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TERM DATES FOR 2019/20 Michaelmas term Lent term Monday 30 September 2019 Monday 20 January 2020 Friday 13 December 2019 Friday 3 April 2020 Lent Term Exams Summer term Monday 13 January 2020 Tuesday 5 May 2020 Friday 17 January 2020 Friday 19 June 2020 Graduate Admissions Email via The London School of Economics and Political Science lse.ac.uk/admissionsenquiries PO Box 13420 Houghton Street London Website WC2A 2AE lse.ac.uk/graduate Applicant hotline Online application tracking system Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7160 Press 1 then 3 to speak to a member of the Graduate lse.ac.uk/graduateTrackYourApplication Admissions team
Graduate Offer Pack 2019 1 CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR OFFER OF A PLACE AT LSE! I am delighted to enclose your official offer letter and look forward to welcoming you to LSE for the start of your studies. I was a student myself at LSE and I know how overwhelming it can be. This guide will help you to understand your offer and prepare for your arrival at LSE. The following pages explain what you need to do next and whom to contact should you have any further queries. I encourage you to read all of the information in this booklet and your offer letter. LSE is a wonderful institution. As one of the world’s leading centres for the study of social sciences it attracts students from over 150 countries and offers you a unique blend of leading academic teaching, research and first-hand experience. Our identity and character are closely linked with our location in central London, an exciting and lively place to live and study. This benefits the School in many ways, not least through the School’s close relationships with national and international public institutions, our engagement with cultural affairs and social issues, and with the financial institutions of the City of London. We provide a unique forum for public debate with heads of state, top global officials, corporate leaders, Nobel laureates and social activists visiting every week as part of LSE’s Public Events programme. While you are here you will be part of a vibrant and stimulating community, with societies representing hundreds of different interests and national groups available for you to join, as well as possibilities to volunteer and participate in social events. Please partake of these opportunities – the friends I made at LSE are still a huge part of my life. LSE graduates are leaders in their chosen fields, succeeding in their individual careers and in making a difference to the world around them. Our graduates go on to work for international organisations, such as the UN and World Bank, national governments, research institutions, business, finance, media and civil society – and some remain active in academic life. I am delighted you will be joining us and encourage you to make the most of all the opportunities LSE has to offer. Welcome! Yours sincerely, Dame Minouche Shafik Director of LSE
2 Graduate Offer Offer Pack Pack 2019 2019 CONTENTS 3 What to do now – checklist 17 Visa advice for international 29 Studying at LSE students 3 Useful web addresses 32 The Library 19 Making contacts before 4 The Admissions Timeline 33 Campus development you arrive 5 Questions about your offer? 34 Information Management 20 Deferring your offer and Technology 5 Getting in touch with us 21 Graduate destinations 35 LSE Careers 6 Scholarships and financial support 22 What to pack 36 Health and wellbeing 8 Information about fees 23 Things to do before you set off 38 Directory 10 Fee status classification 23 Once you arrive in London 45 Annex A: Living expenses 11 Accommodation 23 What else to consider 46 Annex B: Conditions of registration 13 F ulfilling conditions attached 24 Travel into London to your offer and supplying required 50 Annex C: Registration dates documents 25 Your first few days at LSE 56 Annex D: Departmental contacts 15 LSE Language Centre 27 Opening a Bank Account 61 Campus map 16 Disability and Wellbeing Service 28 Volunteer Centre
Graduate Offer Pack 2019 3 WHAT TO DO NOW – CHECKLIST With all the below tasks, we recommend you think about them earlier rather than later. Complete your Offer Reply Form (ORF) online You must upload a photograph of yourself if you accept your offer so we can create your LSE Card. Try to do this within 6 weeks of receiving your offer. Apply for LSE accommodation Most students who apply before the summer are offered a place in halls. Find information on page 11 and at lse.ac.uk/accommodation You can apply via hallpad1.lse.ac.uk/hallpad Complete your LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form If you haven’t already applied for funds from the Graduate Support Scheme or another named LSE award, please do so now. Details on eligibility and more are on pages 6 and 7. Complete your Financial Undertaking Form (FUF) You can do this via your LSE for You account to let us know how you intend to fund your studies. Try to do this by 31 July, however you may still submit the form after this date. You will not be liable for fees until you have registered at the school. For more details see page 8. Find out if you need a visa to study in the UK More information can be found on pages 17 and 18, and at the UK Home Office website: gov.uk/ukvi Provide evidence of your final degree result If we have asked for official proof, or if you have not yet finished your degree, you will need to provide us with your final result (once you have it). You can find details on all the ways to provide evidence of your qualifications on pages 13 and 14. Provideofficial evidence of your English Language test, GRE or GMAT scores, meeting the school’s required score If this is a condition of your offer, you can send your GRE, GMAT and TOEFL scores to us to download electronically. More details are on page 14. If you have taken IELTS, you can send us your Test Report Form Number, which we can then verify online. Check if you are required to attend a pre-sessional introductory course or the LSE Summer School If you are required to do so this will be included in your conditions of offer. Your department can advise you on how to apply for these and give details of the dates that you must attend. You can find more information at lse.ac.uk/summerSchool USEFUL WEB ADDRESSES Main site and news Fees Office Students’ Union lse.ac.uk/graduate lse.ac.uk/feesAndStudentFinance LSESU.com Your first weeks site Summer School Alumni lse.ac.uk/yourFirstWeeks lse.ac.uk/summerSchool alumni.lse.ac.uk Online application tracking system Frequently asked questions Departmental contacts lse.ac.uk/graduateTrackYourApplication lse.ac.uk/admissionsenquiries lse.ac.uk/graduateDepartmentalContacts Residential Services Office International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) Careers lse.ac.uk/accommodation lse.ac.uk/isvat lse.ac.uk/careers Student Services Centre Programme regulations, course guides Your Consumer Rights as a Student and School regulations lse.ac.uk/ssc lse.ac.uk/cma lse.ac.uk/calendar Scholarship information lse.ac.uk/financialSupport
