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England Study Abroad Program at the London School of Economics and Political Science

In London, England

  • Required GPA: 3.3 (4.0 scale) for qualitative courses
    3.5 (4.0 scale) for quantitative courses
  • Application deadlines: February 1 for full year (Sept-June)
  • Program advisor: Ashley Crow
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We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) for your year abroad. LSE, known worldwide for teaching and research in social, political and economic sciences, is located in the heart of London, one of the most vibrant cities in the world. We're sure you're going to love studying there!

There are a few specific forms for this program that you will need to complete along with your IFSA-Butler application. You can find the forms under the Forms tab.

What LSE has to offer

  • A fully integrated experience in a highly diverse and international environment
  • A member of Britain's Russell Group of universities, similar to the Ivy League
  • Britain's only university specializing in the study of the social sciences
  • Close ties to business, government, law and media in the city
  • The British Library of Political and Economic Science, the largest in the world devoted exclusively to the social sciences
  • An active students' union that operates shops, a cafe and three bars
  • Part of the University of London (UL), so students can use the UL Union's excellent facilities

Housing

  • Housing is in LSE or UL accommodation throughout the city, or in IFSA-Butler housing in west central London
  • Some housing offers a meal plan
  • Students in other housing purchase or prepare their own meals in shared kitchen facilities

Academics

  • Students are accepted for the full year only
  • Students take four courses, including at least one from their selected host department (two if assigned to economics)
  • A member of the prestigious Russell Group of major research universities in the United Kingdom

We look forward to working with you!




Academics


Courses

Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Visit the LSE online course catalog.

What courses am I eligible to take?

As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.

For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:

  • When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the England academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
    • First-year (100 Level) courses will be equivalent advanced freshman or sophomore-level U.S. courses.
    • Second-year (200 Level) courses will be equivalent to junior or senior-level U.S. courses.
    • Third-year (300 Level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level or graduate-level U.S. courses.
    • Please note that LSE will not admit visiting students into 300 Level courses without extensive background in the subject.
  • When choosing your department of study and courses, please consider the following:
    • Students who are admitted into the economics department are required to take at least two courses in that department. All other departments at LSE require students to take at least one course in their home department.
    • Qualitative departments at LSE require students to have at least a 3.3 GPA.
    • Quantitative departments at LSE require students to have at least a 3.5 GPA.
    • Students applying to the economics department should already have completed three to four economics courses, including microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students should have also completed two to three math and/or statistic courses.

What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.

Course Restrictions

Students who are admitted into the economics department are required to take at least two courses in that department. All other departments at LSE require students to take at least one course in their home department.

Qualitative departments at LSE require students to have at least a 3.3 GPA.

Quantitative departments at LSE require students to have at least a 3.5 GPA.

Students applying to the economics department should already have completed three to four economics courses, including microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students should have also completed two to three math and/or statistic courses.

Please note that LSE will not admit visiting students into 300 Level courses without extensive background in the subject.

Credits

How many courses am I able to take?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select.

At LSE, a full course load consists of a combination of yearlong and semester courses that are 4 full units total, equaling 32 U.S. semester credit hours per year.


Registration

What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full LSE course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.

You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for courses until you arrive on campus.

Exams

What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendarto review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade query or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.

Transcripts

How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at LSE. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.

Housing


Housing Options

What are my housing options?
The following housing options are available during your semester or year abroad. Although LSE does consider your preferences, housing is allocated at random and you should be prepared to live in any of the options below.

  • Bankside House
    Bankside House is the largest hall of residence, with 527 single and 45 twin rooms. More than 250 rooms have private bathroom facilities (including all twin rooms), while the remaining rooms share a bathroom suite with one other room. There are limited self-catering facilities on some floors, usually only available to a small number of graduate students.

    *Please note that students allocated Bankside House accommodation will have a supplemental bill for housing.

    Location:
    Bankside House is situated within a 25-minute walk of LSE's campus on the South Bank of the Thames near to the new Globe Theatre and behind the new Tate Modern art gallery.

