Careers & Destinations
ESPS attracts applicants from many different countries; the degree produces graduates who go on to undertake research or professional training and take up employment in a range of fields such as journalism, government or business, in the UK and internationally.
Allen & Overy LLP
|Editorial Assistant||International Institute for Strategic Studies|
|Private Partnership Manager||United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)|
Le Fooding USA
|MA in Russian and Journalism||NYU|
|Graduate Scheme||The Cabinet Office|
|Online Editor||Real Business|
|Web Marketing & Web Management||European Society for Medical Oncology|
|Intern||United Nations Institute for Training & Research|
|Business Development Intern||Bloomberg LP (UK)|
||Cabinet of EU Commissioner Joaquín Almunia|
|Head of Regional Development Admin Team||HM Treasury|
Daniel Ozarow (2003)
"I feel truly lucky to have had the opportunity to have studied an ESPS degree at UCL. The critical analysis skills and broader interdisciplinary course delivery helped me to develop my craft and become the successful academic that I am today, as a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University. My year abroad in Granada was one of the most exciting experiences of my life and not only helped my Spanish fluency but also gain other life skills and independence (as well as an Argentinian wife years later!).
I also remember two other things that made the degree special. First, the distinct sense of community that I felt a part of - created by us as students ourselves but fully supported by our lecturers and staff. Secondly, the opportunity to meet, befriend and stay in touch with so many students from other European countries and beyond. A unique degree and experience that I would thoroughly recommend."
Nicole Chatrath (2016)
"ESPS has been an extremely rewarding experience because it allowed me to study a variety of social science subjects while becoming proficient in a foreign language. I cherished being taught across different faculties and departments as it helped me realise that innumerable approaches can be found to one and the same topic. Having had the chance to comprehend these different perspectives has meant that I can analyse issues across diverse disciplines simultaneously. I believe that it is precisely this skill that has made me stand out in selection processes and allowed me to secure a training contract with an international law firm.
My year in Rome has also been one of the most formative experiences I have ever had. In addition to full-heartedly enjoying and immersing myself in Italian culture, this experience made me push my boundaries and allowed me to grow as a person. Undoubtedly my year abroad has also made me more employable because it has taught me how to adapt to ever-changing surroundings – a requirement for every job in this globalised world and a skill that ESPS students have mastered by the time they graduate. All in all, I am glad I chose ESPS as I don’t think that any other degree could have prepared me better for the current job market."
Bonnie Bley (2015)
"ESPS has proven to
be more than a degree - it is very much an identity that made me stand
out while entering the working world.
Searching for a job after graduation was exciting because
no doors were closed. I applied for roles in a wide spectrum of
industries - from politics to business to law - which ESPS had equipped
me for. I loved that over the four years I was able to discover my own
interests and have the freedom to pursue these with courses from almost
any department across UCL. It’s ESPS’s interdisciplinary approach that
has proven to be most useful on a daily basis in my job at a major
security think tank in London. My exposure was broadened significantly
by living and studying in Bologna for a year - it was here I learnt how
to be adaptable and communicate effectively, even when it isn’t in my
first language! Leaving UCL I am grateful for the array of skills I am
left with - from writing to analysis to critical thinking - making ESPS
the most exciting, challenging and rewarding thing I have done!"
Melanie Cura Daball (2014)
"I would have never expected my time at UCL to become so fundamentally important for the rest of life.
my four years at UCL I was taught by some of the greatest minds of our
time and met the most inspiring people from all around the world. Being
part of the ESPS community did not only mean being able to take
advantage of small tutorial groups and a great variety of courses
offered to us but also making friends for a lifetime. Studying
such a multifaceted subject allowed me to discover my academic interest
in International Relations and true passion for journalism.
graduation I realised just how many doors ESPS had opened for me.
I went on to pursue my MSc in Conflict Studies at LSE and have since
interned and worked at the Guardian, openDemocracy, ZDF and CNN
International. None of this would have been possible without ESPS."
