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LSE Summer School FAQs

These pages answer any questions you may have regarding the LSE Summer School

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Before contacting the office please browse the topics below. The answers to nearly all the enquiries we receive can be found here.

You can also watch our 'Introduction to Summer School' webinar.

Questions about LSE Accommodation? 
Find detailed information about booking rooms, quarantine and other accommodation policies here.

Jump to: 
2021 Programme; Thinking of applying; After submitting your application (including Tuition fees, visas and accommodation); Preparing for Summer School; Whilst you are at LSE; Exams and credits; After Summer School ends 


 

2021 Programme

Here are our answers to some of the most common questions we’ve been asked about our Summer School Programme in 2021.

Special arrangements for 2021

When will admissions open?

Admissions opened for summer 2021 on 1st February. 

Will it be the same programme that you’ve offered pre-Covid?

For summer 2021, all our courses will be offered in the choice of two delivery modes. 

Our Blended Learning option combines primarily in-person teaching with some online classes for a safe and academically rigorous experience in London.

We are also very pleased to present a Remote Learning option, running alongside our blended learning programme, for those students unable to attend in person. 

This approach is subject to modification as we monitor developments with the wider situation. 

If I enrol on a course in 2021, and subsequently need to withdraw, will I be able to receive a full refund?

We understand that the global pandemic may affect your plans for Summer 2021 and want to offer you peace of mind.

You will be able to withdraw from the programme and receive a full refund of your tuition fees if you notify us at least thirty (30) days before the start date of your course.  

We regret that application fees are non-refundable.

I held an offer for Summer School 2020 and decided to defer my place and payment to 2021. If I am not able to attend the course for any reason, can I still get a refund?

Yes. If you deferred your 2020 place to 2021, you will be able to withdraw from the programme and receive a full refund on your tuition fees if you notify us at least thirty (30) calendar days before the start date of your course.  

Please note, application fees are non-refundable.

What measures will you take to make campus safe?

Students' safety is our main priority. We’ll be guided by LSE’s wider approach to safeguarding students. The School has undertaken extensive risk assessments, and health and safety assessments on all rooms and communal areas of the LSE campus. In several areas we are going beyond UK government guidance to ensure our campus is safe.  

Current measures include face coverings, social distancing, extensive cleaning and LSE’s own track and trace system. 

More information on the safety measures the School has implemented can be found here: https://info.lse.ac.uk/coronavirus-response/frequently-asked-questions
(This link is for general information, as it is aimed at full-time LSE students, therefore there may be some aspects that will not be relevant to Summer School students)

For information on safety measures at our accommodation, including quarantining, please visit the Accommodation FAQs.

When will the structure of the Summer School programme be finalised?

For summer 2021, all our courses will be offered in the choice of two delivery modes.

Our Blended Learning option combines primarily in-person teaching with some online classes for a safe and academically rigorous experience in London.

We are also very pleased to present a Remote Learning option, running alongside our blended learning programme, for those students unable to attend in person. 

Summer School Dates: 

Session 1: 21 June – 9 July 2021 

Session 2: 12 – 30 July 2021 

Session 3: 2 - 20 August 2021 

You can join our mailing list (via the red 'Join mailing list' button) to receive the latest information. 

Can I switch from remote learning to in-person and vice versa?

This will be subject to availability. Please contact us if you wish to request this.

Will lectures be recorded online?

Yes. All lectures will be recorded and available on demand for the duration of the programme. This will allow an opportunity for revision and to help mitigate against connectivity issues for our new remote learning programme. 

Travel Guidance

What guidance is there for travel from outside the UK? 

From 17 May 2021, the UK government is revising its international travel rules. Countries have been listed as green, amber or red for Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The rules that you will need to follow on arrival in England will depend on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive and which list your country is on, regardless of if you have been vaccinated.

