Collaborative activities

What we do

Over the years, LSE has developed a number of multi-faceted partnerships with prestigious universities abroad. With some institutions we have dual and double degrees as well as faculty mobility schemes; with others we have developed unique opportunities for our undergraduate students.

Widening our range of expertise, promoting collaborative world-class research addressing the most pressing global issues and creating innovative opportunities for our students and alumni is part of our mission.

Collaborative Degree Programmes

Shaw_Library_7651_800x450_16-9_sRGBeStudents can register on an LSE degree and earn a qualification from a partner institution in specific circumstances. The types of 'degree' education we offer with partners is summarised below and an authoritative list of our double and joint degree programmes can be found here.

  • Double degree programmes are offered in conjunction with a partner institution. They are normally of two years duration with students studying one year at LSE and one year at the partner institution. In some cases all students start at the same institution and move to the second; in other cases students may start at either institution. Upon successful completion of a double degree programme, a student is awarded the Masters degree or equivalent from both institutions.
  • Joint degree programmes are offered jointly with one or more partner institution(s), with students spending time at two or more institutions. Upon successful completion of the programme, the student receives a single degree, which is awarded jointly by LSE and the partner institution(s).
  • Other opportunities include the potential to combine a degree programme at LSE with study at another institution. These schemes typically involve the studying of two separate degrees successively, which allow the student to obtain both qualifications in a shorter period when combined together. An authoritative list of these opportunities can be found on this page.

LSE-PKU Summer School

PKU 16.9The London School of Economics and Political Science and Peking University have collaboratively run the LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing every summer since 2004. The two-week English-language international Summer School offers university-level courses in subjects including economics, management, international relations, media and law, all with a focus on China and Asia. The programme is taught by outstanding faculty from Peking University and LSE. 

For more information about this year's courses and to check the dates, see our website.

Undergraduate Opportunities Abroad

Undergraduate Student Exchange University of California, Berkeley

The University of Berkeley California is one of the best public universities in the world. LSE confirmed its institutional partnership with the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 and formally began collaborative activities in 2016.

This partnership is the natural culmination of a long and rich history of collaboration at all levels and across multiple departments between our two institutions, encompassing teaching, research and student interaction.  

Our fourth cohort of undergraduate students is currently enjoying California and all it has to offer. Read more about this exchange and apply if you are interested in spending a year abroad at Cal.

Sciences Po

LSE and Sciences Po launched an undergraduate exchange scheme in the 2011-12 academic year. This student mobility scheme enables up to 10 undergraduate students from each institution to study at the other for one academic year thus enhancing their study experience and potential career prospects.  For LSE students the year at Sciences Po is in addition to the requirements of their LSE award.

All LSE students who are currently in the second year of their undergraduate programme plus undergraduate PPE students in their third year are able to apply to this school-wide undergraduate Erasmus exchange programme to spend a full year at Sciences Po.

Information sessions are generally held in the Michaelmas term, for more detailed information on the application process and the deadline, click here

Other undergraduate exchanges

In addition to the two School-wide undergraduate exchanges listed above, some departments (Anthropology and Management) also offer their own exchanges. 

The Department of Anthropology runs a Year Abroad Programme with the University of Melbourne. This Year Abroad programme has been running since 2016. The programme is for one academic year taken between Year 2 and Year 3 of the BA/BSc in Social Anthropology degree. There are around 2-3 student exchange places open to LSE Department of Anthropology students each year. Students interested in studying at the University of Melbourne are required to submit their Year Abroad application during the second year of their degree. Planned course selections form one part of the application and LSE Anthropology students are required to take at least 50% of their full load study in Anthropology programs at the University of Melbourne.

For further information about the Department of Anthropology Year Abroad Programme contact Camilla Kennedy Harper at anthro.admin@lse.ac.uk

The Department of Management offers a BSc Management during which students have the opportunity to apply for an exchange year abroad. The exchange year takes place between the second and third year of the programme. The current exchange partners include the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (USA), University of Michigan Ross School of Business (USA), University of St Gallen (Switzerland), HEC Paris (France), Bocconi University (Italy), and HKUST Business School (Hong Kong). Exchange places are limited and subject to a competitive application process during the second year of the BSc Management programme.

For more details, please contact their team directly.

Postgraduate Opportunities Abroad

The Department of Management offers a Global Masters during which students can apply to do an international exchange term at a leading school like the Stockholm School of Economics, Cornell University - Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, and many others.

For details about this programme, contact the programme and admissions team.

PhD Student Exchanges

The Academic Partnership Office manages the Partnership PhD Mobility Scheme. For more information about the conditions and application procedure, see this page

Lecture Series

Historically faculty from LSE and at our partners have presented their work in Paris, Beijing, London and other places. A number of these lectures have been recorded. Watch for example Prof. Ross Garnaut's (University of Melbourne) 'Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy in the Twenty First Century' which was captured in October 2014:  

Ross Garnaut Ross Garnaut

If you are interested in giving a talk at one of our partenr universities, send us a short proposal by email. Proposals will be judged on a case by case basis.

Faculty Exchange

We are keen to support faculty mobility as much as possible. We have established a faculty exchange scheme with Sciences Po which enables lecturers and professors from LSE to collaborate with researchers and to engage with students in Paris.