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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Jul 31, 2022 - 10:27pm

BBA at ESSEC is like doing compliance at Goldman Sachs

You get the brand but the programme itself is poor

More seriously, in France Grande Ecoles programmes (after prepa) are prestigious, and bachelors are there mainly to bring more cash to the schools, but they are not well recognised in France. Abroad it can be seen better from people who know the brand ESSEC but are not familiar with the French system

Aug 1, 2022 - 4:26am
kinghamasaki, what's your opinion? Comment below:

ESSEC Grande Ecole (MiM) student here. Business schools BBA tend to not have the best reputation in France. I know a few ESSEC BBA students who have broken into M&A (so it's not impossible) but my previous team at a big French bank would automatically reject all BBA students (ESSEC and ESCP included). However, I do know a few students who did master's degrees at HEC, ESSEC, ESCP (etc) after their French BBAs and redeemed themselves

Aug 1, 2022 - 4:31am
kinghamasaki, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you can, I would definitely recommend that! The ESSEC BBA isn't cheap by any means, so you might as well spend your €€€ at a good bachelor's degree. I did mine in the UK (pre-Brexit, so I don't what the tuition fees are like now) and then came to ESSEC for my MiM. I heard Bocconi's bachelor's is pretty good but I may be wrong

Aug 1, 2022 - 4:40am
kinghamasaki, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm Spanish actually! I am a bit biased against IE's bachelor degrees, since the dumbest people in my promotion at high school were the ones who went to IE (those who couldn't get into good public unis in Spain or couldn't make it to the UK). However, those classmates of mine who went to ESADE got into pretty good companies (three of them are doing consulting at MBB now). The thing with these business schools is that they traditionally just offered master's degrees, and they've started offering bachelor's degrees pretty recently, so they tend to be less strict with their requirements. However I do think that both IE and ESADE are great schools for your bachelor's.

PS: one of my classmates at ESSEC was an IE bachelor's alumnus

Aug 1, 2022 - 4:58am
urset, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Okay thank you, that is really helpful! TBH I am currently really thinking to attend IE because they have those dope dual degrees and Campus + I think Madrid is awesome. So do you think that IE could give me a really solide background?

Aug 1, 2022 - 5:01am
kinghamasaki, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I personally haven't done much research on their bachelor's programs but I do think that IE/ESADE bachelor's degrees have a better reputation than ESSEC/ESCP, mainly due to the fact that the golden route in France is Preparatory Classes + Grande Ecole (MiM). Madrid is an amazing city to be a student, it's definitely less expensive than other European capitals yet you're getting all the fun from living in a big city. Then if you want you can go ahead and get your master's degree from a top French (or any other) school!

Aug 1, 2022 - 5:31am
urset, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Okay, thank you for all the answers! I will now have to choose between Bocconi and IE/ESADE… Do you think a bachelor from Bocconi would be way more accredited than the Spanish ones?

Aug 1, 2022 - 5:14pm
boib_1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

IE bachelor is pure shit. ESADE is clearly better.

Aug 1, 2022 - 5:19pm
boib_1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

People I know, I did a bachelor myself and some friends went to both IE and ESADE. Confirms what I say.

Aug 1, 2022 - 5:45pm
boib_1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

IE has larger programs so can explain the difference. I would still say ESADE is better due to the fact it is a non-profit school compared to IE (which main purpose is to make a profit to its shareholders)...

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
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