Programs : Brochure
- Locations: London, United Kingdom
- Program Terms: Academic Year
- Homepage: Click to visit
|About the program||Academics|
|About the city||Accommodations|
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An example of the interesting architecture on LSE's urban campus.
Application deadline for the 2018/2019 academic year program:
mid-January, 2018 (earlier than for other programs)
Note: this deadline applies to all application materials, including faculty recommendations
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a Richmond affiliate university, offers visiting students the opportunity to pursue a full year of study on a program called the "General Course."
This is a fully integrated undergraduate year. Instruction consists of four year-long courses of lectures as well as supporting classes, which are usually in the format of small faculty-led discussion groups.
The academic year is divided into three 10-week terms beginning in the first week of October and concluding with final examinations in June.
LSE offers over 300 courses in fields such as:
Click here for LSE's online course listings.
Click here for a campus map.
See Internships on our "Work & Volunteer" page.
London is one of the world’s largest and most diverse cities. It offers limitless discoveries and opportunities for learning.
It is assumed that students applying to LSE are doing so primarily in the hope of having a year of substantial academic challenges and corresponding rewards. Students applying to LSE should thus ignore the instructions provided for the essay that is required for the initial, online application and should instead devote most of their essay to
Mid-January (specific date will be communicated to applicants)
Students may take any four year-long undergraduate courses, or the equivalent in half-unit courses, and in any combination. At least one, and usually two, courses should be within their designated major.
Credit equivalency in units
Each year-long course is worth 2.5 units; each half-unit course is worth 1.25 units under Richmond's unit system. Students will earn 10 units for the full year.
Please see this page on the website of the Office of the Registrar for an explanation of how academic credit earned abroad is transferred to UR.
Students are assigned a personal tutor in the LSE academic department which best represents their major area of study. The personal tutor helps students choose courses in the light of their individual interests, and acts as their study advisor throughout the year. While it is the tutor's responsibility to offer help and guidance, both academic and personal, there is a very strong emphasis on independent study.
LSE numerical grade LSE letter grade UR equivalent 74 - 100 A+ or A A 68 - 73 A- A- 60 - 67 B+ B+ 55 - 69 B B 50 - 54 B- B- 45 - 49 C+ C+ 40 - 44 C C 34 - 39 C- C- (no UR credit) 33 or below D or F D or F (no UR credit)
Students taking part in the LSE program are required to live in housing that is affiliated with the program. Students may not take part in this program if they obtain housing of another kind.
Although housing is not guaranteed, students who apply early will increase their likelihood of securing housing with LSE or the University of London. Housing options are posted on the LSE accommodation website. In most cases, housing is self-catered, meaning that students prepare their own meals.
Housing is allocated on a lottery basis. Students are not always offered housing at the LSE campus but may instead be offered housing that is closer to another branch of the University of London (of which LSE is a part).
Click here to read about scholarships for study abroad.
Since LSE is affiliated with the British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX), students approved to study there are eligible to apply for the BUTEX North American Scholarship.
NOTE: Travel allowances, reimbursements, health insurance premiums and other payments above tuition costs paid by Richmond on behalf of its semester and year abroad students are available only to Richmond degree-seeking students accepted to participate on UR-affiliated abroad programs.
As this program is available only for a full academic year, all participants who are not citizens of the UK or another country that is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland must obtain a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa.
Contact Chris Klein in the Office of International Education.
This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.
Updated August 2016