At one point or the other, we all dream of studying at a world-class institution which imparts peerless education and learning experience that will enrichen your life and your career. One such institution is the London School of Economics (LSE) which is ranked among the top institutions around the world. LSE offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Economics and Political Science making it an ideal destination for aspirants looking for a world-class education in these domains. The institution is highly selective when it comes to accepting applications and each year students from all over the world apply to it but only a handful of them make it to the halls of the 125-year-old educational institution. The admission committee at LSE evaluates each applicant on a broad range of criteria that includes academic merit, research work, essays etc. In this blog, you will get to know how you can substantially improve your chances of getting into LSE.
Choosing a Programme at LSE
Considering that the application part is the most crucial one, it is important to research the programme thoroughly and see all the requirements and criteria of eligibility are listed on the website. It is worth noting that LSE has different criteria for different programmes and therefore it is imperative that extra attention be given to this section while choosing a programme. Before you proceed with your application, establish contact with course leaders (faculty heads of programmes) and students at the campus to get more clarity on the programme structure, pedagogy, faculty, courses and application process.
Craft Your Statement of Purpose
Your Statement of Purpose (SOP) carries significant weightage while applying for a programme at LSE and in many cases is the deciding factor. Writing an SOP can be a tedious task and it is likely that you might miss important details, which is why it is advisable to start working on your Statement of Purpose beforehand so that you can revise and polish it by the time you start your application process. If you are applying for multiple programmes at LSE or at a different university, know that a template SOP is not going to work. Institutions like LSE evaluate essays and SOPs critically and it is always advisable to customize your SOP for each programme that you are applying for. Your knowledge and interest in the programme you are applying for should be apparent in the way you present your thoughts in your SOP. If you are wondering how you can make your SOP stand out, read our detailed blog on How to Write an Effective SOP?
Arrange Two References
Once you have filled your application form and uploaded your statement of purpose on the LSE website, the next step is to add the endorsements/references/recommendations. You are required to provide two letters of recommendation from your teachers (either school teachers if you’re applying for an undergraduate programme or college faculty if you’re applying for a master’s programme) or your superiors from your last place of work. Your reference should be someone who is aware of your academic or professional growth and performance. Ensure that your faculty or superiors from work have plenty of time to draft their recommendations and revise them if need be. Follow up with them in advance to ensure that no last-minute changes are required.
Submit Supporting Documents
The final step before submitting your application is to provide your academic transcripts and other supporting documents. If you are an international student then it is mandatory to provide an English language proficiency test score. Ensure that you read the guidelines carefully and upload your transcripts as per the instructions. As for the other documents required, these may vary as per the programme you’ve applied.
LSE Curriculum in India at ISBF
Great personalities like BR Ambedkar, KR Narayanan and Urjit Patel studied at the London School of Economics and made their mark in the history of India. Now that you know that LSE offers a cutting-edge educational experience in Social Sciences, you might want to consider receiving the same education in India at a fraction of the cost. You can study the exact same curriculum in India at the Indian School of Business and Finance. ISBF is ranked globally among the top 5 affiliate centres of the University of London. All the programmes at ISBF receive academic directions from the London School of Economics and the final degree is awarded by the University of London. The students at ISBF have gone on to study at some of the prestigious universities around the world after completing their undergraduate studies while others are working at the top reputed companies like FMCG, EY, HSBC and Pepsico.To know more about the programmes offered at ISBF, visit our programme page.