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  1. Hi! I'm an American student looking at LSE for a taught MSc in IR. I was wondering if anyone could tell me about their experiences finding a job in the UK during and/or after graduation. Do most Americans graduate and return to the US for jobs? What kind of networking opportunities are available? Any advice would be extremely helpful! Thanks!
  2. Hi, I am desperate for any comments or advice about double degree programs in LSE. I'm particularly interested in LSE/Fudan University Msc Global media and communications. I don't have a long work experience (only 1 year of intern experience in total), but will I still have the chance of getting accepted? Or should I gain more work experience by working at a related field for 2~3 years before applying? Any personal comments about the course would be appreciated. Thanks.
  3. Hello everyone,I am currently struggling with an important decision regarding a Postgraduate programme for next year and could use some input from the Grad Café.Current situationI have been accepted to the following programs:- MSc Economics (UCL)- MSc Economics, Two Year program (LSE)and am waiting for a response (which is very likely to be positive) from:- Master of Advanced Studies in Economics (KU Leuven, Belgium)BackgroundI have a Bachelor degree in Engineering from a good university in in my home country but without that much international projection (PUC - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and I am currently finishing a MSc Statistics program at KU Leuven, Belgium, very likely with distinction. I have a strong quantitative background in Mathematics and Stats, but I lack formal knowledge in theoretical economics. My Economics knowledge comes from a lot of reading, 2 optional courses (Macro and Development Econ) and 2 Coursera MOOC's on (Principles of Macro and Micro).GoalsFor the past couple of years now, I have been doing the (surprisingly, imo) common transition from Engineering into Economics. I would like to pursue a PhD with a focus on applied econometric analysis to Development, Public Policies and Growth (if that doesn't sound too vague). I see myself working in academia, think tanks, research or policy making institutions. I have no intention of going into Finance or Consulting, or the business sector in general.Some pointsI applied to some PhD positions this year already, but was not accepted, in my opinion (just my opinion really, because no feedback was ever given), partly for lack of economic knowledge and training. In all three Unis, a good performance in the Master program is almost a guarantee to be accepted at the PhD program afterwards. However, this does not guarantee funding, so I would also apply to PhD's elsewhere (Oxbridge, LSE, UCL, Wawick, other places outside the UK).Due to already having a 2-year Master program (in Stats), I originally applied to 1-year programs only, both in UCL and LSE. During my application, LSE contacted me and asked whether I would also be open to be considered for the 2-year program, to which I said yes.One thing that concerns me a little was the fact that having two two-year Master programs and a switch of fields from my original Engineering degree would make me come across as somewhat indecisive and hurt my chances in the future. I have no clue whether this is indeed a thing or it's just me being an overthinker, I would also love to hear some thoughts on that if someone has any.Any advice on my situation?Thanks a million!TL;DREngineer/Statistician seeking advice on choosing between MSc Economics at UCL, LSE (2-year) or KU Leuven as a first step to a future PhD.