Find out which list your country is on

If, in the ten days before you arrive in England, you have been in a country or territory on the: 

  • Green list – you must take a COVID-19 test before you travel to England and another test on or before day 2 after you arrive. You do not need to quarantine unless the day 2 test result is positive. Visit this page for further guidance from the UK Government
  • Amber list – you must take a COVID-19 test before you travel to England. After you arrive, you will need to take a test on or before day 2 after you arrive, and on or after day 8. You will also need to quarantine but LSE is offering a complimentary Test to Release COVID-19 test which may shorten your quarantine period.
    You should also visit this page for further guidance from the UK Government.   
  • Red list – you will not be allowed to enter the UK unless you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. Visit this page for further  guidance from the UK Government
  • If you have been in more than one country in the ten days before arrival, you must follow rules applying to the country or territory with the highest alert rating. For example, if you are travelling from a green list country but will have also been in or through a country or territory on the amber list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow the amber list rules. 

Stay up-to-date: 

The above information is a summary based on current UK Government guidance (correct at 12 May 2021). It is important that you refer to the UK Government website for full details of travel rules and requirements.  

Please also note that countries and territories can be moved between lists if conditions change so it is important that you stay up to date with guidance. You can sign up for an email alert to be notified when the UK Government guidance page is updated. You should also refer to travel advice and requirements issued by your own Government. 
 
Guidance for travellers from amber list countries 

Test to Release Scheme: 

The standard quarantine requirement for travellers from amber list countries or territories is to self-isolate in your accommodation for 10 days after arrival. However, you may be able to reduce the quarantine period via the Test to Release scheme.

Session 2 students:

LSE will offer a complimentary Test to Release test on campus on Saturday 10 July, with results expected on Sunday 11 July. With a negative result on this test, you would be able to study in person from Monday 12 July, the first day of your course.  

To meet this schedule, you will need to arrive in the UK no later than Monday 5 July, as the table below shows:  

Mon 5 July Latest arrival date in the UK to commence on-campus teaching by 12 July
Sat 10 July Take your complimentary Test to Release COVID-19 test at LSE
Sun 11 July You will receive your test results
Mon 12 July  Summer School Session 2 commences. With a negative test result, you will be able to commence your course with us on campus. 


Further guidance for Session 3 students will be shared in due course. 

LSE accommodation offer: 

If you have booked accommodation through LSE, you will hear from the Residences Summer School Accommodation team separately with guidance about their quarantine booking package. Depending on when you plan to arrive, this may include all quarantine nights being free of charge up to Saturday 19 June. Saturday 19 June would be chargeable, so this would involve only one extra night’s charge on top of the standard Summer School accommodation booking period.  

To arrange a quarantine booking, please contact residences.summerschool@lse.ac.uk

Thinking of applying

I'm thinking of applying to LSE Summer School 2021. What do I need to know?
The section below aims to answer any questions you may have before you apply, including the application deadline, entry requirements and English language requirements.

Is Summer School right for me?

What kind of people apply to the LSE Summer School?

Summer School is a truly international programme, regularly attracting a diverse range of people from over 100 countries. The majority of participants are currently studying at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, alongside a number of professionals from a range of business sectors. In the past we have had former cabinet members, judges and employees of world banks. We have even had a Brazilian footballer enrol on the programme!

I have a disability, how do I let you know about this?

LSE is committed to operating a system of equal opportunity, and will endeavour to make all reasonable adjustments to enable students to undertake the programme. Applicants are able to indicate the nature of their disability when completing the online application form, though we encourage students to contact the Office to discuss their needs prior to submitting their application.

I am under 18 years of age. Can I apply?

There is no minimum age requirement for the Summer School. However, in order to apply students must at least have an offer of a place at university. If you do not hold an offer you will not be eligible to apply. If you are a UK student, you may however be interested in LSE's Widening Participation programmes.

I am thinking about applying with my friend, will we be in the same class?

Students studying on the same course will attend both lectures and seminar classes. Class and lecture groups are assigned at random and students are not able to change their groups. Therefore, it may not be possible for students to attend classes with other students of their choice. 

I would like to work at the same time as studying. Is this possible?

