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Franziska Burkart 2015 - report


September 2015 – July 2016



London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK


Department of Accounting

MSc in Accounting, Organisations and Institutions



“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” (Samuel Johnson)

London is an amazing and incredibly fast city! It has so much to offer and it is an extremely versatile place: people with different cultural and educational backgrounds, buildings from various epochs, gigantic parks in the middle of the city, food from all over the world…It is nearly next to impossible to get tired of this city.

Studying at the London School of Economics is demanding and very intense. Nevertheless, it is a unique as well as enriching experience. The highlight for me has been working through the exciting challenge in studying alongside world-class faculty in such an excellent community. 



The preparation of the stay abroad is very time-consuming and one of the most tedious parts of the whole experience. Applying to the university as well as finding a suitable accommodation is a lengthy process, but definitely worth doing properly. I advise everyone to start as early as possible.



I arrived in London a week prior to the pre-sessional courses. This allowed me to get settled in my new environment. Furthermore, it is a great way to get to know the institution and facilities, while meeting fellow students. 


Initially, I applied to the urbanest student hall which is an accommodation provided by the university. It is not difficult to get a room if you apply when the online tool opens. However, living in London is generally very expensive!

I was very lucky as I ended up staying with a friend that I met during an academic exchange in Perth. She has a row house in the North of London. It has helped me to live with someone I am comfortable with, especially when school gets busy.



The motto for the London School of Economics is the Latin phrase 'rerum cognoscere causas', which means 'to know the cause of things'. In this regard, I very much enjoy the emphasis put on critical thinking and social responsibility. Despite rather low attendance time, one is challenged by and busy with readings, essays and revision studies. A good strategy and discipline are vital. Nevertheless, studying at London School of Economics gives me the opportunity to meet intelligent and inspiring professors as well as students from all around the globe. I perceive the ambience as very cooperative rather than competitive.


At London School of Economics, there are more than 200 societies from academic and political endeavours to celebrating culture, as well as more light-hearted interests such as music, dance and games. There is even a Swiss Society! Becoming a member is a great way to meet new people and get more out of your time at university.

Furthermore, London and its surroundings have much to offer: besides musicals, architectural masterpieces, museums and diverse tourist attraction in London, a vast amount of trips (e.g. Cambridge, Oxford, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle etc.) are easy to traverse in a single day. Most exchange students are very open minded and happy to join for a trip to discover the delights of other places in the UK.


My study abroad is a life-shaping experience. By adapting to different cultures and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone, I have the opportunity to broaden my horizon and benefit from a steep learning curve.

I am delighted to be financially supported by the Bakala Foundation. Thank you very much!

Franziska Burkart gallery


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