4 Graduate Offer Pack 2019 THE ADMISSIONS TIMELINE November 2018 November – September Send your documents to admissions November – 26 April Apply for Graduate Support Scheme December 2018 February – July Apply for Accommodation May – September January 2019 CAS are issued June – September Summer School and Pre-sessionals February 2019 Don’t wait until the end of these periods to send documents or apply for funding and accommodation – if you can do it earlier, it is sensible to do so. March 2019 April 2019 May 2019 June 2019 July 2019 August 2019 Submit remaining documents/Course September 2019 choice opens and Teaching starts
Graduate Offer Pack 2019 5 QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR OFFER? You should keep track of your application status All documents should be sent to the How do I...? online, using your LSE for You account: lse. Graduate Admissions Office; you should do ac.uk/graduateTrackYourApplication so electronically using a secure transcript ...submit an original transcript? transfer service, or official email account (ie, the Your LSE for You account is updated in real-time ...get certificates of my offer? Registrar’s office at your previous institution) in to exactly match the information we hold in our all instances, unless this is not possible. You can ...take up an offer that I had previously declined database. alternatively send items via post using the pre- or deferred? The tracker is updated minute by minute printed envelopes provided in your offer pack. ...request that a condition on my offer be as we process documents. We display Make sure your email address is up to date and waived/changed? our current processing dates for incoming you check your account regularly, as we will documents on our web page: lse.ac.uk/ send you important information regarding your ...defer my offer of a place to 2020/21? graduatecurrentProcessingtimes. To avoid programme throughout the year. ...pay the deferral deposit? delays at registration please ensure we have Our applicants are from all over the world, so to received the documents required before you ...decline my current offer in order to take up ensure you can get help with your application arrive on campus to register. another offer at LSE? at any time, day or night, we have tried to provide all the information you will need on our Go to lse.ac.uk/graduateOfferHolderHowdoI webpages, our FAQ system, and through our to find out more. handy How do I..? service. GETTING IN TOUCH WITH US In person Do not send any documents directly to the Occasionally we are unable to offer a full academic department as this will cause delays phone service to applicants, as we need to The Student Services Centre (SSC) is where you to your application – all information must prioritise processing applications, documents can make general enquiries if you visit LSE. While be processed centrally. If you are sending and decisions. Phone service closure dates will you are an offer holder, you should visit the SSC documents via a courier service, please be displayed at lse.ac.uk/study/graduate/ during the drop-in times wherever possible, as it remove the PO Box number from gettingInTouch is likely that you will need to see Admissions staff. the address. Once you register it will be where you go for any Both the SSC and Graduate Admissions Office will be closed for the Christmas and Easter queries during your programme so you should Online vacations – the office is particularly busy familiarise yourself with it as soon as possible. • Use LSE for You to keep your contact details up after these breaks, so please be patient when The SSC is located on the ground floor of the Old to date – this is extremely important. contacting us. The dates of the vacations are: Building (see map on the inside back cover). The centre is open Monday to Friday from 11am – • Use the “How Do I” forms at lse.ac.uk/ Friday 21 December 2018 – Monday 1 January 4pm. The centre offers a one-stop advice service graduateOfferHolderHowdoI to carry out a 2019 inclusive. for applicants, offer holders and students, giving number of common tasks online, including Thursday 18 April 2019 – Wednesday 24 information regarding admissions, registration, requesting changes to your offer conditions, April 2019 inclusive. financial support, payment of tuition fees and all sending further information and requesting a aspects of studying at LSE. deferral. Both offices are also closed on UK Bank Holidays. For details see page 44.. The Graduate Admissions Office is not open to • You can also email us with your students, however your queries can be answered queries using the online form: in person at the SSC during drop-in sessions (see lse.ac.uk/admissionsenquiries Contact the Graduate lse.ac.uk/intranet/students/SupportServices/ Admissions Office StudentServicesCentre/Drop_in.aspx). You By phone The Graduate Admissions Office can also leave documents, in an envelope marked You can contact us by telephone: for the attention of Graduate Admissions, at the LSE Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7160. SSC. There is a drop-box if you wish to leave PO Box 13420 documents outside of SSC opening hours. Please note that we receive a high volume of Houghton Street calls (about 50,000 in total last year) and operate London By post a call queuing system. At busy times you may WC2A 2AE be required to wait for assistance. Your calls will Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7160 We encourage offer holders to submit be answered between 9am – 5pm (UK time) SSC web page: lse.ac.uk/SSC documents via electronic means in all instances, Monday – Friday. unless you are unable to do so. If you need to send documents to the Graduate Admissions Office (ie, outstanding transcripts or other results) please submit them to the address at the end of this page.
