London School of Economics
The internationally renowned London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) offers an academic year program known as the General Course to international students. Students who are selected partake of the LSE's lively intellectual environment by being fully integrated in regular LSE courses and student life. Moreover, living in London for a year provides many opportunities to experience the full cultural life of one of Europe's great capitals. Binghamton students with a strong social science background are encouraged to consider this very special study abroad option.
The London School of Economics, part of the University of London system, is just over 100 years old. It is not only famous for it economics department (five former members have won Nobel prizes), but for the high quality of all its social science and related programs. Today, the scholarly work of the LSE faculty covers the social sciences in the widest sense, including theoretical, empirical and humanistic approaches to the disciplines. About 6,000 students attend, of which half are undergraduates, half, graduate students. The student body is highly international; some 54% come from over 160 countries outside the United Kingdom.
The LSE is a cosmopolitan university located in central London near the Royal Courts of Justice, Fleet Street, and the West End. Its buildings are compact and utilitarian, while the area has many historical sites and open, green areas. The campus contains classrooms, faculty offices, cafeterias, squash courts, and an excellent library with 4 million items on open shelves. Close by, to the west of campus are Parliament, the Law Courts and government offices; London's financial and commercial centers are immediately to the east. The theaters and concert halls of the West End, the cultural sites of St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, and social areas like Soho are all within walking distance.
Participants must commit a full academic year to this program. The academic year consists of three terms as follows:
Michaelmas: September 21 – December 8, 2018
Lent: January 8 - March 23, 2019
Summer: April 23 - June 8, 2019
The General Course is the name of the LSE program that enrolls international undergraduates for a full year as visiting students. Each participant works under the supervision of an LSE tutor from the department that best represents the major area of study. Mr. Mark Hoffman, Senior Tutor, directs the General Course; he coordinates arrangements for students on the program and offers wise counsel and doses of humor as needed. Considering LSE is a world-renowned institution, students should have a strong academic background and be prepared for challenging and rewarding coursework during the program.
Courses are available in the following fields:
Accounting - #5 in QS Ranking
Economics - #4 in QS Ranking
Geography and Environment - #5 in QS Ranking
International Relations - #4 in QS Ranking
Law - #7 in QS Ranking
Management - #9 in QS Ranking
Philosophy - #8 in QS Ranking
Sociology - #5 in QS Ranking
The majority of courses at LSE are year-long in duration. Generally, a full course load is 4 year-long courses. Teaching takes place in the Michaelmas (Autumn) and Lent (Spring) terms, and exams are held in the first week of January and the Summer term. The year-long structure means that you are able to cover topics in more depth and breadth than in an equivalent single-semester course. General Course students may take any course for which they have completed necessary pre-requisites. Most students take two courses in the major and two elective courses.
A complete list of courses offered recently at the LSE is available in the LSE Undergraduate Course Guide, available on the LSE website.
The LSE has three residence halls and four blocks of flats (apartments). The residence halls provide breakfast and an evening meal each day. The flats are self-catering; that is, students prepare their own food. All the LSE housing is "mixed," which means it is used by undergraduates, graduate students, degree students and visiting students.The LSE guarantees housing in its own facilities or in the University of London. Students who have been admitted to the program should apply for housing by May 31. Those who do not live in university housing rent flats or rooms privately in London; these participants may rent rooms at the LSE on a temporary basis prior to the academic year while looking for accommodations. More information can be found in the LSE General Course Brochure.
To learn about the program costs and related expenses, click on the cost sheet below:
Estimates to be added soon
Students who are eligible for financial aid may apply it to this program. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out the Estimate of Costs Sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Office of Financial Aid Services is able to consider only the applications of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.
Binghamton and SUNY Scholarships
Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the Myers Family Scholarship if eligible. This provides an award of $1,500. For more information about this scholarship, click here.
For more information about scholarships and financial aid in general, click here.
Binghamton University nominates candidates to study at the LSE; the LSE makes the admissions decision. Candidates must have completed two years of university study by the time they enroll in the program. Generally a 3.3 grade point average is required with academic strength in the field that will be the major discipline at the LSE.
All prospective candidates should make an advising appointment with the program advisor in the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives. Candidates will need to submit the following by the December 1st deadline:
The December deadline allows ample time for IEGI to guide students through the application process and forward completed and nominated applications to LSE early in their selection cycle the following January.
- A complete LSE application form
- Two academic references
- Transcripts of all university
This information is subject to change without notice. The State University of New York at Binghamton is strongly committed to affirmative action. We offer access to services and recruit students and employees without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or national origin.