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This guide was created to help you navigate the different aspects of travelling abroad as a UCEAP student. All important aspects of attending university in your host country are addressed here, including academic information, extension of UCEAP participation, cultural awareness, orientation, transportation, finances and much more.
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Founded in 1895, LSE is one of the foremost social science universities in the world, counting among its faculty and alumni 16 Nobel Prize winners and 34 past or present world leaders. LSE faculty are at the forefront of their disciplines, with a global reach. Drawn from around the world, they advise governments, public bodies, and government inquiries, while also producing world-class research. The LSE student body is also exceptionally international in makeup and outlook. The LSE campus is situated in central London, close to major cultural attractions including the West End, Royal Opera House, British Library, and the British Museum.
The LSE Summer School is one of the largest university summer programs in Europe, with almost 4,500 students from over 100 countries and every continent attending in 2012. Courses are based upon regular LSE undergraduate courses, taught to the same standards by leading LSE faculty. The LSE Library is the major national social science library in the U.K., and almost all of its rich collections—including government publications, statistical material, and journals—are available to students. LSE has a fully staffed fitness center, competition-size pools, and squash and tennis courts. In addition, LSE offers two bookstores, a student travel agency, a very active Student Union, and numerous dining facilities.
The LSE Summer School program offers two 3-week sessions. You will enroll in either Session 1 alone, or Session 1 + 2 together, and you will register for a maximum of one intensive course per session. Over 60 courses are offered in
the following subject areas:
- Accounting and Finance
- International Relations, Government & Society
Due to the intensive nature of the program, active participation and attendance is mandatory for all classes during the term. Students are expected to spend a full day on campus, with 4 hours per day of instruction. In addition, students are advised to spend 2–3 hours per day in self-guided study. Assessment for Summer School courses is based upon the results of either two formal exams or a combination of formal exam and assessed work. Exams are two hours in length and are conducted under standard LSE Board of Examiners regulations.
Two program options are available. If you choose the Summer 1 option, you will take one course in Session 1 for 5 UC quarter units. If you choose the Summer 1 + 2 option, you will take two courses, one in Session 1 and one in Session 2, for a total of 10 UC quarter units. All courses must be taken for a letter grade; the P/NP option is not available.
LSE Summer School courses combine lectures (three hours per day) and classes (one hour per day). Large group lectures are usually presented by an academic (the course leader or leaders), and are mainly a listening and note-taking exercise, as is the norm in the U.K. university system. Students will be divided into smaller groups of 15 to 20 students for one-hour classes, which normally take place in the afternoon. Classes are an opportunity to work through problem sets or case studies, present and discuss seminar papers, and to discuss the previous lecture with a Class Teacher and classmates. In other universities these sessions may be known as tutorials or seminars.
MyEAP Study List registration is required and will determine how your courses will appear on your UC transcript. If you make any course changes (allowed only in the first two days of each session), be sure those changes are reflected on your MyEAP Study List.
For courses in Accounting and Finance, Economics, and Management, Level I courses will generally appear as lower division on the UC transcript, while Level II and III courses will generally translate to upper-division UC coursework. For courses in International Relations, Government & Society and in Law, many Level I courses will also appear as upper-division UC coursework, as should Level II and III courses.
Full course listings as well as information on readings, assessments, prerequisites (if any), and pre-course reading (which may be required for certain courses) are available on the LSE website
Internships, Research, & Independent Study
Internships, research, and independent study are not possible through this program.
Extending UCEAP Participation
Official Start Date & Mandatory Orientation
London School of Economics
Arrival day is on Sunday, when LSE Registration also occurs. Registration sessions are run at the larger residence halls. In addition, students will receive an ID card and information pack, take a tour of the campus, and open an IT account. Sunday will be a busy day, so be sure to arrive in the morning—most flights from the U.S arrive in London around 11:00 a.m. There will be a “Welcome to LSE” session on Monday morning before classes begin.
The mandatory UCEAP orientation will take place a few days later (see the Program Calendar for exact date and time of day). The Program Officer at the UCEAP Study Center in London will email you more information, including the venue for the orientation meeting.
Travel to Your Host Country
Detailed instructions on transportation from London-area airports to the designated arrival point at summer program sites are found in the Arrival/Orientation Information in your online Predeparture Checklist.
Insurance for Personal Possessions
Understanding Your Finances
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Q: What kind of housing is available?
A: You are required to live in a university residence hall for the three-week or six-week summer program. LSE offers a large selection of housing, with each building pictured and described in detail on the LSE website. Choose housing by noting the differences in location, number of students sharing bathrooms and kitchens, guest policies, and price. Note what bed linens and cleaning services are provided. Internet access is provided in all housing.
You are required to apply for your own housing and pay for it directly to LSE by their deadline. LSE will issue an ID number with their acceptance letter, for use in applying for housing. Applications are first-come, first-served. LSE states all housing is within “easy walking distance” of the campus but you can check the map on their website to see the exact locations. Be sure to indicate a preferred roommate if you have someone in mind. LSE will not give you the room number until you arrive and cannot share roommates’ names due to privacy laws.
If you want to arrive a day earlier than the UCEAP Official Start Date, be sure to request that earlier date on your housing application. Many students prefer to arrive a day early in order to get their bearings and relax a bit. The Official Start Date will be on a Sunday and that is a busy day. See the Orientation section in this Guide.
Q: What about meals?
A: Housing is self-catering, which means you are expected to purchase and prepare your own food. UCEAP participants recommend learning to cook if necessary and bringing some dry, packaged foods with you (such as Ramen noodles) so you will have food immediately available. Self-catering is the most inexpensive and healthy way to eat, but it can present some challenges, especially if you are not accustomed to cooking. Living in the center of London gives you a wide choice of food shops, restaurants, and open-air markets.
Q: How do I report complaints?
A: It is important to report complaints immediately. All students need to contribute their fair share towards keeping the hall environment pleasant for everyone.
- Report dirty or broken items immediately upon moving in. Agree with your hall mates on basic rules for living together and keeping your shared rooms in good condition.
- Clean up after yourself; especially wash your own dishes after each use.
- Report any damage done by your hall mates immediately.
- Keep doors locked. Report any thefts.
- Window screens are not in common use abroad, so be prepared for some insects to enter if windows are kept open for a long period of time.
- Use the correct adapters for electric/electronic items to avoid tripped breakers or blown fuses.
- Report unacceptably loud nighttime noise.
The application fee of £50 is not refundable at any time after you apply to LSE. If you intend to withdraw, you must e-mail your intent to withdraw to your Campus EAP Office and to firstname.lastname@example.org
LSE has a sliding scale for program fee refund of 90% for withdrawals prior to the first day of the course, 50% for withdrawals within the first two (2) days of the course, and 0% for withdrawals after the first two (2) days of the course.
LSE will also charge seven (7) nights housing fee for withdrawals up to seven (7) days before the program starts. LSE will not refund any part of the housing fee for withdrawals less than seven (7) days before the program starts or after the program has started. You must e-mail or fax your intent to withdraw directly to email@example.com
in order to receive any potential housing fee refund. This notification to the LSE housing office is separate and in addition to any notification to your Campus EAP Office or to UCEAP. You are responsible both for reserving your housing, and cancelling it if needed.
London School of Economics Facilities
You will have access to all LSE amenities including the library and sports facilities. The Students’ Union offers an extremely large number of special events—their goal is to be the “best in the world.”
Students with Disabilities
The UCEAP student budget does not include funds for recreational travel abroad.
Travel Within the United Kingdom
A high level of medical care comparable to that in other industrialized countries is available throughout the country.
Ambulatory care and referrals are overseen by general practitioners (GPs), and all patients must have a referral from their GP to see specialists. Secondary care comprises physicians in specialties such as psychiatry, neurology, and surgery. All specialty physicians are located at hospital-based clinics, seeing outpatient referrals and inpatients. Tertiary care involves subspecialties such as cardiothoracic surgery and pediatric oncology, located at regional tertiary care facilities.
U.K. Health Care Glossary
Traffic & Transportation Safety
Emergency Services Response
UCEAP Contingency Planning
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discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion,
sex, gender identity, pregnancy,* disability, age, medical
condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status,
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