London School of Economics Past Review

By (IPE, Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/22/2015 to 06/09/2016 with

London School of Economics (LSE): London - General Course, Year-Long Study Abroad Programme

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was a very worthwhile experience; however, the students and the extracurricular activities dominated the experience.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Intensity is centered on midterms and final exams.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people
  • The finance society's executive committee and their yearly program
* What could be improved?
  • the academic engagement
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Just that there is very little supervision of students by the faculty and that all substantial interactions with your peers happen outside of an academic setting.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Public Policy Analysis

Course Department: Government
Instructor: Prof. Page + Lodge
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was a class based on rote memorization of the fundamentals of policy building. Useful class if not a tad dry.
Credit Transfer Issues: No.
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Rational Choice in Politics

Course Department: Government
Instructor: Torun Dewan
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was an invaluable class, and the information presented was critical in analyzing policy going forward. Grading was very unpredictable in the final exam; with formative and summative results differing drastically. Preparation for seminars was required; we were assessed via one final exam and two formative essays.
Credit Transfer Issues:
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International Political Economy

Course Department: International Relations
Instructor: Dr Bartholomew Paudyn
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The class was very challenging, but unfortunately, nobody did the reading. As a result, there was no discussion and a substantial amount of lecturing by the professor.
Credit Transfer Issues: No.
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Reason, Knowledge and Values: An Introduction to Philosophy

Course Department: Philosophy
Instructor: Peter Dennis
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Great Class; teacher was prepared. Lectures were engaging and informative. Hadrien Mamou was a great seminar teacher. He was informative and had a strong understanding of the material and capacity for explaining the material.
Credit Transfer Issues: