The courses you enrol on at the Summer School are based on typical LSE undergraduate courses, and will be taught to the same high standard. Our faculty are experts in their chosen fields and are committed to teaching with enthusiasm and contemporary relevance. You will be studying with the guidance of lecturers who are actively involved in academic research and many have connections that go beyond the university, as they use their work to influence government policy and advise companies worldwide.
"The young people who come from all around the world to take my course tell me that they feel personally changed. Their development has been accelerated and perhaps most of all, they've met other people. They've interacted with other people who are similarly ambitious and bring together an incredible variety of perspectives from all around the world."
Professor Charlie Beckett, Head of Department of Media and Communications
At LSE, you will be given the chance to study alongside students from a range of backgrounds and cultures. You will be able to garner a variety of insights and opinions, and have the opportunity to form friendships and networks that span the globe.
“Being able to study a topic in three weeks was not something I believed was possible when I started this programme, but I can tell you now that I know so much more about European integration and the economics of it today than I did two weeks ago.”
Summer School Student, Economics of European Integration, 2015
We have ensured that each course is carefully designed by faculty members so that students are provided with an authentic experience of LSE teaching, with comprehensive study materials and an intensive curriculum that are of an equivalent standard to what LSE undergraduate students receive.
- We offer three sessions over the course of nine weeks, with each session lasting three weeks. You will be able to choose one course per session, but you may enrol on as many sessions as you like.
- A high level of engagement will be essential during your time at Summer School and you will receive 36 hours of lectures and 18 hours of tutorial classes, which are usually no larger than 20 students. You will also be expected to spend two to three hours per day in self-guided study.
- Your lectures will take place either in the morning (10am - 1pm) or afternoon (2pm - 5pm), at the same time each day. You will have the opportunity to discuss ideas with your peers and lecturers and improve critical understanding of your chosen subject with the help of one and a half hour tutorial sessions, during the following afternoon or morning.
The LSE Summer School encourages students to take what you learn from lectures and seminars to inform debate, and expand your understanding outside of class and with your peers.
Credit and certification
Each Summer School course is equivalent to one course from an undergraduate degree. Generally, our courses would receive 3-4 credits in the US and Chinese systems and 7.5 ECTS in the European system.
If you wish to receive credit for your Summer School course(s), you will need to contact either your Study Abroad Office or the office in your university that deals with external credit. We strongly advise you to do this before you apply as it is up to your home institution to decide how much credit is awarded for your participation. Nevertheless, the Summer School Office is happy to provide any necessary information to your Study Abroad Office or academic advisors.
Assessment is not a compulsory part of your time at the LSE Summer School. However, if you would like credit, you will be assessed and receive a grade ranging from A+ to F according to the results of either two formal examinations or a combination of formal examination and assessed work. Examinations are two hours in length and are conducted under standardised LSE examination regulations. For students who choose to be assessed, you will be able to request a certificate which will include your name, course(s) and grade(s).
For students who choose not to be assessed, there is the option of an Attendance Certificate, which requires that you attend at least 75% of your classes. The Attendance Certificate will state your name and your course(s), and confirm your attendance without stating a grade. If you fail to attend 75% of your classes, you will be able to request a certificate that details your registration for the course but does not award you for your attendance or participation in exams.
After your time at the LSE Summer School has come to an end, you will automatically receive an electronic transcript, but it is important to note that credits are not printed on this document. All students will recieve a certificate stipulating your attendance or your attained grade.
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“There was so much happening on campus, and we happened upon so many exciting opportunities. I even met a head of state for Brazil and I was able to speak with him and exercise my working economic knowledge before going to see one of his fully booked lectures at LSE. There was always the chance for conversation to blossom.”
Irakli Menabde, Summer School IR209: International Political Economy, 2003
Typically, you will be spending full days on campus. To make the most out of your study time, we have a range of facilities that will be available for you to use, including:
- The LSE’s historic and comprehensive British Library of Social and Economic Science.
- The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, equipped with computers, printers and study spaces.
- Plenty of group and silent study areas on campus.
- A great deal of green spaces within close walking distance.
- Access to learning materials and assessment submission portals via LSE’s online Moodle system.