LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Serving as the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans. London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. It is the world's largest financial center alongside New York, has the largest city GDP in Europe and is home to the headquarters of more than 100 of Europe's 500 largest companies. This diverse and dynamic metropolis offers opportunities for visitors to indulge in their interests.
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) offers a unique opportunity to study the social sciences in a university institution with a worldwide academic reputation, while enjoying the cultural, social and recreational facilities of one of the world's great capital cities.
Students from all over the world have been welcomed at LSE since the foundation of the School in 1895. At present there are over 150 countries represented on campus, making LSE a uniquely international and cosmopolitan university in the center of an equally cosmopolitan world city, London. In an increasingly globalized world, LSE provides you with an opportunity to study the social sciences in a truly international way, surrounded by an entirely international community.
LSE believes in a traditional approach to teaching, ensuring students have a solid understanding of the core elements of their subjects. Teaching methods In each of the four courses you take over the year, teaching will consist of a mixture of lectures and linked classes, running in parallel, in which you will work through questions, problem sets and issues raised in the lectures or present and discuss your own papers or essays. Lectures are attended by all the students taking the course (and some auditing the lectures out of general interest); on a popular course, there could be several hundred students in a lecture. For the classes, you would be allocated to a much smaller group, generally consisting of no more than 15 students. In some advanced third year courses, the two functions of lectures and classes may be combined in seminars or small group tutorials: this depends on the numbers taking the course, and on the subject being studied. The number of 'formal' contact hours will vary with the type of course you are taking but will normally be between 2-4 hours per course per week.
As a student at LSE you will be studying in the heart of a multicultural city alongside students from across the world. Major attractions such as Theatreland, the West End, the Royal Opera House and the British Library and Museum are right on your doorstep. It is truly one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in the world. Educational benefits include libraries, professional institutes and all the resources of the University of London. LSE's central position means that you are a short walk from an enormous range of opportunities and attractions, many of them tailored for the tastes and pockets of the tens of thousands of students in the many universities and colleges in London.
LSE offers a variety of styles of accommodation. In all of them, there will be a varied mix of home and overseas students, men and women. In each residence there is a student committee to organize regular events, such as video evenings or film shows.
For Additional Information
Please contact Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad or visit the London School of Economics' website.