmas term.
(* Some graduate students enrol on pre-sessional or introductory courses in August and early September)
If I arrive after the start of term, can I still access Welcome information?
We will be providing much of our Welcome activity, videos and presentations online this year so you will be able to access them wherever you are and whenever you arrive on campus. We will also be running some on-campus activity throughout the term to ensure that all our students are welcomed to LSE, regardless of when they arrive.
I am not able to arrive on campus for the start of Michaelmas Term. Can I access online teaching and learning?
If you are not able to make it to London for the start of Michaelmas Term due to travel restrictions, visa delays, health/medical–related issues, or other COVID-19 related circumstances outside of your control, you will be given access to online teaching until you are able to travel to campus. Online provision will only be made available for Michaelmas Term.
LSE has introduced a new online registration process for 2020/21, which means that you can be a fully registered student without being on campus. During the registration process you will be asked if you need to study remotely (online only) for a fixed period because of the ongoing impact of COVID-19. It is currently not expected that this fixed period of remote study will extend beyond the end of the Michaelmas Term
You will be asked to tell us when you are likely to arrive (it is ok to give us an approximate date) and then provide us with a little more information on the reason for your delay so we can provide you with the right guidance and support. The information you give us will then be sent to your academic department who will contact you with the information you need to access the teaching and learning for your programme online. Online teaching will only be made available for Michaelmas Term.
I will have to study online for some time in Michaelmas Term. What is the latest deadline for arriving in London and enrolling on campus?
The option to follow your programme remotely via online study is currently available for Michaelmas Term only. We expect all new and continuing LSE students who do not have January exams to arrive on campus for in-person teaching at the start of Lent Term (Monday 18 January). We will provide an update on January exams shortly.
If you need to study remotely for some or all of Michaelmas Term, you should also check, and take responsibility for, any other arrangements that may be impacted by a period of online study. These may include accommodation contracts, scholarships or loans, and visa conditions for international students and EU students (who, post-Brexit and under current rules, would need a visa if they do not take up residence in the UK before 31 December 2020). It is also your responsibility to ensure that you are able to study remotely in an appropriate environment.
What is the tuition fee for the 2020-21 academic year?
LSE will be open for the Michaelmas Term and all students are expected to come to London for teaching and learning. The School is putting in place a range of measures to ensure you continue to receive high quality education and support, on campus and online, through our flexible approach in Michaelmas Term that will also enable you to develop new skills and be part of LSE’s learning community.
The UK Government Department for Education has outlined that you should not expect any refund if you are receiving adequate online learning and support, and we are confident that we will deliver positive experiences that are beneficial for all of our students. The tuition fee for your programme remains the same as published on the LSE Table of Fees. You are able to pay your fees in instalments, details of which can be found on our Fees pages.
Why would LSE change the Conditions of Registration?
The School does not alter the Conditions of Registration very often. We have set out in the updated Conditions some of the scenarios where it may be necessary to do this. In particular, we are mindful that government advice and guidance from regulatory bodies may change over time, as the pandemic evolves. The health and wellbeing of our student community is our top priority and therefore it may be necessary to adjust the Conditions once again. We will always make every effort to keep changes to a minimum and to notify students in good time of any changes that are going to be made.
Teaching and learning
How will pre-sessional courses run?
All pre-sessional/introductory graduate courses will be delivered online and you will be able to access these remotely. The exceptions to this are the pre-sessional courses for the MSc Finance (full-time) and the MSc Finance and Private Equity. Both of these courses will be delivered on campus but will also be available to access online. Your programme team will contact you with more information about how the pre-sessional/introductory graduate sessions will run.
How will I attend classes and seminars?
We will run classes, seminars and tutorial groups, as well as Harvard style teaching sessions, face-to-face on campus in a socially distanced environment, wherever possible. These classes will also be accessible by students unable to access campus in the early weeks of the term.
Where departments are running synchronous classes/seminars, they will run at least twice so that students in different time zones can engage with them at the start of term.
