University Of London (Summer School - Student Experience)

LSE Summer School Scholarship

Ms. Sakhsi Shetty

Achievement Award 2019 and Receiver of Summer School Scholarship July 2019.

Studying at the London School of Economics Summer School has indeed been a life-changing experience. The institution is renowned for its academic prestige, and the teaching staff truly lived up to its reputation. For an international relations course, there is no place better than the LSE.

I got the opportunity to be taught by the world-renowned Professor Jeffrey Chwieroth. His in-depth knowledge and expertise on the subject invoked an intellectually stimulating environment that allowed every student to excel.

My class teacher, the lovely, Miss Chiara Arnavas, also provided valuable insights and interpretations on a plethora of topics. This allowed for thought-provoking class discussions and provided a basis to formulate our own arguments to counter established perspectives.

The school also hosted a multitude of events and seminars that helped us gain knowledge about the practical applications of our coursework. The frequent diplomatic visits and conferences and having the Parliament, and the House of Commons along the river fostered a real political atmosphere at the campus. I even got the spectacular opportunity to attend the Parliamentary Debate at Westminster Abbey.

Apart from this, the LSE library and online resources are impeccable. These resources enabled me to research, in-depth, virtually on any topic related to the coursework.

However, the best thing about LSE is its diversity. As a summer school student, the institution allowed me to interact and make friends with students of different ethnicity, backgrounds, and perspective. Thanks to the Summer School’s Amazing ‘Social Programme’, I even got the chance to visit some extraordinary places both in and outside London. These included a day trip to Bath and Stonehenge as well as a spectacle of the gripping Lion King play.

Overall, the experience has been fascinating and unforgettable. LSE allowed me to explore a whole new subject, ‘International Political Economy’. The summer school experience has added to the breadth of knowledge and skills that is invaluable to me.

Finally, I’d like to thank Dr. Vandana Lulla as well as the teaching faculty of Podar World College for selecting me for the Summer School Scholarship. I shall forever be grateful for giving me this amazing opportunity.

Ms. Kashmira Zambad (2016-19)

B.Sc in Economics and Finance University of London

Receiver of Summer School Scholarship July 2018 currently pursuing Msc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics at LSE

“When I look back at the past three years of my life, I can confidently say that pursuing BSc Economics and Finance from the University of London has been one of the best decisions of my academic trajectory. The affiliation of Podar World College with the University of London gives the college an edge.

Pursuing BSc Economics and Finance involved a lot of independent work and rigorous critical thinking, which helped me to discover my deep inclination and love for mathematics. From exploring off-beat math channels on YouTube, developing my own Pascal matrix to finding comfort in obscure mathematical equations in this unknown city that I now call home, these three years have been an adventure and I wouldn’t trade the world for it.

The smaller class size at Podar and easy accessibility to the faculty is what I loved the most. The faculty was always very enthusiastic about solving my queries and were always available for the same. I was allowed to question and was motivated to challenge the assumptions rather than just accepting the obvious. The course coordinator always put the students first and did her best to ensure that we had the resources to excel. The rigorous course structure in EMFSS provided me with a perfect basis to strengthen my fundamentals along with an opportunity to learn from the professors at the LSE.

Further, my peers at Podar have provided an incredible support system throughout these three years. It wouldn’t be far-fetched that we trusted each other with solving doubts and went pushed ourselves to read between the lines so that we could learn well. Although the University of London courses can be pursued independently, if I were to go back and make the decision all over again, I would choose enrolling at Podar World College because the college always provided me with a place to go for all the academic or administrative support I required.

One highlight was achieving a scholarship for the LSE summer school and I cannot thank Podar World College enough for conferring the award to me. The experience at the LSE summer school has been an integral factor in determining my decision to pursue MSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics at LSE and I am really looking forward to advancing my potential at the LSE.

Three years at Podar were rich and rewarding intellectually, I couldn’t have chosen any better education than this. Being an outstation student, once the “far city” and a “hard decision” now has become “my home” and the “best decision”. If I had the chance to do it over, I would definitely be right back at PWC! “

Mr. Shivang Jain

Receiver of Summer School Scholarship July 2019 and Achievement Award winner for May 2018 EMFSS examination and Commendation Letter for Splendid Performance in May 2019 EMFSS examination.

Studying at London School of Economics has been one of the most unique experiences in my life. I had the opportunity to study Alternative Investments for the first session lasting from 15th June to 7th July.

In the first part of our session we were taught my Mr. Dong a well-known financial economists who has published many articles relating to hedge funds. Mr. Dong was very precise in his teachings and was very approachable in case of any queries.

The class setting for me was fairly new as I wasn’t used to being taught in a class of 300 students so it took me time to adjust to this setting but a more familiar setting was introduced by the supplementary class taught by Mr. Fabrizio Core which only had 15 students per class.

Undoubtedly, the course was rigorous and very informative so it involved regular studying and attending lectures. Studying at LSE was truly a pleasure as they had an outstanding infrastructure along with a very helpful and courteous staff.

In the first part of the course itself we learned about the hedge fund industry -the risks and strategies employed by them as well as having to use excel to prove the theories.

For the second Part of the course we were taught by Mr. Hongda who is a renowned name in the research department of finance. This part of the session related more to corporate finance where we learnt how the capital structure affects decision making for a firm and how venture capitals and private equity operate.

Overall the academic experience was pleasurable.

Apart from studies, LSE also organized many social events such as cruises, parties etc. so you have plenty of avenues to socialize. I personally attended many of the social events and now have friends across the globe. One of the things that bothered me the most was living alone as I had never done this before in my life but the staff at LSE accommodation was really helpful and I was able to adjust quickly.

Being at LSE was truly an unforgettable experience from which I have learnt many things and this was only possible because of PODAR and Ms. Vandana Lulla who gave me the scholarship that allowed me to have such an experience.

Ms. Shaagun Kelwaramani

Receiver of Summer School Scholarship July 2018 currently pursuing Msc Finance and Management at University of Exeter.


LSE Summer School offers over 80, three-week courses in a diverse range of disciplines including Business and Management, Accounting, Finance, Law, Economics, International Relations, taught by LSE’s world-renowned faculty on its campus which is in the heart of London.

Since I pursued a BSc. Banking and Finance in the EMFSS program, the course ‘Alternative Investments’ caught my attention instantly. It explored the world of hedge funds, private equity, venture capital funds, real estate, and other commodities either directly or through finds of funds. Although it was a challenging course, my undergraduate subject choices gave me a strong backing to understand new concepts with ease.

Every day we had a 3 hour seminar with the extremely popular, engaging and intelligent finance professor Dr HongdaZong, who taught us with real-world examples about the global economy and his career experiences.

We also attended tutorials daily, where were split into smaller multi-cultural groups with a PhD professor of LSE, everybody got to participate and speak their minds and interaction with fellow students was easier;we were also encouraged to work with data (in Excel), measuring the risks of investment portfolios, calculating the alphas of hedge fund strategies, evaluating an LBO deal, analysing a VC deal and pricing an MBS.

We had two graded assessments throughout the course, which helped us to measure our progress and also revise our concepts.

It was an unreal feeling to give examinations under LSE conditions after learning from amongst the best professors the world has to offer!

The LSE Library is one of the biggest libraries in the world, with unimaginable study material and desk spaces to silently or collaboratively study.

I have spent so many evenings living the student life, with abundant cups of coffee and piles of books, with my friends from different parts of the world, preparing for the demanding exams, but I would do it all over again, without the blink of an eye!

Social Understanding

Students from a number of different nationalities are put under one roof, we learn about each other’s culture, religion, education, politics and general thinking. The course challenged us in a healthy and supportive environment and ultimately, brought us together in an international setting, broke down a number of social barriers, creating a greater social understanding and giving us exposure to different cultures, helping us to realize that after all, we are all connected and all the solutions to our national problems are codependent. Suddenly the world around me became more relevant, more connected and in turn, I now breed a much-needed tolerance.

International Friendships

I developed friendships with people, who span the globe; it was a true melting pot of perspectives and ideas! We explored the beautiful city of London together, did touristy activities, tried one another’s cuisine, learnt a little bit of many languages and promised to visit one another soon! Even though it was a few weeks, we made memories that can last us a lifetime, and honestly I can’t wait to meet my friends again!


LSE organized many exciting activities during weekends to unwind and explore England. One of the many options were trips to University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, day trips to Bath and a cruise on River Thames. As a LSE student, I could also avail passes to opera’s, plays and musicals around London very easily!

Heart of London

Since LSE is extremely centrally located, and all the LSE accommodations are very conveniently located and safe, travelling by bus or tubes at first was a cultural shock, but slowly, it became the easiest way to get to places around the city! And now, I literally know all the tube lines, major stations, thanks to my true best friend, Google maps!

The entire experience boost my self-confidence and social skills; travelling alone for the first time induced a sense of responsibility, independence and maturity that my parents recognized as I landed back in Mumbai. I did face several obstacles during my stay, but my trip assured me that I can take them on like any other problem that life will bring onto me in the future with belief in myself and support from loving people around me.

Granting that ‘home is home’, I honestly believe that these new skills I learnt make me more competent and experienced to contest aggressively in this globalized world.

I found a balance between work and exciting activities. My studies have reassured my passion for my career choices. The excellent teaching combined with the compelling course, broadened my horizons. The entire experience toughened me and LSE gave me many friends that I know I want to keep forever.

I cannot thank my very own, Podar World College for giving me this splendid opportunity and preparing me to create my mark at LSE as well.

I really couldn’t have asked for a better time at London!

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