Study abroad in England with IFSA

London School of Economics and Political Science Summer

Program Overview

Build toward your future with a summer at the London School of Economics and Political Science. LSE is part of the University of London, located in the West End district of central London, the city’s primary commercial and entertainment district. This is Britain’s only university specializing in the study of the social sciences and a member of Britain’s Russell Group of universities, similar to the U.S. Ivy League.

LSE offers three, three-week sessions over nine weeks, with one class per session. Choose one session, combine sessions 1 & 2 or 2 & 3, or take all three.

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

March 15

Minimum GPA

3.30

Credit load

3.75 - 11.25

Housing

Residence Hall/Dormitory

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

None

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Academics

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database—if the London School of Economics Program is preapproved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

London School of Economics and Political Sciences offers a broad set of classes across a variety of disciplines. Students can enroll for from three weeks to nine weeks during the summer, taking one class per session.

Choose from challenging classes in accounting and finance, business and management, culture and environment, economics and international relations, or government and society to help you build a foundation of expertise. Take advantage of LSE’s close ties to business, government, law, and media in the city with classes taught by professionals from the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and leading international banks.

To view available courses at LSE, visit the LSE summer catalog.

Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Students may only enroll in courses for which they meet the prerequisites. They may only enroll in one course per session.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter

Not required.

Visa Requirement

Not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. A visa may be required if you are a citizen of another country.

Start your application now by clicking the Apply Now button.

TRANSCRIPT

Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Program Activities:

Activities and excursions are an important piece of your IFSA experience, designed to pull you into the fabric of the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. That said, at times, circumstances beyond our control — including local government regulations and health protocols — could impact our ability to hold these events as planned.

Know that we’ll make every effort to run the activities, trips, and excursions slated for your program. You’ll see detailed examples of previous outings offered during this program below. Keep in mind that the options could look different for your program, and that we cannot guarantee these activities, trips, and excursions.

Activities are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. They vary each term based on availability, but activities may include:

  • London Pandemics–Past and Present: This event will engage you with both an historic overview and a contemporary look at concepts of community health and global health, with a particular focus on London and the pandemic. You will attend a guest lecture at the IFSA London Flagship, followed by the John Snow Cholera Tour. This tour will take you to the nearby streets of Soho to visit important sites in the story of Dr. Snow and the cholera outbreak in 1854.
  • London Statue Walk: This walking tour includes stops at some of London’s most iconic statues as well as some of its most obscure, weaving in historical, cultural, literary, and political threads as it seeks to put the past into dialogue with the present.
  • Community Environment Initiatives & Urban Farming in London: This guest lecture explores London’s creative solutions to sustainability, food security, and community building with visit opportunities to three distinct case studies:
    • Up Above: Visit to Sky Garden
    • On the Ground: Visit to Calthorpe Community Garden
    • Down Below: Visit to Growing Underground
  • Homelessness in LondonA Dialogue: This event will explore the realities of homelessness in London from three perspectives. First, you will participate in a dialogue with guest speakers Tamsen Courtenay, author of Four Feet Under: Untold Stories of Homelessness in London, and a case worker from the Centrepoint charity for youth homelessness. The discussion will be followed by a tour of Central London developed, curated, and delivered by vulnerably housed individuals through Unseen Tours.
Program Excursions:

IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. They vary each term based on availability, but excursions may include:

  • Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral Visits: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge is a celebrated and iconic prehistoric monument of standing stones and burial mounds in Wiltshire. Afterward, travel along to Salisbury Cathedral to view one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.
  • Seaside Brighton Trip: A site of significance to the 1960s rivalries between the mods and rockers, and widely recognized as the “gay capital” of the UK, Brighton features the Palace Pier, Brighton Royal Pavilion, historic streets, and bohemian shops. End the day with fish and chips by the seaside.
  • Harry Potter Studio Tour: Explore The Making of Harry Potter permanent exhibit which offers an authentic behind-the-scenes look into the making of the films along with an enchanting guest lecture.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Residence Hall/Dormitory

Meals

Some Included

Details

IFSA students stay in Sidney Webb House, located in the London borough of Southwark within a typical Londoner’s commute of the LSE campus. Each unit includes between six and eight single bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Students will share their unit’s kitchen and dining room as well as house communal areas and amenities. A cooked breakfast is provided on campus Monday through Friday and included in your program fee.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Summer 2023 - Session 3

July 30, 2023

August 19, 2023

$8,495 (estimated)

March 15

Summer 2023 - Session 2

July 9, 2023

July 29, 2023

$8,495 (estimated)

March 15

Summer 2023 - Sessions 1, 2 & 3

June 18, 2023

August 19, 2023

$16,975 (estimated)

March 15

Summer 2023 - Sessions 1 & 2

June 18, 2023

July 29, 2023

$13,275 (estimated)

March 15

Summer 2023 - Session 1

June 18, 2023

July 8, 2023

$8,495 (estimated)

March 15

Summer 2023 - Sessions 2 & 3

July 9, 2023

August 19, 2023

$13,275 (estimated)

March 15

Term

Summer 2023 - Session 3

Term begins

July 30, 2023

Term ends

August 19, 2023

Program costs

$8,495 (estimated)

Application deadline

March 15

Term

Summer 2023 - Session 2

Term begins

July 9, 2023

Term ends

July 29, 2023

Program costs

$8,495 (estimated)

Application deadline

March 15

Term

Summer 2023 - Sessions 1, 2 & 3

Term begins

June 18, 2023

Term ends

August 19, 2023

Program costs

$16,975 (estimated)

Application deadline

March 15

Term

Summer 2023 - Sessions 1 & 2

Term begins

June 18, 2023

Term ends

July 29, 2023

Program costs

$13,275 (estimated)

Application deadline

March 15

Term

Summer 2023 - Session 1

Term begins

June 18, 2023

Term ends

July 8, 2023

Program costs

$8,495 (estimated)

Application deadline

March 15

Term

Summer 2023 - Sessions 2 & 3

Term begins

July 9, 2023

Term ends

August 19, 2023

Program costs

$13,275 (estimated)

Application deadline

March 15

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