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LSE Summer School FAQs

These pages answer any questions you may have regarding the LSE Summer School.

To me, the LSE is a place where learning, knowledge, and discussion take place on such a meaningful level, that I want to return in the future.
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Before contacting the office you should browse the topics below to the left as at peak time it can take several days to reply and the answers to nearly all the enquiries we receive can be found here.

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Thinking of applying; Application and Entry requirements; After submitting an application; After acceptance (Preparing: Tuition and fees/Visas and travel/Accommodation); Question about visas, Preparing for London; Whilst you are at LSE; Exams and credits; When Summer School is over

 

I'm thinking of applying

Is Summer School right for me?

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline will be announced in due course. Please note that some courses will reach their maximum capacity and close prior to this deadline. Please also note that accommodation spaces are limited and may fill up before this date so you are advised to apply as soon as possible if you wish to stay in LSE Halls.

What kind of people apply to the LSE Summer School?

Summer School is a truly international programme, attracting a diverse range of people from more than 100 countries in 2017. The majority of participants are currently studying at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, alongside a number of professionals from a range of business sectors. In the past we have had former cabinet members, judges, employees of the world banks and even a Brazilian footballer enrol on the programme! We also have a former Summer School student who is now a teacher on the Summer School!

I have a disability, how do I let you know about this?

LSE is committed to operating a system of equal opportunity, and will endeavour to make all reasonable adjustments to enable students to undertake the programme. Applicants are able to indicate the nature of their disability when completing the online application form, though we encourage students to contact the Office to discuss their needs prior to submitting their application.

I am under 18 years of age. Can I apply?

There is no minimum age requirement for the Summer School. However, in order to apply students must at least have an offer of a place at university. If you do not hold an offer you will not be eligible to apply. If you are a UK student, you may however be interested in LSE's Widening Participation programmes.

Do you run LSE Summer School courses at other times of the year?

No, unfortunately these programmes only run in June, July and August..

 

Application and Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements and what documents do I need to submit with my application?

What is the difference between 100, 200 and 300 level courses?

  • 100 level courses have no specific prerequisites in their own subject, but may require some mathematics (please see individual course pages for more information). The minimum requirement for taking these courses is to have an offer of a place at university, but additional evidence of academic ability may also be required.
  • 200 level courses are equivalent to intermediate level university courses. They have prerequisites in the form of university level introductory courses in the same or closely related subject. 
  • 300 level courses are advanced and equivalent to either final year undergraduate or first year graduate courses. They have prerequisites of university level intermediate courses. 

Can I take more than one course per session?

No, as courses are intensive and full-time it is only possible to attend one course per session. If you wish to attend more than one session, it is possible to take one course in each session.

The course I want to take has Introductory Microeconomics as a prerequisite, I have taken this course as AP (Advanced placement). Can I still apply?

Where the term 'Introductory' is used, we require a course that is of similar level to 1st year undergraduate study at LSE. AP is not considered to meet this requirement.

I am taking/have taken a prerequisite course, but will not receive my grades until later in the year. Can I still apply?

Yes, but any offer will be conditional on providing evidence of meeting the prerequisites before the start of the programme. Students will be asked to state the date on which they expect to receive grades.

The entry requirements page on the LSE Summer School website state that students generally "must show grades of around GPA 3.3, or a B+ average" to apply. What are the equivalent grade requirements for my country's educational system?

This link provides country specific information on entry requirements for undergraduate study at LSE. The entry grade requirement for undergraduate study is roughly equivalent to a GPA 3.3 or a B+ average. However, please bear in mind that the LSE Summer School does not require students to sit an entrance exam and the link should only be used as a rough guide to grade equivalence. We may be flexible on our entry grade requirements depending on your personal situation. 

Can I use LSE Summer School courses as prerequisites?

Yes, it is quite common for students to take a prerequisite course in one session in order to progress to a higher level course in the next session. For example, FM250: Finance can be used as a prerequisite for FM350: Advanced Corporate Finance. 

