I chose King’s because it offered an international relations course that stood out and immediately grabbed my interest by the wide variation of modules you could choose from. In particular as the modules offer a deeper understanding of current affairs and of how the world functions. In addition, the university is recognized internationally which is advantageous for the degree I am studying and for the career path I want. And being located right in the heart of London, King’s have access to many exciting guest lectures. Such as award-winning journalists from BBC.
Furthermore, the international relations course is taught at Strand Campus which is the perfect location for easy access to museums, talks, exhibitions and other events! However, the best part of the university is how diverse and multicultural it is. I have gained friends from all over the world which I would not have been without.
King’s also has one of the most beautiful libraries in London, the Maughan Library, which is a great place to study or to just have a look at the stunning architecture. Another good location of King’s is Waterfront, the student bar at Strand Campus, which has a great view over river Thames and London Eye.
London is not too expensive either for a student. Many restaurants, shops and events have student discounts, and King’s even offer financial advice to help you budget your money. There are also possibilities for earning money on the side with having a part-time job, which I for example have as a student ambassador for King’s.
Lastly, I remember one of the first things I was told when I came to London to study, “if you are tired of London you are tired of life”. This explains just how much London has to offer!
'I was born and raised in a global and active city – Paris. It was during high school that my desire to study abroad was born. I was looking for a city that was more active and global than my hometown – this is how I ended up choosing London as a new home. I have only been studying a year at King’s College London, but during this year, I have never been bored, because there is always something to do. Indeed, culturally and socially, London has more resources than one could possibly imagine, making the student life a fun, interesting and cultivating time.
Leaving home at only 18-years-old can be very challenging and the feeling of loneliness can quickly become a reality. However, the way King’s College London is structured makes sure students won’t feel lonely as communication between professors, tutors and students is made very accessible. Moreover, the many societies that are presented to freshers during their first week allows them to quickly meet other students.
During my first year for example, I joined, among others, the French Society, allowing me to meet people that shared the same interest than me for French culture. Societies therefore allowed me to meet people with whom I shared a common interest – making the process of integration easy.
This year, I will be part of the French Society committee, a very interesting task as it will give me many responsibilities, forming me for tasks I might have to handle once I graduate. Thus, I admire KCL’s societies’ structure – mostly the fact they are entirely ran by students.'