6 Graduate Offer Pack 2019 SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT LSE makes available £12.5 million annually The terms and value of the awards vary: Funding for MRes/PhD and in financial support for its graduate students. applicants should carefully check the eligibility The Financial Support Office offers help and criteria on the Financial Support Office web MPhil/PhD programmes advice on financial support and scholarships pages. From time to time, new awards LSE PhD Studentships: to applicants and existing students. While become available or existing scholarships are For 2019 entry, LSE is offering 65 prestigious the information here is correct at the time of discontinued, so applicants are encouraged LSE PhD studentships for UK, EU and writing, circumstances occasionally require to look at the website for the most up to Overseas students undertaking research in us to change the terms of awards, and new date information. any LSE discipline. These awards cover fees awards may also become available. and living expenses of £18,000 each year for For 2019 entry four years, with annual renewal subject to Funding for Diploma, LLM, LSE Anniversary Scholarships satisfactory academic performance at the MSc and MSc (Research) For 2019 entry, LSE will be offering 80 School. They will be awarded on the basis programmes scholarships for taught Master’s students from of outstanding academic achievement and the UK to help with fees and living costs. The research potential. The scholarships will LSE Graduate Support Scheme include a requirement that scholars contribute awards will vary in value, based on financial Around £3.35 million is available annually in need. The minimum award will be £5,000 and to their department as part of their research the form of awards from the Graduate Support the maximum award will be worth £25,000. training, in the form of teaching or other work, Scheme (GSS). This scheme is designed to usually from year two onwards. help students (from the UK, the rest of the EU Priority will be given to UK students applying for their first Master’s programme and to recent LSE ESRC DTP studentships: and Overseas) who do not have the necessary funds to meet all their costs of study. The graduates who were eligible for a maintenance LSE holds an Economic and Social Research standard value of GSS awards ranges from grant during their undergraduate studies. Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership £5,000 to £15,000, depending on financial (DTP) with an allocation of a minimum There is no separate application for any of the need. The GSS is available for most taught of 30 studentships per year for doctoral above awards – you will be considered for graduate programmes at LSE. You were given training across the school. The ESRC funds any scholarships for which you are eligible if a link to apply to this upon receipt of your programmes of up to four years. These can be you have completed the Graduate Financial application. If you have not yet applied for a one year research training master’s linked to a Support application online. You are advised to GSS, you may still do so via the link on the three year PhD, an MRes followed by a PhD, or a apply early: the process will close on 26 April online application status tracker. The outcome three year PhD programme. Further information 2019 and selection will take place in May and will then appear on your web tracker record on LSE’s ESRC funding is at lse.ac.uk/study- June 2019. immediately after submission of the online at-lse/Graduate/fees-and-fundingResearch. form. If you have not already completed an Some examples of the awards available Council awards cover fees up to the level application, and you wish to apply, you are are as follows: stipulated by the government. LSE charges advised to do so as soon as possible because postgraduate fees which are sometimes American Friends of LSE Scholarships, for funds are limited. above this level, and if you are awarded an students on any programme who are from or ESRC studentship, the School will make up The application process will close at 5pm UK permanently resident in the USA. Selection is the difference between the published fee and time on 26 April 2019. based on academic merit and financial need. the amount awarded by the Research Council. Woo Family Scholarship, for students Similarly, EU students are eligible for fees only Scholarships studying in Geography and Environment, awards from the ESRC, but the School will make LSE also offers a wide range of scholarships Government, International Relations or Social a stipend award to match a full DTP award. awarded on the basis of academic merit and Policy, who are from China. These additional awards are made without the financial need, country of domicile and/or need for a separate application. Please note that the scholarships listed here subjects studied. We have a range of regional All the above PhD awards are made by a panel are just a sample of the awards available. and country based scholarships for applicants representing different academic disciplines All available scholarships are listed at the from particular countries or regions. In 2018, in the School, on the basis of nominations website at lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/ across all the schemes, scholarships were put forward to them by departments. Your fees-and-funding available for students from the following department will decide whether to nominate regions: Africa, Chile, China, Colombia, Europe, Decision information on the other you on the basis of your application to the India, the Middle East, Mexico, North America, scholarships offered by LSE does not School. For those wishing to be considered Pakistan and the UK. appear on the web tracker system. The for an award, your complete application for Financial Support Office will write to all admission, including references, transcripts, successful scholarship recipients by the end research proposal etc, must have been of July 2019. Overseas students will also be received no later than the date specified by contacted by email if successful. your department, the first deadline of which is 7 January 2019 (or 12 December 2018 for the Economics Department).
Graduate Offer Pack 2019 7 Professional and Career information line on +44 (0)800 731 9133. The following may also be useful: Copies of the guide are also available in Development Loans Braille, audio cassette and Welsh language. scholarship-search.org.uk If you live or intend to train in the UK you can A free textphone service is available on +44 prospects.ac.uk apply for a loan to improve your employment (0)800 328 8988. britishcouncil.org prospects. The maximum loan available is gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas £10,000. Details are available from banks or ukcisa.org.uk gov.uk/career-development-loans. LSE’s Other sources of financial acu.ac.uk Learning Provider Registration number is 2044. support for overseas students postgraduatestudentships.co.uk Student Finance External organisations, agencies and grants-uk.idoxgroup.com/acton/media/19116/ Postgraduate Loans government bodies also offer scholarships grantadvisor for students planning to study in the UK. More The UK Government is offering postgraduate information about all these awards is available • The Guide to Educational Grants. Lists loans of up to £10,000 (non means tested) for on the Financial Support Office website. A educational