I do not meet the prequisites for a course but I do have relevant professional experience. Can I apply?

Courses at LSE, especially the higher level courses, tend to be heavily theoretical. We believe that there is no substitute for academic experience, and therefore in nearly all cases we are unable to accept applications that do not meet the prerequisites. Please get in touch with our office should you wish to discuss this further. 

What are the English language requirements?

Students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of language proficiency. For further information about the language certificates we accept, please refer to the Entry Requirements section of the website. Preparatory English courses are available. 

I am not a native English speaker but my education was completely or partially in English. Do I still need to take a language test?

If you have undertaken any university courses (excluding language courses) that were fully taught and assessed in English, and can clearly demonstrate this, you will not need to provide a proficiency certificate. Students from countries where English is used extensively in education may apply as a native speaker. This includes students from India, Pakistan, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore and Turkey. If you are from one of these areas, or anywhere else where English is used extensively in education, you do not need to fill in the language section. For further information please refer to the Entry Requirements section of the website. 

I am fluent in English, though it is not my first language. Do I need to take a language test?

Students who are fluent in English, but have not studied at university level in English will need to supply a proficiency certificate. However, those who have lived in an English-speaking country for a number of years may be treated as a native speaker. Please contact the Summer School office to confirm. You do not need to contact us if you are a student from India, Pakistan, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore and Turkey. 

I am taking a TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge test but I will not get the results until later in the year. Can I still apply?

Yes, but any offer will be conditional, subject to providing evidence of a language proficiency qualification before the start of the programme. 

My transcript is not in English, does this matter?

You will be asked to provide a brief translation. This does not need to be professionally translated. You will be able to submit both the original and translated document to us with your application form. 

What documents do I need to submit with my application?

Applicants will need to submit evidence that they meet the course prerequisites by providing their university transcript (marksheet), or a university offer letter if you are applying for a 100 level course, and have not yet started studying at university. Please note that you will need to provide a copy of your university transcript if you have undertaken any university study. It is important that the transcript includes your full name. If this document is not in English, please provide a brief translation. Where necessary you will also need to submit evidence of English language proficiency. 

Is there an application fee?

There is a non-refundable fee of £50 payable when you submit the application form. This can be paid with a debit/credit card. If you are having problems or do not have a card, we would advise you to ask a family member or friend to pay on your behalf.

 

After submitting an application

I've submitted an application, what now?

How long will it take until I know if I've been accepted?

Applications that arrive complete and with the correct supporting evidence will usually be processed within 10 working days.

How will I be notified about the outcome of my application?

We will notify you via email as soon as a decision has been reached. Please note, that in the interest of the environment, all of our communication is via email. Students will also be able to use their application tracker to keep updated on the status of their application.

Can I change my course?

If you want to change your course before you arrive at LSE, this may be possible. Please contact the Summer School Office. You do not need to submit a new online application. Your application may need to be re-assessed to confirm that you meet the entry requirements for the new course. However please note that by applying for a new course you will forfeit your place on your original course. Should your new course choice be rejected and there is no longer room on your original choice, you will not be able to go back onto it.

Am I allowed to change my course once the programme has started?

Course changes can be approved only within the first two days of each session. You will need to fill out a form at the Summer School Office. If you are changing to a 200 or 300 level course, you must come to the office between 12 noon and 2pm and have your change approved by the Summer School Academic Tutor. If you are changing to a 100 level course, you may come to the office at any time during opening hours.

I would like to work at the same time as studying. Is this possible?

We strongly advise against working while studying at the Summer School. Due to the intensive nature of the courses students will need to be on campus for most of the day and will have a significant amount of daily reading to be completed.

 

After acceptance

I've been accepted! What shall I do now?

The below steps will help you with queries on tuition and fees; visas and travel as well as with arranging accommodation whilst preparing for Summer School:

Tuition and fees

When do I have to pay my tuition fees?

Tuition fees should be paid once you have received a formal offer email. Only once tuition fees are paid in full is a place on the programme guaranteed.

Can I pay by credit or debit card?

