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How to apply


The application process for GO LSE exchanges is open to all second-year undergraduate students and third-year PPE students. The number of places available is limited so the process is competitive and conducted in two-stages. Interested students first complete LSE's own application, details of which are provided below. Subsequently, the applicants selected by LSE must then apply to, and be accepted by, the host institution before their place on a GO LSE exchange is confirmed. 

The GO LSE and CIVICA application forms are now closed. The deadline for applying to both exchanges was Monday 29 November (midday GMT). We are unable to accept any late applications.

Application process

Assessing your suitability to study abroad

Your application will be assessed by an LSE panel that is looking for candidates who who have considered, and can identify, the positive benefits of study abroad for both themselves, LSE and wider society. The panel are also seeking applicants who will represent the School to the best of their ability during their time abroad. Accordingly, you are required to answer a number of set questions:

  • Tell us about your academic and personal journey to reach LSE and your experience at the School so far. (250 words)

  • Why have you ranked your potential placement destinations in the order you have? (250 words) 

  • What subjects/courses are you interested in studying during your GO LSE exchange, and why? (250 words)

  • How will participating in a GO LSE exchange help you achieve your personal ambitions? (250 words)
  • How will your participation in a GO LSE exchange benefit LSE and wider society? (250 words)
  • I merit a place on a GO LSE exchange because.... (20 words)

Entry requirements

As part of your application for a GO LSE exchange, you will need to include your marks from the first year of your studies at LSE (and second year for PPE students) and the name and contact details of one academic referee. Your referee can be any academic member of staff from your department at LSE.

In order to be eligible for consideration, you must have an overall average of 60% or above from all of your first year courses (first and second year courses for PPE students). Applicants with individual module scores under 60% will be considered, as long as the overall average grade is 60% or above. Generally we require applicants to have passed all of their first year exams (without resits).

Destination preferences

Applicants can be considered for a place at one of the following four institutions. The application form asks you to rank these in order of preference, and also allows you to indicate if there are any institutions you don't wish to be considered for.

  • Central European University (CEU), Vienna 
  • National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA), Bucharest
  • Sciences Po, France
  • University of California, Berkeley

Whilst every effort will be made to place successful applicants at their first choice institution the limited number of places available means this may not always be possible.


You will need to include the contact details of one academic referee in support of your application to the GO LSE exchanges. Your referee can be any academic member of staff from your department who has taught you, or your academic mentor.

Your referee will be contacted only if you are shortlisted but we recommend speaking with them prior to submitting your application. Shortlisted applicants and their referees will be notified before the Christmas closure (17 December).


  • Applicants must be in their second year (or third year for PPE students), and must return to LSE after the year abroad to complete their degree. The year abroad does not contribute to your LSE degree classification, but your host institution should provide a separate transcript of your results.
  • We are particularly keen to receive applications from students from Widening Participation students and LSE Bursary recipients. Information on fees and funding can be found here.


After submitting your application


  • Once the application window has closed on Monday 29 November 2021 there will be an internal selection process to identify the shortlisted applicants. The number of applicants shortlisted will depend on the number of places available at the host institutions and the quality of the applications received. 
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by 17 December and should begin preparing for the second stage of the application process - submitting an application to one of the four host institutions - in the New Year.
  • Academic referees will be contacted directly by the GO LSE team and invited to provide their reference in support of the shortlisted applicants.

Final outcome

An LSE panel will meet to assess shortlisted applications, and applicants will be notified by Friday 28 January 2022 of the final outcome.

Successful applicants will be provided with details of the exchange they have been selected for, and must accept their place on the exchange within one week of receiving the final decision. Failure to do so will result in the offer being withdrawn and the place awarded to a waitlisted applicant.

The GO LSE team will work with successful applicants to help them submit their application to the host institution and prepare them for the exchange.