charities in England and students from the UK and EU who are resident selection of these external organisations is Wales giving support to students in need. in the UK undertaking a first taught Master’s listed below: Published by DSC. degree in any subject and up to £25,000 for students from the UK and EU who are resident • Chevening Scholarships • The Grants Register 2018. Lists worldwide in the UK and are commencing a doctorate. postgraduate funding opportunities. Published • CONACYT, Mexico by Palgrave Macmillan. Please check gov.uk for full details of eligibility criteria • CONICYT, Chile • The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate and the application process. Funding – gradfunding.co.uk • Colfuturo, Colombia. Disabled Students’ Allowance Useful resources Contact the Financial (Home UK students only) Support Office It is also advisable to carry out your own A Disabled Students’ Allowance may help research into what is available. The best source Financial Support Office with costs you incur whilst studying as a of information is the internet, but you may also LSE direct result of your disability. Information find information in a good public library or in a Houghton Street and a copy of the booklet Bridging the Gap: local British Council office. London WC2A 2AE a guide to the disabled students’ allowances Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6609 (DSAs) in higher education can be accessed Email: Financial-Support@lse.ac.uk from the gov.uk website or by calling the free Web: lse.ac.uk/financialSupport
8 Graduate Offer Pack 2019 INFORMATION ABOUT FEES General Two year programmes Penalties for late payment For the majority of programmes, you do The fees listed in the Table of fees on LSE’s There are penalties for late payment. not have to pay a fee deposit when you website are for the first year of study only. The These may include loss of library rights, accept our offer of admission (there are a second year’s fees will be payable at 2020/21 de-registration and referral to Credit Control. small number of exceptions to this: please levels which can be seen on the Table of fees You will be warned by email if your payments check your offer letter for details). The total for 2019/20. See lse.ac.uk/tableOfFees are late and/or if sanctions are going to be tuition fees payable for each programme are imposed on you. If you are in this situation you indicated on your offer letter and certificates. When to pay fees should contact the Fees Office directly. Contact You will also find them shown on LSE’s details can be found on the LSE website. See Pay in full website: lse.ac.uk/tableOfFees. See overleaf lse.ac.uk/FICC for how to pay. You can pay all (or your share) of the fees before you arrive, or at the start of Failure to pay your fees The cost of living in London is estimated by your programme. LSE to be £1,100 to £1,300 per month, but If any portion of your fees remains unpaid, this may vary according to your personal Pay once a term whether by yourself or other external circumstances (see page 45). We also If you do not pay in full at the start of your organisation, then your exam results will estimate that you may need up to £1,000 per programme (or before) then we will assume not be published and will not be made annum for one off expenses. that you intend to pay one third of your share available to you. each term. You must fill in the Financial Undertaking Form Overpayment of fees online via your LSE for You account to inform This must be paid as: us who will pay the tuition fees. You should Any overpayment of fees will be refunded to 34 per cent before 28 October 2019 source. If the overpayment is the result of an note that if a third party says they will pay your fees but does not pay, then you will be 33 per cent before 28 January 2020 award which covers your living costs, then the responsible for the payment of the full fees. refund is paid to you by cheque (in pounds 33 per cent before 28 April 2020. sterling) in equal instalments at the start of How much to pay LSE understands that some governments and each term. The amount you pay will depend on whether or loan providers do not issue funds in time for International students should note that a not you receive an LSE award or funding from you to meet LSE deadlines. CAS statement cannot be issued until any charity, business, or a sponsor. overpayment is refunded. Receipts and visa updates Here is how your share is calculated If you are an overseas student requiring a Problems Tuition fee for the programme visa, information on your fee payments is If you encounter any problems with automatically sent to UKVI and your CAS is the payment of your fees you should contact – the amount paid by government, updated once your payment has cleared. the Fees Office immediately. business or charity See pages 17 and 18 for more information See lse.ac.uk/FICC – any LSE award on CAS statements. = the final sum to be paid by you. Important Note: It can take up to two weeks for some payments to clear. You should not assume that you will be issued a new CAS statement immediately upon payment of your fees, and should plan accordingly when booking any visa appointments.
Graduate Offer Pack 2019 9 How to Pay Payment method Time taken Notes Credit card Allow two days. Only available online. You can make a payment via the Application Tracker, or via the link on the Fees website. If you have difficulty paying your fees online, for example if a large payment is declined, please contact your card provider for information on any security restrictions. Cheque/Banker’s Allow seven days Make sure you quote your name and applicant ID number on the back of the cheque. Draft/Cashier’s from the UK/EU. Allow Cheques should be made payable to: London School of Economics. All payments should be Cheque three weeks from outside sent to the Fees Office. Europe. Immediate if handed over the counter. Bank Transfer/Wire Allow at least one week Quote your applicant ID number at the start of the reference – we will only receive the /Online payment from UK/EU. first 12 characters. methods Allow at least three weeks You should be aware that transfers may pass through many banks to reach LSE and that from outside Europe. some banks may charge for handling transfers. This may result in the final balance paid to LSE being slightly short of the full tuition fee owed. This can be resolved once you have registered. For further details please visit the Fees Office web pages. Receipts Invoices and bills Contact the Fees Office Receipts are emailed automatically within Invoices to sponsors, governments, 2-3 business days after payment has been charities, businesses etc, will only be sent The Fees, Income and Credit processed by the School. in October. Invoices are sent to students Control Office after Registration. LSE Withdrawal from studies Houghton Street LSE awards London Please read the full LSE fees policy WC2A 2AE online, which outlines withdrawal and refund Your award letter will set out details of what your award will cover. Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7765 procedures: Fax: +44 (0)20 7404 4185 info.lse.ac.uk/staff/divisions/Finance- If your fees are not covered by another source, Email: email@example.com Division/Fees-Income-and-Credit-Control/ then your LSE award will be put towards your Web: lse.ac.uk/FICC Debt-and-Credit-Management fees. If the award only covers part of your fees you are responsible for the rest.
