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How to Apply (continued)

We look in detail at each applicant’s recent university academic record, paying particular attention to the subjects studied and the grades obtained. For example, using university grade scales common in the USA, a student with a minimum 3.3 grade point average (on a 4 point scale) will be positively considered. In the case of those students applying to departments or predominantly listing courses that are quantitatively based (ie, economics, maths and statistics) we are looking for a 3.5 or better in related courses, including higher level calculus and linear algebra. In practice, we are looking for students who are in the top 10- 15 per cent of their class. We are primarily interested in a student’s academic work in social science subjects and will be especially interested in the quality of work in the fields they might wish to pursue at LSE. We are particularly assisted by the comments of academic referees, especially if they are relevant to the courses the applicant wishes to follow at the School. We actively encourage enquiries, most conveniently by email, and invite you to contact the School to discuss any prospective application – write to: gc@lse.ac.uk

Applications can be submitted directly to the School or via the IfSA, Butler University or The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University (please see below). Those applying directly to LSE will incur no application fees and no tuition deposits. Most applicants will find that they are helped by initial contact with their home university’s Office of International Programs or Study Abroad Office, to whom we regularly mail General Course material. Such offices can advise you on their support for study abroad and its impact on your academic progress, financial aid, etc.

Students who are offered admission to the General Course are notified by email and invited to complete an ‘Acceptance Form’ online. This will be followed by a Welcome Pack later in the year detailing information on our registration and orientation arrangements.

The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University Students wishing to apply to the General Course through The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University (CGS-Arcadia) should visit the CGS- Arcadia website at www.arcadia.edu/ abroad for further information and details of the fees applicable.

The Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University

Students wishing to apply to the General Course through the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IfSA-Butler) should visit the IfSA- Butler website at www.ifsa-butler. org for further information and details of the fees applicable.

Fees The tuition fee for all students applying directly to the General Course (not through CGS-Arcadia or IfSA-Butler) in 2011-12 will be £15,003 for the full year. Please note, the tuition fee is the same for all General Course students, regardless of nationality or residence. Fees cover tuition, examination entry, library use, access to all LSE social, health and welfare facilities and Student Union membership. They do not cover accommodation or living costs which must be budgeted separately. We estimate that the cost of living in London during the nine months of the 2010-11 academic session will total some £9,000, with total one- off costs of about £1,000, giving a sum total of about £10,000 for nine months. However, savings can be made. For instance, walking to LSE can eradicate local travel costs and

students who cater for themselves or eat at LSE will live more cheaply in terms of ‘household expenses’.

LSE is also a registered institution for most types of US and Canadian Student Loans. The LSE US Student Loans reference number is G06693.

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