Co-curricular activities are an integral part of any educational institution. One of the most prominent ways to engage students and their passions, co-curricular activities help students gain valuable soft skills like teamwork, interpersonal coordination, and public speaking, along with building their confidence and giving them a chance to relearn classroom teachings through practical application.
While every college has its own set of societies and other avenues to support co-curricular activities (CCA), some institutions hit the ball right out of the park when it comes to student life and engagement. When it comes to the world’s most recognised institutions, they understand that as important it is for students to be academically thorough, it is equally necessary for them to be socially active and developed, hence, they give huge emphasis on CCA.
Talking about the institution that provides the academic direction for all programmes at ISBF, The London School of Economics and Political Science is one of the most reputed colleges in the world. Their curriculum and pedagogy are considered peerless and it shows with the kind of luminaries that the institution has produced over the years. The learning culture at LSE doesn't just stop at academic excellence, though. There are a million activities that keep happening on campus which any LSE student is free to join and partake in.
LSE, a member institution of the University of London, offers a wide range of co-curricular activities to choose from. You can opt from over 200 societies or even start a new one based on your area of interest. The list of activities is exhaustive - from writing for The Beaver to creating your show with the LooSE TV (film making, interviews with eminent personalities, etc.) or hosting podcast sessions on PuLSE Radio, there is plenty to do on campus.
If you are an LSE aspirant and want to know more about the student life there, take a look below at some of the most popular societies at the school.
As a part of being a student at LSE, you’ll regularly have the opportunity to listen to and interact with world leaders, thinkers and game-changers through the Public Lectures hosted by the school. The topics for these lectures are different each time and they are open to all, which means that anyone interested can attend these. The students get access to some of the most prominent personalities in their respective domains where at the end of the session you can ask questions, interact and discuss your ideas and thoughts. Such an activity promotes analytical thinking and promises to enhance a student’s knowledge base.
The Amnesty International Society
It is the largest human rights society at LSE that works with Amnesty International UK. There are three divisions of society - Campaigns, Fundraising, and The Journal. Therefore, whatever be your skillset, you can get involved with The Amnesty International Society and contribute in your own way. The society acts on issues of both local and global importance.
United Nations Society
There is an entire society that is based on the United Nations, that promotes the aims and values of the UN. This society also hosts the Model United Nations Conference and is dedicated to providing the members with skills and information about the causes they support along with offering them a platform to discuss issues like global peace and other humanitarian and economic topics.
The Economics Society
It is the largest academic society at LSE and is supported by the Economics Department. They host lectures and events that give students exposure to subject matter experts in all sub-domains of economics. There are similar academic societies that are run and sponsored by the respective departments.
The LSE Students Union Debate Society is one of the largest societies at LSE. This society has a longstanding history of attracting intelligent, articulate and charismatic members from various backgrounds. Apart from hosting debating events that attract both national and international participation, the Debate Society also hosts socials where you are free to interact with students from other departments and colleges.
The Law, again, is one of the most active and biggest societies at The London School of Economics that hosts over 850 members from both law and non-law background. They are in charge of organising one of the best socials on LSE campus and other law-career related events. The society invites some of the best names in the domain for career-related events and workshops along with organising other academic and social events.
The Grimshaw Club is one of the oldest societies on campus. They organise events with diplomats, civil society and academics at LSE. They run Conversations with academics and practitioners over coffee or drinks. They also host larger panel events, an annual Ambassador Series and socials within the society and with other LSE and London Ambassador.
The above list is in no way exhaustive. These are just a tiny glimpse into the huge spectrum of co-curricular opportunities available at LSE. There is a lot more to explore and choose from. For instance, since LSE is a member institution of the University of London, the students can also become a part of the University of London Student Voice Group or join a committee at UOL.
Interested in becoming a part of this versatile and luminous student community?
While gaining admission into LSE can be challenging with a narrow acceptance rate, the next best option is to study the world-class LSE curriculum through its Global Teaching Institutions. The Indian School of Business and Finance in New Delhi is a recognised teaching centre of LSE and the students are offered similar opportunities when it comes CCA through the variety of societies and events that are hosted on and off-campus.