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This study abroad program through partnership with IFSA allows you to enroll in the General Course at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is known worldwide for its concentration on teaching and research across the full range of the social, political and economic sciences. Located in the middle of central London, the university boasts a highly diverse and international student body. The study abroad program is only available for a year long term. You will most likely live in university accommodations.


London School of Economics is world renowned for its departments of economics, statistics, political science, and social sciences. The General Course is LSE's study abroad program designed for students from the U.S., Europe, and around the world. Students focus on a particular academic area within the General Course. Some courses have prerequisites. You will take courses alongside full-degree local students. You will most likely take four year-long courses to make up a full-time course load, worth the equivalent of 32 Columbia points.

Please note that the Academic Calendar at LSE differs from Columbia, and starts in late September and ends in mid-June. LSE has two terms of classes, and the students sit exams during Lent Term Exams and the Summer Term. You will be expected to stay at LSE until you have completed coursework and exams for all your courses.

Program Features

The LSE campus is situated just off Aldwych in central London, adjacent to London's financial center and the hub of government and law. You will live in university accommodations throughout the city. LSE maintains its own set of activities for General Course students. They also actively work to integrate student into the life at LSE and the vibrant city of London.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.
    • This program is highly selective. You should have a 3.5 GPA if applying to study quantitative subjects such as Economics or Mathematics and Statistics. You should have a 3.3 GPA if applying to study qualitative subjects, such as Geography, Government or Sociology.