10 Graduate Offer Pack 2019 FEE STATUS CLASSIFICATION The Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Home EU fee eligibility Please note that once you become a Regulations 2007 govern the definition of registered student your fee status can only “home” (UK/EU) and “overseas” students for In order to qualify as an EU student, you must be reclassified in exceptional circumstances the purpose of fees. These regulations enable meet all of the following criteria: (either a change in the law or a change to individual institutions to classify the fee status the status of the student). Requests for •O n the first day of an academic year of the of students. The responsibility is on individual reclassification by registered students must course you must be a national of an EU students to satisfy the institution that they be submitted before 31 October in the year country, or the “relevant family member” of meet the criteria to be classified as home they first register. such a national AND status for the purpose of fees. Before you have registered, if you think you •Y ou must have been ordinarily resident in the We make the final decision on whether have been classified incorrectly, please European Economic Area and/or Switzerland you are a home UK, EU, or overseas student, complete the Fee Classification Questionnaire for the three years before the first day of the based on the facts that you (linked from the web address in the grey box) first academic year of the course AND provide at the time you submit your and return it to the address below no later than application. It is important to give us all •T he main purpose for your residence in 9 August 2019. the information that is required to make the EEA must not have been to receive the correct fee assessment. full-time education during any part of this BREXIT three year period. Only certain categories of students will be •T here will be no change to the tuition charged the “home” fee. These are given The following may also qualify for fee status of current EU students attending below in general terms. Please note that the EU fee: UK universities or those applying to courses this is not a definitive list and you should at UK universities starting in 2019/20. check the information on the UK Council for •E U nationals or their children provided International Student Affairs website (ukcisa. that they have been resident in the EEA or • It has been confirmed in government org.uk), for a more definitive list. The UKCISA Switzerland for the three years prior to the statements from across all UK nations website will also contain detailed explanation start of the course. that current EU students studying at UK of some of the terminology used below: universities will pay the same fees as “home” • EEA and Swiss workers, their spouses, civil students for the full duration of their course, partners and children in the UK who have Home UK fee eligibility been resident in the EEA or Switzerland for even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU. In order to qualify as a home UK student, you three years. must meet all of the following criteria: •F or EU students starting courses at UK •C hild of a Turkish worker. Universities after the UK has left the EU, •Y ou must be “settled” in the UK and Islands • Child of a Swiss national, provided that the fees are not yet known. The framework (the Islands means Channel Islands and a Swiss parent is also resident in the UK on the for these will be agreed as part of the UK’s the Isle of Man) on the “first day of the first first day of an academic year of their course. exit negotiations. academic year of the course” AND The above is only a very brief summary and Further information can be found on the •Y ou must also have been “ordinarily resident” may not include all categories under which a Universities UK website (universitiesuk. in the UK for the full three year period before student may be classified as a Home or EU ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/brexit/Pages/ the “first day of the first academic year of fee payer. For more detailed information, and brexit-faqs.aspx) the course” AND to see whether you fall into any of these, or •T he main purpose for your residence in any other category, please refer to the UKCISA website. Please also note that Regulations Contact the Fees Assessment Team the UK and Islands must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of relating to fee classification may change Fees Assessment this three year period. throughout an academic year. Graduate Admissions Office LSE For LSE the “first day of the first academic Re-consideration of PO Box 13420 year of the course” for all programmes starting in the Autumn is 1 September. fee status Houghton Street London The following categories of students may also If you believe that the School should reconsider your fee status, you must to WC2A 2AE qualify for the “home” fee: write to us before you arrive, and have a Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7160 •R efugees (recognised by the UK definite answer from us before you register. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org government) and their spouses/civil We reserve the right to review your offer of Web: lse.ac.uk/study/ partners and children; AND admission and the award of any financial aid informationForInternationalStudents/ if your fee status changes. FeeStatusClassification.aspx •P ersons who applied for asylum and as a result have been granted Humanitarian See the UKCISA website for independent Protection and their families. advice about fee status ukcisa.org.uk
Graduate Offer Pack 2019 11 ACCOMMODATION The LSE Residential Services Office allocates Disabled students and • To apply you must first create a Hallpad over 4,000 places across 20 locations in the account. You need your LSE Student ID centre of London. This gives you unique access students with long term number from your offer letter to do this. See to a broad variety of student rooms that suit medical conditions studentaccommodation.lse.ac.uk/hallpad different preferences, needs and budgets. Residential Services welcomes applications •Y ou should choose your preferred We offer great value rooms, with or without from disabled students. You can apply to us residences and submit your choices en suite bathrooms, shared rooms and for a room that meets your individual needs; together with your application. studios. Utility bills, internet access and a room with en-suite bathroom facilities, a •W e aim to process applications as soon contents insurance are included. Most location close to the LSE campus, wheelchair as possible, however you will receive a residences are within walking distance of accessible or equipped for those with a hearing response within 28 days. LSE (see overleaf for a map of LSE halls). impairment (this list is not exhaustive). Please Contracts are available on a varied basis, see page 16 for more information. •A ccept (or decline) your offer in Hallpad within in line with the academic year, and offer the deadline stated in your accommodation catered and self-catered options. Each hall is Applicants must list any medical requirements offer email and pay your deposit straight home to a mixture of students, from the UK in their accommodation application form to away. If you miss the deadline, you will be and overseas, men and women (single sex enable Residential Services to ensure these are invited to join our waiting list. In this instance, apartments are available in some residences). taken into account when making allocations. we cannot guarantee that you will receive another offer of accommodation. In August LSE also offers halls that accommodate a How to apply for a place in you will receive your final Confirmation of mix of both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and offers halls that accommodate LSE or intercollegiate halls Accommodation document, which will be the final copy of your contract and the final step only graduate students. You are strongly advised to make an early in the acceptance process. You will be invited Details of all LSE and intercollegiate halls application, whether your academic offer to accept this document online via your of residence including location, room types, is conditional or unconditional. Please note Hallpad account, and once you have done so, prices, catering arrangements and information however that we will only process your you will be eligible to take up your place on about the online application process can be application once you have accepted your the appropriate date. found at lse.ac.uk/accommodation offer to study at the School. The majority of applications received by our published Students with children deadlines will receive an offer of a place in an LSE or University of London hall. Applications There are a limited number of flats to Lilian Knowles House, urbanest King’s Cross, available at Anson Road for students with and urbanest Westminster Bridge will be children. They are independently run by processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Zebra Housing Association. Full details are on the accommodation website and at zebrahousing.com
