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London School of Economics
A part of the University of London, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) first opened in 1895, with the goal to study and add to the disciplines of economics, politics, statistics, sociology, history, geography, and other closely related subjects. Much of the development of the social sciences in Britain had its origins in work done at this school, and today it enjoys an outstanding international reputation.
LSE is noted for its work in economics; four of its past economics professors have received Nobel prizes. The university is also strong in other areas, such as anthropology, industrial relations, and population studies. Around 4,000 students attend LSE, of which almost half are not British. Over 120 countries have been represented among the school's students.
Applicants wishing to pursue quantitative coursework should speak with the UNC Study Abroad Advisor to discuss the GPA requirement prior to submitting an application.
The city of London offers a myriad of opportunities for entertainment and enrichment: it simply can't be described briefly. Just in going to class, students will probably pass Big Ben, Parliament, and the Thames. The underground is a safe and easy way to explore the rest of the city.
The campus is a cluster of buildings in the heart of London, sandwiched between Westminster to the west and the city to the east. Facilities available for student use include the main library, which has over three million items, a language laboratory, squash courts, and the Union shop, cafeteria, and pubs. LSE offers a wide range of extracurricular activities. The students' union hosts over 100 different clubs and societies, and LSE's union is also linked to the University of London's larger one.
Travel is an attractive option during vacations, whether it is within Great Britain, on the European continent, or beyond. London's airports offer reasonable prices and a wide range of destinations for adventurous students.
Study abroad students are fully integrated into academic life at LSE. They are taught and evaluated in the same way as degree students. What makes LSE, or any other British university, particularly challenging for the US undergraduate is the British approach to education. At LSE, instructors expect students to take responsibility for their education. However, LSE doesn't expect study abroad students to be able to switch to a new academic system overnight. The university offers study skills workshops covering personal time-tabling, essay writing, note-taking, and studying for exams. These sessions are valuable for study abroad students since unlike US tests, LSE exams tend to consist of only a few essay questions, and only one exam is given for the entire year's work in a course.
Students at LSE typically have only four different subjects during the year abroad. LSE is on a trimester system; whatever classes students start with in October will be the ones they are tested on in June. Nevertheless, what the British consider to be a full load of courses at LSE will transfer to UNC-CH as a full load: 24-30 credits for a successfully completed year at LSE.
LSE does not guarantee university housing for study abroad students, but their chances are good. Students have three housing options:
- university halls of residence - includes 16 meals per week, typically held in the hall's own dining rooms
- university flats - self-catering: students make their own meals
- private accommodation - LSE assists students seeking non-university housing by maintaining a list of names and addresses of private accommodation.
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
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- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- Follow the instructions on your UNC application to submit the supplemental application required by the partner institution.
- In order to participate in the program, both the Study Abroad Office and partner institution must accept your application. Note that decision notification timelines may differ.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access