"The seminars ... helped me to understand the link between politics, law and economics in terms of developing solutions to problems and issues locally, nationally and globally."

PLE 2018
Rhys from Wales, UK

From the moment I opened the email accepting me on to the Politics, Law and Economics (PLE) program in 2018, I was full of excitement. The thought of flying to New York and onwards to New Haven and to Yale University to study these subjects and to meet people from all over the world was a good one. I had the small matter of finishing my ‘AS’ exams first and all of the revision that they entailed but I got through that. Moving towards the last week of July, preparations were in place, the bag was packed, and I was off to London Heathrow. Meeting others from Wales at the airport was good, and although we were sitting in different seats on the plane, we all met up on arrival in New York and on our travel to the University.


At the University, those first few hours were about settling in – collecting our keys, the program, and meeting our new flat mates. I was very pleased with the accommodation as six of us shared a living space and this became a bit of a social space for many of those who were on my program. We shared stories and experiences about where we were from and talked late into the night!!

The PLE program was absolutely fantastic. It reinforced my knowledge in some areas and developed it in others. Learning more about the politics of the US, at such an interesting time in US politics, was of huge interest to me and in our sessions, we all talked about the politics in our own countries. The links between politics, law and economics were drawn on in many of the sessions. Listening to Professor Schnott talk about 'Understanding the Backlash Against Globalization' highlighted key issues about procurement and how this can be tied up with economics and also politics. A seminar by Dr Williams on the 'Environmental Crisis, Sustainability and the Built Environment' helped me to understand the link between politics, law and economics and also geography in terms of developing solutions to problems and issues locally, nationally and globally.

Clearly, a key part of the YYGS program is the academic element and this is supported by the other students in the courses who bring with them their life experiences. To share these in both the formal program and in the social settings was an important part of the whole experience, particularly in my subject area. Meeting people from all over the world has widened my horizons and meant that I have friends in new places. Social media allows us to stay in touch and you never know, I am sure that there will be a PLE 2018 reunion very soon!

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