Omar El-Nahry (2013)
"The four years I spent
at UCL studying ESPS were a truly formative experience. The large
choice of courses that was open to me and my course mates meant that I
received a well-rounded insight into a large number of subjects. As a
small course, we were a tight-knit community, an experience that was
socially and personally enriching.
skills I gained have proven to be valuable. I undertook post-graduate
study at the University of Cambridge, where the interdisciplinary
approach instilled in me by ESPS was extremely helpful. I now work for
Stroz Friedberg, a global due diligence and investigations firm, where
my research skills, my languages and the ability to interact with people
from a wide range of backgrounds is extremely valuable. For all this, I
Larissa Batt (2013)
"ESPS at UCL was my first choice when I
was applying for University so I was really happy to be offered a place!
It didn’t disappoint. There were so many (too many!) interesting and
valuable courses to choose from which really allowed you to ‘tailor’ the
degree to fit your interests. Growing up in an international school,
the mix of people was really important to me, and it became evident on
interview day that this was the kind of degree which attracts students
from all over the world. I think exposure to different nationalities and
cultures is really important and it has certainly helped shape me as an
individual. The biggest highlight for me though was the year abroad.
Such a fantastic year where I learned a lot – not just about language
but also about life!
A degree at UCL certainly helps in the job hunt it has to be said. I was lucky enough to be offered my first choice in job at a company called Linguarama, where I am now the Sales Manager of the London office. Linguarama specialises in language and cultural training for businesses, and I think what makes me a good salesperson is that I feel really strongly about the product and the importance of languages in today’s globalised world, a feeling that was solidified during my time at UCL."
Nick Ophoff (2012)
"Nothing has proved to be of more value to my post-university career than adaptability to change – a skill I credit to my years in ESPS.
Departments often operate in ways that appear self-evident only to the people in them, so the multidisciplinary and cross-faculty exposure inherent to ESPS keeps you on your toes. Although I only shared a few classes with fellow ESPS students, this common mentality meant that we formed a tight and supportive community.
Upon graduation in 2012, I interned for the UN World Food
Programme in Rome. I was subsequently hired in the Private Partnerships
Division, and have been working for the organisation ever since. I'm currently
stationed in Zambia, but move back to London in September 2014 to pursue an MSc
International Political Economy at LSE."
Victoire Louapre (2012)
"After having studied at UCL, no door seemed to be closed: ESPS is such a pluridisciplinary bachelor which allowed me to study International Relations, Philosophy, Economics, Spanish, and even Mandarin.
During my final year, I interned at Dior Parfums in the Communications department, and decided to pursue this field at SciencesPo Paris.
I am currently
working for Le Fooding (a restaurant guide and gastronomic events agency) as their International Media Manager."
Ilaria Parogni (2011)
"As an undergraduate student on the ESPS programme, you cannot help but notice that you are surrounded by a very special group of people. Everyone in my year was driven, passionate and extremely bright. Excellence was not a goal to strive towards for the sake of it, but rather a by-product of our path to self-actualisation. Being in contact with people from different backgrounds, speaking multiple languages and displaying a wide range of interests enriched us on a personal and academic level every day.
have spent the past few years putting to good use the quick and
creative thinking skills acquired during my time on the ESPS programme,
establishing a career in the media industry. After three years as
Director of Social Media and contributor to news site Russia Beyond the
Headlines, I took on the position of editor of The Kompass, a new online
platform with a focus on Russian culture. I am now preparing to
relocate from London to New York, where I will be starting an MA in
Russian and Journalism at NYU. The positive experience and good memories
from my time with ESPS – where my passion for Russia and politics first
developed - have definitely influenced my decision to take a break from
full-time employment in order to pursue further education."
Laura Cronk (2011)
"The huge scope of the course is matched by the vastness of the city and wide range of nationalities, personalities and ambitions of the people you study alongside. ESPS is a competitive, challenging global degree in a global city; having completed it you'll find the world at your feet.
in my year have dispersed to the four corners of the Earth for
internships, further education and careers. I've remained at UCL in the
Centre for European Studies, and feel that ESPS, more than simply
preparing me for postgraduate study, was fundamental to instigating and
sustaining my decision to take this path."
Eliza Galos (2010)
"Before coming to the UK from Eastern Europe, I had looked for a BA that could accommodate my desire to explore a variety of social sciences (History, Politics, Economics, Law) and the wish to learn an additional language.