We strongly advise against working while studying at the Summer School. Due to the intensive nature of the courses students will need to be on campus for most of the day and will have a significant amount of daily reading to be completed.

Can I take more than one course per session?

No, as courses are intensive and full-time it is only possible to attend one course per session. If you wish to attend more than one session, it is possible to take one course in each session.

Do you run LSE Summer School courses at other times of the year?

No, unfortunately these programmes only run in June, July and August.

Application and Entry Requirements

I applied in 2020 and withdrew. Do I need to apply again?

Please contact the summer school team directly at summer.school@lse.ac.uk and we will reinstate your application.

What is the application deadline?

We work on a first-come, first-served basis, which means that we have no fixed deadlines and you can apply for any course up until the point it is filled. We receive applications on a daily basis, therefore in order to avoid disappointment we suggest that students apply as early as possible.

Please also note that accommodation spaces are limited and may fill up before this date so you are advised to apply as soon as possible if you wish to stay in LSE Halls.

What documents do I need to submit with my application? 

Applicants will need to submit evidence that they meet the course prerequisites by providing their university transcript (marksheet), or a university offer letter if you are applying for a 100 level course, and have not yet started studying at university.

Please note that you will need to provide a copy of your university transcript if you have undertaken any university study. It is important that the transcript includes your full name. If this document is not in English, please provide a brief translation. Where necessary you will also need to submit evidence of English language proficiency.

Is there an application fee?

There is a non-refundable fee of £50 payable when you submit the application form. This can be paid with a debit/credit card. If you are having problems paying or do not have a card to pay with, we would advise you to ask a family member or friend to pay on your behalf.

What is the difference between 100, 200 and 300 level courses? 

100 level courses have no specific prerequisites in their own subject, but may require some mathematics (please see individual course pages for more information). The minimum requirement for taking these courses is to have an offer of a place at university, but additional evidence of academic ability may also be required.

200 level courses are equivalent to intermediate level university courses. They have prerequisites in the form of university level introductory courses in the same or closely related subject. 

300 level courses are advanced and equivalent to either final year undergraduate or first year graduate courses. They have prerequisites of university level intermediate courses. 

The course I want to take has Introductory Microeconomics as a prerequisite, I have taken this course as AP (Advanced Placement). Can I still apply?

Where the term 'Introductory' is used, we require a course that is of similar level to 1st year undergraduate study at LSE. AP does not meet this requirement.

I am taking/have taken a prerequisite course, but will not receive my grades until later in the year. Can I still apply?

Yes, but any offer will be conditional on providing evidence of meeting the prerequisites before the start of the programme. Students will be asked to state the date on which they expect to receive grades.

Can I use LSE Summer School courses as prerequisites?

Yes, it is quite common for students to take a prerequisite course in one session in order to progress to a higher level course in the next session. For example, EC101: Introductory Microeconomics can be used as a prerequisite for EC201: Intermediate Microeconomics. 

I do not meet the prerequisites for a course but I do have relevant professional experience. Can I apply?

Courses at LSE, especially the higher level courses, tend to be heavily theoretical. We believe that there is no substitute for academic experience, and therefore in nearly all cases we are unable to accept applications that do not meet the prerequisites. Please get in touch with our office should you wish to discuss this further. 

English Language Requirements

What are the English language requirements?

Students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of language proficiency. For further information about the language certificates we accept please refer to the Entry Requirements section of the website. Preparatory English courses are also available the week before each session begins.

I am not a native English speaker but my education was completely or partially in English. Do I still need to take a language test?

If you have undertaken any university courses (excluding language courses) that were fully taught and assessed in English, and can clearly demonstrate this, you will not need to provide a proficiency certificate. Students from countries where English is used extensively in education may apply as a native speaker. This includes students from India, Pakistan, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore and Turkey. If you are from one of these areas, or anywhere else where English is used extensively in education, you do not need to fill in the language section. 

I am fluent in English, though it is not my first language. Do I need to take a language test?

