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 - end of September to early December
Lent - early January to mid-March
Summer - mid-April to the end of June.
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:
Economics - #4 in QS Ranking
Law - #7 in QS Ranking
Management - #9 in QS Ranking
Accounting - #5 in QS Ranking
Philosophy - #8 in QS Ranking
Geography and Environment - #5 in QS Ranking
Sociology - #5 in QS Ranking
International Relations - #4 in QS Ranking
Generally, a full course load is 4 year-long courses. 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
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. Other SUNY and non-SUNY students should contact the financial aid office on the home campus for information about eligibility for all aid programs.
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 should submit a complete LSE application form, two academic references, and transcripts of all university work to the Office of International Programs by December 1. The December 1 deadline allows ample time for OIP to guide students through the application process and forward completed and nominated applications to LSE early in their selection cycle the following January.
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