Scholars of the Symposium

Shaping the discourse of tomorrow. Connecting bright minds.

Apply to be a Scholar of the Symposium.

Seize your opportunity and take part in biggest Symposium on German current affairs, politics, economics and finance in the UK.

The London School of Economics and Political Science’s German Society invites 40 students currently studying at German speaking countries to the LSE for the German Symposium 2018.

At the Symposium you will discuss key issues relating to German current affairs with some of the leading experts in their respective fields.

The Scholars of the Symposium programme provides a unique opportunity for students to engage with high profile speakers from German politics, industry and culture in a simultaneously informal and academic setting.

The application process for Scholars of the Symposium 2018 will open soon.

Why Apply?

  • Take part in one of the biggest annual forums on Anglo-German relations
  • Witness a wide range of distinguished figures from politics, business and finance
  • Discuss crucial current affairs and exchange ideas on the future of our continent
  • Experience and partake in intellectual panel discussions first-hand
  • Attend exclusive presentations by LSE career advisors
  • First class networking opportunities with like-minded students from other German universities and the LSE

Programme Details

Dates: The next German Symposium will take place in Lent Term 2018

Location: London School of Economics and Political Science, London

Content: Panel discussions, public speeches and workshops on current issues related to Germany and its role in Europe and the World.


General Questions

When does the Symposium take place?
The German Symposium 2017 ran from the 28th February (Tuesday) to the 2nd of March (Thursday). Participants arrived on Monday, the 27th of February by 4pm and stayed until Friday morning, 3rd of March.
The German Symposium 2018 will take place in Lent Term 2018.

Who is eligible to participate in the SotS Programme?
Any undergraduate or postgraduate student enrolled at a German, Swiss or Austrian university may apply to the SotS Programme. You must be at least 18 years old and speak both English and German fluently.

How much will the SotS programme cost?
Participation at the German Symposium 2017 was 60€. Participation fees for the German Symposium 2018 are to be determined.

What if I cannot attend the German Symposium after all?
Upon receiving an acceptance, you have one week to confirm your spot on the programme by transferring your participation fees. Upon transferring your participation fees we can not refund you.


How do I apply? When do applications open / close?
You can apply by submitting an application form once the application process opens.

When will I receive an outcome regarding my application?
You can expect an answer by January 2018.

What happens after being accepted?
If the application is successful, you will receive a confirmation email with further information. Upon receiving the confirmation email, you will have seven days to make the payment in order to secure the place.


What will a typical day at the Symposium look like?
The Symposium will usually start at 9:30am and end at 7pm. There will be breaks between events. More information can be found in the programme part of the website.

Will I be provided a certificate?
A certificate will be provided at the end of the Symposium if all mandatory events were attended.

How do I arrange my travel to London?
You are responsible for your travel arrangements and expenses.

Where will I stay?
All participants will stay at a hostel, which will be pre-booked. The hostel provides  B&B.

Can I prolong my stay in London?
You can stay in London as long as you like. However, it is your responsibility to book and pay the accommodation for the additional nights.

Further Questions?
If you have any questions, please send an email to