The London School of Economics and Political Science boasts an outstanding international reputation in all the social sciences. Over 60% of LSE’s students and 40% of its academic staff hail from outside the United Kingdom, giving it a vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
LSE is home to the British Library of Political and Economic Science and provides students with a range of sporting and academic support facilities, an exciting social calendar, and guaranteed accommodation. BC students enroll for the full academic year only.
Students are integrated into the regular university curriculum at the host university. Each institution offers a wide-ranging curriculum that enables students to design a discipline-specific program to suit their major program of study.
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Please note that the 3.5 GPA is the minimum BC GPA required. Due to the competitive nature of LSE applicants, a 3.5 does not guarantee approval by BC.
The academic system at LSE is different from what students find at Boston College. Most courses last the entire academic year. Courses or modules are less structured than courses at Boston College. Students are expected to do much more independent reading. Students’ grades will be based on a limited number of assignments. It is likely that a course grade will be based on one final exam or paper.
Economics students should have completed at least 3-4 economics courses, including micro and macroeconomics, and two to three mathematics courses.
In addition and per LSE, “Applicants who wish to study predominantly quantitative courses, i.e. those offered by the Departments of Economics, Finance, Mathematics and Statistics, should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, including higher level calculus and linear algebra.” Students should have a 3.5 GPA or above in these subjects as well.
Course information for LSE is available here
LSE will hold an orientation about a week before the fall term begins. Students must attend this orientation. Further details will be provided by LSE. Students must plan to stay abroad for the entire exam period. All exams must be taken as scheduled. The exam timetable will be published during the spring term.
Students should consult the host university’s course pages to review any course requirements, restrictions or limitations. Students should review and understand the information provided by the host university.
BC students enroll for the full academic year only.
- Fall Term: Starts in late September and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in mid to late June.
Housing fees will be paid directly to LSE and costs vary according to the type of accommodation. LSE guarantees housing for accepted students who apply for housing before the deadline. Students will be placed in LSE or University of London (intercollegiate) halls of residence. The majority of rooms are singles and some have private bathroom facilities.
Students will sign a housing contract with LSE (similar to a lease). This contract will stipulate the number of weeks that you will be living in university housing. If exams are over in the early part of the examination period students will still be responsible for paying the rent on the housing to the end of the exam period.
The LSE Housing Form and an accommodation guide are available on the LSE website
Some halls provide certain meals while others are self catered (provide shared cooking facilities).
There are a wide range of activities at LSE. One feature is the number of prominent speakers who come to the School on a regular basis. The LSE Student Union
organizes regular entertainment events and funds more than 130 student societies covering various intellectual, social, political, cultural, and leisure interests. Students can learn more about these at the Freshers Fayre held at the beginning of the academic year.
In addition to LSE events, BC students are invited to participate in monthly activities organized by the Boston College resident director. In the past, activities and excursions have included museum and theatre visits in London and trips to Brighton and Hastings.
London has an extensive subway system (the Underground or “The Tube"), bus system and ever-present black cabs. The city is walkable as well. Students can purchase monthly passes for the public transport at a discounted rate.
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