Students who are fluent in English, but have not studied at university level in English will need to supply a proficiency certificate. However, those who have lived in an English-speaking country for a number of years may be treated as a native speaker. Please contact the Summer School office to confirm. You do not need to contact us if you are a student from India, Pakistan, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore and Turkey. 

I am taking a TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge test but I will not get the results until later in the year. Can I still apply?

Yes, but any offer will be conditional, subject to providing evidence of a language proficiency qualification certificate (translated into English) before the start of the programme.

My transcript is not in English, does this matter?

You will be asked to provide a brief translation. This does not need to be professionally translated. You will be able to submit both the original and translated document to us with your application form.

 

After submitting your application

I have submitted an application! What shall I do now?The below steps will help you with queries on your next steps including, waiting on an outcome, paying your tuition fees, visas and travel as well as arranging accommodation for your stay. 

Waiting on an outcome

How long will it take until I know if I've been accepted?

Applications that arrive complete and with the correct supporting evidence will usually be processed within 10 working days. If we require further information as part of your application we will email you. Incomplete applications will take longer to process as you will need to supply further information. 

How will I be notified about the outcome of my application?

We will notify you via email as soon as a decision has been reached. Please note, that in the interest of the environment, all of our communication is via email. Students will also be able to use their application tracker on LSE For You to keep updated on the status of their application.

Can I change my course?

In order to apply to change course, please complete our Course Change Form. Once we receive the completed form, your application will go to the relevant course director for assessment. Please note that by opting to change course you will forfeit your place on the course for which you originally applied.

Tuition Fees

When do I have to pay my tuition fees?

We are constantly making new offers for Summer School places, and positions are filled on a first-come first-served basis. 

Tuition fees should be paid within 30 days of receiving your offer email, as your place on the programme is only guaranteed once we have received full payment. After 30 days has passed, your offer for Summer School may be withdrawn.

If you choose to withdraw from the programme you will receive a full refund of your tuition fees, provided you notify us at least thirty (30) days before the start date of your course.

Is it possible to pay in instalments?

If you are unable to pay the full amount in one credit/debit card transaction, it is possible to pay in instalments. Your place will only be secured once payment has been received in full. On the online payment page, simply enter the amount you wish to pay in the ‘to pay now’ box. This can be done as many times as necessary until the fees are paid in full. Before commencing, please inform your credit card company that you are intending to make a series of smaller payments, otherwise your card may be blocked due to a suspected fraud alert.

Can I pay by credit or debit card?

Yes, this is our recommended method of payment. Please note that we do not accept American Express, but all other major credit and debit cards are accepted.

What should I do if my credit card is rejected?

The LSE Finance Department will contact students directly where there is a problem with a credit card payment. Students will then need to contact their credit card issuer to resolve the problem. Usually payments are rejected because of security measures put in place to protect from fraud - international payments are more likely to be rejected on these grounds. It may be necessary to arrange with your card issuer to make a specific payment overseas.

The following checklist may be of some help:

  • Check that your card is authorised to make international payments

  • Check you have sufficient funds/credit limit available

  • Check your bank's daily limit for your debit/credit card covers the amount you are paying online

When making a large payment, always notify your card issuer in advance how much you will be paying, who will be paying and when the payment will be made; this reduces the risk of the payment being rejected for card security reasons.

Will I get a refund if I withdraw from the programme?

Students wishing to withdraw from the programme will have their tuition fees refunded as below. The application fee is non-refundable. Please note that refunds requested after 1 June will not be processed until after the programme:

Tuition fee refunds

Date of WithdrawalTuition Fee Refund (%)

At least 30 calendar days before Commencement Date

100*

14-29 calendar days before Commencement Date

50

Fewer than 14 calendar days before Commencement Date

No refund

* We recognise that the global COVID-19 outbreak is a fast moving situation and that you may be currently unsure about your plans for summer. Therefore, a 100% refund is available for summer 2021 only, if requested at least 30 calendar days before Commencement Date (Normal tuition fee refund = 90%)

All refunds are made in UK Sterling. LSE cannot refund any shortfalls due to exchange rate fluctuations, or offer compensation for any bank or other charges incurred.

