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Last updated: 7 September 2020

In light of the current situation with Coronavirus, we have made some changes to our processes to ensure we can keep your admissions to LSE as smooth as possible. Please read the following advice:

General advice about sending documents and contacting us

The entire Graduate Admissions team is currently working remotely with no access to our office.

We have extremely limited access to paper documents, with considerable delay to their arrival. The best way for you to meet our requirements is for you to either:

  • Share your document with us via an online verification service, such as Digitary, CHESICC (for degrees studied in P.R. China) or eScrip-Safe.

  • Send a secure, digitally signed PDF.

  • Share your test scores with us by supplying your TRF number (IELTS) or appointment number (TOEFL, GMAT, GRE), or by sharing your Duolingo results with graduate.documents@lse.ac.uk

  • Ask your institution/referee to email your documents to us directly at graduate.documents@lse.ac.uk

  • Please do not send documents via multiple routes; duplication causes delay.


Other things to note

  • If you have recently sent us official test results via ETS (either TOEFL or GRE results), please can you also self report these using our How Do I...? forms (you will need to use form number 1). We are unable to receive batches directly from ETS at this present time, but we can verify results sent to us in this manner. For TOEFL results we require you to provide your name, appointment number and date of birth. For GRE results, we require you to provide your namedate of birth and registration number.

  • For the moment we will be sending all decisions out as emails only, so please do not report missing offer packs. All of the information you need is in your offer email, and the offer pack is available online (to everyone) at lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/Offer-holders. Please consider the email as official notification of your offer.

  • Please search for Coronavirus on the LSE Enquiries System for answers to some of the queries we are receiving. We will continue to add to this as more becomes clear. Please do not email us to ask about your individual situation; we will contact you as soon as we have made the relevant decisions. At the moment we continue to receive high volumes of emails which makes the process of confirming offers slower.

  • Finally, don’t panic. We know that the news is often alarming at the moment, but we are putting every effort into finding solutions to keep the application process running smoothly.​

Coronavirus - plans for the 2020/1 academic session

 

Flexible teaching and learning in Michaelmas Term 

Earlier this month we published our plans to welcome students to the LSE campus and halls of residence in Michaelmas Term. Small in-person classes, seminars, tutorial groups and other sessions, such as Harvard-style teaching (integrated lecture/class sessions), will run on campus, all in socially distanced environments. Lectures will be delivered online throughout Michaelmas Term, and they will be recorded and made available for students to access. 

We expect all new and returning LSE students to come to, and be resident in, London for the start of term. If you cannot make it for the start of term then we encourage you to arrive as soon as possible after that date. This will ensure a better experience for you and your fellow students as you will be engaging with teaching and learning on campus and with your peers and academic faculty. This will also provide you with access to the various services LSE has on offer that are important for a positive student experience outside the classroom. 

Flexible teaching and learning arrangements in Michaelmas Term 2020

However, we know that some students may not be able to arrive in London for the start of term for a number of reasons, such as travel and visa delays or for medical-related reasons. That's why we are introducing flexible arrangements, so that you have a range of options that work for you and we can put in place the support you need, whether you are in London or elsewhere for all or part of Michaelmas Term.

If you cannot make it to the LSE campus for the start of term, we will provide online substitute teaching and learning until you are able to join us. Online provisions will vary across departments, but besides pre-recorded or synchronous online lectures, this may take the form of online tutorial sessions, Q and A with faculty, peer study groups for on-campus and online students or similar activity designed to build and strengthen our student community. While we will try to schedule teaching to accommodate students studying remotely, some synchronous teaching may not always be available within normal teaching hours in your location.

Students studying online will also have access to support from a range of LSE services. While we will try to provide as much as we can to students studying remotely, there may be some activity which we cannot offer online. Examples of these are likely to include work and volunteering opportunities, as well as access to some on-campus events.

Further information 

Our flexible approach with online teaching and student support will be in place for the duration of the Michaelmas Term for students unable to be in London. If you cannot arrive on campus for the start of term, you will be asked, prior to the start of your programme, to let us know your likely date of arrival and to request online teaching in Michaelmas Term.

