London School of Economics and Political Science
The internationally renowned London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) offers an academic year program known as the General Course to international students. Students who are selected partake of the LSE's lively intellectual environment by being fully integrated in regular LSE courses and student life. Moreover, living in London for a year provides many opportunities to experience the full cultural life of one of Europe's great capitals. Binghamton students with a strong social science background are encouraged to consider this very special study abroad option.
The London School of Economics, part of the University of London system, is just over 100 years old. It is not only famous for it economics department (five former members have won Nobel prizes), but for the high quality of all its social science and related programs. Today, the scholarly work of the LSE faculty covers the social sciences in the widest sense, including theoretical, empirical and humanistic approaches to the disciplines. About 6,000 students attend, of which half are undergraduates, half, graduate students. The student body is highly international; some 54% come from over 160 countries outside the United Kingdom.
The LSE is a cosmopolitan university located in central London. Its buildings are compact and utilitarian. The campus contains classrooms, faculty offices, cafeterias, squash courts and an excellent library with 4 million items on open shelves. Close by, to the west of campus are Parliament, the Law Courts and government offices; London's financial and commercial centers are immediately to the east. The theaters and concert halls of the West End and the Barbican are all within walking distance.
Participants must commit a full academic year to this program.
The academic year consists of three terms as follows:
Michaelmas - end of September to early December
Lent - early January to mid-March
Summer - mid-April to the end of June.