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How to Apply

Application for admission to the General Course may be made by students who will have completed at least two years of study in an overseas university by the time they register at the School. Students who have directly entered the second year of their university on the basis of A-levels or an International Baccalaureate will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who have directly entered their second year on the basis of ‘Advanced Placement’ tests will not normally be considered for a place. We positively welcome good applicants from any university in any country. Students must register for the full academic year, ie, from October to June. LSE has no ‘semester’ or ‘single- term’ programmes.

Students undertaking a degree through the University of London External Programme with LSE as the lead college may be eligible for entry after just one year of study. Those interested in pursuing this opportunity should contact the School at gc@lse.ac.uk before submitting an application.

Students must follow and abide by the specific requirements of their home university. Failure to do so may adversely affect the outcome of the selection process. Applications should comprise:

  • a completed General Course application form;

  • a college transcript showing grades up to and including the first semester of the applicant’s second year of university*. Transcripts must be written in, or translated into, English;

  • two references, at least one of which must be written by a university teacher currently familiar with the applicant’s work, preferably in a field which he/she intends to pursue at LSE. References must be written in, or translated into, English.

    • *

      Students come to us from many different universities, using varied grading systems; any transcript/ record should be accompanied by a note on how to ‘translate’ the grades.

Once the completed application is received by the Student Recruitment Office, it normally takes less than seven working days for a decision to be issued. Both the applicant and

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