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Should I choose UCL for BASc Arts and Sciences (Cultures) or LSE for BSc Language, Culture and Society? Received offers and love the look of both, does anyone have any insight into the courses or Unis vs. each other? I'm really struggling to decide... Factors i'm taking into account: Rank, Employability, Volunteering opportunities, Internship opportunities, International reputation, possibility of achieving good marks. I'm an international student and 20 years old. UCL would be 3 years and LSE would be 4 (with a year abroad in Paris). Not sure whether I mind being a bit older than most when I finish, LSE would be more expensive in the long run though. I've been researching a lot and am worried that LSE might not be the right fit for me, as I am not interested into going into finance or law at all (I want to go into politics or journalism) and am a quite social, down to earth person, I want to make friends and enjoy the next few years while still being able to achieve high marks. At the same time LSE is a great university, more specialised and would look great for careers. UCL is such a wonderful university too, I love the campus feel and it seems not as intense as LSE. Thoughts?
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hi there, saw this earlier on my unanswered questions

hopefully i can help as I have had to make a similar choice! i chose between ucl arts and sciences (study abroad, cultures major too!) and lse philosophy, logic and scientific method, although initially i was considering applying for the language, culture and society course funnily enough! it looks really interesting!

in the end i have chosen ucl arts and sciences, here are some relevant reasons:
- i am able to take a study abroad year - for you this is the other way around, although you can still go abroad without having applied for the 4 year course initially ((i think they have a wider variety of destinations at ucl?) - for language i could take modules at the lse although i would have to compromise trying other subjects, for ucl it is just part of the course
- i had more confidence that i would enjoy the ucl course, my lse course is more specialised so i would be a bit concerned that it wouldn't be the right thing to study for me - i know the lcs has a few different core aspects so maybe this wouldn't be a concern for you
- i think lse probably has the edge for reputation, but there isn't a crazy amount in it - lse reputation mainly extends to its typical subjects though probably, so the arts and sciences could be more competitive for employment? it would probably be easier to demonstrate that it has given you a wide range of skills and specialisms, which would be beneficial. basc has higher requirements for grades, this could influence?
- cost of accommodation is higher at lse
- as much as i obviously do think about these other factors something i would prioritise is being able to have fun and this means being around the right people - i don't think that i would get on as much with people at lse and from the sounds of it this seems like something you're thinking about? there will be a difference in student bodies, one thing i would say is there would probably be a wider range of types of ucl students? idk how much sense that makes. basically i think i would have a more enjoyable time at ucl because of environment and students

volunteering opportunities i imagine are the same, internship might be better at ucl? i know there is something to do with internship as an option for the arts and sciences course

possibility of achieving good marks - i'm sure pretty equal, idk how to evaluate this really

hope this is helpful and not unclear

extra summary: i was tempted by the reputation of lse but ultimately i had a gut feeling ucl was more my place (also i really do prefer the course at ucl, important too but would have been willing to go for the philosophy logic and scientific method)
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Should I choose UCL for BASc Arts and Sciences (Cultures) or LSE for BSc Language, Culture and Society? Received offers and love the look of both, does anyone have any insight into the courses or Unis vs. each other? I'm really struggling to decide... Factors i'm taking into account: Rank, Employability, Volunteering opportunities, Internship opportunities, International reputation, possibility of achieving good marks. I'm an international student and 20 years old. UCL would be 3 years and LSE would be 4 (with a year abroad in Paris). Not sure whether I mind being a bit older than most when I finish, LSE would be more expensive in the long run though. I've been researching a lot and am worried that LSE might not be the right fit for me, as I am not interested into going into finance or law at all (I want to go into politics or journalism) and am a quite social, down to earth person, I want to make friends and enjoy the next few years while still being able to achieve high marks. At the same time LSE is a great university, more specialised and would look great for careers. UCL is such a wonderful university too, I love the campus feel and it seems not as intense as LSE. Thoughts?
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Thank you so much for your answer, this was so helpful!!! What a coincidence we were making similar choices, I think you definitely made the right one by picking UCL, it sounds like the best option for you. I’m more confident that I’ll enjoy BASc more too since it does offer such a broad range a subjects, there’s an extremely slim chance we would dislike the next 3/4 years. Yeah I was definitely thinking the same, I think I would make more friends at UCL than LSE. I’m also quite tempted by LSE’s reputation but at the end of the day UCL is a top Uni as well, both choices are amazing. After reading your answer I’m feeling a lot less stressed about this, I think I’ll go with my gut too and accept UCL, but I’m going to give it a few more days just so I’m 100% sure. Maybe we’ll see each other there!!! Thanks!!

