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Carr Saunders Halls, LSE
London School of Economics
London

LSE or UCL???

I've received an offer for UCL for international social and political science which includes learning a language (I chose arabic) and a year abroad in the country which speaks your chosen language but I also received an offer from LSE for international social and public policy and politics

I am really conflicted on which Uni to choose as both are really well renowned but LSE seems to be inevitable to choose to some as they have a better ranking and overall a better uni for job prospects especially due to the niche size so its specialised in politics and could have lots of opportunities for careers but the course at UCL would leave me with a year abroad experience and a new language and they also seem to have a better social life so I dont know which uni to choose, LSE simply for its prestige or UCL as the course sounds more enjoyable but the LSE course is still really good

I'm not sure what i want to do in the future but it's going to be in the politics pathway like a diplomat
The standard response is, "Pick the course that's right for you and fulfills all your needs", which is true! You should definitely do that. BUT UCL doesn't match up to LSE's prestige and it's also important to look at it from a perspective that says you're choosing UCL over LSE. If I were you, I'd pick LSE - it is the London School of Economics and POLITICAL Science. Up to you though...
Carr Saunders Halls, LSE
London School of Economics
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Original post by Anonymous
The standard response is, "Pick the course that's right for you and fulfills all your needs", which is true! You should definitely do that. BUT UCL doesn't match up to LSE's prestige and it's also important to look at it from a perspective that says you're choosing UCL over LSE. If I were you, I'd pick LSE - it is the London School of Economics and POLITICAL Science. Up to you though...


yes I completely get that, but I feel like I would enjoy myself way more at UCL but then again I would be stupid not to choose LSE because its LSE

would you say the opportunities that would arise in the future with a degree from LSE would be more reputable and distinguished than if I were to apply for a job with a degree from UCL, a year abroad and fluent Arabic which may open more doors as Arabic is one of the most spoken languages in the world
Original post by Anonymous
yes I completely get that, but I feel like I would enjoy myself way more at UCL but then again I would be stupid not to choose LSE because its LSE

would you say the opportunities that would arise in the future with a degree from LSE would be more reputable and distinguished than if I were to apply for a job with a degree from UCL, a year abroad and fluent Arabic which may open more doors as Arabic is one of the most spoken languages in the world

Go to UCL if you prefer it, the rep between the two is like barely anything. You are overthinking this, they are both great universities. A year abroad would also broaden your horizons, good plus to have.
Original post by Anonymous
yes I completely get that, but I feel like I would enjoy myself way more at UCL but then again I would be stupid not to choose LSE because its LSE

would you say the opportunities that would arise in the future with a degree from LSE would be more reputable and distinguished than if I were to apply for a job with a degree from UCL, a year abroad and fluent Arabic which may open more doors as Arabic is one of the most spoken languages in the world

if the year abroad is important to you, pick UCL. at LSE, you can do a language alongside your course anyway
Go to LSE, as you will enjoy the experience more as an academic studying and social life is great with over 200 societies.

Also, LSE has a 'stellar' reputation worldwide and is ranked higher for your subject.

More importantly, LSE will open doors to postgraduate study for degrees: MA/MSc/MBA/MPhil/PhD at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Stanford and USC as well as Oxford and Cambridge of course. :wink:

The library at LSE has 5,000 study desks with power outlets and 2,000 more spaces with computers and chairs and desks too.

As well as not having to spend £100s on textbooks. Because the library has multiple copies of all texts. :biggrin: lol

You will be able to study Arabic alongside your degree at LSE and even more languages as an Alumni of LSE too. :smile:

https://www.lse.ac.uk/language-centre/non-degree-language-courses/how-to-register-for-arabic

So please, don't be stupid, and firm your LSE offer.
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Original post by thegeek888
Go to LSE, as you will enjoy the experience more as an academic studying and social life is great with over 200 societies.

Also, LSE has a 'stellar' reputation worldwide and is ranked higher for your subject.

More importantly, LSE will open doors to postgraduate study for degrees: MA/MSc/MBA/MPhil/PhD at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Stanford and USC as well as Oxford and Cambridge of course. :wink:

The library at LSE has 5,000 study desks with power outlets and 2,000 more spaces with computers and chairs and desks too.

As well as not having to spend £100s on textbooks. Because the library has multiple copies of all texts. :biggrin: lol

You will be able to study Arabic alongside your degree at LSE and even more languages as an Alumni of LSE too. :smile:

https://www.lse.ac.uk/language-centre/non-degree-language-courses/how-to-register-for-arabic

So please, don't be stupid, and firm your LSE offer.
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This is quite a silly argument.

If you were going to make this argument, how come you did not list the number of societies at UCL? What if UCL has 250 societies?

What makes social life "great" at LSE, more than at UCL?

UCL does not also open doors for postgrad studies at "Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Stanford and USC as well as Oxford and Cambridge of course?"? (Actually funny to even think USC is a step up from LSE or UCL; most in the know know it is more a couple of steps down to the level of Warwick)
Original post by thegeek888
Go to LSE, as you will enjoy the experience more as an academic studying and social life is great with over 200 societies.

Also, LSE has a 'stellar' reputation worldwide and is ranked higher for your subject.

More importantly, LSE will open doors to postgraduate study for degrees: MA/MSc/MBA/MPhil/PhD at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Stanford and USC as well as Oxford and Cambridge of course. :wink:

The library at LSE has 5,000 study desks with power outlets and 2,000 more spaces with computers and chairs and desks too.

As well as not having to spend £100s on textbooks. Because the library has multiple copies of all texts. :biggrin: lol

You will be able to study Arabic alongside your degree at LSE and even more languages as an Alumni of LSE too. :smile:

https://www.lse.ac.uk/language-centre/non-degree-language-courses/how-to-register-for-arabic

So please, don't be stupid, and firm your LSE offer.
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agreed on the fact that it ranks higher in terms of prestige + the arabic aspect!! however, UCL would open doors to all these places as well - it's just that with LSE, there's a better chance as it has a better international reputation. not many americans have heard of UCL, but they do know LSE

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