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  • Locations: London, England UK
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
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The London School of Economics and Political Science, commonly referred to as LSE, is a specialist constituent college of the University of London. Founded in 1895 by Fabian Society members, the School joined the federal University of London in 1900 as the Faculty of Economics. Degrees were issued to the school's students from 1902 onwards.  Today, it remains a constituent college of the University with 8,700 full-time students.
LSE is among the world's most selective universities, with the lowest admissions rate of any university in Britain and is consistently placed among the top higher education institutions in the world in university rankings.  It also has the most international student body in the world and at one time, LSE had more countries represented by students than the United Nations.
The school has produced many notable alumni in the fields of economics, business, literature and politics, including several Nobel laureates, fellows of the British Academy, Pulitzer Prize winners, and heads of state.



The General Course program offered to qualifying Rice students is a year-long fully integrated program of study, allowing students the opportunity to enjoy full access to all LSE academic as well as social benefits. The LSE General Course offers over 250 courses covering all the main social science disciplines in a mixture of lectures and small classes. 

For further information about the LSE General Course please visit the General Course website.


Student Life

As a student at LSE, you will be based in an exciting, vibrant and colourful city. Whatever your interests or appetite you will find something to suit your palate and pocket in this truly international capital.

Students from all over the world have been welcomed at LSE since the foundation of the School in 1895. At present there are over 150 countries represented on campus, making LSE a uniquely international and cosmopolitan university in the center of an equally cosmopolitan world city, London. 65% of all those at the School come from outside the UK. 40% of the academic staff originate from outside the UK.

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LSE is on the doorstep of the City of London, Westminster and Covent Garden, providing the ultimate central London location.


Participants will be guaranteed accommodation in either an LSE or a University of London Hall of Residence, provided application is received by the deadline of 31 May.