BSc International Relations and History
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I chose to study at LSE because I wanted to ‘join the global debate’. LSE’s vast reputation as one of the foremost universities in the world and its consistent rank at the top of league tables for all the subjects it offers was pivotal in making my choice. As a centre for intellectual exploration, creative and critical thinking, and boundless research, the university offers an academic environment to thrive and flourish in. As an international school alumnus, I engage in the enriching intercultural experience present at LSE and the unique perspectives and insights its vibrant cultural diversity provides. I admire how the institution is situated at the heart of London – a true world capital – nestled at the crossroads of the global centres of finance, law, the arts, and international affairs.
The BSc International Relations and History degree is a dynamic course, which enmeshes the studies of the past and present. Its modern and global focus has widened my awareness of historical and contemporary events. The course places critical International Relations theory into practical context through its wide-ranging and extensive History courses. As well as being well structured and academically stimulating, the degree’s courses offer one the chance to work with charismatic and thought-provoking academics, at the forefront of their field. Besides the degree’s reputation, what earnestly sets LSE apart from other universities is the close proximity with which you interact with professors and lecturers. They provide extensive mentorship, and are always available to provide you with sound guidance and advice to facilitate the growth of the individual student.
Being at LSE goes beyond ‘studying’; it draws you into a majestic experience in being a member of a community. The wealth of resources available to you encased in the LSE Library – the world’s largest social science library – facilitate growth as an independent thinker, while the excellent sports facilities further ones athletic craft. The rich array of societies, public lectures and events provides a platform from which to pursue deeper interests. Personally, I have taken up an active role at the LSESU UN Society, in which I train Model UN delegates in debate and preparation for conferences held across the world. Similarly, I am a director of the Politics and Forum Society, a think tank, which organizes political and international affair-based debates and discussions. These extra-curricular outlets, alongside being a member of the LSE community have had a pivotal role in shaping me as an individual, and have gifted me with a university experience unparalleled by any other.