    Meals:
    There is a cash only restaurant in Bankside House that is open seven days a week for breakfast and evening meals. The approximate cost of an evening meal is £4, and breakfast is in the region of £3. There is at least one vegetarian option available at all times.

    Facilities:
    The ground floor houses a student bar and games room, as well as quiet study, table tennis and six TV, lounges and eight study rooms equipped with sofas and Wi-Fi access. There is a computer suite with a number of workstations and a printer. Also available is an inexpensive, coin-operated laundry and ironing room. The building features good access for students with physical disabilities.

    Cleaning and bed linen:
    Students are responsible for keeping their own rooms tidy. Bathrooms, kitchens and all communal spaces are cleaned regularly by the residence staff. The hall provides pillows, mattresses and duvets, but students will need to supply their own bed linen and towels. These can be purchased upon arrival in London.

    Vacation periods:
    Currently students are permitted to reside in Bankside during school breaks, but the housing contract ends on the program end date.

  • Butlers Wharf
    Butlers Wharf is a self-catering residence of shared flats. Students are generally placed in single-study bedrooms (though there are a few twin rooms) with a large shared kitchen, living room/diner and bathroom. The majority of the flats are shared by six people. All rooms contain washbasins and each flat has an iron and ironing board.

    *Please note that students allocated Butlers Warf accommodation will have a supplemental bill for housing.

    Location:
    Butlers Wharf is on the South Bank of the Thames situated near Tower Bridge, and is approximately 25 minutes traveling time to LSE by London Underground.

    Cooking facilities:
    Each kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, stove, an electric kettle and toaster. Students are expected to provide their own pots, pans, cutlery and crockery, which can be purchased upon arrival. A general store and other food outlets are within a two-minute walk of the Butlers Wharf, as well as vending machines on site.

    Facilities:
    Residents have access to a large common area with a TV, computer room, a coin-operated laundry room and a bicycle storage area.

    Cleaning and bed linen:
    The overall cleanliness of bedrooms and communal areas in each flat is the responsibility of the student residents. Students will need to provide all bed linen and towels, although the residence does supply a pillow, duvet and mattress cover.

    Vacation periods:
    Currently students are permitted to reside in Butlers Wharf during school breaks, but the housing contract ends on the program end date.

 

  • Carr-Saunders Hall
    Carr-Saunders Hall accommodates students in 132 single rooms and 10 twin rooms with shared bathrooms. All rooms contain washbasins.

    Location:
    The hall is situated near Telecom Tower just off Tottenham Court Road, approximately a 25-minute walk from LSE.

    Meals:
    The dining hall offers a wide range of both hot and cold foods, with vegetarian alternatives available. The average cost of an evening meal is £3.50. Evening meals are available Monday through Friday, and brunch is available on the weekends are provided on a pay-as-you-eat basis. There are limited facilities on each floor for students who wish to prepare hot drinks and snacks, as well as several vending machines on site.

    Facilities:
    The hall has a large TV/common room and a lively basement bar. There is also an inexpensive coin-operated laundry room and irons and ironing boards on the ground floor. Students also have access to a well equipped computer room.

    Cleaning and bed linen:
    The communal areas of the hall are cleaned daily. Students residing at Carr-Saunders are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. The hall supplies duvets and pillows, but residents must provide their own bed linen and towels. These can be purchased upon arrival in London.

    Vacation periods:
    Students wishing to stay over the Christmas and Easter vacations will be invited to apply for a space during the first term.

 

  • High Holborn
    High Holborn can accommodate students in mostly single rooms and some in twin rooms with private toilet and shower facilities. The hall is divided into flats, comprised of four or five bedrooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom. All single rooms have washbasins and there are extra bathroom facilities on each floor.

    *Please note that students allocated High Holborn accommodation will have a supplemental bill for housing.

