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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
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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
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           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
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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
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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
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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.
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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).
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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
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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.
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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: fees@lse.ac.uk
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.
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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: ard.gao.fcq.team@lse.ac.uk
 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
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                                                                                                      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: accommodation@lse.ac.uk;
generally not possible before you arrive as you                                                         private.housing@lse.ac.uk
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       graduate.references@lse.ac.uk
   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,
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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: languages@lse.ac.uk
 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
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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: disability-dyslexia@lse.ac.uk
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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