When should I register?
General Course students will be able to register online from August 2020. We will send you information about this shortly.
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.
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, e.g. 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.
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 General Course students are welcomed to LSE, regardless of when they arrive.
Teaching and learning
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.
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 General Course students unable to access campus in the Michaelmas 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 if they are able to.
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.
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 in the rigour or standard. We will continue to apply our validation, monitoring and review mechanisms to assure the quality of our courses.
Can I access the Library?
General Course students will be able to access the LSE Library, in person, from September 2020, observing social distancing rules. Of course, all students and staff are able to access the Library’s digital materials remotely at any time.
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.
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.
If quarantine controls are in place for your home country at the time of your arrival in London then General Course 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.