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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.5
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange / Direct Enroll
Recommendation Requirement: None required for UR; see Eligibility section below for more information
Program Description:
About the program Academics
About the city Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and costs
Application process Immigration requirements
Application timeline  

                        An example of the interesting architecture on LSE's urban campus.

About LSE

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:

  • accounting and finance
  • anthropology
  • economics and economic history
  • European studies
  • geography and environment
  • government
  • information systems
  • international history and international relations
  • management
  • mathematics
  • philosophy
  • population studies
  • social policy, social psychology, sociology and statistics (Note: Look under sociology and social policy for classes in criminology/criminal justice).

Click here for LSE's online course listings.

Click here for a campus map.

Political internship opportunity via Hansard Scholars Programme

See Internships on our "Work & Volunteer" page.

About the city

London is one of the world’s largest and most diverse cities.  It offers limitless discoveries and opportunities for learning.


  • Junior class standing
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.50, but such a GPA does not guarantee acceptance
  • Non-native speakers of English must be able to submit recent English proficiency test scores.  As the British government sometimes requires non-native speakers of English to submit IELTS scores with their visa applications, it is better to take IELTS than TOEFL.  Applicants must have a score of 7 in all four areas of the test.  Check the date of your scores to see if you will need to re-take the test to meet LSE's requirements for recent scores.  You can read about the requirement here.
  • Note:  Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University to study abroad. Each applicant’s disciplinary record will be reviewed, and students must be cleared by the Office of the Dean of Richmond College or Westhampton College. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of their intended program.  Situations of housing probation and honor probation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for this program.
  • UR's Office of International Education does not require recommendations from students applying to LSE.  However, if UR approves you to go to the second step in the selection process for this program (applying directly to LSE), then you will need to submit two recommendations to LSE; UR will explain how to do so at that point.
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Application process

  • LSE is one of UR’s most selective programs and places there are at a premium.  Students should apply only if fully committed to taking part in a demanding, year-long academic experience. 
  • Students do the online application, and are evaluated by the Office of International Education on the basis of their academic performance, faculty recommendations, essay, and overall preparation for this very rigorous program.
  • Applications from Business students will also be reviewed by a member of the Robins School faculty.
  • Candidates who pass this initial review then apply directly to LSE, which makes the final decision about their candidacy.

Application essay

It is assumed that students applying to LSE are doing so primarily in the hope of having a year of very substantial academic challenges and corresponding rewards.  Students applying to LSE should thus spend more time on the first essay question (which asks about academics and the student's goals for study abroad) and less on the second (which asks about intercultural issues).  In the first question, applicants should be sure to cover:

  • their academic accomplishments to this point, including awards and research activities
  • how a year at LSE will help them meet their academic and career goals
  • how they will adjust their study skills to adapt to the differences in academic culture that they will encounter at LSE


  • Academic references are very important for this program; be sure to speak to your potential recommendors very early about your intention to apply to LSE.
  • Applicants to LSE must obtain at least one recommendation from a faculty or staff member in their academic department.  The Office of International Education’s first preference for a recommender is a tenured professor who has taught the student.  Our second preference is a tenure-track professor who has taught the student.  Our third preference is an academic advisor in the student’s academic department.
  • Applicants to LSE must have their major advisor (a) review the classes they hope to take while abroad (b) send us their assessments of the students’ choices.  This can be part of the student’s recommendation or can be a separate correspondence.
  • Each recommendor will need to do both the Office of International Education's online recommendation forms and, later, a more formal hard copy letter of recommendation required by LSE.
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Application Timeline

Fall semester

  • See an Office of International Education Peer Advisor for general information on study abroad; see Chris Klein for details on LSE
  • Begin UR's on-line application
  • Approach two faculty members who know you and your work very well, and ask them to serve as your recommendors
  • Think through a valid 2nd-choice program, as some who apply to LSE are not accepted

3 February 2019

The Office of International Education must receive all of your application materials, including faculty recommendations

Early March 2019

UR notifies applicants of their standing. Those with non-approved applications should apply to their 2nd-choice program. Approved applications are forwarded to LSE.


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Course load

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.

Personal tutor

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.

Grade scale

LSE numerical grade
LSE letter grade
UR equivalent
74 - 100
A+ or A
68 - 73
60 - 67
55 - 69
50 - 54
45 - 49
40 - 44
34 - 39
C- (no UR credit)
33 or below
D or F
D or F (no UR credit)
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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). 

Dates and Costs

See Dates and Costs for LSE.

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.

Immigration requirements

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.

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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 Oct 2017