If you need to study remotely for some or all of Michaelmas Term, you should also check, and take responsibility for, any other arrangements that may be impacted by a period of online study. These may include accommodation contracts, scholarships or loans, and visa conditions for international students and EU students (who, post-Brexit and under current rules, would need a visa if they do not take up residence in the UK before 31 December 2020). It is also your responsibility to ensure that you are able to study remotely in an appropriate environment.

 LSE will not discount the tuition fee for students who study for some or all of the Michaelmas Term online. However, you are able to take advantage of our standard payment plans whereby fees can be paid in instalments and details can be found on our Tuition Fees pages.

The option to follow your programme remotely via online study is currently available for Michaelmas Term only. Subject to updates, we expect all new and continuing LSE students to arrive on campus for in-person teaching at the start of Lent Term, and we very much hope to deliver as many face-to-face teaching and learning opportunities as soon and safely as possible.

Support, guidance and advice 

Our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our community. We know that you will have lots of questions about living and studying in London and we are here to help and support you however we can. Our FAQs contain the most up to date information about measures in place on campus and in halls, as well as information about your studies in Michaelmas Term 2020, and how we want to help you feel #partofLSE. We will continue to update these pages as we count down to you registering in September.

LSE halls vacancies

There are vacancies remaining in LSE halls for graduate students who have not yet arranged their accommodation for the next academic session (2020/21). Please do create an account in the LSE accommodation system to log in, view current availability and book your accommodation here.

We currently have vacancies in single rooms in Butlers Wharf Hall from £179 per week; and also in single, single ensuite and studio rooms in urbanest Kings Cross hall, with prices ranging from £232 per week - £367 per week.

Our availability changes throughout the summer, so if you don't see what you are looking for initially, it is worthwhile checking our system again a bit later in the summer, as rooms can become available.

COVID-19 update: 

Our halls have friendly, inclusive and vibrant communities and we are working hard to ensure that this continues to be the case in light of COVID-19. There will be some changes to make sure that we prioritise your well-being while you stay with us. We are looking forward to welcoming all our new residents in September safely and in adherence with guidelines from Public Health England. For more information on how we will make LSE Halls of Residence safe for you, please see our webpage here.

If you have any queries at all, please don't hesitate to contact us at accommodation@lse.ac.uk.

 

LSE's Director, Minouche Shafik said: 

“I very much look forward to welcoming our new students to London for the 2020/2021 academic session in September. The wellbeing of our School community is paramount and our flexible approach to teaching and learning will ensure an excellent education and student experience continues safely for all. We are a global community at LSE, and we are committed to sustaining that openness as we shape the world in partnership with students, staff and friends of our School in the academic year ahead."


For information on how the School is already supporting current students, please see info.lse.ac.uk/coronavirus-response/advice-for-students. You can also see how LSE is contributing to research and policy in the age of coronavirus at lse.ac.uk/school-of-public-policy/social-sciences-covid-response

As ever, please be assured that we are doing everything we can to make sure that your opportunities at LSE are undiminished and that you get to enjoy the benefits of studying at one of the world’s leading social science institutions.

Teaching and Learning in Michaelmas Term 2020 - FAQs

Registration

When should I register?

New students will be able to register online for their LSE programme from August 2020. We will send you information about this shortly. In-person campus enrolment is being planned for 21 September and onwards, although the exact timing may differ from the information in your offer letter due to additional sessions being added to facilitate social distancing.

Welcome 2020 events will be running from 21 September, both online and on campus, and we hope that students will travel to London to take part in these activities.

For the majority of students* term begins on 28 September. We ask students to make every effort to come to campus for the start of term. This is because we are planning to run teaching and learning sessions, eg. seminars, tutorials and classes, on campus in a socially distanced environment. However, if your travel plans are impacted by COVID-19 we will put support in place for you to access your teaching and learning remotely in Michaelmas term.  

(* Some graduate students enrol on pre-sessional or introductory courses in August and early September) 

If I arrive after the start of term, can I still access Welcome information?

We will be providing much of our Welcome activity, videos and presentations online this year so you will be able to access them wherever you are and whenever you arrive on campus. We will also be running some on-campus activity throughout the term to ensure that all our students are welcomed to LSE, regardless of when they arrive. 

I am not able to arrive on campus for the start of Michaelmas Term. Can I access online teaching and learning?

If you are not able to make it to London for the start of Michaelmas Term due to travel restrictions, visa delays, health/medical–related issues, or other COVID-19 related circumstances outside of your control, you will be given access to online teaching until you are able to travel to campus. Online provision will only be made available for Michaelmas Term. 

LSE has introduced a new online registration process for 2020/21, which means that you can be a fully registered student without being on campus.  During the registration process you will be asked if you need to study remotely (online only) for a fixed period because of the ongoing impact of COVID-19.  It is currently not expected that this fixed period of remote study will extend beyond the end of the Michaelmas Term

You will be asked to tell us when you are likely to arrive (it is ok to give us an approximate date) and then provide us with a little more information on the reason for your delay so we can provide you with the right guidance and support. The information you give us will then be sent to your academic department who will contact you with the information you need to access the teaching and learning for your programme online. Online teaching will only be made available for Michaelmas Term.

I will have to study online for some time in Michaelmas Term. What is the latest deadline for arriving in London and enrolling on campus?

The option to follow your programme remotely via online study is currently available for Michaelmas Term only. We expect all new and continuing LSE students to arrive on campus for in-person teaching at the start of Lent Term (Monday 18 January). If you are due to take exams in January 2021 please note they will be delivered online and you do not need to be on campus to take them. Further information on the January exams will be available shortly on the Student Services website. 

If you need to study remotely for some or all of Michaelmas Term, you should also check, and take responsibility for, any other arrangements that may be impacted by a period of online study. These may include accommodation contracts, scholarships or loans, and visa conditions for international students and EU students (who, post-Brexit and under current rules, would need a visa if they do not take up residence in the UK before 31 December 2020). It is also your responsibility to ensure that you are able to study remotely in an appropriate environment.

What is the tuition fee for the 2020-21 academic year? 

LSE will be open for the Michaelmas Term and all students are expected to come to London for teaching and learning. The School is putting in place a range of measures to ensure you continue to receive high quality education and support, on campus and online, through our flexible approach in Michaelmas Term that will also enable you to develop new skills and be part of LSE’s learning community.

The UK Government Department for Education has outlined that you should not expect any refund if you are receiving adequate online learning and support, and we are confident that we will deliver positive experiences that are beneficial for all of our students. The tuition fee for your programme remains the same as published on the LSE Table of Fees. You are able to pay your fees in instalments, details of which can be found on our Fees pages.

Why would LSE change the Conditions of Registration?

The School does not alter the Conditions of Registration very often. We have set out in the updated Conditions some of the scenarios where it may be necessary to do this. In particular, we are mindful that government advice and guidance from regulatory bodies may change over time, as the pandemic evolves. The health and wellbeing of our student community is our top priority and therefore it may be necessary to adjust the Conditions once again. We will always make every effort to keep changes to a minimum and to notify students in good time of any changes that are going to be made.

Teaching and learning

How will pre-sessional courses run?

All pre-sessional/introductory graduate courses will be delivered online and you will be able to access these remotely. The exceptions to this are the pre-sessional courses for the MSc Finance (full-time) and the MSc Finance and Private Equity. Both of these courses will be delivered on campus but will also be available to access online. Your programme team will contact you with more information about how the pre-sessional/introductory graduate sessions will run. 

How will I attend classes and seminars?

We will run classes, seminars and tutorial groups, as well as Harvard style teaching sessions, face-to-face on campus in a socially distanced environment, wherever possible. These classes will also be accessible by students unable to access campus in the early weeks of the term. 

Where departments are running synchronous classes/seminars, they will run at least twice so that students in different time zones can engage with them at the start of term.

As term progresses, we expect all students to take part in face-to-face classes, seminars and tutorial groups on the LSE campus. 

How will I access lectures?

All lectures will be delivered online for the Michaelmas Term.  All lectures will be recorded and made available to students to access wherever they are. 

Why are you recording lectures and classes?

