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London School of Economics and Political Science Summer

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Program Overview


Take advantage of summer break to get ahead in finance, business, culture, environment, economics, international relations, government, or society. Challenging classes are taught by leading scholars and professionals with prestigious credentials from the United Nations, World Health Organization, top international banks, and more.

With a flexible format, you can stay for three, six, or nine weeks, taking one class per three-week session.

There’s also time to explore. Your location in the West End district of central London, the city’s primary commercial and entertainment district, makes it easy. Plus, your program includes IFSA activities (no extra fees) that show you aspects of UK cultures tourists miss, including a West End theater performance and a chance to test your culinary skills in the Great British Bake Off’s tent.

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Summer: March 15

Minimum GPA


Credit load



Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option

Instruction language


Language prerequisites


Visa required?

Not in most cases. Learn More.

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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.

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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 classes for which they meet the prerequisites. They may only enroll in one class per session.



  • 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) full-time year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter
Not required.


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 classes 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.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.
Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As a result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.
  • London’s Southbank Walk and Borough Market: Wander the River Thames then nosh on fish and chips, Thai curry, and more­—there are hundreds of produce and street food stalls to choose from. Soak up some history as you refuel—food markets have stood here since the Middle Ages.
  • The Great British Bake Off Experience: Step into the famous white tent and don your apron for this immersive baking experience. Perfect for fans of The Great British Bake Off, you’ll work in pairs and bake a dessert against the clock that will be judged by the head baker. You’ll even be able to take home your creation at the end!
  • Buckingham Palace: On the bucket list for countless UK visitors, here’s your chance to see the majestic London home of British monarchs since Queen Victoria in 1837. (Look for the Royal Standard’s yellow, red and blue squares that signify the king is in residence.)
  • Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: London is famous for its diverse, creative and unexpected theater landscape. During the warmer summer months, students can enjoy all the London theater scene has to offer in the stunning surroundings of a royal park.
  • Independence Day BBQ: You may be in the UK, but you can still celebrate the fabulous U.S. Independence Day with a festive get-together and meal.

Housing and Meals


Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option


Some Included


Students live in flats (apartments) provided by IFSA or in housing provided by LSE. Several options include supplemental housing fees. While we do our best to accommodate preferences, tight housing often makes it difficult to match students with their top choices.

LSE residence halls: Housing is offered each year for the summer program. The residences available varies from year to year, but these residences usually offer a range of room types (single, shared, private bathroom, shared bathroom). Some residences rooms are arranged in flats with shared kitchens and/or bathrooms. Other residences rooms are arranged in corridors. Linens, including towels, are provided.

  • Meals: Self-catering. Some breakfasts are provided—sometimes in the residence, otherwise Monday–Friday in the LSE Campus Fourth Floor Restaurant.
  • Commute: The closest hall is a 10-minute walk from campus. The farthest hall is 25 minutes away via public transportation.

Student flats provided by IFSA: Students live in furnished flats (apartments) selected by IFSA, with IFSA students as flatmates.

  • Living space: Each flat contains single bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom.
    • Bedrooms include bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, and light for each student.
    • Comfortable space to cook, eat, socialize, and study either in your flat or in convenient common areas.
    • Linens, except towels, are typically provided.
  • Meals:  There is no meal plan. Students cook or purchase their own meals. Some flats have private kitchens, others include shared kitchens. Most are fully equipped; if not, kitchenware is easy to purchase nearby. Flatmates say cooking and eating together is a fun, social part of their day.
  • Commute: Varies by location. Expect a 40- to 50-minute trip via local train services, the Tube (the London subway), or bus.

Sample housing

Read about Vita Lewisham, one housing option, to see what your London home might be like:

  • Location: Lewisham, an area in southeast London undergoing substantial regeneration, particularly following its tenure as London Borough of Culture in 2022. Lewisham Shopping Centre, a five-minute walk away, is home to over 70 stores. Across the street is Glass Mill Leisure Centre, with gym, pool, sauna, and steam room. Two-minute walk to Lewisham train station.
  • Commute: 40 minutes by train/Tube to the LSE campus.
  • Single rooms: Rooms include one double bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, and TV. Bed linens provided. Studio rooms include private kitchen with oven, stove, refrigerator, and microwave. Other rooms are part of cluster flats: six single rooms with private bathrooms, a shared kitchen, and living space. Kitchenware provided.
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students purchase meals or prepare food in shared kitchens. Breakfast available in the reception area on weekday mornings.  Free coffee 24/7.
  • Common spaces: Three private dining rooms, a bar, study spaces, a gym with dance studio, and a games room.
  • Other details: Unlimited Wi-Fi, staff and security on site 24/7. Laundry facilities on-site. Cleaning provided every two weeks. The residence runs a full social calendar.
  • Nearby:  The bustling Greenwich area, home to Greenwich Market, renowned museums, and Greenwich Park (where the Eastern and Western Hemispheres meet)—five minutes away via Docklands Light Railway. (Watch for celebrities: Greenwich frequently stands in as London and occasionally Paris in film and television productions.) Central London is 15 minutes away via train, so it’s easy to get to London Bridge and Charing Cross, the historic center of London.

Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Summer 2024 - Session 1
June 16, 2024
July 6, 2024
Summer 2024 - Session 2
July 7, 2024
July 27, 2024
Summer 2024 - Session 3
July 28, 2024
August 17, 2024
Summer 2024 - Sessions 1 & 2
June 16, 2024
July 27, 2024
Summer 2024 - Sessions 2 & 3
July 7, 2024
August 17, 2024
Summer 2024 - Sessions 1, 2 & 3
June 16, 2024
August 17, 2024

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Kevin Canas

Kevin Cañas

Enrollment Counselor