London School of Economics - General Course - Should I go?

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Recently accepted into the program. For those not familiar, it's a year long study abroad program in London. Considering to attend during my senior year. I already secured an internship at an IB firm for the upcoming summer.

I have two concerns. In the situation that I do not receive a full time offer, how hard is it to recruit in the U.S from the U.K. for full-time? Also, the tuition and accommodations are quite expensive. Tuition is around PS19,728 and living costs are about PS12,000. There are opportunities to receive scholarships from both LSE and my home university, but I'm not sure how much I could receive.

Looking for advise on what someone would do in my position? The trip could be a great experience, but also an expensive and risky one. Appreciate the help. If I choose not to go, I would probably study for the CFA and GMAT the following year. Also, I am from a non-target school - not sure how much that matters to make this decision.

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Comments (7)

Feb 14, 2018

Hi DamnStraight, no, I never sleep and so I can respond to any lonely threads (like this one) at all hours of the night. Impressive, I know ;-)

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Feb 17, 2018

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Feb 18, 2018

I have heard not so good things.

Feb 18, 2018

Honestly LSE is a pressure cooker (source - a bunch of my HS Friends are there right now) and for studying abroad most people would rather go to less prestigious universities and have fun travelling europe etc. Why not look at a cheaper alternative?

Feb 19, 2018

But you should want it to be a hard program so that you can actually learn something. If you can go to LSE and do some interesting work or contribute to a whitepaper or something, that is 10x more impressive on your resume than you farting around Spain for a semester (spoiler alert: no one is going to care about that).

Feb 19, 2018

General course is really not competitive/valuable when you compare it to the Accounting & Finance / Finance & PE / or even the PPE. If you are from the US and you want to stay in the US that is OK I'd guess, but if you intend to break into the European market with that, I clearly would not recommend it.

Welcome to London, living expenses, not only university, are as high as Ackman's ego.

P.S Yes LSE is a pressure cooker and probably the first question ppl will ask you before even knowing your name if what internship you got already

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Feb 19, 2018