(Original post by benq)
Hi! Thanks a lot for taking your time to answer our questions, this is extremely kind of you! Ok, so here I go:
1) Is it hard to get an exchange spot at places like Chicago and Georgetown? Basically, at the most competitive US universities that King's Philosophy Department collaborates with. What do the chances depend on?
2) Do many people take modules at other London schools? Is that easy to arrange?
3) In the 2nd year, is it absolutely compulsory to follow the degree structure, e.g. 2 modules from the List A, 2 from the List B... Or, perhaps, if you really don't like one of the lists - it might be possible to substitute a few modules for other ones?
4) Can philosophical modules from other departments count as your philosophy modules, e.g. a module about French thinkers of the 20th century? Or a literature module where you study authors who wrote philosophical novels?
5) If you know, how KCL Philosophy compares with Philosophy at UCL/LSE?
I just got an offer from KCL myself, hence quite excited, and therefore so many questions!
1) A couple of people in my year went to UNC and Stanford. I don't think it's that difficult. Then you needed a 2.1 (60-70%) average for your first year, which isn't as hard to get as a 2.1 in other years. You apply in first year then spend your second year abroad.
2) I took a module at LSE in my final year, and some of my friends took one at UCL. It was quite difficult to arrange in that I had to do lots of the admin myself - there wasn't a 'intercollegiate module coordinator' or anything. But also no grade requirements. A secretary told me I would be among the last people to get an intercollegiate module at LSE due to funding.
3) Maybe if you make enough of a fuss about it! I don't know
anyone who changed the structure, though it may be possible. I would say, however, that it is there for a reason! You get a balanced philosophical education.
4) Yes. Of the eight modules per year, you can do two elsewhere - another department, or another college. So that could be English dept or French dept, or UCL philosophy. You do need to satisfy that dept's requirements though, and I seem to remember something about convincing the philosophy dept that the 'foreign' module would be relevant, for some outside modules.
5) Having spent some time at LSE, I can comment on that difference. Class sizes are smaller, as is the whole department. This means that you'll come out of your degree there knowing everyone, unlike at King's where only a handful of profs will know you by the end (unless you're ridiculous or exceptional, which most people aren't). The teaching is also quite related to everything else at LSE: so you can do philosophy of economics, phil of sociology, etc. The dept can seem to function as an adjunct to other LSE depts - although it is still among the best in the world. If you like the modern, scientifically engaged side of philosophy, then LSE is good. King's is more traditional. From what I hear, UCL is like King's but smaller - with particular strengths on political philosophy and aesthetics, but also world class at everything else.