About the programme

Seize your opportunity and take part in the largest Symposium on German current affairs, politics, culture, economics and finance in the UK.
The German Society of the London School of Economics and Political Science invites 50 German-speaking students to participate in the German Symposium 2019 at LSE in London.
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 (SOTS) 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 the SOTS programme is now open. Apply until the 13th of December 2018 and become part of a unique five-day experience in London. Applicants will hear back from us at the latest by December 24th.


The conferences and panels will take place on LSE campus. However, additional activities such as evening and sightseeing events will take place throughout London.


The German Symposium 2019 will take place from Tuesday 5th February till Friday 8th February. SOTS participants are invited to stay in London from Monday 4th February till Saturday 9th February.


Panel discussions, public speeches and workshops on current issues related to Germany and its role in pioneering change in Europe and the World

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


General Questions

When does the Symposium take place?

The German Symposium 2019 will take place in Lent Term, from the 5th of February (Tuesday) to the 8th of February (Friday). SOTS participants arrive on Monday, the 4th of February before 5pm and stay until Saturday noon, 9th of February.

Who is eligible to participate in the SOTS programme?

Any German-speaking undergraduate or postgraduate university student 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?

To cover parts of the costs, participants of the SOTS programme 2019 will be required to contribute a participation fee of £90.

What if I cannot attend the German Symposium after all?

Upon being accepted, you have one week to confirm your spot on the programme by transferring your participation fees. After you transferred your participation fees we will not be able to issue a refund.


How do I apply? When do applications open / close?

You can apply by submitting the application form which you can find HERE. The application process is now open and closes at 23:59 MEZ on the 13th of December 2018.

When will I receive an outcome regarding my application?

We are trying to process your application as quickly as possible. You will receive an answer at the latest by December 24th.


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 to and from London and all expenses related to your travel arrangements.

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 germansociety@lsusu.org.