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LSE SU PBS Educational Consulting


Educational Consulting

Having gone through the application process ourselves, we are more than aware of the possible difficulties that students aspiring to study at British universities may encounter. We are eager to offer help and guidance in the hope that the Polish community at the LSE will be expanding in the following years. Here you can find our advice and key information on application process, costs of studying and tuition fee loans. Our Team is ready to provide you with direct consultation – please use the email addresses below. We will not only consult on your matters but may also be able to put you in contact with a Polish student studying in your chosen (or similar) field of study for first-hand opinion and experience.

Application Process – Step-by-Step Summary

  1. Set up your UCAS account
    Fill in your personal details
    Explore the website! Tutorials, articles, search tools – just do your research
  2. Choose your course – think it through carefully!
  3. Write your personal statement
    a) Watch tutorials
    b) Each department at LSE has an article about what is desired from potential student’s personal statement
    c) Search for inspiration
    d) List all your extra-curricular activities and divide them into categories; highlight anything relevant to your course
    e) Get an outside opinion – from your English teacher, parents and friends
    f) Submit your application to UCAS
  4. Choose your reference writer – it does not have to be your school teacher
  5. Wait for replies
    a) Unconditional offer – the chosen university would like you no matter what your exam results may be
    b) Conditional offer – the university will accept you provided that you meet their criteria (usually English language requirements and a minimum score of XX percent in your exams)
    c) Decline – unfortunately the university is not willing to offer you a place
  6. Make your decision
    a) Firm choice
    b) Insurance choice

 

Deadline: 15 January 2016 by 18.00 (GMT)

Should you have any queries about the application process, contact: enquiries@ucas.ac.uk or visit the UCAS Facebook page, where their team will answer all questions from Monday to Friday 8:30-18:00 UK time.

 

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for the academic year 2016/17 are £9000 for all undergraduate programmes for UK/EU residents. Graduate study fees vary between different programmes and modes of study. Please find more information on LSE tuition fees at LSE: Tuition Fees.

 

Tuition Fee Loan

Every EU citizen can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. The loan can cover a part of your fees or the whole sum, in accordance with your needs. However, students from the EU are not able to apply for a Maintenance Loan or a Bursary Grant.
The application process usually starts in April. In order to apply, you need to fill in a form available and send it to their non-UK team. You will also need to attach a copy of your passport or ID that is confirmed as true to the original (by even your G.P.!)
You will only start repaying your loan if you earn more than £21,000 a year. You will pay 9% of your income above the £21,000. If you earn below £21,000 a year, no repayment is expected from you. If you are unable to repay your loan in 30 years, it will be cancelled!
The payment will be calculated and deducted from your salary by your employer together with tax or, if you are self-employed, you need to make repayments together with your Self-Assessment tax return. If you happen to move abroad for longer than three months you are required to fill in an overseas income assessment and then a repayment will be calculated for you.
During your studies, interest on your loan will be equal to the inflation rate (3%). There are no extra charges if you wish to pay back part of or the entirety of your loan at any time.
For exact information, please see the repayment calculator.

 

Scholarships available to Polish students

  1. For undergraduate study
    a) Kadas Scholarship – in 2014, an award of £15,000 was given to two students, with an option to renew. Many nationalities are available – not a Polish specific scholarship
    b) Stanislaus Karbownicki – in 2014, £7,500 per annum, intended only for Polish students
    c) Stelios Scholarship – in 2014 £6,600 was given to ten EU students studying business-related programmes
    All of the above are coordinated by the LSE Financial Support System.
    You can apply by filling in the Undergraduate Scholarship Application Form and handing it in to the Financial Support Office before the deadline (the date for the academic year 2014/15 was 2nd June).
  2. For postgraduate study
    a) Jeremi Kroliczewski Educational Trust – £10,000, given to a student living and studying in England or Wales and aged below 25, grants are distributed according to needs.
    b) Santander Scholarship – in 2015 an award of £5,000, given to 9 students from different countries.
    c) Other programme-related scholarships:
    The Scholarships listed above are exemplary and were available to Polish students for the academic year 2015/2016. For the availability of these and other scholarships please see: LSE: Financial Support.

 

Scholars’ Profiles

Michał Leszczyński

Kadas Scholarship
BSc Economics

Hi! I’m Michał. I come from a small town in Southern Poland near Bielsko-Biała called Kęty. Studies at the LSE has been a life-transforming experience – I was able to benefit from world-class education, contribute to the development of the Polish community, cultivate my passion for singing by starring in the LSE Annual Musical, and get a taste of several areas which I might want to enter after graduation – academic research, investment banking, and consulting.
The motto of the LSE, ‘rerum causae’ is taken serio
usly in this institution and I can confidently say that the three years of BSc Economics were entirely pointed towards ‘understanding the causes of things’. Social sciences talk about processes that take place in a society and laws that govern them are usually not as easy to experiment with as, for example, the law of gravity. This is why it is really exciting that apart from gaining a certain portion of knowledge and command of certain technical skills, the course really stresses the importance of evidence in evaluation of claims and arguments – even if the conclusions it supports are a bit uncomfortable.But I would have never been able to experience this without the scholarship I was granted. When I applied for the scholarship the selection process was a bit of a black box but after some more experience with similar applications I can now see somewhat more clearly what convinced the committee. In my case, the most important aspect of the application was a clear vision of what I would do at the School and what I want to do with this after graduation. Of course, when I started the LSE my perspective on most things in life was turned upside-down and as a result I have not followed this vision too closely, but what counts in an application process is the ability to show that the scholarship is not a goal in itself but that it is a tool for achieving something we are passionate about.