For further information please refer to the Fees and Payments section of the website.

What if I have booked LSE accommodation, will I receive a refund?

Refunds for accommodation are separate from the tuition fees refunds. 100% refunds are available for accommodation cancellations made at least 7 days in advance.

Contact the Accommodation office directly for more information residences.summerschool@lse.ac.uk.

Visa Queries

Do I need a visa to study at the Summer School?

LSE has a specialist International Student Visa Advice Team, which can assist Summer School students in applying for visas.  If you have questions about visas please complete their online query form.

If you do need a visa to travel to Summer School, you should make sure that you apply for your Summer School place as soon as possible to ensure there is enough time for the visa process. 

What if my visa refused?

If your visa is refused we will refund you the following amounts:

Date of WithdrawalTuition Fee Refund (%)

At least 30 calendar days before Commencement Date

100

14-29 calendar days before Commencement Date

50

Fewer than 14 calendar days before Commencement Date

No refund


If you receive a visa refusal you may wish to contact LSE's International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) who can give you advice on how to proceed. Questions relating to the refund of Summer School tuition fees should be directed to the Summer School office. 

If my visa is refused can I get a refund on my accommodation fees?

The accommodation refunds are separate to tuition fee refunds. 100% refunds are available for accommodation cancellations made at least 7 days in advance. Contact the Accommodation office directly for more information residences.summerschool@lse.ac.uk.

Can I leave the country at weekends during Summer School?

Check with LSE's International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) to see whether travel outside of the UK during the programme is allowed on your visa type. If you have a standard visitor visa and are a visa national, the visa vignette in your passport is likely to be multiple entry and therefore you can leave and re-enter the UK during your course while your visa is valid.

If you are a non-visa national and request to enter the UK as a standard visitor, the stamp you get in your passport is only for single-entry. Therefore if you leave and re-enter the UK during your programme, you will need to request to enter the UK as a stndard visitor again at the border to ensure you have the correct immigration permission to study. You should carry documents confirming your place at Summer School in your hand luggage to show at the border. We would not advise that you request to enter the UK as a standard visitor after your Summer School session has ended, if you have no further study in the UK.

When should I apply for a Visa Letter?

You will need a visa letter from the Summer School office to apply for your visa (if you are a visa national) or to show at the UK border (if you are a non-visa national). You should request this from the Summer School office as soon as possible once you have paid your tuition fees (and accommodation fees if staying in LSE accommodation).

It is advisable to make tuition and accommodation (if staying in LSE halls) fee payments as early as possible not only to secure your place, but also to ensure that you can apply for and receive your visa in time for the start of the programme. It is now possible to apply for your visa using a PDF copy of your visa letter.

Who provides me with a Summer School Visa Letter? 

The Summer School office will provide you with a visa letter. Please note ISVAT (the International Student Visa Advice Team) do not issue visa letters. 

How do I request a Summer School visa letter? 

You can request a Summer School visa letter on your LSE For You account once you have received an offer of a place, paid your tuition fees in full and accommodation fees if staying in LSE accommodation. 

There are three options for receiving your Summer School visa letter: a PDF copy via email, courier or regular mail. Letters sent via courier are subject to an additional fee.You can also request a visa letter to be collected from the LSE Summer School Office by a friend or relative. If you would like to do this you will need to contact us directly to make arrangements.

Accommodation

Where can I stay?

We have a choice of residences you can stay at. They’re all really central and travel to LSE takes less than half an hour. There’s a choice of different room types including singles and shared rooms with shared or private en suite bathrooms.

Find answers to frequently asked questions about accommodation and, when you are ready, book accommodation in halls of residence

What other options are available to me?

If you don’t want to stay in LSE halls, you can look for private accommodation, but you’ll miss out on the social life and events in halls. Accommodation in London can be expensive and hard to find.

