Is this Program Right for You?
Immerse yourself in the exciting urban culture of central London. As a student at the London School of Economics (LSE) you will be studying in the heart of a multicultural city alongside students from across the world at one of the most prestigious and academically rigorous institutions. Since 1910, international students have been able to study at LSE, and AU students are able to join that tradition. All AU students take four classes and earn 32 credits of for the academic year. This is not a competitive program.
LSE offers a unique opportunity to study the social sciences in a university institution with a worldwide academic reputation, amidst this great capital city and focal point in the increasing integration of Europe. LSE is internationally known for its high academic standards and intellectually stimulating community. Studying at LSE will provide you the experience and benefits of being an LSE alumni for the rest of your life.
The one-year term at LSE for visiting students, known as "The General Course," is not a separate program of study but a fully integrated undergraduate year at LSE. Each student is assigned to one of the school's twenty academic departments. General Course students are expected to pursue at least one course in the department to which they are assigned. Students can choose to spread their remaining three courses over a range of different academic subjects or concentrate them more heavily in just one.
LSE offers courses not only in economics and political science, but also in a wide range of social science subjects. Students should note that the teaching system involves a very strong emphasis on independent study. Each student is assigned an LSE academic advisor who will help navigate the General Course student experience.
See the LSE General Course website for more information on courses offered.
Course Equivalency: View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed.
LSE has a list of available scholarships that students studying for the General Course can apply for (NOTE--LSE tuition fees do not apply to AU students), and AU Abroad also offers a special scholarship of up to $2500.
Life in London
London is truly one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in the world, offering students an unparalleled environment in which to live and study. Whether your interest is art and theater, politics and economics, or film and music, it can all be found in abundance. LSE's location in central London is fundamental to its identity. It is a stimulating, cosmopolitan campus and very much a part of the city. Westminster, Whitehall, the business and financial institutions of the City, the Law Courts and the media are all on the School's doorstep. LSE also offers General Course students trips around England and the region at very low rates.
LSE offers a wide range of student services, including academic support.
Housing and Meals
Students are responsible for making housing and meal arrangements independently with LSE. Students accepted to LSE's General Course must apply on-line for LSE housing by the deadline to be guaranteed housing. LSE offers a variety of styles of accommodation, including Halls of Residence and Houses, which are either catered or offer self-catering facilities. In all of them there will be a varied mix of students; undergraduates and postgraduates; local and overseas; men and women. Housing costs are paid by the student directly to LSE.
All students studying on the General Course will be required to obtain a UK Tier 4 General Student visa prior to attending.