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QUICK FACTS    
Location London, England
Academic Term Academic Year only (September - june)
Credits 1 LSE course = 12 UW credits; students take 4 year-long courses at LSE for a total of 48 UW credits per year.
Prerequisites Junior standing or above at time of departure; GPA of 3.3 and above for acceptance to qualitative courses (antrhopology, government, sociology, etc.) or 3.5 and above for quantitative courses (economics, mathematics, statistics, etc.)
Program Manager Mike Renes | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline January 15 (Academic Year)
HIGHLIGHTS
General The LSE General Course offers students the opportunity to experience all that LSE and London have to offer, while undertaking a year of fully integrated undergraduate study in a very international community. LSE consistently receives the highest ratings available for the quality of its teaching and research. It is also home to the world's largest social science library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science.
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
LSE is the leading social science institution in the world, with many of the world's leading experts in their fields and cutting edge research. The school offers courses not only in economics and political science, but also in a wide range of social science subjects, taught within 19 departments and a number of interdisciplinary institutes. Students are drawn from over 140 different countries and 65 per cent of all those at the school come from outside the UK.  In addition, 40 per cent of the academic staff originate from outside the UK.
 
LOCATION

Site

London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. It is the world's largest financial center alongside New York City and has the largest city GDP in Europe. It has the most international visitors of any city in the world. Thus, London has a diverse range of peoples, cultures and religions and more than 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries. Greater London has a population of nearly 8 million, making it the most populous municipality in the European Union.

London's 43 universities form the largest concentration of higher education institutions in Europe. LSE is located in the very heart of London, near Westminster and the very trendy Covent Garden area; providing great social and academic resources for students to take advantage of.

 
ACADEMICS

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this exchange program must be of Junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and above for acceptance to qualitative courses (antrhopology, government, sociology, etc.) or 3.5 and above for quantitative courses (economics, mathematics, statistics, etc.).

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive up to 48 UW credits per year. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.

Courses

Study abroad students in the General Course choose 4 year-long courses to take from over 250 course options. Courses are very intense and academically challenging, and are taught by LSE regular faculty. In general, British universities place a greater emphasis on independent learning than most undergraduate programs in the United States. In contrast to American universities, where course syllabi delineate the professor's expectations of the student for each week of the academic term, most British professors rely on the student's self-direction, research and study of outside readings to guide the courses of their learning. In this way, the curricula are comparable to graduate programs' style of scholarship in the United States. (Students in the fields of science or engineering might find their course curricula to be more structured than that of the arts or social sciences with a strong emphasis on laboratory work). Although, the British pedagogical approach may appear somewhat relaxed it, in fact, provides a very challenging and invigorating environment in which to study. Students are responsible for their own learning and must be self-motivated and committed to their independent studies in order to succeed.


If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

All students offered a place on the General Course are guaranteed a room in university housing. LSE offers a variety of styles of accommodation. In all of them, there will be a varied mix of students, undergraduates and postgraduates, home and overseas, men and women. In each residence there is a student committee to organize regular events, such as video evenings or film shows.

Should students wish to live in private housing, the School can still assist. There is plenty of rented housing available in London, but it can be very expensive and will require a lot of time to 'shop around' in order to get a good price and a good location. LSE is able to offer students a place in one of its halls of residence temporarily, and from there a student can use both the School's Accommodation Office and the support provided by the University of London to find a more permanent housing situation.

See LSE Accommodation for further details.

 
VISA INFORMATION

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

 
FINANCES

Program Expenses

You will be billed by, and pay all fees directly to, LSE for this program. Information regarding the LSE General Course program fees can be found here. The IPE Administrative Fee will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
 
APPLICATION

Application Process

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

LSE also has a General Course Application that must be completed.  They begin considering applications in February of the year of entry on a rolling basis; the earlier you apply, the earlier you will receive a decision. The General Course has limited space available, so we recommend you apply as early as possible with LSE.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.