  4. Hello, I am an undergraduate student in Canada and am planning on applying to UK graduate programs in International Relations in Fall (September) 2017. I wanted to ask what programs have the greatest prestige, best opportunities for careers in academia, careers in policy, and foreign service that I could receive entry into. I finished my third year with a CGPA of 3.78/4.00, have experience working in the Canadian embassy in D.C as a Trade Policy intern, worked in a Fortune 500 company, President of my university's Pre-Law Society, and was a Poli Sci instructional assistant at my university. I also have 3 solid reference letters. My top programs are: 1. The London School of Economics & Political Science - International Relations 2. University of Oxford - International Relations 3. University of Cambridge - International Relations 4. Kings College London - International Relations (War Studies Department) 5. University of Edinburgh - International Relations
  5. Hello, I am a political science undergrad student at a comprehensive university in Ontario, Canada. I currently possess a cumulative GPA of 3.78/4.00 and a major GPA of 3.91/4.00. I recently (two days ago) finished my 3rd out of 4 years of university and will be applying in September/October of 2017 with the marks I have already attained. I have work experience as a teaching and grading IR assistant at my university (going to be 8 months), as a trade policy intern at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC (4 months), as a legal intern for a prestigious international law firm (1 month), and as a Corporate Affairs intern at a Fortune 500 company (4 months). In terms of university extracurriculars I am the President of my university's pre-law society. I also have three strong letters of recommendation from my professors who specialize in IR--they attended St. Andrews, UofT, and UCambridge respectively. My dream MSc program is The London School of Economics & Political Science MSc International Relations. As an aside, it is my goal to pursue a PhD and a career in academia after completing this program. I wanted to know (from individuals who have been accepted/rejected to this program or similar) what my chances are of being accepted? I am also applying to the MSc in Conflict Studies (second choice) so an estimate of my chances for that program would be most appreciated as well. Canadian LSE MSc Minimum GPA entry requirement: 3.3/4.0 (No GRE or GMAT required) 2017/2018 MSc International Relations acceptance rate: 11.14% (101/907) 2017/2018 MSc Conflict Studies acceptance rate: 17.14% (55/321)
  6. Hello everyone, im currently deciding between a few options for grad school fall 2017 start and would love your opinions. I have been accepted into the following programs: LSE MSc In Global Politics Sciences Po MSc In Public policy iheid (graduate institute in Geneva) in international affairs and have also applied to the dual degree between LSE sciences po (Psia) ... haven't heard back yet but assuming I get in, which of the four options would you choose? For some background, I went to undergrad in the US and majored in comparative literature so I am a bit of a crossover case for these programs. I honestly am not sure what I want to do, so I'd love to go to a school with excellent career services and obviously high quality courses. Since I was previously studying literature and science (as I was planning to go to med school in the us) I am a bit concerned about finding work after my masters since I have no work experience. let me know your thoughts!! thanks a bunch!
  7. Hi, I am interested in applying to LSE masters program in Economics and/or Math and Econometrics program but need to take the GRE first and I am deciding how much time to give myself to study before taking the test. With that in mind, how much harder does it get to be accepted into LSE and other rolling admissions programs if I apply in February or later? In general how much harder is it to be accepted as time goes on? Thanks, Alex
  8. I'm a third year Physics student at Imperial College London, who is considering applying to an Econ PhD program. I cuurently have offers for a Maters in both Theoretical Physics and Economics, and am heavily weighing up both options. I have the following questions: (i) Which Masters program would suit best for the transition? I have an offer for MSc Finance and Economics at the LSE, but I also have offers in Physics from ETH and Imperial. It seems like there could be a possibility to take Econ classes whilst purusing the Physics Masters, which is what I will do if I choose physics. Also, if I do choose the non-physics masters, will other LSE Masters courses, such as the MSc EME or 2-year MSc Economics be more beneficial? (ii) Is it necessary to have research experience in economics? I have set up an RA placement for the summer in the Imperial Finance department, but it is not necessarily in the area I am interested in, namely behavioural economics and decision-making. I have tried (but failed) to successfully cold e-mail professors into giving me a summer reserch in these areas (which is partly why the 2 year LSE course might be better, as it gives more time to be involved in research before the PhD). Would appreciate any insights on this.
  9. Hi guys, Just creating a space for the early phase of admissions to Masters in Development Studies ( or similar courses) for fall 2017. Personally, I'm focussed more on IHEID and Sciences Po, along with the Hague. However, feel free to discuss on any other institution too. I hope this could help clear people's doubts regarding the institution, financing, admissions, life there, or some other such thing. Cheers, Maadhav
  10. Heyyyy Guys! Just got admitted to LSE MPA and SIPA'S MPA and MPA-DP. My aim is to work on international development and at global initiatives and agencies (such as UNDP, FAO, USAID,etc). None of them have offered me funding. But, from what I have heard is easier to get student loans and/or second-year funding at SIPA. But, LSE's tuiton fee is significant lowe. But I love Columbia. I am quite confused. Any advice? Anyone on the same boat. Also, I have to decide between the 2 SIPA programs.
