London School of Economics
The internationally renowned London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) offers a summer program known as their Summer School for international students.
Courses taught during the Summer School are based on regular LSE undergraduate courses, and taught to the same standards by leading LSE faculty. Lecturers are experts in their chosen fields and committed to teaching with academic rigor and contemporary relevance. 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. In 2017, the Summer School welcomed more than 6,300 students, representing 122 different nationalities.
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.
The Summer School is divided into 3 sessions. Students choose to participate in 1, 2 or all 3 sessions:
Session one: June 18 - July 6, 2018
Session two: July 9 - July 27, 2018
Session three: July 30 - August 17, 2018
Summer School courses are drawn from across the university, and are divided into the below subject areas. 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 areas:
Business & Management
Culture & the Environment
International Relations, Government & Society
Students take one course per 3-week session at the LSE Summer School. Each course is worth 4 Binghamton credits. Most course grades include two written exams, or a final exam and assessed work. Course are offered at the following 3 levels:
A complete list of courses offered recently at the LSE Summer School is available on LSE's website here.
- 100 level courses: equivalent to introductory level university courses. They have no specific prerequisites in their own subject but may require some mathematics or other related subjects.
- 200 level courses: equivalent to intermediate level university courses. They have prerequisites in the form of university level introductory courses in the same, or a closely related, subject.
- 300 level courses: advanced and equivalent to either final year undergraduate or first year graduate courses. They have prerequisites of university level intermediate courses.
LSE Summer School students can stay in the following LSE residence halls: Bankside House, Carr-Saunders Hall, Grosvenor House, High Holborn Residence, Northumberland House, Passfield Hall, Rosebery Hall, Urbanest King’s Cross and Urbanest Westminster Bridge. The residence halls provide breakfast each weekday. The flats are self-catering; that is, students prepare their own food. For details on all residences, visit: Summer School accommodation.
The rates vary by hall of residence and room type. To get a quick overview, view the 2017 Summer School accommodation price list. Rates are given per room for one summer session (20 nights). When booking two or more sessions, students receive our Multi-session Discount, which means that the nights inbetween sessions are free of charge.
Once you receive your offer for LSE Summer School, then you can book your accommodation online through LSE's website. In order to confirm your accommodation booking and secure your room, you will need to provide full payment when you book your accommodation. All available rooms for LSE Summer School will be offered out on a first-come, first-served basis. As long as there is availability, and students pay for their booking promptly, they will have a confirmed place as soon as they've paid.
To learn about the program costs and related expenses, click on the cost sheet below:
LSE 1 session Sum 18.pdf
LSE 2 sessions Sum 18.pdf
LSE 3 sessions Sum 18.pdf
Withdrawal Policy: When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.
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 February 1 deadline:
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.
- Study Statement
- Two academic references
- Transcripts of all universities attended