We are recording lectures and classes, some of which will be recorded ‘live’ at the point of delivery, so that all students can access them online at the most appropriate time for them. Online lectures form a key part of our flexible teaching approach next term and their availability is a useful learning resource for all students.

Will I be able to work with fellow students and faculty?

All students will have the opportunity to work together between classes in Peer Study Groups on tasks or activities (academic and social).

What will my timetabled contact hours look like?

Timetabled hours of study for students should stay broadly the same as they would in a ‘non-socially distanced’ LSE environment.

How will LSE ensure high quality teaching and learning?

Experts in our Eden Centre for Education Enhancement have guided the development of our flexible approach to teaching and learning to ensure that you benefit from LSE’s high standards in education in a safe environment. Our flexible teaching approach will be subject to our stringent quality assurance processes, ensuring that there is no compromise on the rigour or standard of LSE degrees. We will continue to apply our validation, monitoring and review mechanisms to assure the quality of our courses and programmes.

What are the teaching and learning arrangements for the Lent and Summer terms 2021?

Our flexible approach to teaching and learning will be in place for the duration of Michaelmas Term. We will deliver seminars, classes and interactive teaching sessions face-to-face on a socially distanced campus, and online for students whose arrival is delayed, with all lectures delivered online. We will monitor and review these arrangements regularly throughout the term and follow government guidance to keep our LSE community safe. We will keep you updated as our plans for the Lent and Summer terms develop. 

I will not be able to study in the evenings or weekends due to caring or work commitments. What can I do?

We aim to timetable classes/seminars during regular hours on weekdays as far as possible. We will only schedule classes/seminars in the evenings and weekends when there is no other option. 

Where possible, we aim to ensure that the classes/seminars scheduled in the evenings and at weekends have alternative classes/seminars timetabled during weekday hours. This means that, for the courses in which we can achieve this (and keeping in mind that we will not be able to achieve this for all courses), for graduate seminars, you should be able to select an appropriately timed group via ‘LSE for You’ or via your department.

Campus life 

If I have booked a place in an LSE Hall of Residence what support will be offered if I have to quarantine? 

The UK government has established travel corridors with a number of countries. The most up to date information on UK quarantine rules can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

If quarantine controls are in place for your home country at the time of your arrival in London then students who have booked a place in one of the LSE halls of residence will be able to quarantine there. Residences staff will provide you with support and guidance on how to do this safely in your hall. We are also looking at measures to support those who need to quarantine but have not booked a place in one of the LSE halls of residence.

Further information about the measures we are putting in place in our Halls of Residence can be found on our Residences web pages.

 

Can I access the library?

The Library will be open for all students and staff at the beginning of Michaelmas Term. Students will be able to access study spaces and the LSE collections, all in a socially distanced environment. We have worked hard to make core books and texts available online for students to access remotely, and we will continue to add to these collections through the academic year.

On top of our current online provisions, including one-to-one support and increased e-book access, the team are also developing further services to support you, details of which will be shared when finalised. For further information on what is currently accessible and the latest updates, check the LSE Library web pages.

Will the Students’ Union be running clubs and societies?

The Students’ Union is working with students and its clubs and societies to provide a programme of events and activities for the 2020-21 academic session. More information will be available on its website over the Summer.

Why do I need to follow LSE’s health and safety measures on campus?

LSE has undertaken extensive and rigorous risk assessments and health and safety assessments on all rooms and communal areas of the LSE campus. The measures we are putting in place are designed to keep our community as safe as possible. We are unapologetic about the fact that we will sometimes go beyond UK government guidance on social distancing or the use of face coverings to ensure our campus is safe. 

How is LSE keeping its staff and students safe on campus?

LSE is committed to keeping our community safe, well and supported. Find out more about our plans for a phased and flexible return to campus, and the measures we are putting in place so that together we can all help make LSE COVID-secure.

https://info.lse.ac.uk/coronavirus-response/Keeping-our-community-safe-on-campus

What is the advice for students who are 'clinically extremely vulnerable'?

