UCL Institute of the Americas


Joonsoo Yi

MA: US History and Politics, 2016-17

Joonsoo Yi
Studying at the Institute of Americas was a crucial stepping stone in my career, and I certainly would not be where I am today without the support and guidance from the wonderful faculty at UCL.

The program is immaculately structured, offering a wide array of courses ranging from foreign policy and health-care to civil rights, and many more. The courses are rigorous and comprehensive, yet very well-paced and easy to follow. Every module is taught by world-class professors, who bring unique perspectives to each class. Through seminars, they challenge their students to examine familiar issues in new ways, which I found to be very stimulating and educational.

But most importantly, I am very grateful for the academic staff, who went above and beyond to support me throughout the program, even long after I have graduated. If I had queries about personal issues, assignments, my career, or general questions on any given policy area, they were always there for me.

All in all, IoA’s master’s program trained me to be academically inquisitive. It trained me to examine old issues in new ways, and to consider analyzing those issues from other people’s perspectives. As I look back at my time in UCL, and having started working in the U.S. House of Representatives, where I am involved with the country’s legislative process, I can confidently say that I benefited a lot from IoA’s program, and would therefore recommend it to anyone interested in pursuing a career in politics.