Can I change my mode of study for Lent Term?
We expect students to join us in London if they can for Lent Term 2021, so that you can access flexible teaching and learning that mixes in-person activities with some online provision.
If there are reasons you cannot study in-person, for example due to health / medical–related issues, or other COVID-19 related circumstances outside of your control, you can access online teaching during Lent Term. We will allow you to do so without asking for evidence to validate your decision. If you access online teaching in Lent Term, we cannot guarantee your timetable will be suited to your local time zone.
All students need to let LSE know your intended mode of study by 30 November, whether you are joining us in London or studying online in Lent Term. You will then need to finalise your mode of study before the start of Lent Term.
Before you confirm your mode of study, think carefully about existing legal or regulatory obligations that you have already signed up to, such as visa conditions, scholarships and loans, and accommodation. If you are an EU student, under current rules you will need a visa post-Brexit if you do not take up residence in the UK before 31 December 2020.
You can receive advice from the Advice Team in Student Services.
Can I change my mode of study during Lent Term?
After you finalised your mode of study at the start of Lent Term, you will not be able to switch to a different form unless there are exceptional circumstances. This decision will be made at local levels, by your home department and the department that is teaching your courses, if the two are different.
If you have to self-isolate during Lent Term for any reason, you will be able to access online teaching during this time. Please speak to your department or programme adminstrator about this.
There is still a possibility that the School will move to purely online teaching. In that case students would be allowed to study online, but if it’s a short period of online-only teaching you may be discouraged from travelling home.
When do I need to be in London to be eligible for the new Graduate Route visa to work in the UK after I graduate?
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have said that to potentially be eligible to apply for the new Graduate Route visa in 2021, you must be in the UK prior to the 6 April 2021 and complete the final part of your degree in the UK.
For visa advice, contact the International Student Visa Advice team (ISVAT) directly.
Can I go home if I move to study online?
The UK government has called for students to stay at their term-time residence or address rather than travel home, to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to protect others. You can read the full letter from the Universities Minister to students, outlining government guidance at this link.
Read further UK government advice for more information.
If I study for a full year online, will I get a discount?
In May 2020, the Universities Minister Michelle Donelan MP announced that there would be no reduction in fees for students, as long as they received high quality teaching online.
For 2020-21, we are ensuring high-quality and engaging learning experience for all students, no matter where you are in the world. For this reason, fees will remain the same regardless of your mode of study.
Will there be a reduction in fees if teaching moves online?
In May 2020, the Universities Minister Michelle Donelan MP announced that there would be no reduction in fees for students, as long as they received high quality teaching online. For 2020-21, we have ensured all teaching is online-ready, through our Curriculum Shift programme, allowing us to deliver a high-quality and engaging learning experience for all students.