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How to apply

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Emily Weis, Northeastern University, USA

Summer School courses are taught to the LSE's high standard and are therefore academically rigorous. Before starting your application, please ensure that you meet the entry requirements specific to your chosen course(s).

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Minimum Requirements

In order to apply for the Summer School, you must provide the following:

  • 100-level courses:

    Proof of an offer of a place at university or a transcript showing you are currently attending/have previously attended university; or

  • 200 and 300-level courses:

    A university transcript showing you meet course specific prerequisites

  • You are also required to provide evidence of meeting our language requirements (if you are a non-native English speaker).

We look for applicants to show grades of around B+ (GPA 3.3). In some instances it is possible to accept slightly lower grades, depending on the strength of the application as a whole. Please contact us at summer school for advice on your specific circumstances.

Course Levels and Prerequisites

Courses are taught at 3 levels that generally equate to the 3 years of undergraduate study in the UK university system:


Equivalent to 



1st year undergraduate

None (though some background in mathematics may be recommended)


2nd year undergraduate

Introductory level university courses (see course description page for your chosen course)


3rd year undergraduate*

Intermediate level university courses (see course description page for your chosen course)

* In some instances 1st year graduate study can also be considered.  

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are not considered sufficient prerequisites for Summer School courses.

English language requirements

All students must meet one of the following requirements:


Required Score 

TOEFL iBT (including Home and Paper Editions)

107 or above (including 25 in each component)


7.0 or above (including 7 in all components)


With grade B or better, or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component


With grade C or better, or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA)

Academic test with a score of 65 in all four components

Trinity ISE (revised test)

Level III overall with distinction in all components

College English Test (CET)

Students who do not meet the requirements above, but who have a CET score of 470 or more, may be admitted if they also attend a one week LSE Preparatory English course immediately prior to taking their chosen Summer School course

Bellerbys Academic English Skills (AES)

A minimum score of 70%


We are aware that in many places, university education is taught fully or partially in English as standard. You can apply as a native speaker if you have studied at a University in one of the following:

  • India

  • Pakistan

  • Turkey

  • Hong Kong

  • Singapore

  • Netherlands

  • All Scandinavian countries 

If you have studied in an English-speaking institution, or have courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses), in a location not listed above, you may still meet our requirements without having to supply one of the above certificates. Please provide evidence on a transcript or letter from your university that explicitly states the courses taught in English.

Applicants with an alternative qualification should contact the Summer School Office for advice.

Applicants who wish to refresh their language skills may be interested to note that the LSE Language Centre offers intensive one-week English language courses prior to each Summer School session.

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