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London School of Economics and Political Science

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. 70% of LSE's students originate from outside the UK, as do more than 40% of its staff. Students join the school from over 140 different countries, ensuring a culturally-rich academic and social experience.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

4,920 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • All applicants offered a place receive an Offer Pack prior to arrival, with information designed to make their preparation for study at the school as stress-free and simple as possible.
  • LSE's alumni around the world organise annual pre-departure events, giving new students the opportunity to meet each other and learn more about life at LSE and in London from the school's graduates.
  • On arrival, all students receive a comprehensive introduction to the academic and social life of LSE during Welcome Week, which includes a range of presentations, meetings and social events.

English Language Requirements

  • English language requirements vary by degree programme. 
  • Minimum scores include IELTS: 7.0 overall; TOEFL: 100 overall; GCSE: grade B or above.

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, with both catered and self-catered residences available. International students at LSE are housed across the school's residential sites.
  • Accommodation nearest to LSE is a 5-minute walk from the campus; the average walking time to accommodation is 20 minutes, with the furthest being approximately 45 minutes' walk.
  • Students have access to LSE's Intranet in all halls of residence.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • LSE offers Undergraduate Support Scheme scholarships on the basis of need. Offer holders are invited to apply and awards are made pre-entry.
  • At postgraduate level the Graduate Support Scheme and scholarships are available to overseas students. These awards are based on need.
  • LSE has partnered awards with various external agencies, which are focused on students from all over the world, or in some cases from particular partner countries.
  • LSE PhD Studentship awards are open to overseas students, on the basis of academic merit and research potential.

Ongoing Support

  • LSE works to ensure that all students are able to make the most of their time at the school. LSE LIFE is a place for students to discover and develop the skills required to reach their goals. There are talks and workshops, sessions with study advisors and staff from LSE services, meetings with professional writers, and a flexible open-plan study space.
  • LSE Student Counselling Service provides free and confidential support to help students cope more effectively with personal and study related difficulties. Disabled students are supported by the LSE Disability and Well-being Service to enable them to achieve their full potential.
  • All students are able to apply for hardship funds in the event of something unexpected occurring which affects their financial arrangements; and travel funds are available to PhD students attending conferences to present a paper.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance