LSE Summer School

About Summer School

LSE Summer School offers over 70 three-week courses taught by LSE's world-renowned faculty. All courses take place on our campus in the heart of Central London.

The LSE Summer School has the world's largest intake of international study abroad undergraduates compared with other summer schools across the globe. Visiting students are often able to transfer credit from LSE's rigorously assessed summer courses towards degrees at their home institution.

The Summer School curriculum is drawn from across the university, with courses being offered in subjects as diverse as Accounting, Finance, Economics, International Relations, Law, and Business and Management.


Summer School courses are taught to the LSE's high standard and are therefore academically rigorous. Before starting your application, please ensure that you meet the entry requirements specific to your chosen course(s).


In order to apply for the Summer School, you must provide the following:

  • 100 level courses: proof of an offer of a place at university or a transcript showing you are currently attending/have previously attended university; or
  • 200 and 300 level courses: a university transcript showing you meet course specific prerequisites

You are also required to provide:

  • evidence of meeting our language requirements (if a non-native English speaker).

We expect all applicants to show grades of around B+ (GPA 3.3). In some instances it is possible to accept slightly lower grades, depending on the strength of the application as a whole.

Course levels and Prerequisites

Courses are taught at 3 levels that generally equate to the 3 years of undergraduate study in the UK university system:

English Requirements

All students must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Native speaker of English
  • Experience of studying in English at university level*
  • Achieving the minimum score in one of the following language certificates:



Required Score

TOEFL (internet based)

107 or above (including 25 in each component)


7.0 or above (including 7 in all components)


with grade B or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component.

CPE with grade C or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA)

academic test with a score of 65 in all four components

 *If you have studied in an English speaking institution, or have courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses) you may meet our requirements without having to supply one of the above certificates. Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university.

We are aware that in many places, university education is taught fully or partially in English as standard. If you have studied at a university where this is the case you can apply as a native speaker. Some examples of places where is the case are:

  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Turkey
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • The Netherlands and all Scandinavian countries

Applicants with an alternative qualification should contact the Summer School Office for advice.

Applicants who wish to refresh their language skills may be interested to note that the LSE Language Centre offers intensive one week English language courses prior to each Summer School session.