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15 reasons to join the General Course

As you read through this brochure you will learn about LSE and all it has to offer study abroad students. You will discover there are many reasons why the General Course is the right choice for you, but here’s a selection to whet your appetite.

1 The world’s leading dedicated social science institution

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.

2 Scholarships worth £7,000 Three LSE General Course Scholarships worth £7,000 each are available to all accepted students.

3 Over 250 courses to choose from

Covering all the main social science disciplines and taught alongside degree-seeking students in a mixture of lectures and small classes.

4 Support of the Associate Dean for the General Course

Available throughout your stay at the School to deal with any problems, queries or issues you might have. You will also have a departmental tutor and a student mentor.

5 Teaching delivered by leading academics

LSE’s academics are at the cutting edge of the social sciences, influencing opinion and helping shape society. They are frequently called upon to advise governments and international organisations and provide an education grounded in the real world.

6 Elite and intellectual student body

High calibre students selected for their academic ability who share your enthusiasm for the subject matter and motivation to learn.

7 Public lectures delivered by eminent outside speakers

An extensive programme of events attracting leading individuals from all walks of life, including in the last year: Joseph Stiglitz, Janet Napolitano, Helen Clark and Javier Solana.

8 International and cosmopolitan environment

LSE students are drawn from over 140 different countries and 65 per cent of all those at the School come from outside the UK. 40 per cent of the academic staff originate from outside the UK.

9 Guaranteed university accommodation

All applicants offered a place on the General Course are guaranteed university housing.

10 Central London location The School is on the doorstep of the City of London, Westminster and Covent Garden, providing great social and academic resources.

11 General Course social calendar

UK and European excursions offered at substantial discounts. General Course students also enjoy a Welcome Party and bespoke orientation events.

12 Residential visit to Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park

An introduction to both the UK and your fellow General Course students in the relaxed surroundings of an English country house.

13 Over 150 student clubs and societies

Covering a wide variety of interests including politics, culture, academia, sports, hobbies and food and drink. Complemented by the activities of the University of London Union.

14 Work in London Automatic entitlement to work on or off campus up to 20 hours each week of the academic term, and more in vacations.

15 Global reputation for excellence

Graduate schools and employers around the world will recognise and respect the LSE name on your CV. You will also be part of an impressive global alumni network ensuring you maintain a life-long connection with the School.

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