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London School of Economics

Study Abroad Program Overview

Looking for a challenging academic and career enhancing international experience to boost your UC resume? The London School of Economics and Political Science boasts the world's largest social sciences library and the largest proportion of international students at any university in the world. Located in the heart of London, LSE is close to the amenities of the West End, the Thames river, and the upscale Bloomsbury district which is the home of the internationally-famous British Museum.

At this time, the UCEAP exchange agreement with LSE is for Year participation and is open only to UC Berkeley applicants.

Students attend classes with host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Year :  
mid-September to mid-June

Spring :  








​Students can live in LSE housing or find their own housing in the city.  There are many LSE options with various amenities, price differences, and locations.  The LSE website has full descriptions plus photos of all accommodations offered. You are responsible to reserve and pay for your own housing directly to the LSE housing office or other provider. If you want a double room in an LSE option, you must reserve it with your own chosen roommate and make arrangements for both of you to pay your share.  LSE will not assign a roommate or bill each of you separately..

Extracurricular Activities

​London is the capital of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) and is one of the major financial, media, and cultural capitals of the world. Studying here offers you the chance to enjoy an immense range of historical sites, museums, art galleries, concert venues, sports events, shopping, and theaters all a short distance from your university.  Take advantage of the many walking tours and tour buses available. The picturesque countryside includes Kew Garden, Canterbury Cathedral, and the town of Windsor. These attractions are only a short train ride away when you need to escape the 24/7 activity of the cosmopolitan city.
LSE offers many optional social activities and day trips. Plan ahead to sign up for events and purchase tickets; the activities sell out quickly. Students have especially enjoyed the River Boat Disco, stage play productions, and group outings to Stonehenge. The Public Lecture Series brings many well-known and expert speakers in all fields to LSE.

On-site Support

​EAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. UC faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of their host country and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.​
​​See this or last year's Program Guide for program-specific details about the host institution, program structure, and courses; academic culture; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; as well as orientation and housing.

Course Opportunities

As a General Course student, you are assigned to one of 15 academic departments. These departments include Accounting, Anthropology, Economic History, Economics, Geography and Environment, Government, International History, International Relations, Law, Management, Mathematics, Philosophy, Social Policy, Sociology, and Statistics.
In addition, you may choose courses from Finance, Languages, and Social Psychology. 
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
  • London School of Economics online course guides. Note that in the UK “course” typically refers to the degree or major and “modules” refer to individual classes.
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Courses that have not yet been taken by UC students will not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog. 
​While you are assigned to a particular department, you may study any combination of undergraduate courses across LSE academic departments. Your LSE department does not need to reflect the major you pursue at UC.


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 32 semester UC units per year; 4 year-long courses, or an equivalent combination of term and year-long courses. You may take up to one-third (33%) of your total unit load on a P/NP basis.

Research and Independent Study

Independent study or research for academic credit may be possible. Work would have to be done in addition to the required course load. Arrangements are usually made after arrival at the host institution, but predeparture preparation may be required.

London School of Economics and Political Science

The London School of Economics 
LSE was founded in 1895 and has grown to become one of the foremost social science universities in the world, with 16 Nobel Prize winners.
Located in one of the most ethnically-diverse capitals of the world, London provides the perfect backdrop for the prestigious School. With impressive architecture, world-class galleries, museums, and great food, London encourages a truly global and international approach to intellectual discovery and academic life. LSE is in central London, with many places of interest within easy walking distance.​

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
The Tier 4 visa you acquire for your year-long studies in the UK allows you to pursue an internship.
A UCEAP Special Study Internship Project would be in addition to a full course load.

1. Internships found through the UCEAP London Study Center

Become engaged in internships through the resources of the London Study Center. The Study Center has information on possible internships in the community, including some in the summer after the end of a year program. According to U.K. visa regulations, only year program students will be able to remain in the U.K. long enough to participate in a summer internship. However, fall or spring students can participate in an internship during the fall or spring term.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact the London Study Center and submit a resume or CV and a cover letter. The Study Center can assist by writing a letter of recommendation for you, if needed by the internship provider.

2. Student - initiated internships

Be creative and design your own internship. Participants have interned at cultural events, at various city councils, and communication companies such as the BBC. These internships are frequently not for academic credit; however, if your internship is substantial you can request credit by following these three steps.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact companies and organizations that align with your interest.  Career Development Offices on campus offer excellent guidance on resume or CV and cover letter writing. For students who wish to start the internship search prior to departure, we recommend looking at the host institution's online career resources. 
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
Year3748 - 4832 - 32$14,650$23,525
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • All pre-departure expenses related to visas
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • Optional airport meet and greet
  • On-site Orientation
  • Books and other materials
  • Accident and medical insurance
  • Automatic transfer of classes and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​



UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​


Class Level:

Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



3.30 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

At this time, the UCEAP exchange agreement with LSE is for Year participation and is open only to UC Berkeley applicants.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the host university.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: