London South Bank University International

London South Bank University

About

London South Bank University (LSBU) is a campus university in the heart of London. We were founded in 1892, and the university is just a few minutes’ walk away from the London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and so many more of London's most renowned attractions.

With teaching from professionals and specialists in their chosen fields plus relevant, practical experience, we’ll equip you with the knowledge, opportunities and skills you need for a successful career. That’s why we’re University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

LSBU is a global institution with students from all over the world. Our staff reflect the international community of our student body and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience. By choosing us, you will be joining a diverse, friendly and supportive community of students and staff.

Reviews

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Olivia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Travelling to London, England was the best decision ever! I made the journey with my boyfriend of three years. During our time in England we took a day trip to Paris where we got engaged! The whole trip was a dream come true. The classes were informative but not overwhelming. The housing was great and very comfortable. We made many lifelong friends that without LSBU we would have never known. We also learned about ourselves as individuals and grew as a couple together. If you ever have the opportunity to venture a study abroad TAKE IT!

What would you improve about this program?
I would have brought some room decor from my home in KY to make the space feel more personal and homey.
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Lizzie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The people I met when I landed in London were so welcoming and informative. The other students I met when I arrived were all very nice and friendly, which made them all lovely to spend time with outside of class trips and experiences planned by KEI. The classes I took were highly informative and challenging, and I absolutely loved it. Every day I wish I could go back to London to do it all again.

What would you improve about this program?
I would change the class options available to the summer students. Although I enjoyed the classes I took, the other students did not seem to like them. I understand that can be difficult with a low number of people taking summer courses as well as faculty leaving for break.
Breanna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

When I was first thinking about studying abroad all people kept telling me was, "It'll be the best experience of your life" and "You'll come back a different person." Truthfully, I had no idea how right those people were until I studied at LSBU. Deciding to study at LSBU was one of the best decisions I have ever made. They made the transition of living in a different country on my own so much easier than I ever imagined it would be. Studying at LSBU changed my life forever; it opened my eyes to so many different adventures and opportunities. LSBU helped me make life long friendships and gave me memories that I will cherish forever. Studying at LSBU helped me find myself and grow into the person that I always wanted to be. Deciding to do my term abroad at London South Bank University changed my life in ways that I did not even know were possible, and for that this university will always be special to me.

What would you improve about this program?
If I could change one thing about this program it would be the living situation. LSBU gave all of the abroad students housing which was great but the housing is kind of run down. My biggest problem was that there wasn't wifi in the flat which made it extremely difficult as an abroad student. One of the biggest things for abroad students is wifi because it gives us the opportunity to talk to others from home, like family members and friends, for free. Luckily, I was able to set up my computer as a hotspot to gain wifi in my bedroom but, before I figured out how to do that it was extremely difficult for me to keep contact with my family members.
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George-Ann
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

London was a wonderful place to live in and the university is primely situated less than a 15 minute walk from London Bridge and Southbank Centre so there was lots to see and do.

The academics where great, although there was a little confusion with scheduling at first, the semester jumped to a great start and all of the lecturers where kind and made sure I adjusted to the new academic system so that I could succeed.

I made a few special friends during my time there that I keep in contact with every day. The area was really safe and there were multiple check in points for ID and keycard swiping throughout the school buildings and the dorms-- no one who shouldn't be there could get in unless they were let in.

There was also lots to do as far as bars, restaurants and shows to attend less than a stone's throw away. Soho Theatre's affordable plays and comedy shows, Elephant and Castle Tesco for cheap groceries, and even just getting to airports for weekend sojourns to the continent were all within reach.

I'd definitely recommend this programme to a friend.

What would you improve about this program?
Probably just better integration of the study abroad student's scheduling as there was a bit of commotion with the scheduling and the portal for the first few days of classes.
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Katie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

London is one of those places that you can explore for years and still not see all of it, and LSBU is at a great location for that. No more than 10 minutes to London Bridge, which has all the buses and trains you could need, it's also only about 15 minutes walk to the Southbank area, which I liked for its culture (Borough Market was also a favorite of mine as well, which was about 7 minutes from my dorm). The program directors are great and really want you to become Londoners, even if you're only there for a semester. I learned a lot about the British education system! They help walk you through the differences (courses aren't classes, that's your major!)

