London is one of the world's most vibrant, cosmopolitan cities, so students enrolled in schools here can expect an education inside and outside of class. But be sure that academic work doesn't get lost in the shuffle of clubs and art openings----lecture halls are routinely staffed by some of the world's foremost scholars in economics, medicine and the humanities.
Founded in 1826, University College, a constituent college of the University of London, is the oldest non-religious institution of higher education in the UK. The school is currently ranked fourth in the world by the Times Higher Education (THEQS) World University Rankings, and allows its students to focus on most imaginable subjects, including Fine Art, Law and Finnish and Eastern European studies. Like most British universities, University College requires its undergraduate students to apply to a specific course of study. The school is home to 50 sports organisation and 120 extra-curricular clubs, the most famous of which is the student-run Bloomsbury Theatre. The schools is only blocks from the British Library, allowing students to take full advantage of London's social and scholarly resources.
University College London Gower Street London WC1E 6BT +44 (0)20 7679 2000 ucl.ac.uk
London School of Economics
Founded in 1895 at the behest of the Fabian Society, whose members included George Bernard Shaw, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is now a constituent institution of the University of London and one of the world's leading institutions for social science research. The school's motto----"rerum cognoscere causas" (know the cause of things)----is reflected in its courses of study, which range from anthropology to economics to social psychology, and encourages students to examine the mechanisms behind modern society. A "General Course" taken from across the school's offerings is available to international students who wish to study at LSE for only one year. All students enrolled at LSE have the benefit of learning from scholars working at the cutting edge of their respective fields.
London School of Economics Houghton Street London WC2A 2AE +44 00 (0)20 7405 7686 lse.ac.uk
Imperial College London, ranked fifth in the world by the 2009 THEQS, describes its mission as the pursuit of, "world class scholarship, education and research in science, engineering, medicine and business, with particular regard to their application in industry, commerce and health care." To achieve these goals, the school encourages applications from all over the world, and currently enrols students from 158 countries. Students take degrees in the school's four key areas, while a Department of the Humanities helps ensure a rounded education. Located steps from Hyde Park and Royal Albert Hall, students can benefit from the school's central London location, as well as from 90 sporting organisations and 82 social clubs. Degrees are granted from the undergraduate to the doctoral level.
Imperial College London South Kensington Campus London SW7 2AZ +44 (0)20 7589 5111 imperial.ac.uk
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