Study Abroad - The General Course

Below are profiles of alumni who took our year-long study abroad programme, the General Course|.




Programme: The General Course (Economics and Economic History focus), 2009

Home Institution: Columbia University, New York

Current Position: Managing Partner of Analyze Capital LLC

After leaving LSE I have finished my economics degree in New York. Since then, I have been managing and developing a global hedge fund management firm.

Email your questions to Alexander| 




Programme: The General Course (Mathematics focus), 2004

Home Institution: Southern Methodist University, Texas

Current Position: Resident Physician, Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

I am currently living in San Francisco completing a residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF. Pior to medical school, I earned a Master's of Economics. My career interests include health policy/economics.

Email your questions to Cason| 




Programme: The General Course (International Relations focus), 2013

Home Institution: University of Southern California

Current Position: Senior Year Student, University of Southern California

I am completing my senior year at USC for the 2013-2014 academic year, and plan to work in the financial services industry following graduation. I welcome any and all questions about the General Course and life after studying abroad!

Email your questions to Denise|




Programme: The General Course (Economics and Mathematics focus), 2010

Home Institution: Brandeis University, Massachusetts

Current Position: Research Analyst, Compass Lexecon (FTI Consulting), Washington, DC

After completing the General Course at LSE, and particularly my courses in Industrial Economics and Game Theory, I decided to pursue a career in applied micro-economics. I am currently a Research Analyst at Compass Lexecon - the economic consulting group within FTI Consulting Inc. My primary objective in this role has been to support economists and industry experts in their analyses on matters pertaining to mergers and competition. I plan on doing a double masters in Economics and Mathematics in the near future and aspire to becoming an economist in the field of competition economics.

Email your questions to Ishita|




Programme: The General Course (Law focus), 2013

Home Institution: Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany

Current Position: Law student, Germany

After finishing the General Course in 2013, I went on to work as an intern for a major law firm in Brussels. I will complete my first state examination in law in 2015.

Email your questions to Maximilian|




Programme: The General Course (Government focus), 1974

Home Institution:  University of California at Berkeley

Current Position: Professor of Political Science, UCLA Visiting Senior Research Scholar, Princeton University

I am Professor of Political Science at UCLA and, currently, Visiting Senior Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. After spending 1973-74 on the General Course at LSE, I returned to the University of California at Berkeley, where I completed my B.A. I then received Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University and taught at Wesleyan University before moving to UCLA in 1989. I study politics in both developed and less developed nations.

Email your questions to Miriam| 



Muhammad Shayan

Programme: The General Course (Government focus), 2010

Home Institution: Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania

Current Position: Digital Advertising Operations Trafficker, Yahoo Inc., New York 

I established a great network of friends during my year at LSE, which ultimately helped me secure a position my first internship in Search Engine Optimization in NYC. I am currently a Digital Ad Operational Trafficker, and work across various advertising platform to launch, track, manage and optimize campaigns for major commercial brands. Networking with people from all over the world and indulging in a fantastic curriculum helped me progress in my academic and professional life.

Email your questions to Muhammad Shayan|