    Location:
    The residence is situated within 10-minute walk of LSE in the heart of London's Theatre district, close to Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Leicester Square and Soho.

    Cooking facilities:
    Each kitchen contains a stove and refrigerator. There is also a microwave, electric kettle and toaster.

    Facilities:
    Students have access to two TV rooms, a large communal lounge, a pool table and a computer room. There is also an inexpensive coin-operated laundry. The building has good access for disabled students and there are a number of en suite, disabled facility bedrooms and modified kitchens.

    Cleaning and bed linen:
    The overall cleanliness within each flat is the responsibility of the student residents. However, the bathrooms, kitchens and all communal areas will be cleaned on a regular basis by residence staff. The hall provides duvets and pillows; residents must supply their own bed linen and towels.

    Vacation periods:
    Currently students are permitted to reside in High Holborn during school breaks (contract ends on the program end date, extensions may be arranged with the hall after arrival).

 

  • Northumberland House
    Northumberland House has single and twin rooms. All rooms have private bathroom facilities.

    Please note that students allocated Northumberland House accommodation will have a supplemental bill for housing.

    Location:
    Northumberland House is located just a 10-to-15 minute walk of LSE on Northumberland Avenue, in sight of Trafalgar Square.

    Cooking facilities:
    This hall is divided into a collection of several rooms around communal kitchens. Each kitchen contains a stove and refrigerator. There is also a microwave, electric kettle and toaster.

    Facilities:
    There is a computer suite with a number of workstations and a printer. Also available is an inexpensive, coin-operated laundry. The building features good access for students with disabilities.

    Cleaning and bed linen:
    Residents are responsible for the cleaning of their own bedroom, shower and kitchens. Communal areas will be cleaned by hall staff. The hall will provide duvets and pillows, but residents must supply their own bed linen and towels.

    Vacation periods:
    Currently students are permitted to reside in Northumberland House during school breaks (contract ends on the program end date, extensions may be arranged with the hall after arrival).

 

  • Passfield Hall
    Passfield Hall is an attractive Georgian building in Endsleigh Place with single, double and triple rooms. All rooms contain washbasins.

    *Please note that students allocated Passfield Hall accommodation will have a supplemental bill for housing.

    Location:
    The hall is situated one mile from LSE, just south of Euston station. The area is relatively quiet, just a 20-minute walk from LSE.

    Meals:
    During term time, evening meals are included in the program fee. A vegetarian option is always available. There are limited facilities on each floor for students who wish to prepare hot drinks and snacks as well as several vending machines on site.

    Facilities:
    Passfield has a TV/common room, a spacious dining hall which overlooks an attractive enclosed garden and bar. There is also an inexpensive coin-operated laundry room, and irons and ironing boards available.

    Cleaning and bed linen:
    Resident staff will clean the communal areas of the hall daily. Students are responsible for cleaning their own bedrooms. The hall will provide duvets and pillows, but students must supply their own bed linen and towels. These can be purchased upon arrival in London.

    Vacation periods:
    Students wishing to stay over the Christmas and Easter vacations will be invited to apply for a space during the first term. Meal provision during vacations will depend on demand and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

 

  • Rosebery Avenue Hall
    Rosebery Avenue Hall accommodates students in mostly single and twin rooms with private bathrooms. Please note that a small number of twin rooms share a communal bathroom. All rooms contain washbasins.

    *Please note that students allocated in Rosebery Avenue Hall accommodation will have a supplemental bill for housing.

    Location:
    Rosebery Hall is located in the lively London Borough of Islington, approximately a 25-minute walk from the school.

    Meals:
    The dining hall offers a wide range of both hot and cold foods, with vegetarian alternatives always available. Evening meals and breakfast (brunch on weekends) are provided on a pay-as-you-eat basis. The average cost of an evening meal is £3.50. There are limited facilities on each floor for students who wish to prepare hot drinks and snacks, as well as several vending machines on site.