Yes, this is our recommended method of payment. Please note that we do not accept American Express, but all other major credit and debit cards are accepted.

Is it possible to pay in installments?

If you are unable to pay the full amount in one credit/debit card transaction, it is possible to pay in installments. On the online payment page, simply enter the amount you wish to pay in the ‘payment amount (£)’ box. This can be done as many times as necessary until the fees are paid in full. Before commencing, please inform your credit card company that you are intending to make a series of smaller payments, otherwise your card may be blocked due to a suspected fraud alert.

After I make a payment, how long does it take for LSE to receive it?

As a guide, credit/debit card payments take 2-3 working days and bank transfers take 5-10 working days. Please note that these times can differ, depending on the country the money is being transferred from, and the currency in which the transaction was made.

What should I do if my credit card is rejected?

The LSE Finance Department will contact students directly where there is a problem with a credit card payment. Students will then need to contact their credit card issuer to resolve the problem. Usually payments are rejected because of security measures put in place to protect from fraud - international payments are more likely to be rejected on these grounds. It may be necessary to arrange with your card issuer to make a specific payment overseas. The following checklist may be of some help:

  • Check that your card is authorised to make international payments
  • Check you have sufficient funds/credit limit available
  • Check your bank's daily limit for your debit/credit card covers the amount you are paying online

When making a large payment, always notify your card issuer in advance how much you will be paying, who will be paying and when the payment will be made; this reduces the risk of the payment being rejected for card security reasons.

Will I get a refund if I withdraw from the programme?

Students wishing to withdraw from the programme will have their tuition fees partially refunded, as below. The application fee is non-refundable. Please note that refunds requested after 1 June will not be processed until after the programme:

Refund
 Date of Withdrawal Tuition Fee Refund (%) 
 At least 30 calendar days before Commencement Date  90
 14-29 calendar days before Commencement Date  50
 Fewer than 14 calendar days before Commencement Date  No refund

For further information please refer to the Fees and Payments section of the website.

What if I have booked LSE accommodation, will I receive a refund?

Refunds for accommodation are separate from the tuition fees refunds and students will need to contact the Accommodation office directly with regard to their refund policy on residences.summerschool@lse.ac.uk.

Still have further questions about accommodation?
Click the button below to contact LSE Residences.

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Visas and travel

Do I need a visa to study at the Summer School?

To check whether or not you need a visa for Summer School study, please visit the UKVI website. Visa regulations change frequently therefore students are strongly advised to browse LSE's International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) for information and advice. If a student does require a visa then they should ensure that they apply to the Summer School as soon as possible, as the visa process can often be very lengthy.

When should I apply for a visa letter?

You should apply for a visa letter from us as soon as you have paid your tuition fees, and, if necessary, accommodation fees. In some countries the visa process can be very lengthy so please allow enough time. Please see the Visa FAQs section for more information.

Will you provide me with a Summer School visa letter?

We will provide students with a Summer School visa letter that can be used for their visa application. The letter has been designed following instructions from the visa authorities and cannot be amended to suit individual requests.

How do I apply for a Summer School visa letter?

Following your acceptance onto the programme you will need to complete the following before requesting a Summer School visa letter: 

  • Pay tuition fees
  • Pay accommodation fees if staying in LSE halls

If you are arranging your own accommodation we will state this on the letter and will not confirm any accommodation details.

A Summer School visa letter will not be produced until the above are completed. Once completed students can request the Summer School visa letter via their LSE For You account.

How long will it take for my summer School visa letter to arrive?

There are two delivery options, we can either post Summer School visa letters out via regular mail or students can request that we send them by courier which will be subject to an additional charge.

Estimated delivery times for regular post:

Estimated timings for international visa letter delivery
UK: 2-3 days 
 Mainland Western Europe: 1 week
 Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey: 1-2 weeks
 USA, Brazil: 1-2 weeks
 India: 4-6 weeks
China: 4-6 weeks

It is advisable to make tuition and accommodation (if staying in LSE halls) fee payments as early as possible not only to secure your place, but also to ensure that you can apply for and receive your visa in time for the start of the programme.

