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63 Overall Reviews
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Brayden
Columbia University, New York City, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, Independent
LSE
4.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Take some time to research and understand the LSE system, and the British educational system in general. It's very research-focused and thus quite independent. You are assessed through mandatory essays throughout the year (in qualitative courses) and problem sets (in quantative courses), but this is not formal or official. Your official assessment comes at the end of the year with one final exam per course, i.e. four exams (unless you've taken half-credit courses).
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
The LSE is the LSE. It has a global reputation for excellence in the social sciences. You'll have access to excellent resources, including a outstanding (though rather ugly) library and world-class professors. Depending upon your degree level (i.e. undergrad or grad), you'll have more access to those resources than other people. Generally, you have to be assertive and seek out help from professors and teachers - they will rarely come to you, but they're generally very responsive to students who take the initiative to speak with them first. LSE students are a very cosmopolitan bunch - it was recently rated the most international school in the world (THES), and you can see that by just walking down Houghton Street at any given day in the week. Because it's so cosmopolitan, students have a wealth of interests and views and this is most represented by the myriad student clubs on campus. Many of them are fantastic, and organize events with world leaders, big-name academics, and businessmen. If you're receiving a degree from the LSE, and especially if you do really well in that degree, you'll be highly employable. Investment banks and consulting firms in particular are extremely aggressive in recruiting LSE students. This past year one of the big banks had a laser show on Houghton Street to advertise their graduate schemes. I attended a recruitment event at Goldman Sachs, and apparently LSE is tied with another school as the most represented institution in Europe. LSE students do of course go on to work in think tanks, intenational organizations, et al - but a good portion of them do go into the financial sector.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
It's a great school, and you'll have a great experience - with a few big caveats. LSE is not for everyone. It's very independent and research-focused. If you're used to a system where you're given constant access to professors and are, for lack of a better phrase, 'spoon fed', you will not be happy at the LSE - or anywhere in the UK, for that matter. There's fierce resistance to this approach within the LSE. On top of that, the grading system is quite strange. If you get a 68 or above in an International Relations course (and many other courses, for that matter), you're doing exceptionally well. Very few students get to that level, and anything above that is truly exceptional. LSE is quite rigid in this way, and often times you're not entirely sure what it takes to get a top grade like that. You really have to do it by trial and error - and keep pushing yourself harder and harder. You'll get there, but it might take some time (especially if you're from an inflation-heavy school like some sister schools of Columbia I need not mention here). You can attending office hours of both teachers and professors, but they rarely give you past papers as examples. Certain degrees can be seen as very theoretical and abstract. This is often a shock to American students (like myself) who study subjects like International Relations. In the USA, IR tends to be quite behavioralist/scientific and policy-focused, whereas at the LSE it tends to be very historical and theoretical focused. Either way, it'll certainly broaden your horizons and introduce you to a new way of thinking. Bottom line: do a fair amount of research before you go - speak to students who've attended the LSE both full-time and for a year abroad. The more views you collate, the better prepared you'll be for the LSE's strengths and weaknesses - which are, as always, all relative.
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anonymous
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Economics, Undergraduate, Independent
LSE
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
The expense, the standard of living, the crime rate, the sports facilities.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
2
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
You gotta be tough as hide and get over bad experiences quickly plus have stamina to study like a bull, but plenty of social graces. You need to be social cos there's a chronic lack of space in London.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
2
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Self-sufficiency, ability to make friends fast, street-wise, in short, the ability to survive in a big city, all these are required, but don't worry you'll soon pick them up by necessity anyway! I recommend you get all interested in your studies otherwise the temptations of this endlessly fascinating city will be too much to resist! Other than that, take up a sport to unwind and keep fit, y'know that old saying, survival of the fittest.
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Orlena_Yee
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European Studies, Masters, Independent
LSE
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
LSE is very cramped (in terms of space) but I think the creation of this kind of atmosphere was intentional. It got to me after a while, but you find hiding places, plus, there are a lot of other Universities in the area which will allow you to use their libraries.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
2
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Very strong academically, not so much on the student services side. They make you do the whole run around, but at least you are getting smarter.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
It's hard not to like a school that is located in London. But of course the LSE has its own merits. I had some pretty engaging courses. Plus, it is always fun to tell people that you go there, because everyone always seems mighty impressed. In general, the students at LSE are pretty intelligent, it's just that there are so gosh darn many of them!
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jennifer
University of Chicago, Chicago, United States
Economics, Undergraduate, University Agreement
LSE
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
It's tough to get a summer job in the U.S. from abroad. While OK with me, others were frustrated with the level theory and lack of applied work here. The University is a bit apathetic to students. Students from different places don't mix that much. It's not ill meant. It just happens. Meeting Brits, much less befriending them, is less common than you would believe.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
1
Activities
1
Campus life
1
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
If you want lots of independence, travel opportunity and a city exploding with things to do this is it. If you want anything cheaply, a University that holds your hand, dynamic classroom experiences, and an accessable student body this is not your place.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
2
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
There are loads of wwwdot websites that help provide cheap travel. Buy an AtoZ (said, 'A to Zed') map, sold at newsagents. It's a comprehensive London Street Guide. A computer isn't necessary here.
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kaj107
University of St Andrews, Fife, United Kingdom
Social Sciences, Graduate, Gradute degree (Aufbaustudium)
LSE
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Flights London-Munich-London are cheaper than the other way round. Book your initial return flight for the end of the year and just book London-Munich-London flights to go home.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
4
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Inform yourself about the department you are interested in. Just because LSE has a good reputation doesn't mean that all departments are equally good!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Try to get into a hall of residence: much easier to make friends! Join a couple of 'societies', they organise lots of events for almost nothing.
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kaihsing
Columbia University, New York City, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Independent
LSE
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Should have spent more time there!
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Great! I applied there for continuing studies.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
2
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
The LSE summer programme is excellent for udergraduate students, graduate students lookin gto fullfill certain requirements, career people looking for additional credentials or just about anyone who is interested in a rigorous and demanding summer programme that still leaves plenty of time to pursue leisure options. Highly reccomended.
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