|Full Academic Year only (mid September - late 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.|
|Eligibility||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.)|
|Adviser||Mike Renes | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Application Deadline||January 15 (Academic Year)|
|General||The LSE General Course offers students a unique opportunity to experience all that LSE and the great city of 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.|
| Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
Where You Will Study
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.
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.
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.
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.
Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships
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.
In addition, the IPE Administrative Fee will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.
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.
See Application FAQs for additional information about applications.
See Withdrawals for information about program withdrawal policies.
After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences.
To see past students' evaluations for the London School of Economics & Political Science program, click on the link below.
London School of Econ & PoliSci Exchange.pdf
Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email email@example.com.