12 Graduate Offer Pack 2019 BA Bankside House (undergraduate only) BW Butlers Wharf (postgraduate only) CS Carr-Saunders Hall (undergraduate only) GH Grosvenor House (postgraduate only) HH High Holborn KX King’s Cross LK Lilian Knowles (postgraduate only) NH Northumberland House PA Passfield Hall (undergraduate only) RA Rosebery Hall (undergraduate only) SW Sidney Webb House 200m WB Westminster Bridge Private housing advice From mid-August until the end of September, a number of places are available in LSE Contact the Residential The Residential Services Office is dedicated residences (early booking is recommended) Services Office to helping all LSE students to find to provide temporary accommodation for accommodation. For students looking for students who are looking for privately let 3.02 Saw Swee Hock Student Centre private housing, you can visit the Residential accommodation. Staying in halls while LSE Services office or visit lsestudentpad.co.uk searching for a place to rent is how a lot of Houghton Street for more information. students find their housing each year. This London is an affordable temporary option and an WC2A 2AE Most LSE students live in privately rented opportunity to meet other students with whom housing and commute to the School every Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7531 to start a flat-share. day. Arranging this type of accommodation is Email: email@example.com; generally not possible before you arrive as you firstname.lastname@example.org should always inspect a property to ensure its Returning to halls after Web: lse.ac.uk/accommodation suitability, and because landlords rarely make renting privately commitments to unseen tenants. Two thirds of the entire student population In order to find somewhere to live, you should of London live in the private sector and most come to London before the beginning of the enjoy the experience and the independence academic session. We would advise you to immensely. However, your situation allow a minimum of two weeks to search may change, or you may find that hall for accommodation (students with children accommodation would be more suitable for should allow longer). you. If that is the case, contact the Residential Services Office to find out which rooms are available or see our vacancies page online: lse.ac.uk/student-life/accommodation/ apply/waiting-list
Graduate Offer Pack 2019 13 FULFILLING CONDITIONS ATTACHED TO YOUR OFFER AND SUPPLYING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS Your offer letter will list any conditions you • The LSE Language Centre offers a variety and so all offer holders will need to provide need to meet and also any documents you of pre-sessional courses intended to help official versions of their transcripts. More details are required to provide. You must achieve any you improve your English proficiency in are in the sections “Official proof of documents conditions before your offer is confirmed and preparation for taking an approved language or results previously supplied” and “What is made unconditional. You must provide the test (see page 15). official proof of a qualification?”. required documents before you will be allowed Once you have submitted proof that you have to register. Students who need a visa to gain Summer School course met all the conditions, your offer will be made entry to the UK must fulfil all conditions before their Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies condition unconditional and a new certificate will be issued to you. (CAS) can be issued. • You must take either the suggested LSE Summer School course, or an If you require a visa to study, at this stage What is the difference approved alternative. we will begin to prepare your CAS (but not before May 2019). between a conditional and • To apply for the LSE Summer School, you unconditional offer? should complete the form at lse.ac.uk/ I didn’t get the degree grade I graduateOfferHolderHowdoISummerSchool Conditional offer needed. What do I do? You do not yet satisfy the academic Pre-sessional/ If you fail to meet your condition, you should conditions required before entry but you plan introductory course still send your results, and the Selectors to do so. Your conditions are given in the will consider whether your offer can be • These courses are not conditions, but offer letter and may include tests such as confirmed. You may also wish to submit essential prerequisites for certain courses English language as well as degree results, or additional information regarding extenuating and programmes, particularly those with attendance at Pre-sessional/Introductory or circumstances, if applicable. economics elements to them. LSE Summer School courses. Use the new information form at lse.ac.uk/ • They are an integral part of your degree and Unconditional offer graduateHowDoI to do this. you must attend. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required before entry and we are offering you a • Your offer letter (and later, if applicable, your Official proof of documents or CAS) will indicate the start date of your place. You may still need to supply originals or introductory course. results previously supplied certified copies of some documents. Only certain types of documents are considered Degree condition How do I request a change to official proof of qualifications and an original or certified copy. Scans you uploaded as part of • You should submit your results to us as soon my conditions? your application are not counted as official proof. as they become available by sending your You can use the condition waiver form at lse. You may send official proof to us electronically final transcript. If the transcript does not ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/Offer-holders/ by giving us secure access to your transcripts include your final grade and date of award, How-do-I/Secure/Condition-waiver.aspx to using a service such as Digitary, or by asking you should also submit a certified copy of request the following: your institution to email them directly to your degree certificate or the Proof of Degree • A change to your degree condition – ie, if we email@example.com form (available at lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/ graduate/offer-holders). have requested a score that does not match We will acknowledge receipt of your documents the mark scheme of your degree, or if it is when we process them, not when we receive • Current LSE students (including those mathematically impossible for you to achieve them, and you should continue to track the attending Summer School) do not need to send the score requested. status of your offer online. their results; these are communicated internally. • Approval of an alternative course in place of • If your degree will not be awarded until after the Summer School attendance, or the waiver It is possible to bring your required registration period, you must supply an official of Summer School attendance if you feel documents to registration, but please be document from your university stating your you have already covered the syllabus in aware that this may delay your registration final marks, the date when your degree will be previous study. by several days. You should aim to send awarded and confirming both that you have them electronically or via post so they met all the requirements to obtain your award • A review of your English condition if you arrive well before registration. Please note and that the current grade provided will not fall feel that you already meet the language that the majority of results are released at below your degree condition. requirement (eg, if your entire undergraduate the same time and so our processing of degree was taught in an English-speaking your documents may take longer during country). It is rare for any language condition Language condition to be waived or lowered. If you do not reach the summer, owing to the volume of documents being received. • Language requirements are set at a the required score, you should arrange to level appropriate to your programme. retake the test. You must meet the requirement in a single sitting of your chosen language test How is my offer confirmed? (we recommend IELTS). When we receive your documents, they are checked against the outstanding conditions of your offer. Transcripts that you uploaded as part of your application are not considered official,