If you want to book a hotel, we recommend that you book early, as London is a major tourist destination, and rooms book up quickly. You may also want to consider using a short term accommodation provider.

In terms of value for money LSE accommodation is hard to beat. For full details, visit: Accommodation for LSE Summer School.


Who should I contact about accommodation?

Summer School Residences
Residential Services Office (RSO)
3.02 Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE

Email: residences.summerschool@lse.ac.uk 

Phone: +44 (0)20 3437 0050

Office hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

The LSE Summer School office won’t be able to answer your accommodation questions. 

 

Preparing for Summer School 

I've been accepted and have paid my tuition fees. What happens next?
As soon as your tuition fees have been received by us, we will send you an email confirming your place on the course. You may like to take some time to plan your visit to London and prepare for your course. Some frequently asked questions at this stage in the process are listed below. 

Preparing for London

How do I get to LSE from the airport?

If you are coming from abroad it is advisable to check into your accommodation before coming to LSE. Details on how to get to individual halls can be found on the Accommodation Office website.

Heathrow
The cheapest way to get to LSE from Heathrow is by London Underground. The Piccadilly line connects Heathrow airport terminals directly to central London (and beyond). The trains are very regular and this is a popular method of transport. It will also take you straight to Holborn Underground station (about 50 minutes). LSE is less than 5 minutes walk from the station.

Gatwick
There is a direct train to London Victoria station. On arrival change for the Underground and take either the District or Circle line to Temple. LSE is less than 5 minutes walk from the station.

Stansted
Take either the train or bus to London Liverpool Street station, then change for the Underground. Take the Central Line to Holborn. LSE is less than 5 minutes walk from the station.

Luton
Take the train to Kings Cross and change for the Underground, taking the Piccadilly Line to Holborn. LSE is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the station.  

Please note that taxis from any of the London airports are extremely expensive and often no quicker than the train or tube.

How do I get to my residence from the airport?

Full directions can be found on the Accommodation Office website for each residence.

What is the average cost of living in London?

Students are recommended to budget for about £40 per day, excluding accommodation cost, though it is possible to get by on less or to spend a lot more.

What sort of things are there to do outside of studying?

London is one of the biggest and most exciting cities in the world, and there is always something to do, from shopping, to sightseeing, to nightlife.

The Summer School also runs a social programme around London. We also run trips to the theatre and day-trips out of London, including to Oxford and Cambridge. See our social programme page for more information.

Preparing for the Course

Can I view a detailed course syllabus/outline before the course starts?

All courses have a detailed course outline on the website. The course outlines will have information on suggested readings and provisional class topics. Students' home institutions may also like to read the course outline when deciding how much credit a Summer School course is worth.

What will my timetable look like?

For those choosing our Blended Learning programme, you will typically have a three-hour lecture and a 90-minute class each day. Your day may start as early as 8 or 9am, and finish as late as 5 or 6pm. Timetables are finalised shortly before the beginning of the course and are therefore not available in advance. 

Class groups are allocated at random, and you will be notified of your class group only after you have registered on the first day of the programme. It is not possible to change your class time. 

If you choose our new Remote Learning programme, please be aware you will need to adjust these times to your time zone. Lectures and class times will mostly fall within two time slots: Morning lectures: 8:00 - 13:00 BST and Afternoon lectures: 14:00 - 18:00 BST. Where possible we will ensure that timings are reasonable for the time zones of students in each class group.  Lectures will be recorded.

For remote learning groups, we aim to allocate groups according to time zone as far as possible. 

When will I get my timetable?

You will be given your timetable on the first day of the programme. A detailed timetable is not available prior to the start of the Summer School.

What is the difference between a lecture and a class?

Lectures are usually presented by an academic (the course leader or leaders) and are, in general, a listening and note-taking exercise, as is widely practiced in the UK university system. Lecture groups in 2021 will be smaller in order to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements. 

