Student life


The Students' Union represents LSE students and aims to ensure that your time at the School is not just about studying but is also as enjoyable as possible. The Union organises entertainment and funds over 150 student societies covering a wide range of interests. These societies add a huge amount to students’ experience of LSE and of London. The variety of societies and activities change with the interests and initiative of each new group of students; an A-Z listing of the current student societies can be found on the Students' Union website|.

Italian Society

We are an inclusive group of both Italians and non-Italians, promoting Italian culture on campus and raising awareness of issues concerning Italy and Europe. The society offers guest speakers and events, Italian language classes and cultural festivities throughout the year to celebrate Italian heritage. Our lectures touch on numerous aspects and issues facing Italy today. We have welcomed Giorgio Napolitano and three Prime Ministers: Giuliano Amato, Massimo D'Alema and Romano Prodi. We offer free Italian classes for beginners and have organize numerous social events including Italian 'aperitives', Pizza Parties, and joint parties with the Italian Societies of other Universities.

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Carlo Argenton, Italy

PhD Government

Roughly 150 years ago Marx famously wrote that the time for philosophers to interpret the world was over, and that what they should from thereon focus on was changing it. In times of deep structural transformations of the world economy, of financial crises, of geopolitical reshuffling inspired by the Arab Spring and the economic and cultural rise of Asia, I believe that there may actually still be some value in pausing for a moment to reflect on the nature of these changes, and what they may mean for individuals, societies and our self-understanding.


The scholarship I received to study for my PhD in Political Theory in the Government department has allowed me to take such a pause, and reflect on the theoretical dimension of the nature of political order, at both the national and international levels. And it has allowed me to do so in one of the best centres for the study of liberal political theory in the world. Staff and colleagues are a constant source of inspiration, both with their knowledge as well as their friendliness, in one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world.