Study Abroad Program Overview
Looking for a challenging academic and career enhancing international experience to boost your UC resume? Join the nearly 4000 students and professionals from around the globe attending the LSE Summer School each year. In addition to its worldwide reputation in the field, LSE 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.
Orientation at London School of Economics and Political Science:
Arrival day is both move-in day and registration.
- Registration sessions held at the larger residence halls and on campus
- Open IT account, receive your ID card and information pack
- Enjoy refreshments and tour the campus
- Learn what to do in matters of health, safety, emergency
- UCEAP orientation follows in a few days to give guidance on how to register your courses with both the host university and UC, to make sure you receive UC credit for courses taken abroad
Participation in orientation sessions and events is mandatory; missing them could result in dismissal from the program.The provides access to social media and much more.
The website for our Study Centers in the U.K. and Ireland
provides access to social media and much more.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
Summer Session 1
mid-June to early July.
Students are required to live in LSE housing. There are many 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. If you want a double room, 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.
More Information on Housing
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.
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 the EAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
The LSE Summer School offers over 60 three-week courses taught by LSE's world-renowned faculty. The extensive range of courses covers the breadth of the social science expertise available at LSE. Courses range from core economics, accounting, and finance, to contemporary politics and management theory and practice. The program consists of regular undergraduate courses taught to the same standards by leading LSE faculty. All courses take place on the main campus.
Summer School courses are drawn from across the university, and are divided into the following subject areas:
MyEAP Course Catalog
lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Since courses in new programs have not yet been taken for credit, they may not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
You can participate in Session 1 only (3 weeks) or during both Sessions 1 and 2 (6 weeks). You cannot participate in Session 2 alone. You will register for a maximum of one intensive course per 3-week session. One 3-week course is worth 5.5 UC quarter (3.7 semester) units. If you enroll in Session 1 alone, you will earn 5.5 UC quarter (3.7 semester) units. If you enroll in Session 1 + 2, you will earn 11 UC quarter (7.3 semester) units. All courses must be taken for a letter grade; the P/NP option is not available.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Independent study and internships are not possible with this program.
London School of Economics and Political Science
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 well over 100 nationalities present in LSE Summer 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.
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 *
|Summer Session 1||3||5.5||3.7||$4,200||$5,250|
|Summer Session 1 + 2||6||11||7.3||$6,850||$8,500|
* 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 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 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 the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
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.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare from California
- UC fees
- Program course fees
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Local transportation
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Study abroad scholarships for United Kingdom (England & Scotland)
AASAP Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship
BUTEX North American Scholarship Program
The British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) awards scholarships to undergraduates from the USA or Canada to study at a BUTEX-affiliated UK university for a semester or year. Scholarships provide £500. Find out more.
Snowdon Awards Scheme for Students with Disabilities
This program provides funding for students with a physical or sensory disability who are studying at a college or university in the UK. Grants of up to £2,500 are awarded to help cover disability-related costs. Find out more
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: A 3.3 GPA is recommended if requesting level 200 or 300 courses.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Calculus is a pre-requisite for Economics courses.
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.
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 Summer School, London School of Economics (LSE).
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:
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