LSE Past Review

By (Economics., Wellesley College) for

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?
being to travel easily around Europe was amazing. Also being able to visit historical tourist attractions that I had heard of/ learned about was very interesting

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

workload: one problem set a week for problem set based courses or several articles for reading/discussion based courses teaching methods: lecture once a week by "professor" class once a week by PhD student "teacher" Most of the lecturers made the lectures interesting, but some teachers were better at leading a class than others. There was a disconnect between classes and lectures since they were led by two different people Also, there was a time lag for 2 of my courses, since classes start after lectures i.e. the class discusses topics you learned about 2 weeks ago in lecture

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

director had office hours and was helpful. He's American so was knowledgeable about American higher education program size - 300 students

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I stayed in Carr-Saunders, which was far from the LSE campus - about a 25 minute walk but close to the tube station and in general, conveniently located. It's off of Tottenham Court Rd and was very close to several grocery stores and restaurants

* Food:

several of the dorms have dining halls also very easy to go around to restaurants

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The General Course has an association with a tour company called Proscenium that organized several trips outside of England such as Paris, Wales, Amsterdam, etc. and also Cambridge, Oxford, Stonehenge, Bath, etc. at discounted prices They also have discounted prices for plays and local tours

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

NHS is a free healthcare program to all residents of the UK

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? probably better to open a bank account so you don't have to deal with exchange rate fluctuations


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

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?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Americans
  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students