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The Language Centre

Alongside my International Relations degree, I also study Mandarin, and it’s a fantastic combination of subjects. Studying Mandarin has enabled me to think more logically and study topics that I would not have encountered as part of my degree, such as my Chinese research dossier which is about change and continuity on the status of women in Chinese society

Alice Bexson, BSc International Relations

Welcome to the Language Centre. Here you can meet our students and staff virtually and find out more about the Language Centre and our programmes. Take your time to browse through the information and follow the links to our webpages to really get to know us.

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Watch this video for an introduction to studying BSc International Relations and Chinese
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Here is an introduction to the BSc Language, Culture and Society programme

Visit our webpages

Watch our Virtual Open Day talk

Watch our Language Centre Virtual Open Day video to find out more about our degree programmes, teaching and assessment methods and life in the Department. 

Watch a recording of the 2020 Virtual Open Day BSc International Relations and Chinese & BSc Language, Culture and Society Q&A session here

Top three reasons why you should study languages at LSE

  1. You’ll be using and researching living languages in a multilingual global city and a truly international university.
  2. You’ll combine excellent language learning with world-class disciplinary study in international relations and sociology.
  3. We have an excellent record for student feedback and attainment.

You can also find our more about us on our webpages and by watching the video below.

Staff explain why you should study languages Staff explain why you should study languages
Staff at the Language Centre explain why you should study with them

What is it like to study a degree in the Language Centre?

Our Language Centre degree programmes allow students to combine either international relations or language culture and society courses with the development of advanced language skills. Students will take language, literature and linguistic courses, designed to develop an understanding of intercultural communication as well as language proficiency skills. BSc International Relations and Chinese is intended for beginners in Mandarin, rather than fluent speakers. BSc Language Culture and Society students can select from one of five modern languages: French; German; Mandarin; Russian or Spanish. There is no language pre-requisite. 

Listen to our taster session and watch our assessment methods video below for more information.

Assessment methods Assessment methods
Find our from staff about the innovative assessment methods in the language centre

Our programmes: BSc International Relations and Chinese

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content, preliminary reading and accreditation please visit our BSc International Relations and Chinese programme page.

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration:  Four years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 163/23/11
  • Careers: This degree programme will prepare you for a career in politics and government, diplomacy of international organisations, NGO charities and international development (including multi-national corporations).

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc International Relations and Chinese programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the BSc International Relations and Chinese for this information.

UCAS code: L2T1
A-levels: AAA
IB Diploma: 38 points overall, including 766 at higher level

Study abroad

BSc International Relations and Chinese students will spend their third year, and the summer between their first and second year studying at Fudan University. Students are required to return to LSE after their study abroad year to complete their degree

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

Our programmes: BSc Language, Culture and Society

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content, preliminary reading and accreditation please visit our BSc Language, Culture and Society programme page.

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration:  Four years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 165/45/10
  • Careers: This degree programme will prepare you for a career in politics and government, diplomacy of international organisations, NGO charities and international development (including multi-national corporations).

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc Language, Culture and Society programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the programme page for this information.

UCAS code: L3R9
A-levels: AAB
IB Diploma: 37 points overall, including 666 at higher level

Study abroad

BSc Language, Culture and Society students will spend their third year studying abroad at a partner institution in one of five countries, depending on language choice. The partner institutions are: Universidad de Valladolid, Spain; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany; Liden & Denz Intercultural Institute of Languages-St Petersburg, Russia; SciencesPo, France; Fudan University, China. Students are required to return to LSE after their study abroad year to complete their degree.

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

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