  11. So here it goes. I am an American student who has been accepted into LSE and Edinburgh for MSc programs (Social Policy and Planning at LSE and Comparative Public Policy at Edinburgh). I am having a difficult time deciding between the two for a couple of reasons. LSE is more prestigious, I know this and I understand how important of a factor it is in future job prospects. I have heard however that the student experience is pretty low; students don’t get much time with professors/facilities are over crowded/good job training not great education. On the other hand I have heard that Edinburgh is less rigorous but the overall enjoyment and standard of living is higher. I also hear that you get more time with faculty. I am a very serious student and would like to move onto a PhD or think tank like positions in the future, so LSE is enticing (I am worried about job prospects after Edinburgh), but my gut tells me Edinburgh might be a better fit. Any advice would be SO HELPFUL, also if I have misunderstood things/ been misinformed please let me know. All info I have is just pieced together from hours of research.
  12. Admitted to one year MA in Econ at Columbia, two year MSC in Economics at LSE. What will be better in terms of job perspectives??
  13. Hello Everyone, I am new here, so I apologize if there is already a thread about this that I missed, but I was accepted into my first-choice reach school, The London School of Economics. They gave me a persoalized letter and the department said they would really like to have me, however, I was not offered any funding at all (the department itself has no funds to offer). I am an American student and I could take out soul-destroying American student loans, but I would really hate to do so if I do not have to. On the other hand, I would also hate to turn down my first-choice school for monetary reasons (I did the same thing for my undergraduate degree--- turned down my first-choice school in favor of a school that was cheaper). I have been saving money for 3 years here in Japan, but my family fell onto hard times and so I gave all of the money that I saved for graduate school to them. I am slowly rebuilding, but I definitely won't have enough to cover everything. I think I could probably save enough to cover living expenses if no big problems comes up between then and now. Does anyone know of any LSE scholarships (or scholarships for Americans who want to study at LSE/the UK) aside from the graduate support scheme? For everything that I've found either the deadline has already passed or filling out the online form graduate support scheme was sufficient. I want to exhaust all my possibilities before I give up on my dream, so if you know of anything, please help me. I was accepted into other programs that offer funding, but they aren't quite as specific and they aren't a perfect fit for me like LSE's program is. Thank you!
  14. Any advice you can give would be much appreciated! I have a very tough choice ahead of me. -Cambridge MPhil in International Relations and Politics. -Fulbright for Sciences Po Paris, with LSE the following year (dual degree). -Oxford MPhil in International Relations -Others: LSE MSc in IPE on its own (1 year), PSIA International Public Management on its own (Fulbright first year, second year much less expensive than if I did the LSE dual degree but less impressive/wouldn't open doors in London), UCL Masters in International Public Policy, SAIS Bologna/DC (offered no money), SIPA MIA (offered no money)
  15. Hi everyone!I'm having difficulties choosing between LSE, Sciences Po PSIA and Johns Hopkins SAIS for my masters degree. I have received an offer from LSE, for the MSc International Relations. Waiting for response from the other two. I've applied to the International Public Management programme at PSIA and the MA (International Development concentration) at SAIS (first year in Bologna and second in DC).My background: I'm european and have two bachelor's degrees in Comparative Politics and Journalism. Professional experience from international development/foreign service, politics and news media. Not entirely sure what I want to do in the future, but interested in a professional career in development and foreign policy.I guess LSE is the uni with the best reputation in Europe and I would be done in one year, but I'm worried the degree is too "narrow" for my interests (no economics, no development classes) and perhaps too theoretical. I'd love to learn French and the courses at PSIA looks great, but I've met several alumni who were not satisfied with the school (large classes, quality of teaching etc). SAIS would give me the economics and development classes I want, but it's terribly expensive and not too well known outside of the US?Does anyone have experiences from any of these schools? Pros and cons? Grateful for all help!
