How to apply

Information on the application process and entry requirements

There will not be a joint LSE-PKU Summer School in 2024. Information on the programme, previous courses and general information will remain accessible for reference.  


Application fee

Before you can apply, you need to pay an application fee of £50 by credit or debit card online through the secure LSE Online Store. The application fee must be paid before an application can be processed.

Important: The application fee is not refundable in the event of an unsuccessful application or a decision to withdraw or decline an offered place.

Supporting documents

You will need to provide:

1) Documentation to show that you satisfy the entry requirements of your course, such as a university transcript.

2) Proof of meeting the English language requirements (if relevant).

3) A passport style photo (a photo of your face with a clear background), this will be used for your student ID card at Peking University. 

4) Your passport number/ Chinese ID number (but only if it will be valid for the duration of the Summer School). If you do not currently have a passport/ Chinese ID that will be valid during the Summer School, we will ask you to send us this number before the programme begins.

5) If you will not be 18 years old by 1st August 2021 you will also need to provide a letter from your parent/guardian to confirm that you have their permission to attend the two week programme. 

Fraud prevention

We take active steps to scrutinise and verify documents received during the application process. If we are unable to verify independently the accuracy of information supplied, your application may be cancelled and any offer withdrawn.

Entry requirements

LSE-PKU Summer School courses are taught to LSE and PKU’s high standards and are therefore academically rigorous.

Academic requirements

There is no minimum grade requirement for applications to the programme, but applicants should be prepared to actively participate in a rigorous, intensive academic programme run by two leading research and teaching universities. It is expected that all participants will engage with the extensive reading list as required by their course and contribute in class discussions. Due to the intensive nature of the programme, students follow a single course for the whole duration of the LSE-PKU Summer School. 

Generally speaking, a 200 level course is equivalent to the second or third year module of an undergraduate degree; however, we also welcome students and professionals on all levels of courses. Students who complete their High School studies and hold a confirmed offer to begin university may also apply.


Some LSE-PKU Summer School courses at 200 level have specific prerequisites listed in the course descriptions, whilst others suggest (but do not require) particular academic backgrounds. Applicants for a course where prerequisites are in place should ensure that the documentation they provide with their application clearly indicates how their previous study meets this requirement.

English language requirments

As the LSE-PKU Summer School is delivered in English, it is essential that all participants have a good standard of English language to enable them to fully participate in the programme and interact with their classmates.    

We appreciate that applicants may show their English ability in a range of ways, such as:

  • being of a nationality where English is the first language;
  • having studied at university level in English (not learning English language), as shown on a transcript;
  • having studied English at school (eg, GCSE, iGCSE, O-Level, A-Level, International Baccalaureate) and received a good passing grade; or
  • having taken an approved English language test and met one of the standards below:

TOEFL (internet based)

107 or above (including 25 in each component)


7.0 or above (including 7 in all components)


Grade B or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of  185 points in each individual component


Grade C or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of  185 points in each individual component

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA)

A score of 65 in all four components

If you have any queries about whether your proof of English Language is suitable, please contact us.

Disability Support

The LSE-PKU Summer School aims to create an environment which is welcoming to all participants. If you have a disability, medical condition, dyslexia, neurodiverse condition or other specific need, please email us before the Summer School begins so that we can try to accommodate your needs and ensure that we are fully prepared for your arrival.