Students who are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ or are living with someone who is ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ 

The School is working hard to keep our community safe, well and supported as we begin the new academic year on campus.  We are putting in place a range of measures to help make LSE COVID-secure https://info.lse.ac.uk/coronavirus-response/Keeping-our-community-safe-on-campus 

However, it is important that students who are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ and students who live with someone who is ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ read and follow the advice available on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/whos-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/ 

LSE is making all teaching and learning available online for Michaelmas Term so students who wish to study online for safety reasons can do so until the start of Lent Term.  We expect all students to be on campus for teaching and learning from the start of Lent Term.   

If you are ‘clinically vulnerable’, or live with someone who is clinically vulnerable, you should also read and follow the advice available on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/whos-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/ 

If you would like to speak to a member of staff about your wellbeing on campus please contact the Disability and Wellbeing Service by emailing disability-dyslexia@lse.ac.uk   

What will LSE do if the government announces another 'lockdown' in London?

LSE is putting in place comprehensive health and safety measures on campus to keep you safe and secure while on campus and in the halls of residence. This will include campus markings to ensure social distancing, the wearing of face masks and enhanced cleaning and hygiene practices. We will always, as a minimum, follow government advice regarding the safety of our students and staff. 

We hope that London does not experience another lockdown in the 2020-21 academic year but we have developed contingency plans for such a situation to ensure that you continue to receive an excellent educational experience. It is not possible to provide details on all possible teaching, learning and support scenarios as government guidance will vary according to local conditions.  However, the School will be ready to do the following: 

  • Issue clear guidance from the School and your department regarding the plans for teaching, learning and support; 
  • Implement government advice regarding student and staff access to campus;
  • Provide lectures online in the Lent Term; 
  • Pivot in-person teaching to synchronous and asynchronous online provision using the mechanisms in place in Michaelmas Term to support those students unable travel to campus; 
  • Deliver departmental teaching materials via Moodle; 
  • Provide support services remotely, via Zoom, Teams, email, telephone, Livechat, etc.  
  • Provide support and guidance for your health and well-being via Zoom appointments and web-based information; 
  • Continue office hours with academic mentors online; 
  • Maintain access to the online Library materials; 
  • Deliver department-appropriate assessments online, taking into account the specific needs of quantitative and qualitative programmes; 
  • Provide support and advice to students resident in LSE and UoL halls of residence;  
  • Make available hardship funds for vulnerable students adversely affected by the pandemic; 
  • Offer practical guidance and adopt a sympathetic approach to students seeking to interrupt their studies. 

 

Summer School conditions/recommendations

We have now contacted all offer holders who have Summer School conditions or recommendations attached to their offers.

All of the options are published on our Summer School alternatives page. They are listed by programme, so please ensure that you are looking at the right section of the page. For some programmes, different offer holders were set different conditions; you need to check your offer email to see which are the courses that you need to follow.

For offer holders whose conditions have been replaced with a recommendation for topics to self-study, please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that you have covered the material adequately before you arrive at LSE. This is to ensure that you are well prepared for the MSc topics to follow.

English language conditions

Due to the current COVID-19 related difficulties in taking tests, we have expanded the ways in which offer holders can meet our requirements. We are currently assessing all offer holders with outstanding English language conditions against these criteria, confirming offers where possible and sending emails to the individuals concerned. We have already sent hundreds of individual emails, with hundreds more to come.

Please be patient whilst we carry out this task. Once it is complete, anyone who does not meet these criteria will receive an email setting out the options for taking alternative tests to the ones below. Do not contact us to request a waiver; we will contact you.

Please remember that you should still continue to prepare for studying in English. You are expected to spend time reading, listening to and watching material in English online, to practice your conversational English as often as you can, and to take advantage of the opportunities to improve your written English offered by LSE's Language Centre and Eden Centre once you arrive.

