Case One: A person attending the Summer School/Executive Education Course only and has no current immigration permission for the UK.
If you are intending to study at the Summer School/Executive Education Course only, you will need to apply for a Short-term Student visa.
If you are an Executive Education Course student and need to apply for a Short-term Student visa, contact the Executive Education Course team for a letter.
If you are a Summer School student and need to apply for a Short-term Student visa, you can request a letter from the Summer School: Short-term Student letter request
Check the Home Office guidance on supporting documents and prepare your application.
If you are a visa national (you must apply for a visa before travelling), submit your application to UK Visas and Immigration.
If you are a non-visa national, you can request permission to enter the UK as a Short-term Student at the border when you arrive in the UK.
Case Two: LSE Summer School before further studies in the UK
If you are coming to LSE to study at the Summer School before attending full-time studies in the UK, your options depend on when and where you will be completing your full time studies.
Summer School as a condition of your offer for an LSE programme.
Your ability to be sponsored under Tier 4 for the Summer School will depend on:
Which session of the Summer School you are attending;
When your Tier 4 visa for the Summer School would expire;
When your main degree programme is due to begin.
This can be quite complex, so you should contact the International Student Visa Advice Team for advice on your options.
Attending Summer School if you have an unconditional offer for your LSE programme.
If you have an unconditional offer for your main LSE degree programme, we may be able to issue you with a CAS which covers all of your programmes. Contact Graduate Admissions to request a joint CAS.
If you are issued with a joint CAS, you must register for and attend the Summer School. Non-attendance may affect your ability to join your main degree programme.
Attending Summer School to meet the conditions of your LSE degree
If you have a conditional offer of study with LSE and are required to attend the Summer School to meet this condition, LSE may be able to issue you with a CAS and you may be able to extend your Tier 4 visa in the UK. You must:
- Register and attend the Summer School (non-attendance may lead to a withdrawal of your main degree offer);
- Successfully complete and pass the Summer School - the academic progression rules of Tier 4 will only allow you to extend yourTier 4 visa if you have successfully completed and passed the previous programme you were issued a CAS for. You will be required to take any assessments as part of your Summer School programme. Failure to take these or pass successfully may mean you are unable to meet the conditions or your offer or be able to apply for your new Tier 4 visa in the UK.
Summer School/Executive Education Course before starting a degree at another institution.
We are unable to provide a CAS number for Summer School students who do not intend to complete their full time studies at the LSE. If you already have a Tier 4 visa which will cover the period of study at the LSE, read the information on supplementary study.
Case Three: Supplementary study on a Tier 4 visa for another institution.
The UKVI permits supplementary study at any point of your valid Tier 4 visa so long as:
If you have a Tier 4 visa for another institution, you will be able to attend on the basis of it being supplementary study. We may require evidence that you are still studying/have finished your programme to be able to register you on a Tier 4 visa for another institution.
If you have completed your previous programme and have already left the UK, you cannot benefit from the supplementary study rule. This is because your main reason for returning is to study at LSE on a non-LSE Tier 4, which means your supplementary study has delayed your departure from the UK. You may be refused entry at the border.
If you have to attend Summer School to meet the conditions of your offer, wish to attend on the basis of supplementary study but have travel planned before Summer School, you must contact us to find out your options by completing our online query form.