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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

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  • Management
    Student satisfaction

    The teaching here is very rigorous – just as you would expect. The courses cover a lot of material that can be challenging but that’s why LSE is such a reputed university. There’s a broad range of activities you could take part in and a lot of degrees usually also have choices for the courses they pick for the year. However, I think the way the courses we taught could be improved. Sometimes you might not be fully prepared for what comes in the exam.

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    Programme: Management
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: London
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    development
    A great year!

    Highly recommend to international students, LSE puts you on the map. Amazing faculty. Great people. However, the grading system is a little off because final papers are a 100% of your grade and that is ineffective.

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    Programme: gender and development
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2019
    Campus: London
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  • Management
    Wonderful academics, mediocre teaching

    Whilst the academic community is exceptionally strong in terms of research and there is a certain sophistication in how the academics operate their research, I would recommend the school for Masters and PhD programs rather than undergraduate programs as the campus culture and student body life is mediocre and leaves international students in particular alienated.

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    Programme: Management
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: London
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  • Law
    Is academic quality at LSE worth the high rates of stress?

    LSE provides high-quality academic tutorials based on challenging ideas and perspectives. However, this also means that work expectation is high and academic stress is detrimental for mental health. It is sometimes really hard to juggle a social life with assignments. One thing is for sure, LSE is definitely very challenging but it also tends to stretch our limits and prepare us to work under high pressure, manage time, and think independently. The challenging environment of a few years is worth a world class degree and skills that go a long way in our career aspirations.

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    Programme: Law
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: London
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  • Finance
    Great community, challenging environment

    Smart, driven people, very intelligent professors. Experience and teaching quality varies a lot between departments. My department – Finance – had a small undergraduate class with caring staff and academics so it felt like a family (others, usually bigger departments, gave their students a less personal experience). Program is intense and while LSE tries to teach you applicable skills for professional careers, the focus is on academia – which is where LSE excels at.

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    Programme: Finance
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2019
    Campus: London
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  • International Relations
    Does LSE deserve the low student satisfaction rating?

    Coming into my first year of undergraduate study on BSc International Relations, the best advice I found online is ‘London and LSE are what you make of it’. Before starting university it seemed rather trivial and untrue, but seven months later I can say those people were right. LSE nowadays is known for two things – employers love LSE students but students do not love LSE. The university has one of the lowest student satisfaction ratings and perhaps deservedly so. The workload and academic pressure is high from day one, the environment is competitive and the Student Union has more issues than Vogue. LSE seems to be doing little real work to change the status and so students are left to their own devices to find enjoyment. However, my first year here was also one of the best years of my life. All the criticism stands but I knew coming into LSE that it would be difficult. Considering it is based in London there is no classic campus student experience with crazy parties put on by the SU, however there is a wide variety of societies you can get involved in. I was heavily involved with Model United Nations and have made a supportive network of friends and a solid social life. I am an incoming vice-president for Grimshaw Club and have learned many skills through that. Teaching on my course has also been very good and so far I’ve been taught by academic who publish books and are experts in their field. Not many universities can offer that to their students. Going back to my first point, ‘London is what you make of it’, the city may be expensive but it is possible to live on a budget and have fun. There are so many free activities to do around the city and Whetherspoons which you can find anywhere in the city has decent pint prices. It is a vibrant, multicultural environment with so much on offer that you cannot ever be bored. So to answer the question posed in the title – LSE deserves the low satisfaction ratings to an extent. It has its downfalls, however it teaches you to be proactive in creating a great environment in which you can thrive and have fun. So make sure to go out of your way in Freshers to meet people, test out different societies and commit to one or two and create friendships there too! LSE is ultimately worth the trouble and your money.

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    Programme: International Relations
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Campus: London
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  • Economics
    A great academic environment, with a lot of opportunities up for grab

    LSE is a great learning environment with excellent professors and endless extracurricular activities. The secret on enjoying LSE is being proactive in making the first move to get involved: the clubs, academic events, and students groups never disappoint. LSE also has outstanding Career services and the aspirational drive of the students can be easily perceived around campus. A very enjoyable place to study and perfect for curious, independent individuals.

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    Programme: Economics
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2019
    Campus: London
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  • International Relations
    Academic study

    For International Relations: perhaps down to sheer fortune but had fantastic professors with only maybe one or two exceptions, programme was academically rigorous albeit heavily theoretical. Personally enjoyed the theory but this can also be a downside for some

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    Programme: International Relations
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2019
    Campus: London
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  • Accounting and ...
    Finance
    Lots of networking

    Lots of top B.B. ppl come around feeling like employers care more about us than teachers. Reputation is good, but doesn’t feel like going to a university but rather a place to take away yr degree then go offf to job. Some teachers are quite nice, but won’t find out until you proactively talk to them. Pik is nice btw Overall, it is worth going.

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    Programme: Accounting and Finance
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2021
    Campus: London
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  • Accounting and ...
    Finance
    Uni

    It’s a great school! I’ve enjoyed the life here since I entered the school. I cam choose the course I’m interested in not only from my major, but also from a range of other subjescts. I have also participated in several fun societies.

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    Programme: Accounting and Finance
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Campus: London
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