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How to apply

Applications for 2020 sessions are open.

Great application process! Everything happened in a timely manner and my inquiries were met with fast responses.
Emily Weis, Northeastern University, USA


We are monitoring the COVID-19 crisis as it develops in the UK and around the world. We understand there is a risk the situation will affect our Summer School programme and students’ travel plans.

We have updated our terms and conditions for course fees and accommodation for summer 2020: a 100% refund is now available if you wish to cancel up to 30 days before the start date of your chosen course(s).

We are currently looking into all options open to us to ensure the wellbeing of our students and faculty, and the integrity of our learning programme. We will keep students informed as the situation develops.

How to apply:

Before you start your application, you will need the following:

  • Proof of an offer of a place at university or a university transcript. Read more.
  • English certificate (if you are a non-English speaker). Read more
  • Credit or debit card to pay application processing fee (£50)

Summer School courses are taught to the LSE's high standard and are therefore academically rigorous. Before starting your application, please ensure that you meet the entry requirements specific to your chosen course(s).

Book more than one session and save

If you book two sessions the second session is £1,700, saving you £800 (32%). Book for three sessions and the third session costs only £780, saving £1,720 (68%).


Apply for Summer School 2020


Want to add more courses to your application?

If you've already applied you may wish to add more courses to your application.

Our summer schedule

Summer School offers students a broader choice of dates and courses across three sessions. Some of our most popular courses now run more than once to give students more flexibility.

  • Session One: 22 June – 10 July 2020

  • Session Two: 13 July – 31 July 2020

  • Session Three: 3 August – 21 August 2020

Minimum Requirements

In order to apply for the Summer School, you must provide the following:

  • 100 level courses:

    Proof of an offer of a place at university or a transcript showing you are currently attending/have previously attended university; or

  • 200 and 300 level courses:

    A university transcript showing you meet course specific prerequisites

  • You are also required to provide evidence of meeting our language requirements (if a non-native English speaker).

We expect all applicants to show grades of around B+ (GPA 3.3). In some instances it is possible to accept slightly lower grades, depending on the strength of the application as a whole.

Course Levels and Prerequisites

Courses are taught at 3 levels that generally equate to the 3 years of undergraduate study in the UK university system:


Equivalent to 



1st year undergraduate

None (though some background in mathematics may be recommended)


2nd year undergraduate

Introductory level university courses (see course description page)


3rd year undergraduate*

Intermediate level university courses (see course description page)

* In some instances can be considered 1st year graduate study 

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are not considered sufficient prerequisites for Summer School courses.

English language requirements

All students must meet one of the following requirements:


Required Score 

TOEFL(internet based)* 

107 or above (including 25 in each component)


7.0 or above (including 7 in all components)


With grade B or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component.


With grade C or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)(PTEA)

Academic test with a score of 65 in all four components

Trinity ISE(revised test)

Level III overall with distinction in all components.

College English Test (CET)

Students who do not meet the requirements above, but who have a CET score of 470 or more, may be admitted if they attend a one week LSE Preparatory English course immediately prior to taking their chosen Summer School course

*ETS will be offering the opportunity to take the TOEFL iBT Test at home until test centres reopen, and we will accept the at-home TOEFL with a minimum score of 107 overall, and a minimum of 25 in each component. More details can be found here. You can register from today if you are in the following countries:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau

If you have studied in an English speaking institution, or have courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses) you may meet our requirements without having to supply one of the above certificates. Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university.

We are aware that in many places, university education is taught fully or partially in English as standard.  If you have studied at a university where this is the case you can apply as a native speaker.  Some examples of places where is the case are:

  • India

  • Pakistan

  • Turkey

  • Hong Kong

  • Singapore

  • Netherlands

  • All Scandinavian countries

Applicants with an alternative qualification should contact the Summer School Office for advice.

Applicants who wish to refresh their language skills may be interested to note that the LSE Language Centre offers intensive one week English language courses prior to each Summer School session.