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
- Set up your UCAS account
Fill in your personal details
Explore the website! Tutorials, articles, search tools – just do your research
- Choose your course – think it through carefully!
- 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
- Choose your reference writer – it does not have to be your school teacher
- 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
- Make your decision
a) Firm choice
b) Insurance choice
Deadline: 15 January 2016 by 18.00 (GMT)
Tuition Fee Loan
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
- 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).
- 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.
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.
Louise Karbownicki Scholar
BSc Management Science
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.
For further information, see the LSE website: http://www.lse.ac.uk/lifeAtLSE/accommodation/forStudents
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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.
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: Before you apply for accommodation
LSE: Applying for accommodation
Cost of living in the UK and London