 

Jakub Szewczyk

Louise Karbownicki Scholar
BSc Management Science

I decided to apply for a scholarship at LSE straight after receiving my offer letter in March. It stemmed from the fact that the application deadline comes already in May during the exam period. Luckily, the application process is very straightforward – a single application enables consideration for both the LSE bursary and all LSE scholarships.
My main advice would be putting significant amount of work into the application, because it is absolutely worth it. While bursaries are assessed only based on financial situation of the applicant (very likely a student from Poland will get it), the limited LSE scholarships are targeted based on merit. My personal approach was to prove that I meet both of these conditions.
On one hand, I provided certified documentation confirming my household income and savings, and I converted the amounts into British pounds. Drawing on that, I explained how my current financial situation would require me to work part-time and consequently reduce my time spend on academic and societies activities.
On the other hand, I outlined my academic, sports, and extracurricular achievements from high school, explaining my motivations to get the most out of the LSE experience in terms of academia, public events and lectures, Student Union activities, etc. My main rationale stated that a scholarship would be the best possible investment both for me, the School and Poland (where I stated I want to come back in the long run), enabling me to develop academically, culturally, and professionally, rather than spend time waiting tables.
Lastly, from what I concluded from conversations with other LSE scholars, the scholarship application should not be just a description of your difficult situation. It should rather be an outline of how well you are motivated, how much effort you put into coping with difficulties rather than give up, and how the financial support would allow you to thrive within the amazing LSE environment and contribute to something bigger.

 

Living Costs

Though absorbing and stimulating, London is a very expensive city to live in. Before making a decision to study here, you should be aware of what the living costs are. Although expenses are a concern of many students, you should know that it is possible to live economically in London.

 

Accommodation
It is a relatively inexpensive and safe solution to choose to stay in one of LSE halls. It is also a great opportunity to meet new people. Prices start at £100.80 per person, per week for a shared room (including evening meals Sunday-Friday with brunch on Saturdays) in Passfield Hall, located 20 minutes away from the LSE campus on foot. The prices increase with the comfort of living. To compare the prices in all LSE halls open for undergraduate students, see the table.


For further information, see the LSE website
: http://www.lse.ac.uk/lifeAtLSE/accommodation/forStudents

Note that as a first year undergraduate student, LSE guarantees you an offer of accommodation, as long as you apply for it before deadline. The application runs through Hallpad (https://hallpad1.lse.ac.uk/hallpad/) and will start in early 2016. You can also search for private accommodation (£100 for a single room in Zone 2 is achievable), however, not knowing the city, this option may be more stressful and time consuming. If you plan to do this, you should consider coming to London in advance (at least two weeks!), to be able to see the flat/room and meet the landlord. From mid-August until the end of September, a number of places in halls are offered on a short-term basis – you can stay in a hall while searching for a place to rent.
We recommend this website if you are searching for a place to live on your own:

 

Transport
The prices of public transport can be a Londoner’s nightmare. With a student discount, a monthly ticket for the tube and buses (Zones 1 and 2) costs £86.10. A single off-peak tube ticket is £2.30. It’s cheaper to go only by buses though (be aware of traffic in the city centre). For a monthly bus pass, you will have to pay £56.10. Check https://www.tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/ for public transport fares.
If you are determined to save some money, we recommend that you purchase a bicycle. The streets of London can be extremely busy at times, but plenty of people choose this as their mode of transport. Check www.gumtree.com to get an idea of the cost of a bicycle.

 

Others

Food: If you are thrifty and cook for yourself instead of buying food on campus, you can easily live for £8 a day. However, if you are determined, it is possible to spend less.Books and course costs: None. LSE library and its online resources usually provide all of the necessary materials.

Note: Occasionally, there are opportunities to work at the LSE. They are usually very well paid (around £10 per hour) but limited. Remember that LSE suggests that full-time students work no more than 15 hours per week in order to stay on track with academic work.

 

Important dates

15 January 2016 by 18.00 (GMT) – submit your application!

 

Useful links

UCAS: how it works?
Student Finance: overview
Student Finance: repayment calculator
LSE: Degree Programmes in 2016
LSE: Fees Table in 2016/2017
LSE: Financial Support
LSE: Scholarships
LSE: Before you apply for accommodation
LSE: Applying for accommodation
Cost of living in the UK and London
Facebook: Flatshare
Gumtree: London

Contact us

If you need further guidance or advice, please do not hesitate to contact our Team members directly:
m.siembab@polish-business.org