European Social and Political Studies BA - Caroline Hagg

Student profile: Caroline Hagg

Degree: European Social and Political Studies BA
Fourth year
Subject area: European Social and Political Studies

My degree programme was the most comprehensive by far in comparison to anything available elsewhere. The flexibility of the degree and that ‘made to measure’ approach was very attractive. Studying abroad has naturally been the highlight of my degree so far but there have been plenty of good moments! I undertook a placement at a law firm and enjoyed myself so much: the atmosphere is quite similar to UCL in that you're surrounded by such talented, inspiring people all of the time!

London is an incredible place to visit, let alone to live. The one amazing thing that I could never have had elsewhere is the constant flow of guest speakers who are all leaders in their field. It's a brilliant opportunity to chat to world-class researchers in an informal setting, and often they're interested in your work too. Naturally London is at the heart of so many contemporary issues and debates that it's fantastic to feel so close to it all. I couldn't have had that had I chosen a more remote, regional university.

UCL's biggest asset is first and foremost its staff: they are the ones who make the whole experience; their friendliness rubs off on students, which means there is a communal atmosphere even in such a big institution. Secondly, the huge range of academic resources on hand is incomparable. If UCL doesn't have it, you don't need it!