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Dear all,

I applied to LSE as an international (EU student from France). I went to a government-owned school. In France, we call government-owned schools public schools. In the UK, however, public-schools are private schools.
The problem is that my referee wrote that I went to a public-school, as here it is understood as a government-school. According to the UK, however, I went to a governmen-school (owned by the government; didn't pay a fee). In my personal statement, I wrote that I went to a government-school.

I am afraid that this might harm my application, as the admissions officers might think I went to a private-school, even though I didn't. What should I do?
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If you're worried, just email LSE to clarify. I'm sure the admissions staff will be able to work it out though - the LSE staff is very international, so for a lot of them 'public' will mean 'state' school.

Personally, if I saw anyone who wasn't British talking about going to a public school, I'd assume they meant a state school. I'm sure the admissions staff will do the same.

It's because public schools aren't just private schools - the term 'public school' really only refers to 7 particularly famous private schools. I went to private school, but I didn't go to public school. Applying from France, it'll be pretty obvious what you're talking about.
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(Original post by LeapingLucy)
If you're worried, just email LSE to clarify. I'm sure the admissions staff will be able to work it out though - the LSE staff is very international, so for a lot of them 'public' will mean 'state' school.

Personally, if I saw anyone who wasn't British talking about going to a public school, I'd assume they meant a state school. I'm sure the admissions staff will do the same.

It's because public schools aren't just private schools - the term 'public school' really only refers to 7 particularly famous private schools. I went to private school, but I didn't go to public school. Applying from France, it'll be pretty obvious what you're talking about.
Thank you so much! This really helps me out - at least mentally! ;-) Have a great sunday!
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