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
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.View more
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.View more
Each department varies a lot within LSE: budget, student bodies -> the support we get. My department is relatively small, this means most of my lecturers and class teachers ACTUALLY knows who we are and hence support us whenever we need (you can think of it as student staff ratio). I’m not talking about all small departments are good, but in terms of the relativity, if you want a closely knitted community, I’d say go for the department and see how it looks like. For my department though, the “smallness” also contribute to the fact that we are poor. It took years of planning to make our winter/summer ball. But it was worth it! In terms of the school in general, I think they put in so much effort to communicate with the students, multiple lunch time session with free pizza and drinks to lure the students to give our their opinion. But to be honest, I don’t think the students have this impression that the school is listening to them. They have other system to support it like the Student-Staff Liason Committee, which the student can give feedback to their representatives, and then through the SSLC of each course/department it then feedback to the whole school etc, but I think a lot of advice/opinion/suggestion get lost in the processes, so it turns out the department is effective in adapting to what the student wants, but the school would not (of course there’s also the scaling problem, but I’m not gonna lie, I see departmental changes, but not the school) –
Lastly, LSE is a never ending construction site. So it’s always “noisy” if you can bear that, then I think you are pretty good to go
LSE is well known for its job prospects, but that is also why students are not having the best ‘uni life’. 18 can be a very sensitive age. Students might struggle with self identification, leaving home for the first time, sexual orientation and etc. On top of that, some course mates who have multiple spring week/internship offers can only worsen this situation.
Students don’t really have a sense of belonging here, that is just very common among universities in big cities. But I don’t think that is an excuse to blame everything on the university. You will struggle no matter where you go, might as well use to this pressure to achieve greater things. LSE is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but I do hope this place will make everyone stronger when we leave. Best of luck to everyone.
LSE has very good reputation globally. The research here is fantastic and world-leading. The atmosphere is more career focused and that somehow explains why LSE has the highest graduate salary. However, due to small campus size, the classrooms and library are usually very crowded and it sometimes doesn’t feel that much like a university.View more
I wold recommend this university. It is difficult to settle in at first because all the initiative is with the student. This makes it quite difficult to get out of the habit of not putting in much effort and not getting much out of classes once you have it. However, if you are passionate about something, you will always be able to find faculty or fellow students that you can talk to. It is good to realise that at LSE you are in charge of your degree, so again, if you put in the time, you will get out results eventuallyView more
The course content itself is very interesting and takes a more international viewpoint on history then other courses my friends have taken. However, there is not much engagement between students in the actual classes.__View more
LSE is definitely a different type of university compared to other British ones. For one, it feels more like a business rather than the classic university experience which the majority of your friends will have if they go to a campus university such as Nottingham or Birmingham. Despite the perceived lack of student satisfaction, I really think that to enjoy LSE, you need to make the most of it and get stuck in to the university life. Join the AU, stay at halls in first year, meet others in your department, join a committee, get an SU job, go to the LSE events.
This will massively improve your time here, especially if you’re a sociable person. You’ll definitely encounter a mix of people – a lot are here to get the advantage of connections and go into banking and finance but don’t let that deter you. Use it to your advantage and let that work ethic motivate you rather than hate on it like most of us do. The modules are really interesting and the degrees here are intense but it gives a good amount of preparation for the future. LSE is also extremely small so at times it does give off a boarding school vibe – this appeals to some and doesn’t to others. But being in London is one of the biggest advantages so utilise that well. Overall, I’d recommend it if you’re proactive with your social life and enjoy being surrounded by intellectual and interesting people from across the world.View more
My experience at LSE has been positive, but sadly this isn’t the case for everyone. If you get involved and make the most of what’s on offer, it’s an amazing experience, especially through the History department. Courses at the LSE are rigorous and there is a noticeable jump from earlier studies – you are expected to learn a large volume of content in immense detail, and qualitative subjects offer a limited number of contact hours. For history courses, there is a lot of reading required, and it can be overwhelming at times. However, the content is almost always fascinating, and I have learned so much about the world through my studies. Learning at the LSE is interesting and broadened my horizons, particularly through the regular event lectures welcoming notable speakers. There is also the opportunity to learn languages. There is undoubtedly variation in what departments offer, but the History department is certainly one of the best and is recognised as one of the best in the world. The academic staff cover a broad range of periods and regions/themes, with research interests focused on international history post-1900. Lecturers are friendly and approachable (if you make the most of office hours) and are genuinely keen to support one’s studies. Feedback on essays is prompt and detailed, although the quality of classes and seminars can vary with some teachers. The administrative staff are also exceptionally friendly and supportive. One of the first things I noticed was the disparity between the quality of the History and IR departments. The social life is available, but you have to go out and make the most of it. There is a careers focus which can be difficult to avoid, but it is possible. Societies and sports clubs offer a useful way to meet others with likeminded interests, and help to balance the workload and improve the university experience. Most of my friends were made through halls (Passfield is amazing) but I have made other friends through social activities. The Union offers a variety of events, but their work is often not advertised widely and requires seeking out opportunities. Studying in London is an incredible experience, but the wealth of activities such as museums and parks come at the expense of expensive rents. I’ve loved my time at LSE, and would recommend my course to anyone with a genuine interest. LSE is challenging in both an academic and developmental sense, but in my opinion is the best in the world for certain subjects. Living in London, meeting likeminded people, learning about topics I am passionate about and exploring new hobbies through societies offered everything I wanted out of my university experience. There is room for improvement, but that’s true of any university. If you come to LSE with an ingrained suspicion, you inevitably hunt for faults. But if you come to LSE with an open mind and get involved in all the LSE and Union have to offer, you will likely have an amazing experience and gain a world-class education.View more
Pros – the student body includes people from everywhere, people are eager to make friends as they’re commonly far from home, most professors really care and are super knowledgeable, it has a great international reputation so there’s name recognition, a lot of classes are very engaging ____Cons – they’re somewhat disorganized when it comes to actually running the school and could put students at the center more often, some professors clearly just want to do researchView more