What if my visa is declined?

If your visa is refused we will refund you the following amounts:

Refund table
Date of Withdrawal   Tuition Fee Refund (%)
 At least 30 calendar days before Commencement Date  90
 14-29 calendar days before Commencement Date  50
 Fewer than 14 calendar days before Commencement Date  No refund

 

If you receive a visa refusal you may wish to contact LSE's International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) who can give you advice on how to proceed. Questions relating to the refund of Summer School tuition fees should be directed to the Summer School office.


Can I get a refund for my accommodation fees?
The accommodation refunds are separate to tuition fee refunds. Conditions and regulations regarding refunds can be found on the Accommodation page.


Can I leave the country at weekends during the Summer School?
You will need to check with your local visa authority and/or with LSE's International Student Immigration Service to see whether travel outside of the UK during the programme is allowed on your visa type.

Arranging accommodation

Where can I stay?

You can choose between single, twin and triple accommodation with shared or private en suite facilities. Also some studios with bathroom and kitchenette. Room types and facilities vary slightly between halls, but all residences are within easy walking distance of LSE campus.

When can I book?

You can book accommodation once you've received a formal offer of a place at the LSE Summer School. Accommodation sells fast, so book as early as you can. We can't guarentee accommodation for all LSE Summer School students. For full details, visit: LSE Summer School accommodation.

What other options are available to me?

Accommodation in London can be expensive and quite hard to find. It may be possible to find a short term let through other reputable websites. Should you wish to book a hotel, we recommend that you book early on, as London is a major tourist destination. In terms of value for money LSE accommodation is one of the more reasonable options.

Who should I contact about accommodation?

All queries about accommodation, you should contact the Summer School Residences team (part of LSE Vacations). You can contact them at residences.summerschool@lse.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 3437 0050. The Summer School Office are unable to answer questions about submitted accommodation applications.

 

Questions about visas

I have a question about visas... 

Visa information

Do I need a visa to study at the Summer School?

To check whether or not you need a visa for Summer School study, please visit the UKVI website. Visa regulations change frequently therefore students are strongly advised to browse LSE's International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) for further information and advice.  If a student does require a visa then they should ensure that they apply to the Summer School as early as convenient as the visa process can often be very lengthy.

How do I apply for a Summer School visa letter?

Following your acceptance onto the programme you will need to complete the following before requesting a Summer School visa letter:

  • Pay tuition fees
  • Pay accommodation fees if staying in LSE Halls

If you are arranging your own accommodation we will state this on the letter and will not confirm any accommodation payment details.


A Summer School visa letter will not be produced until the above are completed. Once completed students can request the Summer School visa letter through a link that will be provided to them.

How long will it take for my Summer School visa letter to arrive?

There are two delivery options, we can either post Summer School visa letters out via regular mail or students can request that we send them by courier which will be subject to an additional charge.


Estimated delivery times for regular post:
UK: 2-3 days
Mainland Western Europe: 1 week
Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey: 1-2 weeks
USA, Brazil: 1-2 weeks
India: 4-6 weeks
China: 4-6 weeks

It is advisable to make tuition and accommodation (if staying in LSE Halls) fee payments as early as possible not only to secure your place, but also to ensure that you can apply for and receive your visa in time for the start of the programme.

Can I collect my Summer School visa letter?

You can request a visa letter to be collected from the LSE Summer School Office by a friend or relative. If you would like to do this you will need to contact us directly to make arrangements.

Visa problems

What if my visa is declined?

If your visa is refused we will refund you the following amounts:

Refund
Date of Withdrawal   Tuition Fee Refund (%)
 At least 30 calendar days before Commencement Date  90
 14-29 calendar days before Commencement Date  50
 Less than 14 calendar days before Commencement Date  No refund

If you receive a visa refusal you may wish to contact LSE's International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT)  who can give you advice on how to proceed. Questions relating to the refund of Summer School tuition fees should be directed to the Summer School office.

