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 (Economics & Management) 2015

Current Position: Officer of Finance & Strategy, LegalPad

Since leaving the LSE, I have continued my Economics and Finance studies at Babson College. Apart from pursuing a career in tmt investment banking, I have taken an administrative role in organising the Italia Innovation Program sponsored by Stanford University. In this capacity, I have utilized my contacts, and have brought in prestigious Italian brands such as Tods, FIAT Chrysler, as well as numerous highly influential business and academic professionals- such as Sergio Marchionne (Ceo of Fiat). 

Email your questions to Erik



Programme: The General Course (Economics & Economic History), 2006

Current Position: Attorney, Law Office of Jeremy Tenser Limited

After the General Course, I returned to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY to complete my undergraduate degree in Economics. Upon graduating from Cornell, I returned to my home country of Canada to attend law school. In the summers during law school, I worked at the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) in the Labour Department, where I drafted the legal briefs in support of NHL players who filed for salary arbitration. Upon graduating law school, I moved to Los Angeles, California where I am currently an attorney practicing at a boutique entertainment law firm.

Email your questions to Jeff


Jeffrey K

Programme: The General Course (Economics), 2014

Current Position: The Parthenon Group/ Ernst & Young, Associate Consultant

I am currently working at The Parthenon Group / Ernst & Young in San Francisco. The group focuses on private equity due diligence, as well as M&A and corporate strategy.

Email your questions to Jeffrey K

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Programme: The General Course (History), 2014

Current Position: Student, Bard College

During my time at LSE I took courses in the International History department and was a part of the Student-Staff Liaison committee. I am currently in my last year of university, but in the past have held research positions with Bard College and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. I would love to share my experience or answer any questions regarding the General Course.

Email your questions to Lucy




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 completed my undergraduate degree in Germany ("First state exam"). Currently I am working on my PhD thesis in competition law at a Max Planck Institute.

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 



Programme: The General Course (Management), 2014

Current Position: Student, Brandeis University

I will be graduating in 2015 at Brandeis University and did my third year at LSE in Management as a General Course Student. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my experience.

Email your questions to Natacha



Programme: The General Course (Economics), 2014

Current Position: Financial Engineer, Ernst & Young, New York

After attending the General Course I graduated from Haverford College in 2015, receiving a BA in Economics with High Honors and a Concentration in Mathematical Economics. I currently work as a financial engineer at Ernst & Young where I design new valuation models and advise clients on the pricing of derivatives. I am interested in the application of scientific computing and computational modeling techniques, particularly as they apply to medicine. I intend to attend medical school to become a physician-scientist.

Email your questions to Raphael