RSIC is one of the few Institutions worldwide that have become an Affiliate Centre of University of London (UOL) International Programme. This means that in the considered view of the UOL, International Programme, RSIC has demonstrated a sustained commitment to high standards in respect of the teaching, support and administration of University of London International Programme students.
The University of London is one of the world’s leading academic institutions. It is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for its teaching and research. It is a global provider of Distance and International Programme.
The International Programme is an opportunity for students to receive a University of London degree without having to move to London, either for teaching support or for the examinations. The degrees offered in the International Programmes are spread over and combine a wide range of disciplines like Economics, Management, Finance and Social Science. The curriculum is international in scope and highly valued – graduates transfer to Masters Programmes in Australia, the USA and the UK.
The University of London founded by the Royal Charter in 1836 is one of Britain’s largest universities and is a federation of Colleges and Institutes. The London School of Economics and Political Science – ‘LSE’ in short – is one of the teaching institutions that make up the University of London. Further, the highly reputed LSE is a designated Lead College for the University of London International Programmes.
Since 1992, LSE has been responsible for the BSc Degrees in Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences available through the International Programme. The University of London has delegated the responsibility to LSE for the examining and curriculum development of these programmes.
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is the Lead College for the suite of undergraduate degrees in the subject areas of Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences. The academic direction and support for these programmes is provided by LSE, although the University of London grants the final Award. Students are registered with the University of London and will have contact with the University of London only on all matters of administration from registration to Graduation. LSE sets the syllabus, provides subject guides, prescribes the essential and reference texts, sets the examination papers and marks the final examinations.
After careful scrutiny, Russell Square International College (RSIC) enjoys the unique position of being one of a select few institutions, worldwide that have been given the ‘Permission to Teach’ Diploma in Economics & Diploma in Social Sciences by the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). RSIC can enrol students for the degree through the Diploma Route by conducting its own entrance tests. Diploma Route being phased out, students are encouraged to opt for CHESS.
Unlike a correspondence course, the international programme of the UOL offered at RSIC is structured on the lines of a regular college teaching pattern, with daily classes, regular evaluation, frequent parent teacher interactions and an annual academic calendar. RSIC also provides an opportunity to its students for extracurricular activities ensuring a holistic and interactive campus life. For e.g., RSIC has an active Students’ Council that initiates various activities all through the year.
The external students achieve exactly the same internationally recognised academic standing as those who study full-time at a college / institute of the University of London. Examination papers are set and marked by the same academics of the University of London and to exactly the same standards that assess the full-time college-based students studying at London.
The Degrees are called BSc Degrees because they emphasize on the scientific approach to knowledge. No, you do not have to study natural science subjects but you will have to study Mathematics if your particular Degree requires you to do so.
You could continue and finish the Degree with us over the next two years. Should you have excellent marks in Std. X and XII along with a good performance at RSIC in the first semester, you could apply for a transfer to LSE as a regular student at LSE and complete the Degree there.
You could also apply to other British Universities for a second year transfer after checking their requirements. However, if you are thinking of transferring to another University (in Australia, the USA, Canada or New Zealand), it is advisable to contact the concerned University with your academic profile and choice of courses intended well in advance of the proposed date of joining.
When you graduate with a Degree, Diploma or Certificate from the University of London you will be sent two documents – a final Diploma (i.e. the parchment you receive on graduation) and a Diploma Supplement. The final diploma will indicate that you were registered with the
University of London and awarded a University of London Degree, and give the name of the Lead College, which conducted the examinations. The University of London logo and signature of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of London are incorporated.
The Diploma Supplement will describe the nature, level and content of the programme you successfully completed and include a transcript of courses taken and marks achieved, as well as the overall classification. It also provides further information about the role of the Lead College and method of study. It explains that there is no difference between the standards of Awards, whether they are regular University Students or International Programme Students.
The certificate states that the student has studied as an International Programme Student and carries the following extract from the Statutes of the University of London “Candidates granted degrees and other awards have attained the same academic standard irrespective of mode or place of study or examination.” [Statute 66(2)]
The UOL Degree, like any other high quality International degrees is challenging. With regular attendance, consistent study and a strong motivation, all our students at RSIC have done us proud by doing well in their courses.
Final examinations will be conducted by the British Council, in Mumbai in the months of May and June. All examinations, no matter where they are taken, are marked in London. Examinations are of the same standards as those taken in London at one of the University’s constituent Colleges.
Yes, provided you can meet the attendance and course work requirements of RSIC.
You could apply for post graduate programmes in the U.K, provided you meet the entry requirements for the university of your choice or you can pursue a Masters in India. You can also apply to other International Universities that recognize the programme. These Degrees prepare you for a wide range of careers including management consultancy, accountancy, banking, and general management in the private and public sectors.
A University of London Degree is a prestigious qualification that you can be proud of and signals that you have achieved globally recognised standards. Boundary marks are set to indicate standards and should not be read as indicating that a student has made a certain number of points.
If you gain 40% across all units you will only gain a pass degree classification which indicates that you have been able to display some understanding of concepts, methodology and content in your assessment. To gain a third class honours degree you need to achieve 40%. You need to achieve 70% to gain a first class, which indicates that you have demonstrated a thorough grasp of relevant concepts, methods, and content, originality in applying ideas, ability to synthesize material and a depth of understanding of the material. The content of the examinations, and the rigour of the assessment ensures adherence to our high standards.
A new resource, available from September 2008, VLE is a one stop place for all the resources you need during the programme. All units have an area on the VLE, grouped discipline. The resource contains all reading lists, unit information sheets and links to exam resources, includes all chapters of Subject Guides.
You can listen to recorded messages from LSE academics LSE and key staff at the University of London. You can discuss by participating in forums, where you can chat online with other students who are studying the same units. You can test yourself on some of the key units through quizzes, activities and solutions available on VLE.