Can I get a refund for my accommodation fees?

The accommodation refunds are separate to tuition fee refunds. Conditions and regulations regarding refunds can be found on the Accommodation page.

Can I leave the country at weekends during the Summer School?

You will need to check with your local visa authority and/or with LSE's International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) to see whether travel outside of the UK during the programme is allowed on your visa type.


Still have further questions about visas?
Click the button below to contact LSE's International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT)

ISVAT online visa query form

 

Preparing for London

How do I prepare for my trip to London?

How do I get to LSE from the airport?

If you are coming from abroad it is advisable to check into your accommodation before coming to LSE. Details on how to get to individual halls can be found on the Accommodation Office website.

Heathrow

The cheapest way to get to LSE from Heathrow is by London Underground. The Piccadilly line connects Heathrow airport terminals directly to central London (and beyond). The trains are very regular and this is a popular method of transport. It will also take you straight to Holborn Underground station (about 50 minutes). LSE is less than 5 minutes walk from the station.

Gatwick

There is a direct train to London Victoria station. On arrival change for the Underground and take either the District or Circle line to Temple. LSE is less than 5 minutes walk from the station.

Stansted

Take either the train or bus to London Liverpool Street station, then change for the Underground. Take the Central Line to Holborn. LSE is less than 5 minutes walk from the station.

Luton

Take the train to Kings Cross and change for the Underground, taking the Piccadilly Line to Holborn. LSE is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the station.  

Please note that taxis from any of the London airports are extremely expensive and often no quicker than the train or tube.

How do I get to my residence from the airport?

Full directions can be found on the Accommodation Office website for each residence.

What is the average cost of living in London?

Students are recommended to budget for about £20 per day, excluding accommodation cost, though it is possible to get by on less or to spend a lot more.

What sort of things are there to do outside of studying?

London is one of the biggest and most exciting cities in the world, and there is always something to do, from shopping, to sightseeing, to nightlife.

The Summer School also runs a small social programme, including our Public Lectures Series and the ever-popular River Boat Parties. We also run trips to the theatre and day-trips out of London, including to Oxford and Cambridge. See our social programme page for more information.

What will my timetable look like?

Typically you will have a three hour lecture and a 90 minute class each day. Your day may start as early as 9 or 10am, and finish as late as 5 or 6pm. Timetables are only established shortly before the beginning of the course and are therefore not available in advance. Class groups are allocated at random, and you will be notified of your class group only after you have registered on the first day of the programme. It is not possible to change your class time.

A few courses, including Introduction to English Law and English for Business, follow a different teaching format and last year's timetable can be used for reference.

When will I get my timetable?

You will be given your timetable on the first day of the programme. A detailed timetable is not usually available prior to the start of the Summer School.

How many people will be in lectures and classes?

In 2016, Summer School course enrolment ranged from 15-230 students per course. Lectures will involve all participants of the course and the classes will be split down into smaller groups, usually of around 15-20 per class, though sometimes the number can be slightly higher.

Can I know the names/email addresses of the other people on my course?

Due to UK data-protection laws, we are forbidden from providing personal or contact details of others on your course. If you wish to get in touch with other students before the start of the course there is a Summer School Facebook group.

Am I able to contact academic staff before the start of the course?

You may contact academic staff before the start of your course, but it is advisable to do so only through the LSE Summer School Office. Email enquiries should be sent to summer.school@lse.ac.uk and where a question cannot be answered by the office staff it will be forwarded to the relevant academic. If the course leader has provided an email address or telephone number on the course outline, you may contact the relevant person directly. Obviously the academic staff are very busy during term time and you will find that the majority of your enquiries will be forwarded to the office to answer anyway.

What is the difference between a lecture and a class?

All course participants attend lectures together as a single group. Lectures are usually presented by an academic (the course leader or leaders), and are, in general, a listening and note-taking exercise as is the norm in the UK university system. Participants on the course will be divided into smaller groups for 90 minute classes of around 15 to 20 students. Classes present an opportunity to work through problem sets or case studies, present seminar papers and discuss them, and to discuss the previous lecture with a Class Teacher and classmates. In other universities these sessions may be known as tutorials or seminars.

