Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

England, The London School of Economics and
Political Science (LSE)

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Program Location: London, England
Duration: Year Only
Program Dates:
Sept. 29, 201 – June 29, 2014

Flights should be not be booked based on the dates above. It is recommended to wait until the program has issued specific arrival information.

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Program Overview

The London School of Economics and Political Science is situated in the heart of London in Aldwych, just off the Strand on Houghton Street. Parliament, the Law Courts, government offices, the British Museum, the Old Public Record Office, not to mention the theaters and concert halls of the West End or the Barbican and the South Bank, are all within walking distance of the School. A demanding program, students must have an overall GPA of 3.3, and a GPA of 3.5 for quantitative subjects.

The LSE program is an intensive academic experience for highly motivated students. Students will spend a full academic year at LSE completely integrated into the student body. The program is especially geared for students in economics, social history, anthropology, social policy, law, history, and politics. With an enrolment of around 4,000 undergraduates, LSE is one of the largest schools within the University of London system. Its character is very international; half of its students and one-quarter of its academic staff are from outside the U.K.

Participants must register for the full academic year, which runs from September to June. At the beginning of the academic year, all study abroad students are assigned to personal tutors who help them choose their courses and who subsequently see them at regular intervals throughout the year. As a Clark student, you may take any of the 300 level courses available to other LSE students. You may use your year to specialize in one particular subject, taking the more advanced courses in your field, or you may take the opportunity to sample a range of subjects. Teaching at LSE takes place in lectures, classes, and tutorials. A course normally consists of one lecture and one class per week. Lectures are held for all students taking the course, while classes are ordinarily divided into smaller groups of 10 to 15 students.

Clark Credit

Participating students receive four Clark units per semester, provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. A General Course student is expected to take four year-long courses, and at least two of these must be in the student’s chosen major. The remaining two courses may be taking in any subject. Please keep in mind the extensive range of disciplines reflected in LSE’s academic curriculum. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure transferability of credit.

Eligibility

Clark requires, that prior to your study abroad program, you have been in residence at Clark for at least one year. You must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of a 3.3 and a GPA of 3.5 for any quantitative subjects, and good standing in the Clark community (not on academic or social probation at the time of application or thereafter). Before participating in a study abroad program, you have to declare a major, and as a rule, have junior-class standing. In order to be considered, you must complete/submit the full application by the appropriate deadline. Your application will be reviewed by the Study Abroad Advisory committee, and if approved, will be sent to the London School of Economics for final admission. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to LSE. You will be billed by the London School of Economics directly for your housing, and you will need to provide for your own meals (i.e. cooking or purchasing meals). Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees at LSE for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional academic year costs for 2014-15

  • Housing : $8000 (40 weeks @ £120/week)
  • Meals - $4000
  • Visa Fees - $500
  • Personal Expenses - $4000
  • Transportation - $1000
  • Local Transportation - $1200
  • Books and Supplies - $700

NOTE: These amounts are estimates based on costs at the time of publication, and are subject to change. Be advised that exchange rates vary daily.

*Personal expenses are based on student feedback, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.

Application Deadlines

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Year-long application deadline - February 15 (This is a yearlong program only.)

Additional Resources

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 508.793.7363.

Any information on this page is subject to change.