Studying in the United Kingdom is very different from studying in Germany. From personal experiences, I have to say that the teaching and general services offered by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) are exceptional and superior. The matchless ability to talk to any world-renown professor in a 1:1 session during their office hour, the accessibility of countless student-led societies or being able to become part of such an international and diverse student body are just some of the features students enjoy.
The teachings allow students to think outside of the box – in economics, for example, students are not just taught rudimentary formulas for an increase in the tax rate, but are also able to form their opinions through group discussions together with eminent lecturers on the effects of certain policies. I am positively surprised by the teachings at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and although I was expecting world-class education, the first term was much better than anticipated.
I would say the social life at the LSE, even with the current guidance and restrictions, is enjoyable. Recently, in my cohort, I was able to meet a student from South Sudan – and I had never been able to meet someone from there before. The internationality of the students in the United Kingdom, and especially the LSE, allowed me to get completely new insights and perceptions on the local incidents.
Professors, lecturers, teacher and the help staff is generally more approachable at the LSE than at other universities in Germany. LSE Life is a help service offered by the university allowing its students to become better writers and exam planers, give guidance in making more friends, or generally consult about what London has to offer. Such 1:1 session are unique to English speaking countries, and particularly the United Kingdom.
The workload at the LSE is intense. At first, I was slightly overwhelmed and was surprised; however; within days, I set myself a steady schedule, which I uphold to date. Time-management, as well as dedication, are key characteristics required to study at the LSE. The course content of my degree is very stimulating and thought-provoking, which makes studying at the LSE even better. The online lectures do make certain teachings harder, as asking questions is not directly possible, but, as previously mentioned, office hours allow open and even more improved contact with the corresponding teacher or professor. Overall, I enjoy my studies at the LSE, and I am saddened that one term, the Michaelmas term, has elapsed already. That equates to one-sixth of my Bachelor’s degree.