Expanding horizons at the LSE Summer School

Sri Lanka's Asmara Agus received a scholarship to attend the LSE Summer School in London
Asmara Agus at LSE
“It was such a good opportunity, it was amazing. I feel very lucky”: Asmara Agus
You’re learning a lot, but at the same time, you’re seeing such a beautiful country, it’s a good balance.

Sri Lanka’s Asmara Agus had an “amazing” summer experience visiting London to attend the LSE Summer School.

The BSc Accounting and Finance student, who studies at Royal Institute of Colombo, was awarded a scholarship to attend the summer school from the University of London International Programmes. This covered her summer school fees, flights and accommodation.

Dr Keith Sharp, Director of the University of London International Programmes at LSE, said of the scholarship: “University of London staff often visit Sri Lanka to meet students and staff at teaching institutions, and for special events like graduation ceremonies. It’s wonderful to be able to extend the opportunity for students to come to London as well.”

Asmara Agus at LSE

For Asmara, the three-week summer school was the perfect opportunity to gain some international experience without moving abroad.

“It was great to get some foreign exposure, but still get to come home and resume my studies and be with my family,” Asmara said.

“It was such a good opportunity, it was amazing. I feel very lucky.”

Asmara chose the 'International Business Context' course, which included subjects such as globalisation, how to manage an expanding business, offshoring and outsourcing.

Asmara excelled at the summer school, achieving a final grade of A+. She said her studies with the University of London in Sri Lanka had left her well prepared for the summer school, as the content and syllabus of her degree is developed by LSE.

“Like all LSE degrees, the summer school approach is very critical, very mathematical – it’s always supported by graphs and diagrams. It’s very analytical and I like that,” she said.

“There is a very similar mind-set, a similar attitude to teaching and lecturing back home.”

While the lectures covered theory, the classes gave students a chance to explore what they were learning in more depth, using real-world examples.

Asmara said: “During the classes we discussed the cases, we had debates, we had question and answer sessions. We studied specific case studies of different companies like Pepsi, McDonalds, and a lot about the wine industry. It was a nice perspective on globalisation.”

The summer school was Asmara’s first visit to the UK, and when she wasn’t in class, she took the opportunity to enjoy the sights of London.

“You’re learning a lot, but at the same time, you’re seeing such a beautiful country, it’s a good balance.”

“On the first day, I was just speechless. There were so many different accents and so many different nationalities.”

Asmara especially enjoyed meeting her classmates came from around the world.

“On the first day, I was just speechless. There were so many different accents and so many different nationalities,” she said.

“It’s been quite interesting, quite stimulating. I have friends from as close as India and as far away as Bulgaria and Canada. I feel like I’m expanding my horizons.”

Asmara credited the summer school with giving her greater confidence in her ability to work in an international environment – which will no doubt come in handy as she plans to apply for jobs at multinational companies in Colombo when she graduates next year.

In the meantime, she is looking forward to her final year on the BSc Accounting and Finance.

“I love the degree. I love how challenging it is – how all the University of London degrees are. It’s not just another degree, something you do assignments for and then you get through. It’s more focussed and academic, it’s very stimulating.”

She added: “If you’re looking for a good degree in economics, then there is no better place than LSE and University of London.”

  • Asmara is studying for the BSc Accounting and Finance degree at Royal Institute of Colombo, an Affiliate Centre for the University of London International Programmes.
  • Two scholarships will be available to students in Sri Lanka in 2015. Scholarships will also be available to students in India, Pakistan and Russia.
  • Find out more about studying with the University of London in Sri Lanka.
  • Undergraduate applications close on 1 October.