    Facilities:
    The hall has a modern student bar and communal area with pool table, table football and juke box. There is a small computer room suitable for quiet study, as well as a photocopying and fax service. Students also have access to an inexpensive coin-operated laundry room, with irons and ironing boards provided in each kitchen. The building has good access for students with disabilities, as well as a number of modified bedrooms with private bathroom.

    Cleaning and bed linen:
    Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms; the communal areas of the hall are cleaned daily by residence staff. Residents must provide and launder their own bed-linen, pillows, duvet and towels. These items can be purchased once students arrive in London.

    Vacation periods:
    Students wishing to stay over the Christmas and Easter vacations will be invited to apply for a space during the first term.

 

  • Sidney Webb House
    Sidney Webb House accommodates undergraduate and postgraduate students in mostly single rooms, with small, private toilet and shower facilities. Rooms are grouped into flats of six to eight students, sharing a kitchen and dining room.

    *Please note that students allocated Sidney Webb House accommodation will have a supplemental bill for housing.

    Location:
    The hall is situated near Borough underground station and it is approximately a 20-to-30 minute commute on the London Underground or a 35-minute walk from LSE.

    Cooking facilities:
    Each bedroom is equipped with a small refrigerator. Kitchens contain a freezer, stove, microwave and an electric kettle. Students are expected to provide their own pots, pans, cutlery and crockery. There is a small shop within a one-minute walk of the residence where students can purchase supplies.

    Facilities:
    There is a communal TV room, an equipped computer room and a coin-operated laundry.

    Cleaning and bed linen:
    Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. The communal areas of the hall are cleaned daily by resident staff. All bed linen (sheets, blankets, duvets, etc.) and towels must be provided and laundered by the students. These can be purchased upon arrival in London.

    Vacation periods:
    Currently students are permitted to reside in Northumberland House during school breaks (contract ends on the program end date, extensions may be arranged with the hall after arrival).

 

  • University of London Intercollegiate Halls
    The University of London has eight Intercollegiate Halls of Residence available to full-time students attending any college under the University of London, including LSE. It is important to note that if you allocated an Intercollegiate Hall you will be living with students who attend different University of London schools, not just LSE students.

    Students may be housed at any of the following halls: Canterbury Hall, College Hall, Commonwealth Hall, Connaught Hall, Hughes Parry Hall, International Hall, Lillian Penson or Nutford House.

    *Please note that students allocated Intercollegiate Hall accommodation will have a supplemental bill for housing and mandatory meal plan.

    The Garden Halls: Canterbury Hall, Commonwealth Hall and Hughes Parry Hall
    The Garden Halls incorporates Hughes Parry, Canterbury and Commonwealth Halls which are predominantly undergraduate, currently housing approximately 958 students. Conveniently located in historic Bloomsbury, this central London location is located a few minutes from King's Cross/St. Pancras which offers numerous tube, airport and rail links, including the Eurostar. All of the rooms are centrally heated and there are various communal facilities for all residents to enjoy.

    Location:
    It is also close to Euston and Russell Square tube stations, and a short walking distance from The British Library, The British Museum, Senate House, many of the Colleges of the University of London as well as a variety of markets, restaurants, pubs, shops and other attractions and amenities.

    Meals:
    The catered halls provide breakfast and dinner, and on each floor there is a pantry to prepare hot drinks and snacks.

    Facilities:
    Large dining room in each hall
    Study rooms and library
    Squash courts
    Tennis courts
    TV rooms with lounge areas
    Launderette in each hall
    Table tennis rooms
    Student tea pantries
    Secure bicycle parking
    Music room
    Vending machines

    Hughes Parry Hall
    Hughes Parry Hall provides accommodation on 14 floors for 305 male and female students in 295 single rooms and 5 twin/shared rooms. On each floor there is a bathroom-shower-toilet- block, a drying room and a shared pantry with light cooking facilities. The hall, named after Professor Sir David Hughes-Parry, was opened in 1969, designed primarily for undergraduates, though some postgraduates are also offered places.