Since I participated in EU-related contests and travelled in
a number of European countries before starting university, ESPS seemed like the
perfect BA. My exchange year in Italy was life-changing because I became fluent
in Italian and because I discovered the academic subject I am truly interested
in, which is Migration. Since I graduated from ESPS, I built on my
multidisciplinary background to do an MSc in Migration Studies at University of
Oxford. After I completed my studies, I conducted migration research for the
think-tank IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research), researched for an MP in
the British Parliament, and organised events for a bilateral trade organisation
(British-Romanian Chamber of Commerce). Currently, I divide my time between
coordinating an information campaign on behalf of an NGO, and work in local
government. Recently, I contributed to the debate about immigration in the UK,
on BBC Radio 5, and I have blogged for The Independent and the Huffington
Martina Gili (2010)
"Motivation and ambition are contagious and studying side by side with excellent students triggers discussions, positive exchange, sometimes disagreements, but it certainly does not leave you unaffected.
I personally specialised in what could be called History of Thought, learning to contextualize modern thinking and events, to understand the present, and to look at the future in a more creative and pro-active way.
During my year abroad in Barcelona, I developed a real passion for documentaries, which I decided to pursue after graduation. I first did a documentary certificate at the London Film Academy to get hands-on experience, then later shot a documentary in the countryside of Luxor, Egypt.
that I learned in ESPS have proved to be applicable to different
subject-areas. Not only did I gain a ground (and critical) understanding
of the world and of how things go, but I also developed invaluable
research, analytical and writing skills."
Stephan Vogel (2009)
"ESPS stood out with
the flexibility to study a social science discipline and a foreign
language in a single undergraduate programme. The integrated year abroad
was a fantastic opportunity to take courses in my chosen language and
experience a different culture.
graduation, I have been working as a management consultant with a focus
on the energy industry. The analytical rigour, inquisitive mind and
critical thinking that I developed during the programme provided me with
a great foundation for my career."
Hinako Yoshida (2009)
"After graduating from ESPS, I started as an investment analyst at Goldman Sachs in its Hong Kong and Tokyo offices. Understanding the global political and economic lanscape and being able to respond quickly to new developments has been key for my success.
The experience of a year abroad
in Florence is a lifetime treasure that I would not have experienced
with just any Economics degree! The dissertation was a special component
of the degree that really pushed me academically - it strengthened my
endurance and independent thinking, which is a very similar process to
researching an investment idea."
Patrick Johnson (2008)
"ESPS is a wonderful degree in the sense that it allows one to combine both a passion for the quizzical, the abstract and the ‘academic’ with more tangible skills - fluency in a language, a proven track record in independent research and, if one chooses, a training in more ‘vocational’ subjects such as economics or law.
In this sense ESPS students are
provided with a uniquely rounded education which, in turn, translates
into an adeptness at quickly coping with unfamiliar topics and
disciplines and a propensity for independent and critical thinking.
Though the focus of my career has moved slightly away from Europe since
graduating, these skills, which I acquired from ESPS, continue to serve
Joanne Parkin (2006)
"ESPS was instrumental
in me obtaining position as speechwriter for the Commissioner for
Economic and Monetary Policy at the European Commission. I was only
aware of the job through ESPS and UCL as the department was contacted
directly by the Commission and the post was not advertised openly
This reflects the level of
international esteem held for the university and the degree course. The
ability to combine language study while gaining an extensive knowledge
of European affairs has proved invaluable given that a second language
is obligatory for employment in the European Commission."
Alison Mallard (2006)
"ESPS opened up so many opportunities to me as a graduate student. The combination of language and humanities meant I was able to undertake a year of funded postgraduate study in Berlin, made possible by my language skills and my year abroad studying in Hamburg. As a researcher, I am also able to consult German language commentary and texts - a great advantage in the area of Kant studies, and a nice touch to any academic proposal.
was perhaps most formative in giving me a taste for independent
research. Crucially, the philosophical ideas and research skills that I
developed as part of the dissertation and the European Research Seminar
allowed me to develop a detailed PhD proposal for the ESRC 1+3
application and meant I secured funding for the full duration of my