Do I need to do any reading before the course starts?

It may not be necessary to undertake a large amount of pre-course reading. Lectures will be the main focus of teaching with the course textbooks used to complement them. However, it may be to your advantage to read the first few chapters of the main text in advance, to familiarise yourself with the lecture material.

In a very small number of courses there are essential preliminary readings. You will be notified of these well in advance of the start of the course. Please see course outlines for details

Do I need to buy the course textbook?

To obtain the optimum learning experience from the course it is essential to attend all of the lectures and classes. However, it is also important to do all the course reading. Even though many of the books on the reading list are available in the LSE Library it is unlikely that there will be enough copies of the main text(s) available for everyone to use. We therefore advise students to buy the main text(s) and use the LSE Library for supplementary reading. Students may wish to wait until their first lecture to find out which text book (if any) that they are recommended to buy.

Can I have/buy the materials for another course?

No, the copyright rules for course materials mean that only students registered on a particular course can receive the relevant course materials.

Is there a bookshop on site?

The Waterstone's Economists' Bookshop is located on the LSE campus in St Clements opposite Student Services. Waterstone's supply textbooks for LSE students including those attending Summer School. The bookshop is open throughout the year, Monday to Saturday. 

There is also a second-hand bookshop, Alpha Books, located near the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. They often stock Summer School texts at discounted prices.

Will I receive course materials in advance?

Generally, course materials are distributed at the first lecture. If you have any questions please direct these to the Summer School Office.

Are course texts/articles available online?

Most journal articles and some chapters from course texts will be available on Moodle. However you need to be a registered student to log onto these.

 

 

Whilst you are at LSE

What facilities and services are available at the LSE Campus?

Can I use the LSE Careers Service?

Unfortunately Summer School students are not entitled to use the LSE Careers Service but they can use the University of London Careers Service, which is located at Senate House, Malet Street London WC1E 7HU. A 1-hour face-to-face session costs £160.

Will I have full access to the library and its facilities?

All LSE Summer School participants are encouraged to make full use of LSE facilities. All Summer School students will be given a library card once they register. Photocopying and computing facilities are also available for you to use.

Are computer workstations available for Summer School students?

Once registered at LSE, students will be given instructions on how to set up IT accounts, including an LSE email address, so that they can use the school’s IT facilities. There are approximately 1,000 networked Windows PCs available and there is access to printing facilities in the public computer rooms.

Am I allowed to change my course once the programme has started?

Course changes can be approved only within the first two days of each session. You will need to fill out a form at the Summer School Office. If you are changing to a 200 or 300 level course, you must come to the Office between 12 noon and 2pm and have your change approved by the Summer School Academic Tutor. If you are changing to a 100 level course, you may come to the Office at any time during opening hours.

Can I use the gym?

Summer School students will have access to the brand new gym facilities on campus, at a heavily reduced rate. More details on this can be found in your arrival information pack.

Are there eating and drinking facilities on campus?

LSE Catering offers a fantastic choice of food and drink at its restaurants, cafes and bars, and provides a great place to socialise with friends and colleagues whatever the taste or budget. More details on this can be found in your arrival information pack.

 

Exams and credits

I have some questions about the examination process and credit transfer...

Examinations

When will the final exam take place?

Final exams take place on the last day of each session and participants cannot expect to be finished in time to meet flights on that day. There are no exceptions to taking the exams at the given time and date and this should be taken into account when booking return flights.

Do I have to take the exams? Will I get a certificate if I don't?

No, exams are not compulsory. Students who attend at least 75% of classes (9 out of 12 classes) and do not sit the final exam will receive an Attendance Certificate. Students must note that an Attendance Certificate is not the same as a Pass/Fail grade and is unlikely to be able to be used for credit.

Am I allowed to sit the mid-session exam and not the final exam?

