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Skidmore in London

The London School of Economics & Political Science

Situated in the heart of London, the London School of Economics & Political Science is one of the foremost social science universities in the world, specializing in a wide range of social science disciplines, including economics, politics, sociology, law and anthropology. LSE continues to be ranked among the top universities in the world according to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. The School has maintained its place within the world’s top 25 at 25th, and as fifth out of 91 institutions from the UK. These rankings look at a number of key areas across global higher education, with LSE scoring particularly highly on measures for teaching, research, citations and international outlook.

Skidmore students can apply for the General Course at LSE  which is a full-year program only. General Course students may study any combination of the 250+ undergraduate courses taught at the School, in disciplines as varied as Anthropology, Geography and Social Policy.

Students on the General Course are fully integrated into the university – in classes, housing, and student life. In addition to the 200 clubs and societies run by the LSE Students' Union, we offer a tailored calendar of social events and subsidized weekend trips to European destinations, exclusively for our study abroad students.


LSE offers a unique opportunity to study the social sciences in a university with a worldwide academic reputation, while enjoying the cultural, social and recreational facilities of one of the world's great capital cities. The School offers courses not only in economics and political science, but also in the full spectrum of social science subjects, taught within a range of academic departments and interdisciplinary institutes.

Skidmore students accepted to the General Course at LSE will be assigned to one of the 16 academic departments that offer undergraduate degrees, and which together teach more than 250 courses. General Course students may study any combination of undergraduate courses across our academic departments, and their host department need not reflect their major interest. Courses are available in accounting, anthropology, economic history, economics, finance, geography and environment, government, international history, international relations, law, management, mathematics, philosophy, social policy, and sociology. Please also view the undergraduate course guides, which provide information about all the courses currently available.

The majority of courses at LSE are year-long, and are equivalent to 8 credits at Skidmore. Some courses are designated as “half-unit” and would be equivalent to 4 credits at Skidmore. Typically, teaching for half-unit courses takes place only in one term. However, all courses, including half-unit courses, will have exams in the Summer term.


Applicants who wish to study only qualitative subjects, such as Geography, Government or Sociology, should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3.

Applicants who wish to study predominantly quantitative courses, i.e. those offered by the Departments of Economics, Finance, Mathematics and Statistics, should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, including higher level calculus and linear algebra.

LSE will review each applicant's recent university academic record, what subjects have been studied, and the level of success in those studies. LSE is primarily interested in a student's academic work in social science subjects and will be especially interested in the quality of work in the fields which they might wish to pursue at LSE.

LSE will only consider applications from students studying off campus during their junior or senior year. Applicants should usually have completed at least two years of study by the time they begin studying at the School.


LSE offers a variety of styles of accommodation, all of which is within walking distance of the School. There will be a diverse mix of students in your Hall: undergraduates and postgraduates, home and overseas, men and women. All rooms feature high-speed internet access, and the vast majority of rooms are single, although there are a limited number of twin rooms available for those who prefer to share.

All of our study abroad students that apply for housing by the LSE accommodation deadline are guaranteed a place in one of LSE’s central London Halls of Residence.

Program Dates

Students can only apply to study at LSE for the full-year. The dates are typically mid-September to mid-June. The year at LSE consists of 3 terms – the Michaelmas term (September-December), the Lent term (January-March), and the Summer term (April-June). The Michaelmas and Lent terms are teaching terms and the Summer term is a final exam period.

All Skidmore students will be provided the program dates and the mandatory arrival date after acceptance. Skidmore students are required to attend a special orientation with IFSA-Butler in London held 2-3 days before the LSE start date. IFSA-Butler is Skidmore’s onsite partner in London that provides additional student support and emergency response across all of the Skidmore in London programs.