In June we published our plans to welcome General Course students to LSE’s campus and halls of residence in the Michaelmas Term. Small in-person classes, seminars, and tutorial groups will run on campus, all in socially distanced environments. Lectures will be delivered online throughout the Michaelmas Term, and they will be recorded and made available for students to access.
Flexible teaching and learning arrangements in the Michaelmas Term 2020
However, whilst we expect all General Course students to come to, and be resident in, London for the start of term, we know that some won’t be able to, for a variety of reasons including visa delays, medical-related concerns and the prohibition of overseas study by some of our partner institutions. That's why we are introducing flexible arrangements, so that you have a range of options that work for you and we can put in place the support you need, whether you are in London or elsewhere for all or part of the Michaelmas Term.
If you cannot make it to LSE for the first week of term we encourage you to arrive as soon as possible after that date. This will ensure a better experience for you and your fellow students as you will be engaging with teaching and learning on campus and with your peers and academic faculty. This will also provide you with access to the various services LSE has on offer that are important for a positive student experience outside the classroom.
If you cannot make it to the LSE campus for the start of term, we will provide online substitute teaching and learning until you are able to join us. Online provisions will vary across departments, but besides pre-recorded or synchronous online lectures, these may take the form of online tutorial sessions, Q and A sessions with faculty, peer study groups for both on-campus and online students, or similar activity designed to build and strengthen our student community. While we will try to schedule teaching to accommodate General Course students studying remotely, some synchronous teaching may not always be available within normal teaching hours in your location.
General Course students studying online will also have access to support from a range of LSE services. While we will try to provide as much as we can to students studying remotely, there may be some activity which we cannot offer online. Examples of these are likely to include work and volunteering opportunities, as well as access to some on-campus events.
Our flexible approach with online teaching and student support will be in place for the duration of the Michaelmas Term for General Course students unable to be in London. If you cannot arrive on campus for the start of term, you will be asked, prior to the start of the programme, to let us know your likely date of arrival and to request online teaching in the Michaelmas Term.
If you need to study remotely for some or all of the Michaelmas Term, you should also check, and take responsibility for, any other arrangements that may be impacted by a period of online study. These may include accommodation contracts, scholarships or loans, and visa conditions for international students and EU students (who, post-Brexit and under current rules, would need a visa if they do not take up residence in the UK before 31 December 2020). It is also your responsibility to ensure that you are able to study remotely in an appropriate environment.
LSE will not discount the General Course tuition fee for students who study for some or all of the Michaelmas Term online. However, you are able to take advantage of our standard payment plans whereby fees can be paid in instalments and details can be found on our Tuition Fees pages.
The option to follow the General Course remotely via online study is currently available for the Michaelmas Term only. Subject to updates, we expect all General Course students to arrive on campus for in-person teaching at the start of the Lent Term, and we very much hope to deliver as many face-to-face teaching and learning opportunities as soon and as safely as possible.
Support, guidance and advice
Our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our community. We know that you will have lots of questions about living and studying in London and we are here to help and support you however we can. Our FAQs contain the most up to date information about measures in place on campus and in halls, as well as information about your studies in the Michaelmas Term 2020, and how we want to help you feel #partofLSE. We will continue to update these pages as we count down to you registering in September.