    Location:
    Hughes-Parry is situated in Cartwright Gardens within easy walking distance of the LSE.

    Meals:
    During the term, the residence fees cover breakfast and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Vegetarian diets are provided for and each floor has pantry facilities for making hot drinks and snacks. There are also a number of vending machines for soft drinks.

    Facilities:
    There are common rooms; one with a bar, TV rooms, a library, quiet study rooms, a music practice room and a coin-operated laundry and drying room. There are also two squash courts and a games room with pool and table tennis. Tennis courts are situated in the Gardens.Resident staff members include the Warden, one Vice Warden and three Tutors who, in addition to being concerned with the academic and general well-being of the students, provide background expertise for many of the Hall activities. The social life of the hall is run by an elected committee which organizes outings to sporting and cultural events. Telephone services are available in each room.

    Vacation periods:
    Residents at Hughes-Parry Hall have a 40-week contract covering Christmas and Easter vacations.

    Canterbury Hall
    Situated between Hughes Parry and Commonwealth Halls, Canterbury Hall provides 204 male and female rooms. This includes 26 rooms with private bathrooms, which are mainly offered to postgraduate or final year undergraduate students. Accommodation is for 229 male and female students. There are 202 single study bedrooms. The majority of students share a bathroom with one other student only, and 27 rooms have an en-suite bathroom. These are normally offered to postgraduate or final year students.

    Built in 1938, the hall was acquired by the University of London in 1946. It looks across gardens and tennis courts to the graceful curve of a crescent of characteristic late 18th century Bloomsbury houses.

    Location:
    The hall is situated between Commonwealth Hall and Hughes-Parry Hall and is within easy walking distance of LSE as well as the University of London, British Museum and Senate House.

    Meals:
    The catered halls provide breakfast and dinner, and on each floor there is a pantry to prepare hot drinks and snacks.

    Vacation periods:
    Residents at Canterbury Hall have a 40-week contract covering the Christmas and Easter vacations.

    Commonwealth Hall
    There is accommodation on 9 floors for 437 male and female students, the majority of which are undergraduates. There are 401 single rooms, 11 large single rooms, 3 en-suite rooms and 11 double/shared rooms that include a common study area. All floors have a bathroom-shower-toilet block. Opened with the aid of a gift of £250,000.00 from the Wolfson Foundation, the hall provides accommodation in 398 single study bedrooms and 11 double sets, each of 2 bedrooms and a common study-sitting room. Smoking is only permitted in certain designated areas of the hall.

    Location:
    Commonwealth Hall is situated in Cartwright Gardens, within easy walking distance of the LSE.

    Meals:
    The catered halls provide breakfast and dinner, and on each floor there is a pantry to prepare hot drinks and snacks.

    Vacation periods:
    Residents at Commonwealth Hall have a 40-week contract covering the Christmas and Easter vacations.

    College Hall
    Transferred in 1932 to its present building in the University precinct, College Hall has 59 single rooms with wash hand basin, 243 en-suite single rooms, 16 en-suite single rooms for those with special access requirements and 21 double en-suite rooms.

    Location:
    The hall is within easy walking distance of the LSE, in the centre of all the Bloomsbury attractions such as the Students' Union with its swimming pool and sports facilities and the Vanbrugh Theatre.

    Meals:
    Meals are included in the fees and are served in the spacious and modern dining room. A vegetarian (not vegan) option is available at all meals but we regret that it is not normally possible to cater for special diets.

    Facilities:
    The Hall has two communal areas with TV (one with video and DVD), a computer room and a music room. The Hall also has a laundry and a number of small tea kitchens. The Hall has no self-catering facilities. There is 24-hour reception/security cover and a Warden's team for student welfare. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the premises.

    Cleaning and laundry:
    Rooms are cleaned on a weekly basis and cleaners will enter rooms daily (Monday to Friday) to empty rubbish bins. You will be issued with a new bedding-pack on arrival which will be yours to keep. The Hall will not launder this bed-linen and will not provide or launder towels.

