First of all I would like to stress that among other aspects, the core of the programme is in the importance of the European single market, so my advice to those deciding whether to apply or not is to have a strong interest in European history and politics to better follow the course. Furthermore, as a tip for the selection interview, show your interest well and explain to the committee why you, and not others, will make a difference if chosen for the programme.
Studying in the UK
At LSE I experienced another education system, one where you have to do more by yourself. In Spain you take notes on what the teacher is saying, but here they give you key points and you go and do your own research – there is a very good library. For me the system is richer than in Spain because you become very analytical, and this is what I like most.
LSE is a brand that stands out in any CV for well grounded reasons, and therefore future students should expect a lot of work (and readings!) to prepare for the classes they will be attending, and for the required assignments and seminars. I would say that the biggest difference between studying in the UK and Spain is that professors at LSE do not expect you to explain to them what other authors think about a particular matter, they care about your own thoughts.
We would need to be at the university by about 9.30, for four hours of seminars, lectures and guest speakers, plus private study in the library for essays and presentations. I was impressed with the organisation and the teaching methodology. There was more pre-class reading than we have in the Basque country, and I wasn’t used to the seminars or public speakers. The professors were really good and the learning system worked for me.
Usoa Agirre Retolaza
I would suggest to the next candidates that you come eager to learn and enjoy, because although this course obviously requires you to study quite hard, with a good plan you do not have to give up fun. I would also suggest that you profit from the LSE library as much as possible. You will find any material you need: from sociology or economics to international law; books or specialised reviews… everything is there!
Jone Lakarra Etxebarria
For more from previous European Political Economy and Finance students, visit the participants’ page.