Participants on the course will be divided into smaller groups of around 15 to 20 students for 90-minute classes. Classes present an opportunity to work through problem sets or case studies, present papers and discuss them, and to discuss the previous lecture with a class teacher and classmates. In other universities, classes may also be known as tutorials or seminars. 

Do I need to do any reading before the course starts?

There are essential preliminary readings for a very small number of courses. Where this applies you will be notified well before the start of the course. Please see course outlines for details.

Do I need to buy the course textbook?

Many of the books on the reading list are available in the LSE Library, however it is unlikely that there will be enough copies of the main text(s) available for everyone to use. We therefore advise students to buy the main text(s) and use the LSE Library for supplementary reading. Students may wish to wait until their first lecture to find out which text book (if any) they are recommended to buy.

Is there a bookshop on site?

Yes. The Waterstones Economists' Bookshop is located on the LSE campus opposite Student Services. Waterstones supply textbooks for LSE students including those attending Summer School. The bookshop is open throughout the year, Monday to Saturday. 

There is also a second-hand bookshop, Alpha Books, located near the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. 

Will I receive course materials in advance?

Generally, course materials are distributed at the first lecture. If you have any questions please direct these to the Summer School Office.

Whilst you are at LSE

I will be attending LSE Summer School 2021, what facilities and services are available to me?
Please see below for some frequently asked questions we receive during the programme.

LSE Facilities and Services

Can I use the LSE Careers Service?

Unfortunately Summer School students are not entitled to use all of the services offered by the LSE Careers Service. However, Summer School students may use their open-access website, which offers a huge range of advice and information including job-hunting websites along with lots of information about CVs  and employment sectors. There are also leaflets and booklets in the Careers Resource Centre on the 5th floor of the Saw Swee Hock Centre.

Will I have full access to the library and its facilities?

All LSE Summer School participants have full access to the library and its facilities. Students are encouraged to make full use of LSE facilities and will be given a library card once they register. Photocopying and computing facilities are also available for you to use.

Should I bring my own laptop?

All students will be required to bring their own laptop to Summer School 2021. Once registered at LSE, students will be given instructions on how to set up IT accounts, including an LSE email address.

Can I use the gym?

Subject to the latest COVID-19 guidance, Summer School students will have access to the gym facilities on campus, at a heavily reduced rate. More details on this can be found in your arrival information pack.

Are there eating and drinking facilities on campus?

LSE Catering offers a fantastic choice of food and drink at its restaurants, cafes and bars. More details on this can be found in your arrival information pack.

Course Changes

I am not happy with my course, am I allowed to change this once the programme has started?

Course changes can be approved only within the first two days of each session. You will need to contact the Summer School Office by phone or email to request a course change. If you are changing to a 200 or 300 level course, you must request a form to be submitted to the Summer School Academic Tutor to have your change approved. If you are changing to a 100 level course, please contact the Summer School Office at any time during opening hours. 

While you are allowed to change your course, you are not able to change your class groups.

 

Exams and credits

I have some questions about the examination process and credit transfer.
The section below will answer any questions you may have about examinations, attendance and transferring credits to your home university. 

Examinations

When will the final exam take place?

Final exams take place on the last day of each session and participants cannot expect to be finished in time to meet flights on that day. There are no exceptions to taking the exams at the given time and date and this should be taken into account when booking return flights.

How will the final exams take place?

Exams will be taken online. The format of the assessment will be in line with those taken by our full-time undergraduate students.

Do I have to take the exams? Will I get a certificate if I don't?

No, exams are not compulsory. Students who attend at least 75% of classes (9 out of 12 classes) and do not sit the final exam will receive an Attendance Certificate. Students must note that an Attendance Certificate is not the same as a Pass/Fail grade and is unlikely to be able to be used for credit.

Am I allowed to sit the mid-session exam and not the final exam?

Yes, students can sit the mid-session exam to gauge how they are doing, and decide whether or not they wish to submit the final exam. Therefore you may sit the mid-session exam and still receive an Attendance Certificate, providing you have attended at least 75% of classes.

