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London School of Economics & Political Science

London, England

London, England

Program sponsor: London School of Economics & Political Science

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LSE is one of the leading institutions for the study of social, political and economic sciences, attracting students from over 140 countries and is known for its cutting-edge research and extraordinary faculty. Students select a department of interest and choose courses from a list of more than 250 options.

If you are interested in studying at LSE during the summer, please visit the Unaffiliated Summer Programs page for more information.

Interested in studying in London, but not sure which program is the best fit? Check out our London Study Abroad infographic to compare each program's specialties, location, housing options, and more.

LSE Summer is an Unaffiliated Summer Program. Visit the Unaffiliated Summer programs page to review next steps.

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Program Requirements


3.3 minimum GPA; quantitative departments (economics, accounting, finance, math, and statistics) require 3.5 GPA or higher in related courses including higher level calculus and linear algebra; students must have completed at least 2 years of university level study by the time the program starts.


LSE gives students two grades for each course: a course grade and an exam grade. Northwestern requires that you receive passing grades for both (C or above) to receive credit for your LSE courses.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

12 to 15 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Self-catered housing in LSE or University of London accommodations

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Full Year 2019-2020: approx. $50,730

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing: $10,500
  • Meals: $2,700
  • Airfare: $850
  • Local transportation: $1,085
  • Books & supplies: $525
  • Personal expenses: $2,100
  • Visa: $1,220
  • GeoBlue: $460

Total: $19,440

*Note: This is a direct enrollment program. Northwestern will send your tuition payment to LSE via wire transfer. The exact amount of tuition you are charged by Northwestern will depend on the exchange rate when the wire transfer is processed. All other estimates above are in U.S. Dollars.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the LSE website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to the London School of Economics, you may be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation on the program. If required, it is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Student Visa Financial Certification

In order to obtain your student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation.

If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support from Northwestern.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your LSE tuition and the NU study abroad administrative fee (SAAF). Because LSE is a full-year program, your invoice each quarter will include one-third of the total tuition and SAAF for the year. Estimates are provided above; refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

As noted above, Northwestern will send your tuition payment to LSE via wire transfer. The exact U.S. Dollar amount you are charged through CAESAR will depend on the exchange rate when the wire transfer is processed.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other Program Charges

If you receive an invoice from LSE that includes your tuition, you should not pay it. Northwestern will pay LSE directly for your study abroad tuition.

It is your responsibility to pay directly for all other charges abroad, including your housing. Contact LSE directly if you have any questions.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly.

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