LSE-PKU MSc in International Affairs
What made you choose this programme?
The LSE-Peking University double degree in International Affairs is unique in that it provides an opportunity to study at two of the world’s most renowned institutions of higher education, and to develop a cross-cultural understanding of Eastern and Western perspectives on historical and contemperoary international affairs.
What made you choose LSE?
Of course, LSE is world-famous as a social science research institution particularly known for their International Relations program. Moreover, a substantial portion of the student body is comprised of international students, which allows me to appreciate diverse perspectives that I may not find elsewhere.
What are the benefits of studying in London?
Coming from a mid-sized town in the Midwestern United States, moving to London was (and still is) admittedly a bit overwhelming. Yet it is undeniable that London is truly a world-class city, with activities, amenities, and culture to boot. It is difficult to become bored in London: whether it is attending an LSE public lecture, a cultural festival, or exploring one of the many neighborhoods, there is always something to do!
What do you hope to gain from your degree?
I hope that my degree will not only give me an academic background in International Relations and International History, but new perspectives from which to study and consider contemporary International Affairs, especially as it relates to the Sino-American relationship. I believe that is the true value of the double degree program, and something that is difficult to acquire from simply studying at one university alone.
What are your future prospects (after your degree)?
Upon graduation, I intend to pursue a career in public service back home in the United States. Opportunities in diplomacy, national security, and the armed forces are all of interest to me. Careers in Sino-American related fields such as relevant academic think tanks or political risk consultancies are possible fields of employment I am considering as well.
Favourite place to study
Senate House Library