Outi Ruusuvirta

I like the wide variety of courses from which one can pick and choose to tailor the programme to suit one's own interests and needs. 

Whilst the academic record, world class researchers and lectures and the superb library at LSE were among the key determinants when I was choosing a university for my Master's, the type of people that LSE attracts was also a consideration. You can have the cleverest and most ground-breaking ideas in the world, but if there aren't people around you that you can discuss them with, and be challenged and supported by, there's not much to it. 

I find the general atmosphere at LSE inspiring. In seminars, there's a real debate and discussion and when you see others working hard, it inspires you to try even harder, too. But it's not only the academic side of things, we have a very nice group of people in my MSc programme and we do lots of things together outside studying; weekly pub night on Wednesdays, almost every weekend somebody organises a party or a get-together etc. 

I'm very grateful to those academics who despite their busy schedules have been happy to listen to my ideas and help develop them. As I am considering doing a PhD, this kind of informal interaction has certainly helped me.

Please see, MSc European Union Politics and Governance (now MSc Politics and Government in the European Union|)

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