How to apply

Information on the application process and entry requirements

My main tip for potential students thinking about applying is, stop thinking. Apply.
Rachael Steer, The University of Akron, USA

The LSE-PKU Summer School will run from 6-17 August 2018

We understand that making applications can be confusing, so we have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. Please read the information in this section carefully and follow the instructions given; this will help to ensure that everything proceeds quickly and smoothly.

Before starting your application, please also ensure that you meet the entry requirements specific to your chosen course and paid the application fee. The deadline to apply is 15 June 2018, however we may consider applications after this date dependent upon course availability.


Application fee

Before you can apply, you need to pay an application fee of £50 by credit or debit card online through the secure LSE Online Store. The application fee must be paid before an application can be processed.

Pay application fee

Important: The application fee is not refundable in the event of an unsuccessful application or a decision to withdraw or decline an offered place.

Making an application

Once you have paid your application fee, you can start your online application and submit your supporting documents.

If you are experiencing any problems with this, please complete the Word document version of our application and send it to us via email, along with your supporting documentation. Please only apply with the word document if you are unable to use the online application.

If you also wish to apply to our Pre-sessional Mandarin Course you will able to do so as part of this process.

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged within five working days. A decision will normally be made on fully completed applications within ten working days, but at particularly busy times, or during university closure dates, such as Christmas or Easter, these timescales may be extended.

If you are based in China you may wish to apply through our Beijing office.

Supporting documents

You will need to provide:

1) Documentation to show that you satisfy the entry requirements of your course, such as a university transcript.

2) Proof of meeting the English language requirements (if relevant).

3) A passport style photo, this will be used for your student ID card at Peking University.

4) Preferably also a copy of your passport (but only if it will be valid for the duration of the Summer School). If you do not currently have a passport that will be valid during the Summer School, we will ask you to send us a copy of your new passport before the programme begins.

Fraud prevention

We take active steps to scrutinise and verify documents received during the application process. If we are unable to verify independently the accuracy of information supplied, your application may be cancelled and any offer withdrawn.

Entry requirements

LSE-PKU Summer School courses are taught to LSE and PKU’s high standards and are therefore academically rigorous.

Academic requirements

There is no minimum grade requirement for applications to the programme, but applicants should be prepared to actively participate in a rigorous, intensive academic programme run by two leading research and teaching universities. It is expected that all participants will engage with the extensive reading list as required by their course and contribute in class discussions. Due to the intensive nature of the programme, students follow a single course for the whole duration of the LSE-PKU Summer School. 

Generally speaking, a 100 level course is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, a 200 level course is equivalent to the second year of an undergraduate degree, and a 300 level course is equivalant to the final year of an undergraduate degree; however, we also welcome students and professionals on all levels of courses. Students who complete their High School studies in 2018 and hold a confirmed offer to begin university in 2018 (or in 2019 after a gap year) may also apply.


Some LSE-PKU Summer School courses at 200 or 300 level have specific prerequisites listed in the course descriptions, whilst others suggest (but do not require) particular academic backgrounds. Applicants for a course where prerequisites are in place should ensure that the documentation they provide with their application clearly indicates how their previous study meets this requirement.

English language requirments

As the LSE-PKU Summer School is delivered in English, it is essential that all participants have a good standard of English language to enable them to fully participate in the programme and interact with their classmates.    

We appreciate that applicants may show their English ability in a range of ways, such as:

  • being of a nationality where English is the first language;
  • having studied at university level in English (not learning English language), as shown on a transcript;
  • having studied English at school (eg, GCSE, iGCSE, O-Level, A-Level, International Baccalaureate) and received a good passing grade; or
  • having taken an approved English language test and met one of the standards below:

TOEFL (internet based)

107 or above (including 25 in each component)


7.0 or above (including 7 in all components)


Grade B or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of  185 points in each individual component


Grade C or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of  185 points in each individual component

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA)

A score of 65 in all four components

If you have any queries about whether your proof of English Language is suitable, please contact us.

Disability Support

The LSE-PKU Summer School aims to create an environment which is welcoming to all participants. If you have a disability, medical condition, dyslexia, neurodiverse condition or other specific need, please email us before the Summer School begins so that we can try to accommodate your needs and ensure that we are fully prepared for your arrival.