We will consider waiving your English language condition if you:

  1. Have/will have a 2+2 degree where two years are in the UK
  2. Have/will have a degree taught in English
  3. Have/will have a degree awarded by a UK/US university not in the UK or US
  4. Have TOEFL MyBest scores that meet this year’s or last year’s requirements
  5. Meet last year’s requirements
  6. Meet this year’s requirement overall, but have dropped 0.5 on one component
  7. Meet the requirement but your SELT is up to 1 month too old (ie from 1-30 September 2018)
  8. Show evidence on CV of 3 years working in an English speaking environment
  9. Show evidence on CV of secondary education in English at GCSE or A level
  10. Have completed/are completing a 1 year pre-master’s foundation programme in the UK

What you should do

  • If you have already taken a language test and supplied scores which narrowly miss our requirement (by date or single component score) you do not need to take any action.

  • If you have already taken a language test but not yet supplied the scores to us, please do so as soon as possible using the new information form (lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/Offer-holders/How-do-I/Secure).

  • Continue to improve your English proficiency. Time spent doing this can never be wasted!

  • Above all, do not worry. This is a unique situation and we are working hard to make sure that you can attend LSE adequately prepared to take advantage of the opportunities offered to you here.

What we will do

  • We are assessing and sending emails to offer holders whose conditions we can waive - hundreds already sent and hundreds more in the pipeline.

  • We will arrange the acceptance of online tests and contact you with full information once it is available.

  • We will arrange appointments for LSE Language Centre assessments where necessary.

Alternative 'at home' English language tests

We have been informed that test centres are re-opening in many countries, so we hope that many offer holders will be able to start booking tests as usual.

TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition - where available, this test is sufficient on its own, due to the proctoring arrangements in place.

In addition, we will accept the following English language tests which can be delivered online without the need to attend a test centre. Some of these tests do not meet all of our or UKVI's needs with regard to their content/security, and must therefore be taken in conjunction with LSE's own language assessment. The tests are:

IELTS Indicator

Duolingo - share your results with graduate.documents@lse.ac.uk

LanguageCert

TOEFL ITP Plus

Once you have achieved the required score you should submit it to us using the new information form, and we will then email you with information about accessing the LSE assessment once that score is processed. For details of the scores we require, please see our English language entry requirements page

We are aware that many providers are increasing their offering for at-home tests and we will continue to update this list as more information becomes available. 

Degree conditions

Our selectors are now considering all offers which are conditional on achieving particular degree results.

Where possible, they are confirming those offers based on the existing marks available, so that you do not need to worry about how your current institution is approaching assessment during the pandemic. We will contact you if this is possible in your case.

You will still need to have completed all academic requirements before you can attend LSE, and offer holders applying for a visa will have to show that they have obtained their qualification.

There are thousands of offer holders in this situation, so please wait for us to contact you. If it is not possible for us to waive any conditions based on existing marks, we will contact you to find out more about your individual situation with regards to final assessments for your degree.

You do not need to take any other action at the moment, other than to study hard and take whatever assessments are being offered in order to complete your degree.

Deferrals

The School has made the decision not to allow any further deferrals from 2020/1 to next year. If you planned not to take up your place this year, you will instead need to reinstate your application for entry in 2021/2.

You will not need to pay any administration fee to be considered for your first two choices - we will waive this automatically when we process your reinstatement form.

We have adopted this approach as it is the fairest way to ensure that the cohort of applicants for 2021/2 is considered on a level playing field. We will start to process reinstatement requests later in the year.

Action for you:

Please use the Offer Reply Form (on the online application status tracker) to let us know whether you are planning to attend LSE. If you decided that you wish to delay your studies, you can submit the reinstate form, but please be aware that we will not process these until at least late August (but definitely in time for the start of the new admissions cycle.

Telephone service

We are currently unable to offer a telephone service. All of our efforts are concentrated on processing documents and issuing CASs.

You can see where we are up to in the processing queue on our current processing times. We know that your first priority is that we update your offer status and get you ready to attend LSE, so that is what we are working to achieve.

Our telephone service will resume once we have capacity to offer it.

LSE in the news

LSE stays top in London

LSE continues to be the top-rated university in London, according to the latest Complete University Guide. Find out more here.

Exceptional Circumstances

If circumstances beyond your control (unrelated to Covid-19, for which see the advice above) are having an adverse effect on making your application or meeting your offer conditions, you can let us know using our extenuating circumstances form.  We will offer what practical advice and help we can.