14 Graduate Offer Pack 2019 What details must be person to a drop-in session). If your transcript 2) The signatory must print their name. contains the name of your award, the overall included in official proof classification/score, and the date It was 3) The signatory must include their job title. of a qualification? awarded, you are unlikely to need to send the 4) Each page must be stamped by the original Proof of Degree form. institution, public notary or British council, To be accepted, your transcript or certificate unless all documents are included in an must include all of the below: • If any of your qualifications is from a Chinese envelope sealed and stamped by the university, you may choose to submit evidence 1) The name of your award institution. In these cases we will accept if of your verified documents via CHESICC. only the first page of a document is signed 2) The overall classification/score and stamped. We cannot return your documents so only 3) The date the qualification was awarded. send original certificates and transcripts Unfortunately, we are unable to accept certified (rather than certified copies) if you are copies that do not contain all of the above If your transcript does not include the above happy for us to keep them. information. You should also note that not all information, ask your Institution to complete the British Councils will verify your certificates. Proof of Degree form, and post this back to us with your transcript. Can I send a photocopy? If you scan and email a certified copy, We require all documents not provided in Yes, but only if it has been certified and it no longer carries the original stamp from English to be accompanied by translated carries original stamps and signatures. We the person certifying it and so is copies, translated by a registered translation require certified copies to be validated by a no longer acceptable. service including the name of the translator, recognised authority, such as a representative company details (business name, address, at your institution or by a registered notary contact email) and official stamp or seal of the (ie, British Council). Photocopies of your Graduates from Chinese institutions may company with attached certified copy of the certificates/transcripts must meet all of the choose to send verification of degree results original document. following four conditions: using the CHESICC verification service. For details please see lse.ac.uk/study-at- What is an original or 1) E ach page of the photocopy must be lse/Graduate/Offer-holders/What-next/ originally signed by a responsible person from Confirming-your-offer-of-admission. certified copy? your institution, a public notary, or by a British There is a charge (currently $12) for You do not need to supply all documents Council official. Please note that we can only this service. listed below – only those relevant to your accept handwritten signatures. application. In all instances it is preferable for documents to be emailed or to use an electronic transfer service. • A transcript emailed directly from your institution to graduate.references@lse. ac.uk. This transcript must be in English, and the email should clearly show the name and job title of the sender, and the department from which it has been provided. It must come directly from your Since graduating I have become a Consultant in institution, not from yourself. the Risk Advisory Practice of EY in their Glasgow • Your transcript can be submitted via a secure transfer service such as Digitary, HEAR, office. The role is diverse and includes such tasks CHESICC or other provider. as client relationship management, budget • A hard copy of your certificate or transcript on management, IT audit and more. The your institution’s secure-paper letter head or stamped or embossed with university seal and ‘soft’, transferable skills developed as signature (posted to us or delivered in person to a drop-in session). part of the MSc have helped me thrive • For GRE/TOEFL we must receive original in this environment. I owe my success institution report test scores (not the examinee report). You should supply the original in part to the advice and guidance score report to us as soon as possible. The of LSE Careers, who exceeded institution code for GRE and TOEFL is 0972. For GMAT please select London School expectation and helped me choose the of Economics and Political Science as the receiving institution. right career path. For IELTS please send your TRF number. Darren Duffy MSc International Relations • A hard copy of your Proof of Degree form, fully Croydon, UK | Consultant, EY completed and stamped by your institution (posted to us or delivered in
Graduate Offer Pack 2019 15 LSE LANGUAGE CENTRE LSE is a centre for the study of the English for Academic Translation of documents social sciences and this is reflected in its Language Centre. Purposes: in-sessional You may need to provide officially translated support programme documents to prove you have met the conditions English language programmes of your offer, or for other purposes. Once you begin your degree programme, the If your first language is not English you could Language Centre will still be on hand to give you If your documents are not in English, consider enrolling in one of our English courses advice and support throughout your time at LSE. the LSE Language Centre provides a in the Language Centre, which are geared to The support is free and starts as soon as your translation service. Full details are available at the specific needs of social science students. main programme begins. For more information, lse.ac.uk/language visit lse.ac.uk/language Translation is offered in all the languages taught English for Academic at the Language Centre: Arabic, French, German, Purposes: pre-sessional Modern Foreign Language Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, programme Certificate Course Russian and Spanish and the charge for this service will be at the rate for LSE members. If you need to improve your English for programme Academic Purposes (EAP), our aim is to If you wish to learn a new language, or improve provide you with the highest level of language your existing language skills during your time Contact the Language Centre support. Our pre-sessional courses will ensure at LSE you should consider our Certificate The Language Centre that you are well prepared for your studies. Course programme. LSE •Y ou will learn more about studying at LSE These extra-curricular courses are available Ground Floor, 20 Kingsway, Houghton to current members of LSE. Currently on offer Street •Y ou will develop a solid foundation from which are eleven different languages with most of London to succeed them available at five different levels: Arabic, WC2A 2AE • If you currently nearly meet our language French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6713 requirements, successful completion of Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The Email: firstname.lastname@example.org either our Extended 10 week intensive programme runs during the academic year from Web: lse.ac.uk/language course in English or our Standard 5 week October until May. Details on the Modern Foreign intensive course in English may be used Language Certificate Course programme can be to fulfil the language requirements of your found on the website. conditional offer. There is also information on current prices and Each programme has 20 hours weekly how to register for classes. contact time and additional learning support. Applications for the courses open in March 2019. You should apply early as these courses fill up quickly. Full details on these programmes can be found at: lse.ac.uk/language
16 Graduate Offer Pack 2019 DISABILITY AND WELLBEING SERVICE LSE is committed to enabling all students to DWS can assist students in the following ways: achieve their full potential in an environment Contact the Disability and • Work with students to create an LSE Inclusion characterised by dignity and mutual respect Wellbeing Service Plan. The Inclusion Plan records agreed and aims to ensure that all individuals are “reasonable adjustments” for individual Disability and Wellbeing Service treated equitably. The School’s Disability and students and is circulated with the student’s 3rd Floor of Tower 3 Wellbeing Service (DWS), provides a free, consent on a need-to-know basis. Tel: + 44 (0)20 7955 7767 confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled • Assist students to apply for Individual Exam Email: email@example.com students, prospective and current. Specialist Adjustments (IEAs). Web: lse.ac.uk/disability advisers are available to see students on a one-off or ongoing basis and cover a range of • Signposting additional support within LSE. conditions, including: • accessing funding for • physical and sensory impairments and long- disability-related support. term medical conditions Students are welcome to visit the Disability • Specific Learning Difficulties, such as dyslexia and Wellbeing Service at any time during their and dyspraxia time at LSE to discuss their own situation in confidence, even if they have not previously • mental health concerns. disclosed a disability.
