London Student Life
Art and Culture
Most of the major museums and art galleries in London are free. LSE also sponsors numerous cultural and artistic events on campus- from weekly free music concerts in the Shaw Library, to various film, art and photographic student societies, and artist-in-residence projects. A schedule of Arts and music events on campus, can be found on the LSE website.
The LSE Students’ Union has over 150 societies covering a wide range of activities from the serious and prestigious, to the light-hearted and fun. For a list of societies at LSE, and further information on how to get involved, visit the LSE Student Union website.
Featured Archives in London
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Lloyds Banking Group »
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Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland »
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Featured Archives in the United Kingdom
Featured Archives in Europe
Council of Europe, Strasbourg
Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome
European Commission, Brussels
European Parliament, Luxembourg
Historical Archives of the European Communities, Florence
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna
International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva
International Court of Justice, The Hague
International Labour Organization, Geneva
International Telecommunication Union, Geneva
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Hamburg
League of Nations Archives and Museums, Geneva
North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris
World Health Organization, Geneva
World Trade Organization, Geneva
The LSE Library (also known as the British Library of Political & Economic Science) is one of the largest libraries in the world devoted to the economic and social sciences. It is both the working Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science and a national research center. Accordingly, all collections held at the LSE Library have been recognized for their outstanding national and international importance and awarded ‘Designation’ status by the UK Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).
In addition to the Main Collection, the Library has a separate Course Collection with multiple copies of key reading list texts. With the Course Collection, many students are able to complete their education at LSE without ever needing to purchase an academic book.
In addition to research material, LSE library offers an array of electronic and digital resources, which includes material specific to students of international history. Students are also welcome to sign up for information skills training sessions, or seek personal research assistance.
As LSE is a former constituent part of the University of London, dual degree students have additional borrowing privileges at the Senate House Library and reading privileges at 19 other colleges within the University of London network. Books that are not available through the University of London libraries can generally be obtained through the Inter-Library Lending system, to which LSE subscribes.
Less than a mile away, the British Library is another resource within easy walking distance of the LSE campus. The British Library receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland and holds over 150 million items, in most known languages. Although visitors cannot check out books from the British Library, there is on-site reading space available for over 1,200 readers.
Centers and Institutes
LSE has a number of centers and institutes, which offer talks, publications, and research and networking opportunities for students.
Of particular interest to students of international history is LSE IDEAS, a centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy. Its mission is to use LSE's vast intellectual resources to help train skilled and open-minded leaders and to study international affairs through world-class scholarship and engagement with practitioners and decision-makers. The centre has developed training programmes for foreign service officers from several countries and helped pioneer the LSE department of international history’s double degree program with Peking University.
LSE IDEAS hosts a number of visitors, advanced doctoral students, academics and foreign policy practitioners, from across the globe. The center organises public lectures and seminars and publishes two journals, two book series and a number of occasional publications. In addition, LSE IDEAS holds the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs, a one-year distinguished visiting professorship for leading scholars based outside the UK. Philippe Roman professors contribute to teaching within the centre's key areas of activity. The Philippe Roman Professors for 2007-2010 have been Paul Kennedy (Yale), Chen Jian (Cornell), Gilles Kepel (Sciences Po), and Niall Ferguson (Harvard). The 2011-2012 holder of the Chair is Ramachandra Guha.
Research Centers and Institutes at LSE
- Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
- Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
- The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (GRI)
- Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR)
- LSE London
- Middle East Centre
- Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society (BIOS)
- Financial Markets Group (FMG)
- IDEAS: International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy
- LSE Health and Social Care
LSE has one of the most prestigious public events programmes in the world. Past speakers have included: Nelson Mandela, Dmitry Medvedev, Bill Clinton, Angela Merkel, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron.Video recordings of many of these talks can be found on the LSE Youtube channel and on LSE's Podcasts and Videos webpage.
Career Resources at LSE
The LSE Career Centre offers LSE students an outstanding programme of events, internship and voluntary opportunities, careers advice and skills development. Featured below is a sampling of services offered by the LSE. A full list of LSE careers services can be found on the center’s website.
LSE career advisers run a core programme of careers skills seminars throughout term time, focusing on the recruitment process and introductory guides to employment sectors. Seminars include, the UK job market, how to write a CV, how to write effective applications, interview skills, assessment centres, group exercises and case study interviews. There are pre-fair seminars before each career fair, and a series of 'An introduction to careers in...' seminars on key industry areas. For more visit the schedule of Careers events.
LSE also offers a number of Employer led skills sessions. These skills sessions are interactive workshops, which focus on a key skill area the company prioritises for during its recruitment process. Skills sessions are small, normally 30-40 students so they are also useful for networking. Students do not have to be interested in the company hosting the event to attend.
Exclusive online vacancy board
The My Careers Service portal contains an online vacancy board, exclusive to LSE, where students can search for full-time graduate vacancies, internships, work experience, vacation, part-time or term-time jobs Students can register your occupational interests to receive targeted careers emails and alerts. My Careers Service becomes available to students after they have registered on campus at LSE.
Individual careers advice underpins all of LSE careers services; students can meet with a careers adviser at any time to discuss anything related to their careers. Each academic department has a dedicated careers adviser who runs careers information sessions specific to students’ discipline. LSE career advisers work closely employers and track the graduate labour market in key industry sectors. For more information visit the LSE career center’s International History page.
Opportunities to work while studying
• Part time work on campus is advertised exclusively to LSE students via LSE’s My Careers Service online vacancy board.
• The Volunteer Centre offers a range of volunteering opportunities for students. They also advise on volunteering in London and internationally and can help students assess how to make the best use of volunteering opportunities.
• LSE Internship Schemes are exclusive to LSE students and provide postgraduates with a unique source of opportunities in niche sectors: Parliament, Policy, Public Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility, Media Policy and Development. Students apply directly to LSE Careers, where applicants are matched to a bank of positions, based on their interests. If successful, internships will take place for 1.5 days a week during term time.
Many students of international history choose to take advantage of the LSE Parliamentary internships scheme, which matches LSE postgraduate students, with MPs, Peers, UK MEPs and various departments in the Houses of Parliament.
Opportunities to network and connect with employers
• Careers fairs: LSE Careers runs 13 careers fairs on campus, including Law, Banking, Consultancy, Internships, Public sector and Policy, Advertising, Marketing and PR.
• Careers forums: Careers Forums are an opportunity for students to hear personal experiences from top employers and put their questions to people in the field. Past Forums have included: the Media Forum, Politics and Policy Forum, Ethical Careers Forum, Law Forum, Green Collar Forum, City Forum, Business and management Forum, and the Social Enterprise Showcase.
• Employer presentations: Hundreds of company presentations take place during Michaelmas term, both on campus and at company premises in London. Presentations give students an opportunity to meet company representatives, learn about their graduate programmes and other vacancies, and gain an insight into a company and its culture. All presentations on campus are for LSE students only, allowing students to have exclusive time with the different organisations.
Careers Center Alumni Services
LSE alumni have access to a variety of careers services for up to two years after their graduation ceremony via the LSE Graduate Advance service. For a quick run down of services see Information for Alumni and for help with passwords see Alumni passwords.
International Columbia Alumni Clubs
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- United Arab Emirates
- United States