University Study in the UK -
London School of Economics
and Political Science
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a constituent college within the University of London, located in central London. LSE offers a full year study abroad program to international students called The General Course. Students must study at LSE for the full academic year - semester options are not available.
London has an excellent public transportation infrastructure, allowing inhabitants to travel easily to all parts of the city.
LSE also offers a summer school program. Please see the linkHERE.
Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline
Junior or Senior standing by program start date
Two years of study at the university level
Good academic standing
Minimum GPA 3.5 in the quantitative disciplines, such as accounting, economics, mathematics
Minimum GPA 3.3 in the qualitative disciplines, such as government, law, sociology
Solid background in relevant area of study
Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only
Students choose a full load of courses (4 per term) which are taken alongside degree-seeking British and International students. Winter term courses are a continuation of the courses from the fall term. U-M students will earn 16 credits per term.
LSE offers over 250 courses in social sciences (not only economics or economics related) taught within various departments. Study abroad students are expected to take at least one course in the department to which they are assigned (2 courses if in economics). Courses are available in non-quantitative subjects such as anthropology, government, international history or relations, law and social policy.
Instruction is in English.
LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.
Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).
LSE also offers a summer school program. Please see the link HERE.
Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.
Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.
The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).
Scholarships and Funding
LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need.
Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.
When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.
For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.
Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.
Two Academic Recommendation Forms* (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail, recommender submits online) *At least one of the recommendations forms should be from a subject in applicant's concentration.
Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.
University offers various student residence hall options, some include meals, while others are self catered; that is, shared kitchen facilities are available. Many, but not all, rooms are single study bedrooms. Refer to this link for more information.
Single rooms come in different shapes and sizes. They all include a washbasin, but shower and WC are shared. Sometimes rooms are organised in flats, sometimes, rooms are arranged in a more dorm-style way, with a shared bathroom along the corridor.
They're a great option if you're watching your budget or if you want to share with a friend. We'll only allocate sharers of the same sex. If you've been offered a place in a shared room, we'll invite you to forward the name of someone you want to share with when you accept the offer (they must also have been offered a shared room). That's entirely optional, and we'll pair you up with a sharer otherwise.
En suite rooms
En suite means that you'll have your own private bathroom connected to your room. These have a shower, wash basin and WC. Most halls have a mix of en suite rooms and rooms with shared bathrooms, but this list will help you get an overview:
CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:
Note:The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.