  16. LSE vs. Uni of Toronto

    Hey everyone, I'm a Canadian student who has recently been accepted to the LSE for a MSc in Human Resources. I've heard this is a quite prestigious university in Europe, but not so well known in North America. Am I crazy to pass up the this chance to go to the University of Toronto instead? LSE would cost me about $60,000 vs. U of T $30,000 (including living expenses). Also, as the UK has made getting work visas more difficult, I'm worried that I won't be able to stay in the UK to work after and my degree won't be as recognized when back in Canada. Anybody have any advice or experience?
  17. Hey everyone! Just a quick question -- does anyone know how difficult it is to pursue the SIPA GPPN dual degrees? Apparently SIPA MPAs and MIAs have "the option" to dual degree with one of several partnership programs abroad (i.e., LSE, Sciences Po, Todai, and a few others). I am particularly interested in Sciences Po. Has anyone heard anything about the difficulty of pursuing these dual degree options via GPPN? (Or even better, are there any current SIPA MIAs or MPAs that can speak to this?) Does SIPA encourage this, and is it relatively easy to gain acceptance into the dual degree programs? Or is GPPN just a special program for an elite/select few, and does SIPA heavily regulate whom gets in, etc.? Any insight is much, much appreciated! Thanks so much!
  18. Hi all, I have been accepted at Oxford for the MPhil in Development Studies and at LSE for the MPA in Public and Social Policy starting october 2012, and I'm having a difficult time deciding where to go. Upon graduation I wish to pursue a career as a consultant for non-for profits (I have professional experience in the non-for profit sector, as well as in management consulting at a top strategic firm) in my home country Mexico. In terms of university lifestyle I understand that Oxford is better than LSE. I also understand that LSE's scope is much more pragmatic than Oxford. Could anyone help with insights into these programmes and universities? Thanks! Santiago
  19. Dear All, First, I hope everyone is doing well! I am new here, and I found this forum to be very helpful for anyone envisaging graduate school. I am currently an undergraduate student majoring in Political Science at a CUNY University ( The public university of New York City). I am minoring in English, History and Philosophy and my GPA is 3.65. I have a fairly interesting life story despite my young age (21 years old). Born in a war-torn country, coming from a family which had been continually politically oppressed by the communist regime until the year of my birth, I was personnally confronted with the horrors of the civil war, and exiled in Paris, France where from the age of 10 to 13, my family and I were homeless. I have, thus, double citizenship: French and Albanian. At the age of 17, we moved to NYC, and since then I have been occupied with the writing of a book, which hopefully will be finished before my 22nd birthday. I have the American Green Card. I have won some prestigious literary awards, I have interned at the Albanian Ministry of Justice for a whole summer, and I have interned at one of the NYC Supreme Court. I would like to apply to Science Po and possibly LSE. My preference would be to go back home (Science Po Paris) for a Master and then come back to the US for Law School. My main focus would be to continue a Master in Political Science in Political Theory at L'ecole Doctorale of Science Po, or concentrate in the study of International Relations at Science Po or LSE. Can anyone enlighten me as to what is the difference between the two cited masters at Science Po? Which one is more prestigious ? Is the Master at L'Ecole Doctorale a rather good program? Also, I have heard that Science Po encourages and accepts more easily international students than French students. Will I be guaranteed acceptation more easily if I was to apply as Albanian as opposed to French even though I will be graduating with a B.A? And finally, I am extremely worried about my GPA as it does not reflect my abilities. I wonder if I can explain ( or rather would I be allowed to explain) that it was as a result of a major family issue... Will the fact that both my parents were victims of rather dangerous and life-threatening car accident, and that being the only person speaking English in the household, I needed to take care of almost everything while working two jobs (over 35h/week), being a full-time student, as well as involved in my college ' student activites ? I thank you all very much, and I hope I have not bothered you with my long comment. All inputs are very much appreciated, and do not hesitate if you have any questions. R.
  20. MSc Management and Strategy

    Hi everybody! Is anyone aplying to LSE's MSc Management and Strategy? Any news? Best,