Graduate Offer Pack 2019 17 VISA ADVICE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS International offer holders should leave plenty You do not need to wait for your CAS before CAS to study on a pre-sessional course at LSE of time to apply for and obtain their student preparing to apply for your Tier 4 (General) to meet the English language conditions of visa. We recommend that you do not plan visa. Even if you only hold a CONDITIONAL your LSE offer you will need to take a Secure any travel during the summer until you have offer, you should start reading the guidance English Language Test. Check this with the obtained your Tier 4 visa for LSE. (specifically financial guidance), but make admissions team when you apply. sure you check for updates as the rules You will need a CAS (Confirmation of Important note: The Home Office will not change regularly. Acceptance for Studies) number from us to accept language test scores that are more apply for your Tier 4 student visa. Please note If you start preparing too late, you risk than two years old. If your results are dated that the information below was updated in receiving a refusal because you do not prior to 1 October 2017 you will need to re-sit August 2018 and should be considered as a meet the requirements for a Tier 4 (General) the test. very brief, general guide only. visa application. When you receive your CAS statement, Immigration rules change frequently and Tip Three: Check your Confirmation of you must check that your name, nationality, it is essential that you read the LSE’s Acceptance for Studies (CAS) passport details and qualifications listed on International Student Visa Advice Team the statement are correct. If you notice an The CAS is a unique reference number issued (ISVAT) information at lse.ac.uk/isvat and the error, you should complete the online form to LSE by the Home Office after we supply official Home Office website gov.uk/browse/ at lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/Offer- them with your programme, admission and visas-immigration for up to date detailed holders/How-do-I/Secure/Correction-of- personal details. LSE can only issue this to you information. Details-on-Confirmation-of-Acceptance- after you have: of-Studies-CAS-Statement. Your CAS will The Tier 4 student visa route is not available • Met all the conditions of your offer be valid for six months. It can only be used for offer holders on a small number of LSE’s once after a decision has been made on an programmes, including some Executive • Accepted your unconditional offer application. If your visa application is refused programmes. Please check your offer letter • Completed the Financial Undertaking you will need a new CAS to re-apply. You can for further information. Form (FUF). only receive your new CAS after being advised by ISVAT on how to avoid a second refusal. How to prepare for a • Checked all of the details in your Pre-CAS LSE reserves the right not to issue you with successful visa application statement. If you have a new passport since a new CAS if there is a risk that you will be applying to us, you must let us know before refused again. The information in this section is for general applying for your visa. If your CAS does not guidance only. You must refer to the detailed match the passport you submit for your Your LSE CAS will only entitle you to study guidance from ISVAT when applying. LSE application, your visa will be refused. at LSE. If you use a CAS from a different reserves the right not to issue a new CAS if university you will not be able to use it to you are refused a visa for a reason where Once your CAS number has been assigned by study at LSE. You will need to submit a new guidance is available. the Home Office, we will send you an email visa application before you are able to register which contains your CAS number. You do not for your programme. Tip One: Check if you need to apply for a visa need a paper copy of your CAS statement for before travelling to the UK. your application because it is an electronic Tip Four: Know when you need to apply for document. The Home Office staff will refer to your visa and where you can apply from. If you are a non-European Union (EU/European Economic Area (EEA)) national and you want to your CAS number on the application form. You can only apply for a visa once you have come to the UK as a student for longer than six The CAS statement lists the evidence that we received your CAS number. The earliest you months, you must apply for a Tier 4 (General) assessed when making the decision to offer can apply is a maximum of three months student visa for LSE before registering for your you a place. You will need to submit original before the official programme start date as programme. evidence of these qualifications (in the form of stated on your CAS. It is not possible to do your original certificates or transcripts) along this any sooner. You cannot switch from a visitor visa to a Tier 4 visa in the UK and you will not be able with your visa application. You can only apply for your Tier 4 visa from to register if your Tier 4 application is still in Your CAS statement will also confirm a country you are living in, not one you are progress outside the UK. whether you need to provide evidence of your visiting. If you plan to travel outside your home English language ability. The LSE can assess country at the point you can apply for your visa, If you are already studying in the UK you may whether you have met the English language check with ISVAT if you need to return home be able to apply for a new Tier 4 (General) requirements for the visa because we are a to avoid a refusal. You will need to submit your Student visa from within the UK. There are university and because of your level of study. passport as part of your application and attend strict rules about who can apply in the UK. Before taking a UKVI language test for your a biometrics appointment. You should not plan Contact ISVAT for your options, especially if visa application, check whether we have stated any travel out of the country once you have you are already studying a 12 month Masters that we have assessed your English language applied for your visa because you will need to degree in the UK. ability on your CAS. be available throughout the visa application Tip Two: Don’t wait until you receive your CAS process. to start preparing for your visa application. If you are taking the IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test, we encourage you to sit the exam as early as possible, as test dates can be fully booked by mid to late summer. If you need a
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