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University of London International Programmes are designed with flexibility in mind. Each course is designed in order for students to study independently or as part of a small group thus enabling students to gain a prestigious award at a pace that suits them and to manage their studies to fit in with their own schedule and responsibilities.

Studying independently

 To succeed as an independent student, you will need to:

  • be strongly motivated, well-organised, focused and determined
  • take full and active responsibility for organising your work and pacing yourself
  • be prepared to dedicate at least 35 hours per week for approximately 38 weeks of the year if you intend to complete the maximum of four courses in any one year.
  • have the support from your family, friends and colleagues.

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Although the University does not provide personal one-to-one tuition, University of London International Programmes students are welcome to apply to attend the LSE Summer School to support your studies.

The University of London staff can help with administrative queries. If you have any questions of an academic nature, you will be able to contact the LSE office for University of London International Programmes, but please remember (especially if you intend to study independently) that staff at the LSE cannot engage in active or regular contact or tuition.

Studying at an institution


For many undergraduate courses, students may choose to enrol for additional educational support at a local institution, where one is available and at an additional cost. By enrolling at a local institution, students may benefit from the interaction with fellow students and the more formalized academic support that this provides. Many students study independently for part of the time, but then choose to attend classes at a local institution for some subjects.

All University of London International Programmes students studying by themselves or at an institution must register with the University of London.

You should apply to the University of London and wait for confirmation that you are eligible to register before enrolling with an institution. It is a good idea to explore what is available to you locally and the costs involved before submitting your application to the University of London. A checklist is available to help you before enrolling with an institution. The University of London International Programmes website has a list of institutions that are actively teaching University of London International Programmes, see teaching institutions.

Support for your studies

LSE Summer School

LSE runs three sessions of Summer Schools each year, from late June to mid-August. You are welcome to join the schools, which offer a range of intellectually stimulating and academically challenging courses designed to allow students, academics and professional people to undertake a period of intensive study in areas of interest to them.

Students who take two consecutive three-week LSE Summer School courses, and who pass the formal assessment on each course, could receive APL for one 30 credit unnamed 100 course, should their degree structure allow for this. Where APL is granted for an unnamed 100 course, the APL will be counted at point 12 of a particular degree or as indicated on the individual degree structures.

Any student wishing to undertake this MUST have their application for the Summer School courses approved by the LSE Office for the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP).  This is to ensure there is no significant overlap with the courses you have already taken, or which you intend to take in the future.

Please complete the relevant sections of the form below, including the names of those Summer School courses to which you have applied. Please also list the courses that you have passed on your current UoLIP degree, along with any you are taking in the current academic year, and those that you intend to take in the future in order to satisfy the requirements of your degree programme.

The initial applications to the LSE Summer School are administered directly by the LSE Summer School Admissions team. If your application is accepted by LSE Summer Schools please notify the LSE office for Uolip to have this recorded on your University of London student record. For further information regarding the LSE Summer School please visit their webpage at:

Summer School LSE

Please note that if the LSE Office for UoLIP approves your choice of Summer School courses for use as APL on your degree, and you then subsequently change your course choice, you MUST have the new courses approved. If you do not do so your APL may no longer be valid on your degree programme. Please email Simon Jolly ( for an application form.

* There is no closing date for this process in the LSE Office of UoLIP. However, the LSE Summer School courses are very popular so you are advised to make your applications as early possible and to seek approval from our office once you have done so.

University law courses

The University also offers a one-day Induction course held in London in September and a series of Intensive weekend courses (in November, December, March and April). These are aimed principally at students studying for the LLB, but may also be of interest if you intend to study any law courses as part of your degree or diploma.