Hey guys, I used to be quite active at this forum while I was trying to get a place at a British university (Oxford, King's, Edinburgh). That didn't work out as planned - decided not to leave my country for family reasons and declined an additional interview while in Oxford (probably wouldn't have got in even if I hadn't done that, lol, no hard feelings). My journey had me end up at a place where I'm studying for an LSE degree through the University of London International Programme.
My post here serves to let you guys know of a way to get into that program on the cheap/for free.
I'm currently studying for my UoL degree at a Polish academy of business & economics that offers 6 LSE courses:
Economics & Management
Economics & Finance
Business & Management
Accounting & Finance
Banking & Finance
The deal for the students of my university is such that:
In theory, it costs you 5000 EUR/year to be registered with LSE (+ take your official end year exams at British Council, they're later sent to London and evaluated by LSE profs) and physically have regular classes, mock exams, access to the uni library etc. etc. at my uni.
In practice, my university is currently striving to become an officially recognized centre for UoL Interntional Programmes. That means they're investing in this programme, not making money off it. Their goal is to have as many good students as possible a) register with UoL through the university; b) pass the exams at good grades; c) and thus prove to UoL that my university is worthy of being a recognized centre and get some advantages that go with it - probably also finally start making money off the programme.
SO - this year the situation was such that you could take a scholarship exam (basics of econ, math, stat) and either drop the price to 2500 euros/year (you pay your LSE fees but get classes and all the perks that come with physical contact with lecturer for free) or get the whole package for free - my uni actually pays your LSE fees, too. I only managed to get the half-deal so far, but it's still a lot cheaper than 9000 quid/year.
That situation will probably go on for at least two or three years.
Add to that the cost of living comparison:
Personally, I rent a flat with my girlfriend, right next to the subway, 4 stations from the city centre and 6 stations from the uni, for about 340 pounds (170 each), everything included, and we both (food etc.) live off about 80-100 pounds a month. You can get a room for 100-200 quid a month (depending on standard & location).
And, as you can see, you can get an UoL degree for a much decreased price, while living in a much cheaper country and ticking off your abroad life experience, too. Of course, it's not the same as studying in London. Were I in a different life situation and had I a lot more money - I'd much prefer to study in London. However, I'm sure there's a lot of people who can't afford a full-time LSE degree, and people who are not disciplined enough to go through the UoL International Programme on their own. So I thought I'd share what I'm going through!
I don't want this to be a blatant advertisement or something like that (although it's more like an exploit trick lol), but if someone wants more information, I'll gladly share via PM.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDv-2EGW8a4 And a bit about the city itself...
Is freshers still worth it?