As term progresses, we expect all students to take part in face-to-face classes, seminars and tutorial groups on the LSE campus.
How will I access lectures?
All lectures will be delivered online for the Michaelmas Term. All lectures will be recorded and made available to students to access wherever they are.
Why are you recording lectures and classes?
We are recording lectures and classes, some of which will be recorded ‘live’ at the point of delivery, so that all students can access them online at the most appropriate time for them. Online lectures form a key part of our flexible teaching approach next term and their availability is a useful learning resource for all students.
Will I be able to work with fellow students and faculty?
All students will have the opportunity to work together between classes in Peer Study Groups on tasks or activities (academic and social).
What will my timetabled contact hours look like?
Timetabled hours of study for students should stay broadly the same as they would in a ‘non-socially distanced’ LSE environment.
How will LSE ensure high quality teaching and learning?
Experts in our Eden Centre for Education Enhancement have guided the development of our flexible approach to teaching and learning to ensure that you benefit from LSE’s high standards in education in a safe environment. Our flexible teaching approach will be subject to our stringent quality assurance processes, ensuring that there is no compromise on the rigour or standard of LSE degrees. We will continue to apply our validation, monitoring and review mechanisms to assure the quality of our courses and programmes.
What are the teaching and learning arrangements for the Lent and Summer terms 2021?
Our flexible approach to teaching and learning will be in place for the duration of Michaelmas Term. We will deliver seminars, classes and interactive teaching sessions face-to-face on a socially distanced campus, and online for students whose arrival is delayed, with all lectures delivered online. We will monitor and review these arrangements regularly throughout the term and follow government guidance to keep our LSE community safe. We will keep you updated as our plans for the Lent and Summer terms develop.
I will not be able to study in the evenings or weekends due to caring or work commitments. What can I do?
We aim to timetable classes/seminars during regular hours on weekdays as far as possible. We will only schedule classes/seminars in the evenings and weekends when there is no other option.
Where possible, we aim to ensure that the classes/seminars scheduled in the evenings and at weekends have alternative classes/seminars timetabled during weekday hours. This means that, for the courses in which we can achieve this (and keeping in mind that we will not be able to achieve this for all courses), for graduate seminars, you should be able to select an appropriately timed group via ‘LSE for You’ or via your department.
If I have booked a place in an LSE Hall of Residence what support will be offered if I have to quarantine?
The UK government has established travel corridors with a number of countries. The most up to date information on UK quarantine rules can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors.
If quarantine controls are in place for your home country at the time of your arrival in London then students who have booked a place in one of the LSE halls of residence will be able to quarantine there. Residences staff will provide you with support and guidance on how to do this safely in your hall. We are also looking at measures to support those who need to quarantine but have not booked a place in one of the LSE halls of residence.
Further information about the measures we are putting in place in our Halls of Residence can be found on our Residences web pages.
Can I access the library?
The Library will be open for all students and staff at the beginning of Michaelmas Term. Students will be able to access study spaces and the LSE collections, all in a socially distanced environment. We have worked hard to make core books and texts available online for students to access remotely, and we will continue to add to these collections through the academic year.
On top of our current online provisions, including one-to-one support and increased e-book access, the team are also developing further services to support you, details of which will be shared when finalised. For further information on what is currently accessible and the latest updates, check the LSE Library web pages.
Will the Students’ Union be running clubs and societies?
The Students’ Union is working with students and its clubs and societies to provide a programme of events and activities for the 2020-21 academic session. More information will be available on its website over the Summer.
Why do I need to follow LSE’s health and safety measures on campus?
LSE has undertaken extensive and rigorous risk assessments and health and safety assessments on all rooms and communal areas of the LSE campus. The measures we are putting in place are designed to keep our community as safe as possible. We are unapologetic about the fact that we will sometimes go beyond UK government guidance on social distancing or the use of face coverings to ensure our campus is safe.