Elena Sampietro
, a 21 year old undergraduate international relations student at ITAM in Mexico City, reflects on her experience of the new International Political Economy custom programme created by LSE Enterprise.

Elena and friends

Elena (second left) and friends

‘This summer, I had the opportunity to come to a special summer course held at the London School of Economics and Political Science especially designed for my university. I am proud and thankful to be a part of the first programme of this kind, in some way representing ITAM with my other classmates. In the two weeks we’ve been here so far, we’ve learned about a different method of teaching and learning than the one we are used to in Mexico: for example, back home we don’t usually get seminars and lectures at different times and with different teachers, it only happens with some classes and almost never when it comes to social studies. I think that this form of teaching and learning (lectures + seminars) is very enriching. It allows us to deepen the knowledge we previously acquired and engage in debate in a relaxed environment which has the sole purpose of expanding the minds of the students.

25‘Meanwhile, three weeks in London is enough time to get familiar with this vibrant city. Personally, I get a very nice feeling crossing the Millennium Bridge every morning in order to come to class, just enjoying the breeze from the Thames River, the view of Saint Paul’s cathedral in the front and of Tower Bridge to the right. Even if we have classes almost every day (and we have to spend some time at LSE’s library), we’ve had enough time to do some sightseeing not only in London, but also in other must-see places of the United Kingdom (Bath, Edinburgh and Dublin, for example).

‘Overall, just being at one of the most important universities of Economics and Political Science in the world has been almost unreal. I hope this programme will continue and that the friendship between ITAM and LSE will become stronger and lasting.’