Minimum GPA: 3.50

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2023-24
  • Academic Year 2024-25
    September 30, 2024 to June 20, 2025


Emily Dougherty

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


This program is only offered for the full academic year.

This program does not have capacity constraints; no back-up is required.

Opportunity Description

LSE’s academics are at the cutting-edge of the social sciences, influencing opinion and helping shape society.

What is unique about this program?

The General Course at the LSE allows students from overseas universities to spend a full academic year at LSE from late September through to early June. They do not offer any single semester/term options, largely due to the fact that most of our modules span the full year, but also because the institution believes you need at least a year to get the most out of LSE and London!

As a General Course student, you’ll be able to study any combination of more than 300 available courses covering the full range of social science subjects, and you will be fully integrated as an undergraduate student at the world's leading dedicated social science institution.  The LSE offers courses in the following subjects to General Course program participants:

Accounting | Anthropology | Data Science | Economics | Economic History | Europe | Finance | Government | Geography & Environment | International History | International Relations | Law | Language Centre | Mathematics | Management | Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method | Psychological and Behavioural Science | Social Policy | Sociology | Statistics

What is unique about London?

London, as a major center of the cultural, social, diplomatic, financial and intellectual life of the country, is an attractive and popular city for overseas students, combining important aspects of British culture and a cosmopolitan atmosphere not found in any other city in the UK.

How do I get more information about the LSE?

Academic Calendar

  • Academic year: mid-July - late-June

For specific dates, refer to the LSE's Academic Calendar

Things to Consider Before Applying

  • Review the information on the Education Abroad Office’s Get Started page for important considerations on academics and finances, and a guide to next steps.
  • Connect with a potential reference as the external application requires two academic references.
  • Still have questions?  Visit the Get Advice page and learn how to connect with an Education Abroad Advisors.
  • Want to keep up to date with Cornellians Abroad? Follow Education Abroad on social media, @cornelliansabroad

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.
    1. The external application requires two academic references that must come from a faculty or graduate assistant. Applicants will input the reference's contact information in their external application and the reference will automatically be sent a prompt.