What happens if I am unwell or have mitigating circumstances on the day of the exam?

If you are likely to miss an exam for any reason, including illness, you should contact the Summer School Office as soon as possible for advice on +44 (0) 20 7955 7227.

If there are medical or mitigating circumstances, e.g. temporary illness, personal difficulties or bereavement, which you feel may have affected your exam performance and you want to bring to the attention of the examiner, you must submit a statement of mitigating circumstances to the Summer School Office, no later than three days after the exam. The late submission of evidence will only be accepted in very exceptional circumstances.

Certificates and Credit

What is the difference between the Attendance Certificate and the Graded Certificate?

For students who choose not to be assessed in the final exam there is an option of an Attendance Certificate (providing that you have attended at least 75% of classes). The Attendance Certificate will state your name and your course, but will say ‘Attended’ rather than give a grade.

The Graded Certificate is for all students who submit a final exam and take the other course assessments. The document will state your name, your course and the grade you received (A+ - F scale).

Can I opt for the Attendance Certificate after I have taken the exam?

No. You must decide prior to submitting your final exam whether you want a Graded Certificate or an Attendance Certificate. Students are not able to choose after they have completed their exam.

Am I allowed both the Attendance Certificate and the Graded Certificate?

Students will only be awarded one certificate; either a Graded Certificate if they have submitted the final exam, or the Attendance Certificate if they choose not to sit the final exam.

Will I get a qualification for taking a Summer School course?

Students completing a Summer School course will receive a certificate from LSE. However, there is no externally recognised qualification (e.g. ACCA, CIPFA) for taking a Summer School course. Most students who attend other universities are able to receive credit for taking the course from their own institution.

How much credit will I receive for a Summer School course?

Each Summer School course is equivalent to one course from an undergraduate degree. Generally our courses receive 3 - 4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system.

Students who wish to receive credit for their course will need to contact either their Study Abroad Office or the office in their university that deals with external credit. It is up to a student's home institution as to how much credit is awarded but the Summer School Office is happy to provide any necessary information to your registry or academic advisor to help them evaluate the courses. 

Do Summer School courses count towards the LSE undergraduate programme?

LSE Summer School courses do not count towards a degree at LSE. Summer School in the UK is not seen as a way of repeating failed courses or a way of graduating quickly. However, LSE Summer School courses are based upon LSE degree programmes and are often used as access courses by graduate admissions at LSE.

 

After Summer School ends

 

What happens after Summer School is over?
After Summer School has ended, we will provide you with both a transcript and a certificate. The section below aims to answer any questions you may have about what happens after the course has ended.  

Transcripts and Certificates

What documentation will I receive upon successful completion of a Summer School course?

Summer School students will automatically receive an electronic transcript upon completion of a Summer School course. An Attendance or Graded certificate will be available on request.

How and when will I receive my certificate?

Certificates will be posted to students. Towards the end of the course all students will receive a link to an online evaluation form. At the end of this form you will be asked to confirm that you wish to receive a certificate and the address you would like the certificate to be sent to.

Certificates are usually posted out at the end of October to the address that you provided in the online evaluation form.

How and when will I receive my transcript?

Transcripts will be made available electronically, after the end of the programme, usually in late September, via the LSE Digitary system. Summer School students will receive an email with information on accessing their digital transcript.

Transcripts will firstly be available electronically through our online Digitary system and you will usually be informed how to access these in late September. You will subsequently have the opportunity to order hard copies of your transcript through the Summer School website. These will be sent to any address worldwide free of charge for the first year.

How do I order transcripts from previous years?

Please see information provided on the transcripts page.

Accessing Course Materials

Will I be able to access my online course material after I have left? 

We strongly advise that all students download and save, or print any materials during the programme that they would like to keep. Your LSE IT account will be closed shortly after the Summer School is over, at which point you will no longer have access to Moodle.

Will I be able to access online recordings after I complete my course?

Students should not expect to be able to access course content once their course has concluded.

 

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