    Telephones:
    There is a telephone and voice mail service available to each room. There are also card and pay phones available on site.

    Vacation periods:
    Residents at College Hall have a 40-week contract covering the Christmas and Easter vacations.

    Connaught Hall
    Founded by the Duke of Connaught in 1919 as a memorial to the Duchess of Connaught, the original premises in Torrington Square were given by the Duke to the University in 1928. The hall forms part of a terrace of converted Georgian houses, situated in an attractive square in central London. Connaught Hall has 204 single rooms, and five shared rooms. All rooms have internet access, telephones and wash hand basins.

    Location:
    Connaught Hall is situated within easy walking distance of the LSE, in the University precinct.

    Meals:
    The catered halls provide breakfast and dinner, and on each floor there is a pantry to prepare hot drinks and snacks.

    Vacation periods:
    Residents at Connaught Hall have a 40-week contract covering Christmas and Easter vacations.

    Nutford House
    Nutford House was built in 1916 and was acquired by the University in 1949, after which it was expanded to take in five terraced houses in Brown Street, known as the Annexe and one house in Seymour Place. Nutford House has 159 single rooms, and 21 shared rooms. All rooms have internet access, telephones (provided by a third party), and wash hand basins. Nutford House has some rooms on single sex floors during the academic year, if you would like to be allocated to one of these rooms please inform the Hall directly.

    Location:
    The hall is situated within easy walking distance of Marble Arch and Edgware Road Underground stations, close to Hyde Park and Oxford Street. Travelling time to the LSE is approximately 25 minutes.

    Meals:
    During term time the residence fees cover breakfast and dinner every day and lunch at weekends (term-time only). Vegetarian diets are provided for. There are also pantries equipped with microwaves and fridges.

    Facilities:
    The hall has two TV rooms with video facilities, two laundry rooms, a Bar, music room and fax facilities. The hall is quiet and provides an excellent study environment, with a large study rooms. Social events are organized throughout the year by the JCR, with more formal hospitality provided by the Warden, Vice-Warden and four Senior Students, who are generally concerned with the academic and general well-being of students in the hall. All rooms are centrally heated.

    Vacation periods:
    Residents at Nutford House have a 40-week contract covering Christmas and Easter vacations.

 

Meals

Both self-catering and meal plan options are available, depending on housing assignment. Please see the Housing Options tab for specific information.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
The IFSA-Butler housing cost is based on accommodation in Carr-Sanders Hall and includes term-time accommodation while at LSE. Students placed in LSE housing other than Carr-Saunders Hall will be billed by IFSA-Butler for a supplemental accommodation cost of an estimated $2,000-$5,000 per year, depending on the housing assignment.You will be responsible for the cost of your meals (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur. Some university housing requires students to move out during winter and spring breaks. If you wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during university breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.

Because LSE cannot bill IFSA-Butler directly for student housing, students will receive a housing invoice in British pounds from LSE each term they are in residence. In order to avoid eviction from housing, students must turn this invoice over to IFSA-Butler's London office for payment.

What is living in London like?

London is an exciting, vibrant and diverse city. Students who study in London should be aware that housing is always in short supply. For this reason, it may be very difficult to change rooms once you arrive. Queen Mary students will be housed on campus, a rare occurrence in London! However, commuting is the nature of studying and living in a large city like London, so students should expect to take public transportation to get around London. The cost of commuting by public transportation is your responsibility. Going into your study abroad experience with an open mind about your possible living arrangement is the best way to ensure a good semester or year abroad.

When will I receive my housing assignment?

You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in England for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?

Yes. IFSA-Butler requires a refundable housing deposit of $300 before going abroad. We will return this deposit to you after March 1 for fall programs or September 1 for spring and year programs, less any fines, damages or outstanding debts in your name.

Can I arrange my own housing?

Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location Info

Living and Studying Abroad in London, England

About London
Population: 9 million
Location: Southeast England

City features

  • One of the most cosmopolitan, hip cities in the world, with an atmosphere of excitement and sophistication
  • A major global city with remarkable cultural, historic, artistic, political and intellectual offerings
  • Home to many universities scattered throughout different neighborhoods, each with its own atmosphere and attractions
  • A diverse population with more than 300 languages spoken within the city
  • One of the world's leading business and financial centers

Do more!

  • Use London's excellent transportation links to explore continental Europe
  • Take advantage of Britain's extensive rail system to visit other areas of the U.K.
  • Take a break from the constant bustle of London and experience the beautiful and historic regions of England

Links
Visit London
London On Line
London Net
Time Out: London
London Town
London Transport
BBC

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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Some LSE students may be required by their residence to move out during holiday periods. Please check with your housing officials prior to making travel arrangments.

Important: Once you are abroad, please verify the program end date with the department(s) in which you are studying. Ending dates may vary from department to department, and you will be expected to complete all course obligations prior to your departure. Program housing is available only until the program end date.

Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

In the United Kingdom, exams are taken under formal conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals. Exams must be taken where and when scheduled.

* Note: Some LSE residences require students to move out during holiday periods. Please confirm the policy for holiday period housing prior to making travel plans.

Program Fees

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What's included in our England program fees
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Academic Year Payment Due: July 1
Summer Payment Due:
May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

Housing
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

† Housing Deposit
This program requires a housing deposit of $300. This payment is in addition to the program fee but is due on the same date. The deposit is held separately from the program fee and should be paid separately. The deposit is refunded to the student after the program, less any damages, fines or outstanding debts in the student’s name. Summer students do not pay the $300 housing deposit.

 

Personal Cost Estimates

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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

*Student Visa: Full year students are required to obtain a student visa for the U.K. U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for the summer do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are not allowed to undertake any paid work or unpaid volunteer activities. Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa for the summer. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.

Forms

Forms content... To apply to the LSE program, use our easy online application.

Applicants to the LSE program must complete additional forms as part of the application process:

We must receive these forms before we can send your application to LSE for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.

If you have already started an application to the LSE program, you can track which forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into the student portal.

Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in England:

ashley crow2Program Advisor Ashley Crow assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, extn. 3638. Ashley completed her undergraduate coursework at Drake University, where she began a study abroad program with IFSA-Butler in Egypt during the spring of 2011. Ashley had to be evacuated from Egypt because of the revolution, but she continued study abroad, including an internship and research, for 11 months in Morocco. Ashley currently advises students planning on studying abroad in England and assists with Middle East programs.


altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.

 

 

 

altStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.



Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident directors. Click here to read more about Resident Directors Lynne Alvarez and Andrew Williams.


altUpon return from your study abroad program, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs Rhonda Hinkle processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Rhonda completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Evansville and received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University. She also has taken doctoral courses at Ball State University. For Rhonda, study abroad not only increased her awareness of the world around her but also ignited her passion for travel and education. Rhonda can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4259.

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Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:
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Summer Program

What the LSE Summer Program has to offer

  • International recognition for its focus on teaching and research
  • Student body from more than 80 countries
  • Classes with professionals from the United Nations, World Health Organization and leading international banks
  • Location in the heart of central London
  • Libraries, computing facilities, students' union and access to the University of London Union, which includes restaurants, market, concert hall, music room, entertainment complex, gym, heated pool, sports courts and meeting rooms

Housing

  • Single rooms in LSE High Holborn housing
  • Some twin rooms may be available
  • Students purchase or prepare their own meals

Academics

  • Students may attend either or both three-week sessions
  • Students take one course per session, each worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours
  • Courses are taught by LSE's renowned faculty
  • Classes meet Monday through Friday and include a three-hour morning lecture followed by a one-hour class in the afternoon
  • Choose from courses in accounting and finance; economics; international relations, government and society; law; and management


For more information, click here.

 
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