The London School of Economics and Political Science offers not only political science and economics, but also a wide range of social science courses. In fact, it is the only university in Britain that specializes in the social sciences and it has earned worldwide recognition in this area. Students typically enroll in 4 courses over the year, consisting of a mix of lectures and seminar-style classes. Unlike U.S. universities, exams take place at the end of the academic year and students' grades are typically based on the results of those exams.
Students who choose the academic year program at the LSE can expect to be fully integrated with other undergraduates pursuing their degrees at the School. Each student is assigned to one of twenty academic departments, and the individual departments will appoint a faculty member to be the student's tutor for the course of the year. The tutor is available to offer help and guidance whenever possible, but the School places a strong emphasis on independent study and student responsibility.
Outside of class, you'll find a lively campus environment at LSE. Through its Students' Union, students can participate in a wide variety of cultural and sports clubs and societies as well as enjoying the shops, cafes, and bars located in the Union. Additionally, you'll benefit from LSE's membership in the University of London system, which is made up of more than 50 colleges and institutes throughout London. As a student who attends a member college, you can use the libraries and facilities of most member colleges or institutes.
You'll also be welcome to use the system-wide University of London Students' Union. In addition to bars, restaurants and an entertainment venue that attracts major bands and comedy acts, you'll find the Union equipped with shops, a fitness center and weights room, health spa, squash and badminton courts, and swimming pool. The Union provides additional opportunities to meet and socialize with students from the many colleges and institutes that make up the University of London system.