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. 69% of LSE's students originate from outside the UK, as do 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

4,570 international students in 2016–17

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 five minute walk from 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.

International Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate (£) Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 19,152 20,904–34,200
Mixed - -
Laboratory - -
Clinical - -
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.