Study Abroad

London School of Economics

  • Location: London, England
  • Minimum GPA: 3.3-3.5
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.

LSE is located on Houghton Street in the borough of Westminster in London. London is the largest city in Europe with a population of about seven million and is a mixture of many ethnicities. Central London is the principal financial district of the United Kingdom, and is one of the most important in the world. Westminster occupies much the central area of Greater London. Aside from a number of large parks, the population density of Westminster is high, and it has an estimated population of 236,000. Some well-known London sites located in Westminster are Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, and 10 Downing Street. Westminster is also home to a large number of companies. Many leading global corporations have chosen to locate their global or European headquarters in the Westminster. The borough is also home to the West End, known as the Theatre District and home to many of the leading performing arts businesses. In addition, Soho and its adjoining areas house a concentration of media and creative companies, and Oxford Street is one of the leading shopping destinations in the world.


Students are required to have an interview with Rebecca Avery prior to completing the Declaration of Intent.

Second semester sophomores with a minimum GPA of 3.3 in their intended area of study may apply for a full year of study. Quantitative subjects such as Accounting, Finance, Mathematics, Statistics and Economics require a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who wish to study Economics should have at least one 300 level math course completed. If not, students should opt for Economic History. Econometrics requires a high level of math preparation. Students without a strong math background should not plan to take econometrics.

Direct Enrollment

There are no American representatives on site. Students work with university personnel at the International Office.

Academic Credit

Students are required to take four yearlong courses at LSE. This is a full course load and is equivalent to eight Haverford credits. In addition to continuous assessment throughout the year, students take examinations in all subjects. Final exams are comprehensive and scheduled at the end of the academic year. Students must take examination on site; the schedule is posted on LSE’s website. Students must attend the entire year to receive any credit from Haverford. Students who cannot commit to a year’s study should not apply to this program, as partial credit is never an option. Tuition is for the full year and is not refundable. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


The most competitive departments are Economics, Government and International Relations. Several courses in Women Studies (no formal department). Students may enroll in one graduate level course. Lectures are open to all students. Students can join sports clubs and social groups and will be offered a wide range of heavily subsidized UK and European trips and activities.

Students not in good health may be required to undergo a medical exam (including HIV test) prior to entering into the country for junior year of study.

Course Highlights

Accounting and Finance, Anthropology, Economics, Economic History, Geography, Government (Political Science), International History, International Relations, Law, Management Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, Social Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, Statistics.

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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Held for three days prior to the beginning of the academic year.

Number of Students

Approximately 9,000 students of whom 225 are JYA students. About 180 JYA students are from the US. There is a high percentage of international students.

Housing/Meal Plans

Residence Halls or apartment, guaranteed. Students are cautioned to select dorms carefully as some are very expensive. Accommodations are scattered throughout the city so students should be prepared to commute from 20 minutes to over an hour each way.

Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 


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  • Year: Late September to late June

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  • Year: January 22

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