The General Course at LSE (the London School of Economics and Political Science) has been in operation since 1910 and is a full 'Study Year Abroad'. Today, the General Course offers a fully integrated year of undergraduate study to around 300 students of more than 40 nationalities drawn from over 130 universities. It is considered one of the most prestigious and competitive study abroad programs in the world. Since there are no exchange agreements with any institution, each applicant is judged solely on their own merits. Successful applicants are usually within the top 10% of the class at their home institution. Notable alumni of the General Course include David Rockefeller and U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
Students must have completed at least two years of university level study prior to joining LSE, and enroll in mid to upper level courses alongside 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates and some graduate students. LSE Undergraduate programs are normally 3 years in duration, as full-time students must declare a course of study upon entry from secondary school. While most General Course students attend during their second to last year of undergraduate study, some choose to attend in their final year of undergraduate study. Applications are considered from January each year and will continue to be looked at until places have been filled. Three LSE General Course Scholarships, worth £7,000 each, are available to all accepted students. All students on the General Course are guaranteed a place in university accommodation.