London School of Economics and Political Science

Why Study Here?

  • LSE is widely regarded as the world’s leading dedicated social science institution.
  • The school recruits the best students and employs leading academics from the UK, Europe and overseas. Its alumni occupy prominent positions in global companies and organisations, and its graduates receive, on average, the highest starting salary of those from any UK university.

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • GCSE: grade B or above.
  • IELTS: 7.0 overall, and 7.0 in each of the four components.
  • TOEFL: 107 in IBT, with 25 out of 30 in each of the four skills.

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £17,712 £19,344–31,608
Mixed - -
Laboratory - -
Clinical - -

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • All international undergraduate offer holders are invited to apply for LSE's Undergraduate Support Scheme and specific named scholarships (where available).

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • All LSE offer holders receive an Offer Pack prior to arrival that provides essential help and advice designed to make their preparation for study at the School as stress-free and simple as possible.
  • The school’s alumni around the world organise annual pre-departure events for offer holders, providing new students with an opportunity to socialise with both each other and the School’s graduates, and to have their questions about life at LSE and in London answered,
  • After arrival at the school, all students receive a comprehensive introduction to the academic and social life of the institution through a range of presentations, meetings and social events.

Accommodation for International Students

  • All first year undergraduates and study abroad (General Course) students are guaranteed a place in university accommodation.
  • LSE housing is located in central London but not on LSE's Houghton Street campus.
  • International students at LSE are housed across the School's residential sites.
  • Accommodation closest to LSE is a five minute walk from the School; the furthest away is approximately 45 minutes' walk from the LSE campus. The average walking time from LSE's campus is 20 minutes.
  • LSE offers a range of different options for students, including both catered and self-catered residences.
  • Students have access to LSE's intranet in all its halls of residence.
  • Typical weekly accommodation costs range from £91.70–382.90.
  • Visit our website for more details about student accommodation at LSE.

Organisations for International Students

  • 65% of LSE’s students come from outside the UK, so everything the school does is designed to accommodate students unfamiliar with British education, London, and the UK. 
  • LSE hosts pre-departure events for international offer-holders around the world to help prepare them for their time at LSE.
  • The Students’ Union supports a wide range of clubs and societies, many of which reflect the institutions’ cosmopolitan student body.