- Classes taught in English
- Same courses and professors as during the academic year
- Internationally renowned program
- Selective admission
- Minimum 3.0 G.P.A. (students applying to 200/300 level classes may require a higher G.P.A.)
- Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- Completed API application
- University contact information form
- One letter of recommendation
- Official transcript
- Contact information for one academic reference
- Entry Requirement: Valid passport and supporting documents (more information provided post-acceptance)
Dates & Fees
3 U.S. semester credits per session (up to 9 total)
Students who choose to study abroad in London at the internationally renowned LSE summer school will have access to an extensive range of course in such fields as accounting and finance, economics, international studies, law and management, taught by the same leading LSE faculty who lead the academic year programs. It allows students an insight into the leading-edge thinking in each discipline. Courses are academically challenging and intellectually stimulating, as they are condensed versions of the courses offered during the semester. It is the largest summer school program in the U.K., with over 4,500 participants representing more than 100 countries and 6 continents. There is also a significant professional representation in the courses and students may find that they have representatives from the United Nations, the European Commission and leading international banks in their classes. The faculty are all experts in their fields and are actively involved in academic research and many act as advisors and consultants to companies and government bodies.
Students can choose from over 60 courses among the following disciplines at LSE:
- Accounting and Finance
- International Relations, Government, and Society
Students can participate in one, two, or three summer sessions for 3 semester credits per session (up to 9 total). All LSE summer school students are encouraged to make full use of LSE facilities. These include the LSE library (the major UK national library of social sciences), IT Services, LSE Health Centre, school cafeterias, and LSE sports facilities.
Please note that for admission to courses that require prerequisites, it is not enough to have simply taken the prerequisite course. In most cases, students must have passed the prerequisite course with a B or higher.
LSE requires students to provide contact information for one academic reference (in addition to the letter of recommendation required on the standard API application). LSE will contact this referee directly if further information is required.
CONTACT HOURS AND TEACHING METHODS
Summer school courses are full-time and normally consist of 54 contact hours over the three-week period, taking the form of 36 hours of lectures and 18 hours of tutorial or seminar-based classes Monday through Friday. Each course is worth 3 U.S. credits as indicated by the number in parentheses that follows each course listing on the following pages. Due to the intensive nature of the program, students are expected to spend a full day on campus. Lectures are attended by all students on the course, and take place either in the morning (10am – 1pm) or afternoon (2pm – 5pm), at the same time each day. They are supplemented by small 1.5 hour classes, during the following afternoon or morning. These are an opportunity to work through problem sets or case studies, or present and discuss seminar papers. In addition, students are recommended to spend 2-3 hours per day in self-guided study.
Course textbooks are used to complement the lectures and classes. While it may not be necessary to undertake a large amount of pre-course reading, it may be advantageous to read the first few chapters of the main text in advance. Many of the books on the reading list are available in the LSE Library, however API advises students to buy the main text(s) and use the LSE Library for supplementary reading. Details of the required text(s) will be confirmed post-acceptance.
LSE LECTURE SERIES
All LSE summer students are eligible to attend the LSE Public Lecture Series at no additional cost. Speakers include internationally renowned professors and researchers. More information is available on-site.
API students will receive a transcript from the London School of Economics upon completion of their program.
- @api Online System
- Orientation Materials and Resources
- Access to International Phone Plans
- API Alumni Network
- Social Networking
- Airport Reception
- Resident Director
- On-Site Orientation
- Medical & Life Insurance
- Social & Cultural Activities
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Re-Entry Materials & Support
- Post-Program Evaluation
- Alumni Network & Global Leadership Academy
Kelsey Patton is the London Program Coordinator and will work with you through your departure to England.
Nadia Jennings and Heather Lees are the London Resident Directors and will work with you during your stay in England.