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hi there, saw this earlier on my unanswered questions

hopefully i can help as I have had to make a similar choice! i chose between ucl arts and sciences (study abroad, cultures major too!) and lse philosophy, logic and scientific method, although initially i was considering applying for the language, culture and society course funnily enough! it looks really interesting!

in the end i have chosen ucl arts and sciences, here are some relevant reasons:
- i am able to take a study abroad year - for you this is the other way around, although you can still go abroad without having applied for the 4 year course initially ((i think they have a wider variety of destinations at ucl?) - for language i could take modules at the lse although i would have to compromise trying other subjects, for ucl it is just part of the course
- i had more confidence that i would enjoy the ucl course, my lse course is more specialised so i would be a bit concerned that it wouldn't be the right thing to study for me - i know the lcs has a few different core aspects so maybe this wouldn't be a concern for you
- i think lse probably has the edge for reputation, but there isn't a crazy amount in it - lse reputation mainly extends to its typical subjects though probably, so the arts and sciences could be more competitive for employment? it would probably be easier to demonstrate that it has given you a wide range of skills and specialisms, which would be beneficial. basc has higher requirements for grades, this could influence?
- cost of accommodation is higher at lse
- as much as i obviously do think about these other factors something i would prioritise is being able to have fun and this means being around the right people - i don't think that i would get on as much with people at lse and from the sounds of it this seems like something you're thinking about? there will be a difference in student bodies, one thing i would say is there would probably be a wider range of types of ucl students? idk how much sense that makes. basically i think i would have a more enjoyable time at ucl because of environment and students

volunteering opportunities i imagine are the same, internship might be better at ucl? i know there is something to do with internship as an option for the arts and sciences course

possibility of achieving good marks - i'm sure pretty equal, idk how to evaluate this really

hope this is helpful and not unclear

extra summary: i was tempted by the reputation of lse but ultimately i had a gut feeling ucl was more my place (also i really do prefer the course at ucl, important too but would have been willing to go for the philosophy logic and scientific method)
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"Reputation" only matters for investment banking and management consultancy, and they are both target unis for those fields, so it's a moot point in that regard.

So focus on the course itself, and what you would be studying - they're somewhat different programmes really all things considered. I'd note also LSE isn't particularly known for languages or linguistics so in purely academic terms I'd consider the programme at LSE a bit marginal. Obviously BASc has the caveat that you're very much at the mercy of the timetable and if there are limited spaces on a given module you might not be given priority for it.

Outside of the academic matters it sounds like you may prefer UCL, although I'd note the workload is likely to be similar at both.
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Thank you so much for your answer, this was so helpful!!! What a coincidence we were making similar choices, I think you definitely made the right one by picking UCL, it sounds like the best option for you. I’m more confident that I’ll enjoy BASc more too since it does offer such a broad range a subjects, there’s an extremely slim chance we would dislike the next 3/4 years. Yeah I was definitely thinking the same, I think I would make more friends at UCL than LSE. I’m also quite tempted by LSE’s reputation but at the end of the day UCL is a top Uni as well, both choices are amazing. After reading your answer I’m feeling a lot less stressed about this, I think I’ll go with my gut too and accept UCL, but I’m going to give it a few more days just so I’m 100% sure. Maybe we’ll see each other there!!! Thanks!!
i forgot to mention that i've heard there is a good sense of community for people who take BASc!

im glad to hear i was of some help, sounds like a good decision to take a couple extra days to think about it
maybe see you at the end of september !
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