General Course Spring Semester 2021

If you have already been offered a place on the full-year General Course for the academic year 2020/21 and your home institution has cancelled study abroad in the Fall, you are eligible to be considered for the General Course Spring Semester 2021 (GCSS21).

In response to institutions taking the difficult decision to cancel study abroad in the Fall semester, LSE will, on an exceptional basis, offer the General Course Spring Semester 2021. This will run alongside the regular full-year General Course programme.

Our intention is to enable students, who had hoped to study at LSE next year, to still do so, albeit for a reduced period of time. We aim to provide you with an experience that is as rich and rewarding as possible.


All students who were made an offer to join the full-year General Course in 2020/21 but who are no longer able to study abroad (because their home institution has cancelled study abroad in the Fall) will automatically be offered a place on GCSS21.

  • You can request to switch to GCSS21 by completing this survey. Deadline: Midnight (BST) Sunday 12 July

Term dates and tuition fees

  • GCSS21 will run over LSE's Lent and Summer terms, from Wednesday 13 January to Friday 18 June 2021. 
  • The tuition fee for GCSS21 will be £14,224. This is two-thirds the tuition fee for the full academic year. No financial aid will be available from LSE for students joining GCSS21.
  • Information on London living costs can be found here.

Course availability

Students joining the GCSS21 will have access to over 150 undergraduate courses. These courses are principally Lent Term half-units, but many departments will also, on an exceptional basis, permit GCSS21 students to enter full-unit courses in January 2021.

You can view the full list of courses available to GCSS Students here

  • GCSS21 students will attend the same lectures and classes/discussion groups as those students on the full-year General Course, and regular degree-seeking students.
  • Some courses have strict academic pre-requisites and/or require the permision of the course convenor before you can join them.
  • GCSS21 academic transcripts will record that students were at LSE for the Lent and Summer terms only, and provide grades for both their class work and their assessments (as we do for full-year General Course students).


We are not yet able to guarantee university housing to GCSS21 students, but hope to be able to do so later in the summer (when we know how many students will be joining us in London in September). If we are unable to guarantee university housing we will work to source private accommodation options.

General Course social calendar

GCSS21 students, alongside those on the full-year General Course, will have access to a bespoke range of free and subsidised social activities. These will begin as soon as they arrive in London with a series of appropriately socially-distanced welcome and orientation events.

LSE alumni status

Students who complete GCSS21 will be granted full LSE alumni status and enjoy all the accompanying benefits, including 10% off the cost of a graduate degree at the School.