Initiatives include a Welcome reception, termly Café Europa, end-of-term parties, lunches with EI Alumni, as well as a series of extracurricular activities designed to complement the EI’s MSc programmes. This includes walking tours of London, museum visits, a student conference at Cumberland Lodge, the Brussel’s internship fair, film nights, visits to professional institutions and more.
The Student Engagement Programme also provides students with a platform to give feedback and to have a say in the running of the EI. MSc Student representatives are invited to the EI Staff/Student Liaison Committee and the Institute’s decision-making committees. These platforms are collaborative and aim to improve the experiences of students throughout their studies.
EI Student Engagement Programme Activities
The EI runs three walking tours of London guided by an accredited London Tour Guide. These walks allow students to meet staff and each other and introduce students to the history of areas around campus that are relevant to their studies. These walks often finish with an informal drink in a local pub.
Each term the EI hosts Cafe Europa. This is a chance for students to showcase their baking skills and prove that their country or region has the best delicacies in our baking competition. Staff and students provide the cakes, the EI provides the coffee.
The EI invites Alumni back to campus to meet with the current cohort every few weeks. Each lunch is themed. One week we may have former-students who work in government, the next NGOs or finance, for example. These lunches are a chance for students to look to their futures and hear about the exciting opportunities that await them after they have finished their Master’s Degrees.
End of Term Drinks
The EI organises parties at the end of each term. These are an excellent opportunity for students to let off steam with their classmates and teachers after a hard term of studying.
In the first few weeks of Lent Term, roughly 100 students can apply to join the EI Student Conference at Cumberland Lodge, a sixteenth century country manor located in Windsor Great Park. The conference is themed around contemporary debates in Europe. It takes place over three days. There are additional costs associated with the visit. Details will follow during Welcome.
The EI aims to take students to institutions of professional interest during their time at the LSE. In previous years we have held workshops at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Commission’s Representation in the United Kingdom. We have also hosted visits from the UN High Commission for Refugees and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, among others.
The EI Film Festival
The EI hosts a film festival late in Lent Term to showcase films produced by students during their time here. The EI has a number of camera kits that students can sign out for their coursework or personal projects. Each film is followed by a brief question and answer session with film-makers. And of course, no film screening would be complete without popcorn!
Each MSc programme nominates two of their members to represent their interests at termly Staff Student Liaison Committees. These meetings are an opportunity for the EI to address any issues or concerns that students may have about their studies, courses facilities on campus or any other item that they wish to have tabled at the meeting. Details about how to volunteer as an MSc Representative will be sent out closer to the start of the first term.
Your Student Engagement Programme!
The above is just a hint of the types of activities we undertake as part of the EI Student Engagement Programme. We leave room for some flexibility in order to cater to the interests of each cohort. We welcome your ideas and endeavour to make the programme as relevant for students and their studies as possible.