LSE Courses


The London School of Economics pre-registers you in the classes you select with your application. Make sure you carefully consider the courses you choose on your Course Selection Form. Ensure that all courses you choose are courses you are willing to take while at LSE and are courses for which you can receive credit at your home university.

  • You should secure approval for at least 6-8 courses for the academic year, including alternates.
  • Make sure to list at least one alternate course for every course you select.
  • List your choices and alternates in order of preference.

It is your responsibility to make sure:

  • You are registered for a full academic load according to your home school.
  • The courses you take abroad will transfer for credit to your home school.

Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form on your Arcadia Passport.

Every effort will be made to place you in the courses you originally request. However, neither LSE nor The College of Global Studies cannot guarantee placement in any course. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Alternate course approval and flexibility is extremely important.

How to Select Your Courses from the Online Listings

LSE’s courses, available to study abroad students, are described on the university website.

This course link will take you to LSE’s Course Directory. This page lists classes by the department and you should pick your classes from this list. By clicking on the course name, you will be linked to the course description and well as information on assessments and reading lists. A few courses are not available to General Course students and some will require the permission of the course tutor. Final selection of courses is therefore confirmed only after students arrive at LSE and consult their personal tutors.

Most courses are full year courses and run through the fall term (MT) and spring term(LT). All courses, regardless of whether they are taught over the full year or a single semester, are assessed by exams that are held during the summer term (ST). Courses that only run in one term are known as 'half-units' ('H'). Enrollment in two half units is equivalent to enrollment in one full year course.

Teaching Calendar

  • The LSE academic year is divided into two 12-week terms followed by a 6-week term during when examinations take place. Most classes extend through the full year.
  • All courses, regardless of whether they are taught over the full year or a single semester, are assessed by exams that are held during the summer term (ST).

Credit Load

  • Full year courses carry 8 semester hours of credit.
  • Half-unit courses carry 4 semester hours of credit.
  • You will take enroll in 32 credits (usually four full year classes).

Departmental Information

  • Students at LSE are placed in one department for the purposes of enrollment.
  • You will need to choose the department in which you wish to enroll.
  • You will be required to take at least one course in your department of enrollment (two courses if you are enrolled in the Economics department).
  • You may then choose to round out your schedule with courses from other departments at LSE, if you wish to do so.

Departmental Requirements

  • LSE requires students to have a 3.3 GPA if applying to social science departments (such as Sociology, Political Science, and History).
  • LSE requires a 3.5 GPA if applying to departments that focus on quantitative subjects (such as Accounting, Economics and Statistics).
  • Economics Classes
  • Students who wish to take economics classes should note that economics classes at LSE are highly mathematical in nature and are very intensive. Students without a background in mathematics and economics may not be approved to take economics classes at LSE. In order to be accepted to the Economics department, you will need at least a 3.5 GPA and a strong background in economics and mathematics. Students enrolled in other departments without such a background may not be approved to take classes in the economics department.
  • Econometrics Classes
  • The econometrics classes in particular (EC220, EC221, and EC333) are very rigorous. Students should not select these courses unless they have a very strong background and high grades in both economics and in higher-level mathematics (e.g. advanced calculus, linear algebra, etc.). Students without such a background will not be approved for these classes.

For details on specific prerequisites for quantitative courses at LSE.

Course Levels

LSE strongly recommends against taking a full load of 300-level courses, which are taught at graduate level. LSE will likely not schedule you for more than two 300-level courses per year. If you choose to take 300-level courses, you should select only one or two at most in your academic specialty, and then round out your schedule with courses at the 100- or 200-level.

Assessment Method

  • Most classes at LSE are examined in the summer term.
  • Class grades consist of classwork that has been completed through the year.
  • Students must register for and take examinations attached to all of their examined classes. For each class, the LSE will provide Arcadia with a class grade of essay/project/assessed work AND a final examination grade.
  • Exam grades are derived from the exam that is held for each class during the summer term.
  • Your final grade for the class will be an average of your classwork and exam grades.