I really loved London, and LSBU made the transition to life there pretty easy :) with study abroad we seem to want to go everywhere in Europe, but I can't stress enough how great it is to explore all that London has as well!

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you pick this program?

I picked KEI and LSBU because they had wonderful reviews from previous students who traveled with them. The individuals I worked with from KEI during the preparation process were very informative and responded immediately when I had any questions or concerns about my trip. Each e-mail I received was very detailed and outlined what forms I needed to complete and who to send them to.

They also offered a wide variety of side trips to other countries I have always wanted to visit. Without traveling through KEI, I would not have been able to travel to Scotland and learn about my family heritage.

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

I told them that through all the preparation needed to leave the country, it was more than worth it. I encouraged them to look into trips sponsored by our college, as well as traveling with a group like KEI.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Jam as much as you can into your trip. You may be exhausted, but the more you do, the more fun you have. I traveled to a new place in London at least 5 times a week. If I hadn't done that, I wouldn't have met wonderful people, or experienced half of London without leaving my comfort zone.

What's your favorite story to tell about your time abroad?

I accidentally stumbled upon the Mike XXL England premier in Picadilly Circus. I was less than 10 feet from famous actors and actresses on the red carpet. It was quite breathtaking, and it was a total accident! You never know what you can run into when you travel the world. It was an experience I'll never forget.

What was the hardest adjustment you had to make?

The most difficult thing I had to adjust to was the various means of transportation. It was so hard at first to figure out how the subway/underground worked and what lines to take, or what busses would take me to what places. I was lucky enough to have a tour guide who explained how I could pay for transportation with the Oyster card, as well as where the different busses and subway lines would take me. Once I learned how to use them, I truly had my freedom and could go anywhere I desired.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Sophie Atton

Job Title
Senior Study Abroad Officer
Having studied and worked in Edinburgh, Madrid, Berlin and Munich, Sophie moved to London to pursue a career with an international environment and something she was passionate about.
Sophie has been supporting Study Abroad students for over 2 years and has a passion for languages, travel and cooking.
Sophie on a red London bus

What is your favorite travel memory?

Back in November 2018, I had the chance to go to New York for a week. Even though my toes were completely frozen, I loved watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade! There are so many different pockets in New York, it was really interesting to explore them and taste their culinary delights. I think I ate enough BEC bagels to last me a lifetime!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I started at LSBU as a Study Abroad Administrator back in April 2018 and since then, my role has changed dramatically! Working in Study Abroad and taking on new responsibilities has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of global mobility and see our programmes from all angles. I have had the fantastic opportunity to travel as part of my work and attend global conferences which have really broadened my horizons and developed my cultural understanding of the rest of the world.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

As I got on one of the red London buses in the summer, I bumped into two Study Abroad students who had previously studied at LSBU. It turns out they were on their honeymoon! Their time abroad with us in London had played such an important part in their lives and relationship that they wanted to return to relive happy memories. It was really lovely to see how a study abroad experience can impact someone’s life in such a wonderful way!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would have to pick our semester with internship option as it such a great way to enhance your studies and your professional background. Not a lot of international students can say that they have interned in London for a semester whilst continuing their studies and it is definitely something that will be attractive to future employers. The world is becoming more global and having this experience will really allow you to network on an international scale.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I would say it’s the service we provide to our Study Abroad students. Dealing with the impact of Coronavirus on our students was a real challenge and I was so proud of my team. We worked together effectively, with our main priority being the safety of our students and ensuring they could travel back home. It was especially rewarding, even after facing these challenges, when students emailed us with a thank you or a positive message about their experience.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I really think you have to be passionate about what you do in order to be successful. In the Mobility team, we have all had international experiences, whether that is studying or working abroad, and we understand what it’s like for our students to move across the world and live in a completely different place. We are invested in what we do, understand the importance of global mobility, and strive to offer the best possible experience for our students.