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Information for General Course offer holders 2017/18

Use the checklist in the next steps below to ensure you are up to date with all the tasks you need to complete prior to your arrival at LSE. Detailed information regarding the below pointers can be found in the General Course Offer booklet.


Next steps January - September 2017

Accept your offer of a place on LSE For You

Tip: If you do not receive an invite to set up your LSE For You account within 2 weeks of receiving your offer please email

Join the official LSE General Course Facebook group

Tip: The Facebook group provides you with an opportunity to connect with other offer holders, to make friends before you arrive in London, and to share your questions, queries and concerns.

Ensure we have received all requested original documents stated in your offer email

Tip: Check your offer email and ensure that we receive all outstanding documents as soon as possible. You will not be able to register as a student until we have these.

Tip: Original transcripts should be posted to:

General Course Admissions
Student Marketing and Recruitment
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Tip: We also accept E-transcripts if sent securely and directly from your institution's registry office. These should be sent to 

Tip: Please note that we will be unable to return any documents sent to us as part of your application.

Apply for accommodation in one of the LSE or University of London halls of residence

Tip: Apply for accommodation as soon as possible once applications open in March.

Tip: Deadline for accommodation applications is 30 June 2017.

Apply for a John C Phelan General Course Scholarship

Tip: Apply by the deadline of 1 June 2017 to be considered for an award of up to £18,960. 

Consider applying for an internship

Tip: Visit the Intern Group webpages for more information

Plan to arrive in London the weekend before Welcome Week

Tip: Plan to arrive in London and move into your accommodation by Sunday 17 September 2017.

Return your Financial Undertaking Form

Tip: If you are being sponsored by your home institution then please tick box A on the form. If you are paying your fees independently and we will therefore receive payment directly from you please tick box B. If you are unsure which category applies to you check with your Study Abroad Adviser before completing the form or contact General Course Admissions.

Tip: Please sign the form by hand.

Read our guidance on how to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa

Visit the LSE International Student Visa Advice Team webpages and read their guidance for General Course students. If you have questions regarding visas then please contact the Visa Advice team by completing their online enquiry form.

Tip: Ensure you meet the below criteria in order to be able to receive your CAS by the earliest possible issue date:

  • hold an unconditional offer,
  • have firmly accepted your offer on LSE For You,
  • have returned a scanned copy of your passport photo page to GC Admissions by emailing
  • have returned the Financial Undertaking Formto GC Admissions

Tip: The earliest possible date you can apply for a visa is 3 months prior to the start date of the programme.

Return your Course Choice Form

Tip: When making your final choices please consult the Undergraduate Course Catalogue and the additional guidance on course levels and economics options on our website

Tip: The deadline to return your course choice form is Friday 21 July 2017. Please email the form to by this deadline.

Attend a pre-departure event alongside other offer holders

These events take place around the world. To see if there is an event near you visit the Destination LSE webpages.

Activate your LSE IT Account and get your LSE Email

Tip: Follow the instructions in the email you receive to activate your account. If you have any questions then contact IT Services.

Register for your courses on LSE For You (From 4th September)

Tip: Follow the instructions in your email to select your choices.

Tip: You will not be able to select your courses online  until you have activated your IT Account.

Tip: For courses that require permission you will need to gain the approval of the course leader upon arrival at LSE.

Attend early arrival events for students who arrive at LSE before Welcome Week

Have a look at what is happening on campus on our website.

Make the most of Welcome week at LSE

Welcome week is the week of 18th September. As well as the dedicated events for General Course students, there are lots of events taking place on campus to assist you with settling in. Take a look at the Welcome Week guide made by our Student Services Centre.


Term Dates 2017/18

Michaelmas Term
Thursday 21 September – Friday 8 December

Lent Term Exams
Tuesday 2 January - Friday 5 January (only certain courses)

Lent Term
Monday 8 January – Friday 23 March

Summer Term
Monday 23 April – Friday 8 June


How to contact us

Questions about Accommodation: Contact our Residential Services Team

Questions about visas: Contact our International Student Visa Advice Team

Questions about scholarship applications: Contact our Financial Support Office 

Any other questions contact the GC Admissions Team