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BSc International Relations and Chinese

Develop your knowledge of international relations and China as a global power. Become proficient in Mandarin and study abroad at Fudan University, Shanghai.
BSc International Relations and Chinese at LSE



Our BSc International Relations and Chinese combines theoretical and applied learning – with a particular emphasis on China’s role in the international community. You’ll become proficient in Mandarin and learn how to negotiate diplomatic relations in Chinese and other international settings.

There is a strong emphasis on "learning by doing" so you’ll complete fieldwork, research and practical challenges to develop your understanding of international relations (IR) and your language skills.

The degree offers a unique opportunity to spend two periods studying abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai. You’ll sharpen your Mandarin-speaking skills, complete further IR courses and immerse yourself in the culture and history of one of China’s most cosmopolitan cities.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be well prepared to work internationally or in diplomatic roles where Mandarin is required.

The language part of this programme is designed for students who are at GCSE/A-level or equivalent in Mandarin.

Entry requirements

Here, you can check our entry requirements for GCSEs, A-levels (please read them alongside our information about subject combinations) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also consider applications from students with a range of other UK qualifications and from overseas.

The language part of this programme is designed for those who are at GCSE/A-level or equivalent in Mandarin.

Please select the overseas button below and choose your country from the dropdown list to find the equivalency to A-levels of your qualification.


We welcome students from all walks of life at LSE. We want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation. So, whatever your background, please do apply. Get all the details on our general entry requirements.

Competition for places at LSE is high. We cannot guarantee you an offer of a place even if you’re predicted or achieve our standard entry requirements.

Our standard offer requirements are intended only as a guide and, in some cases, you’ll be asked for different grades.

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Why study with us

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Student stories

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At LSE, get ready to embark on a journey which will broaden your perspectives on the world.
Alice Porcu, Italy, BSc International Relations and Chinese
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BSc International Relations and Chinese has broadened my global perspective, fostering nuanced insights and cultural connections and enriching both my academic journey and personal growth.
Marie Solvig-Magnier, France, BSc International Relations and Chinese
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Studying BSc International Relations and Chinese at LSE has been transformative, shaping my academic and professional pursuits and my world view.
Somtolise Elumogo, UK, BSc International Relations and Chinese

Your application


We consider each application carefully, taking into account all the details you’ve included on your UCAS form, such as:

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although this is not needed at the application stage. See our English language requirements page.


Fees and funding

The table of fees shows the latest tuition fees for all programmes.

You're charged a fee for each year of your programme. Your tuition fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It doesn't cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.


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The degree programme will prepare you for a career in politics and government, diplomacy of international organisations, NGO charities and international development (including multi-national corporations).

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