London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a public research university founded in 1895 and located in London, England and a constituent college of the federal University of London. This institution has more than ten thousand students and three thousand staff from all over the world, which offers a truly international environment.Show more
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One of the deciding factors for my application to LSE, aside from the consistently high global ranking of the Sociology department, was its history, its dedication to solving inequalities and societal ills – which I feel the school as a whole has lost this core value. Don’t get me wrong, the more left-leaning departments such as Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Policy, are led by academics who continue to champion activism and political engagement, and I am so thankful to be surrounded by some of these thinkers. But with all this red-tape being wrapped around student engagement and the decision for the university to stay out of the recent UCLU strikes, you’ll easily forget that the school has produced some of the most influential activists – take for example the Gay Liberation Movement led by a former Sociology student. So I feel that this school has a lot to offer in terms of the people you’ll have the opportunity to interact with, but a lot more action is necessary to facilitate the activist student environment you’d expect out of a politics school.
Before going to LSE, I thought the social life there would be terrible with people studying 24/7. However, it was so different from what I expected – and I think it all comes down to living in halls for a 1st-year student as you can make friends during freshers week so much easier, and you basically go out with them most of the time. Moreover, I am impressed by the educational support that LSE provided to the students! Regular office hour is provided by the departments so students can seek out their teachers/professors for help if needed, extra support sessions will also be provided during exam period, and a lot of career advice sessions (CV, interview advice etc) throughout the year.
LSE is a terrific university with world-class academics. The drawback is that you have to pay extra for those academics – at least at postgraduate level, and of course you have the cost of living in London. If you are a social scientist however, there are few better places in the world to study your discipline.
I studied Law at KOC University and with the agreement between two schools I had a chance to spend two summers at LSE Law School as an exchange student. My first intention was to spend time in London and take my summer classes. After school started I realized that there is a lot to learn compared to spending free time in London. If I had taken my summer classes at KOC University, I would just pass my degrees. But here at LSE, lecturers help you to focus studies with the different perspective. They have different skills and that’s why the school is counted as one of the best. For that reason, at my second summer year, I again choose LSE unhesitantly. School prices are high but if you are a hardworking student, you can get a scholarship also.
LSE was founded more than 100 years ago. Its history adds a lot to their knowledge. As it is understood from the name, main education topics are economics and politics. I have done my master degree in Economics and later on got approved by KOC University for a Ph.D. which is the best university at the moment in Turkey. School’s name gives enough reputation and people don’t ask details about how was education. Because everyone knows education is high level as school standing is in top 10 among worldwide schools. Another advantage of the school is its located in one of the perfect cities in the world.
LSE is without doubt a very good school. For master’s students, you better be prepared for the large amount of reading, and the learning pace is very fast. Not suitable for slackers. Master’s programmes generally last for one or two years. The one-year pragramme is intensive (although some are less intensive than others, say media), particularly if you are doing a course that is different from your undergraduate major.
LSE is a great uni – you will leave with a lot of knowledge and great friendships.
It is a great place to build your network and expand your circle of friends. I would advise everyone to engage in the social activities and societies as it helped many students achieve their objectives.
I had a wonderful time at the LSE; it was a unique opportunity to met many people from a large variety of backgrounds, opinions and interests, and this provided for a great learning experience besides just academia. Furthermore, we had the opportunity to listen to amazing external speakers, learn from distinguished professors, enjoy academic retreats and enroll in various extracurricular activities. I can truly say that it was an enriching and unforgettable year.