London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a public research university founded in 1895 and located in London, England. It is 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
From the very first week at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) it became clear to me that this world-renowned social science institute was like no other.
International to its core, I found myself taught by and learning alongside very intelligent people from across the globe. The teachers were all world-class researchers in their respective fields and I made sure to take advantage of their generous office hours. The content of each module was stimulating, well-structured and as described in the programme outline. I would strongly recommend LSE, albeit with some caveats. It is a university that is best suited for people who already have some academic and professional experience, given the fast-pace and the competitiveness that is very much present. Indeed, it is neither cosy or particularly welcoming an institute, due in part to its office-like facilities and its proximity to the bustling City of London, although this will undoubtedly by viewed as an asset for some. To conclude, I’d highly recommend LSE as a university for the quality of its teaching and for the career-enhancing contacts you make whilst there, but I’d advice any prospective candidates to visit, reach out to students and teachers and to think carefully whether it is indeed the right school for them.
LSE is a truly inspiring place. You will meet people from countries all around the world who come from very different academic and professional backgrounds. This is especially fruitful at a university that specializes in social sciences because it allows students to broaden their horizons and learn from each other. Looking back at my year at LSE I am not only grateful for the excellent teachers but also for the discussions taking place outside the classroom. Having said that, the teaching staff at LSE is outstanding and very friendly and helpful. There is an active open door policy at the university which means you can talk to any professor of any department. Everyone will be happy to assist you in any way they can. However, keep in mind that you will not be babysat – you are expected to take the initiative yourself and be very independent. Especially at the postgraduate level, it is extremely important to be able to study independently. The workload is very intense and students are expected to be very organized and efficient in managing their time. Overall, LSE offers a fantastic study experience and equips every graduate with skills, confidence, and not least a valuable network for their professional lives after graduation. I highly recommend it!View more
Location is perfect being in such a global city as London, which also filters into gifting students with great career prospects. Courses offer great complimentary modules with plenty opportunities to get involved with extra-curricula activities with departments being very active in setting up events.View more
LSE is just amazing in any way. I was not able to imagine how this academic experience would impact mu life until I’m here actually. Really appreciating the opportunities provided to grew up both personally and academically.View more
The course content was, on the whole, interesting, however the reliance on phd students as teachers is awful considering the tuition fees. The heavy workload and course organisation more generally favours students who can dedicate the entirety of their time to studying as they are not employed full or part time. Relatedly, there is also a lack of support more generally for economically disadvantaged students. Mental health services are also very poor and should be improved and made more accessible.
As a working class student, I find the atmosphere of the university very alienating and feel very isolated here due to lack of people like myself.
Overall, I have hated my experience here for a number of reasons, however the Hare Krishna man who hands out free food at lunchtime has been a constant source of light for me in a very depressing space.
I like LSE’s educational atmosphere and rigorous academic standards. Here I feel like I am challenged daily to learn and understand the world in a incredibly diverse and intellectual environment. I love the library and how it can accomodate us all.View more
Inadequate mental health services, minimal contact hours, nice Hare Krishna. Discrepancies in standard of teaching across courses. Minimal financial support. Should include a diversity of assessment typesView more
Generally good, good resources and library serves well for learning. Easy to contact staff when needed and well taught courses generally.
Admin is underwhelming. i have never received a timetable online. i require funding from the school and this year an admin mishap that was found only by me took a month after reporting to fix. The issue was that I was receiving no such funding.
Social life is good, SU and AU work well for students.View more
Teaching can be improved but overall the course is quite interesting, even though the course material can be structured better. The newer facilities are quite good but more social events could be held for the department.View more
I enjoy my time at LSE overall. I am a second-year undergraduate and have found the academics very heavy, but also relatively fulfilling. We get a lot of reading (300-700 pages per week) for classes but normally I enjoy the topics discussed. Because of the intensity, it can be difficult to find time for social activities, but it’s just about trying. LSE can be very isolating with everyone keeping their head down in the library/working at home, but if you are in halls, join (and stay active!) in societies, and go out in London you will be happy.View more