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their home university will be notified if a place on the programme has been offered. The applicant is under no obligation to accept an offer of admission nor do they make any legal or financial undertaking before they arrive at the School.

Online application The General Course has its own online application, which applicants are welcome to use in place of the traditional paper form. The online application is completely free of charge and facilitates the electronic submission of all the required documentation, including transcripts and references. Applicants studying at institutions that require continued use of the paper form are, however, assured that submitting paper applications remains perfectly acceptable.

Application and induction dates Completed applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered from January 2011. The application cycle closes on 2 September 2011. We operate a ‘rolling admissions’ process until all the available places are filled so applicants are recommended to apply early. Students joining the General Course are advised

to arrive in London a week prior to the start of the new academic year if they are staying in university accommodation, and earlier if they need to find housing in the private sector (see section on ‘Guaranteed Housing’ page 8). Along with the induction activities organised for all new undergraduate students by the School and your department, there will also be an induction specifically tailored for General Course students, details of which will be included in your Welcome Pack.

Entry requirements We judge each applicant individually and have no ‘agreements’ which give advantage to students from particular countries or particular universities. We seek to allocate students to an academic department reflecting their major interests, but permit applicants to choose courses across the full range of our curriculum. Applicants whose two years of university education prior to joining LSE haven’t been undertaken in English are required to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. The following is an example of some of the qualifications we accept:

  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) with a score of 7.0 in all four components

  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) English as a First Language with a grade B or better including the Speaking and Listening coursework component (Edexel) or grade 2 in the optional speaking test (CIE)

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 627 in the paper test, including 5.5 in writing and 50 in TSE, or 107 in the internet based test with a minimum of 25 out of 30 in each of the four skills.

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