Yes, students can sit the mid-session exam to gauge how they are doing, and decide whether or not they wish to submit the final exam. Therefore you may sit the mid-session exam and still receive an Attendance Certificate, providing you have attended at least 75% of classes.

Can I sit examinations remotely?

It is against University policy to allow Summer School students to sit exams at a location other than the LSE.

What happens if I am unwell or have mitigating circumstances on the day of the exam?

If you are likely to miss an exam for any reason, including illness, you should contact the Summer School Office as soon as possible for advice on +44 (0) 20 7955 7227.

If there are medical or mitigating circumstances, e.g. temporary illness, personal difficulties or bereavement, which you feel may have affected your exam performance and you want to bring to the attention of the examiner, you must submit a statement of mitigating circumstances to the Summer School Office, no later than THREE days after the exam. The late submission of evidence will only be accepted in very exceptional circumstances.

Certificates and credit

What is the difference between the Attendance Certificate and the Graded Certificate?

For students who choose not to be assessed in the final exam there is an option of an Attendance Certificate (providing that you have attended at least 75% of classes). The Attendance Certificate will state your name and your course, but will say ‘Attended’ rather than give a grade.

The Graded Certificate is for all students who submit a final exam and take the other course assessments. The document will state your name, your course and the grade you received (A+ - F scale).

Can I opt for the Attendance Certificate after I have taken the exam?

No. You must decide prior to submitting your final exam whether you want a Graded Certificate or an Attendance Certificate. Students are not able to choose after they have completed their exam.

Am I allowed both the Attendance Certificate and the Graded Certificate?

Students will only be awarded one certificate; either a Graded Certificate if they have submitted the final exam, or the Attendance Certificate if they choose not to sit the final exam.

Will I get a qualification for taking a Summer School course?

Students completing a Summer School course will receive a certificate from LSE. However, there is no externally recognised qualification (e.g. ACCA, CIPFA) for taking a Summer School course. Most students who attend other universities are able to receive credit for taking the course from their own institution.

How much credit will I receive for a Summer School course?

Students who wish to receive credit for their course will need to contact either their Study Abroad Office or the office in their university that deals with external credit. It is up to a student's home institution as to how much credit is awarded but the Summer School Office is happy to provide any necessary information to your registry or academic advisor, to help them evaluate the courses. Each Summer School course is equivalent to one course from an undergraduate degree. Generally our courses receive 3 - 4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system.

Do Summer School courses count towards the LSE undergraduate programme?

LSE Summer School courses do not count towards a degree at LSE. Summer School in the UK is not seen as a way of repeating failed courses or a way of graduating quickly. However, LSE Summer School courses are based upon LSE degree programmes and are often used as access courses by graduate admissions at LSE.

 

When Summer School is over...

What happens after Summer School is over?

Details on your transcripts and certificates when your Summer School course is over:

What documentation will I receive upon successful completion of a Summer School course?

Summer School students will receive a certificate and a transcript on request.

How and when will I receive my certificate?

How will I receive my certificate?

Certificates will be posted to students. Towards the end of the course all students will receive a link to an online evaluation form. At the end of this form you will be asked to confirm that you wish to receive a certificate and the address you would like the certificate to be sent to.

When will I receive my certificate?

Certificates are usually sent out at the end of September to the address that you provided in the online evaluation form.

How and when will I receive my transcript?

How will I receive my transcript?

Transcripts will be made available electronically, after the end of the programme, usually in late September, via the LSE Digitary system. Summer School students will receive an email with information on accessing their digital transcript. 

When will I receive my transcript?

Transcripts will firstly be available electronically through our online Digitary system and you will usually be informed how to access these in late September. You will subsequently have the opportunity to order hard copies of your transcript through the Summer School website. These will be sent to any address worldwide free of charge for the first year.

Will I be able to access my online course material after I have left? 

We strongly advise that all students download and save, or print any materials during the programme that they would like to keep. Access to Moodle after the Summer School is not always possible.

How do I order transcripts from previous years?

Please see information provided on the transcripts page.

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