Europe Business School - BE BRUTALLY HONEST!

Hi all,

assess my chances to be accepted at HEC Paris (or any other non-UK target school, such as Bocconi, RSM, HSG, WHU, Mannheim, Frankfurt..) - Master in International Finance:

•Croatian Male (EU)

•Bachelor's degree in Economics from non-target school in Croatia, with GPA 3.7/5 (5 is the highest grade) + Dean's List 

•Currently pursuing Master's degree in Finance at non-target school in Slovenia

•Experience: 6months Deal Advisory Intern at KPMG Croatia, 6months TAS Intern at EY Croatia, 5months M&A experience at Alantra in Austria

•GMAT - I will take the exam next year, but I will try do get as highest as possible in order to compensate GPA. I guess >700.

Be brutally honest!

Comments (19)

4mo 
Aimar 21, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Experience is good and GMAT if >700 good too. Spend some time on the apps and should will be fine. Wouldn´t advice you to consider german BS unless you speak german. 

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3mo 
cro888, what's your opinion? Comment below:

One additional question so I hope you can answer it... As it is written in the headline, I am currently pursuing 2-years MSc in Bank and Finance at non-target school at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia (nontarget, but pretty challenging courses which is good cause I will be well prepared for future target B-schools). The only purpose of applying for another B-school after I finish my current Master is to enter high finance (IB), and I am of course choosing 1-year program, specifically HEC Paris. Now, when I will end my Master in Slovenia, I will be 25 years old. The question is: Is it too late to apply for HEC MSc International Finance if you are 25/26yo?

My plan is to finish HEC in 1 year and try at Unicredit Austria (they have a pretty good team and are strong for deals in SEE Region, and analyst salary is acceptable for me in repaying the HEC loan assuming I will not receive any scholarship, so cca €55k loan. The other is, of course, to try London. However, I would prefer Vienna because this is the region of Europe where I come from. Oh yeah, I want to highlight that before enrolling the HEC MSc, I will have work experience at KPMG Deal Advisory and Unicredit in Croatia or Austria internship.

Thanks in advance

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4mo 
kinghamasaki, what's your opinion? Comment below:

HEC Paris is only horribly difficult to get in if you're French. As an international student with solid work experience you do stand a good chance. Ace that GMAT (I'd say 690+) and you should be good to go

3mo 
cro888, what's your opinion? Comment below:

One additional question so I hope you can answer it... As it is written in the headline, I am currently pursuing 2-years MSc in Bank and Finance at non-target school at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia (nontarget, but pretty challenging courses which is good cause I will be well prepared for future target B-schools). The only purpose of applying for another B-school after I finish my current Master is to enter high finance (IB), and I am of course choosing 1-year program, specifically HEC Paris. Now, when I will end my Master in Slovenia, I will be 25 years old. The question is: Is it too late to apply for HEC MSc International Finance if you are 25/26yo?

My plan is to finish HEC in 1 year and try at Unicredit Austria (they have a pretty good team and are strong for deals in SEE Region, and analyst salary is acceptable for me in repaying the HEC loan assuming I will not receive any scholarship, so cca €55k loan. The other is, of course, to try London. However, I would prefer Vienna because this is the region of Europe where I come from. Oh yeah, I want to highlight that before enrolling the HEC MSc, I will have work experience at KPMG Deal Advisory and Unicredit in Croatia or Austria internship.

Thanks in advance

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3mo 
kinghamasaki, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Regarding your age, being 25/26 years old is not a problem when applying to the HEC MSc Intl Finance programme. I think that the only programmes that put a limit on the age of their applicants are the MiM programmes

4mo 
Christian Suing, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Except for Bocconi, HSG and HEC, everything else on that list would be achievable if you put together a proper application.

Idk but Bocconi seems to be anal about GPA. For HEC, you should target a 710+ GMAT (I'm assuming Croatia isn't an over represented country in the pool of applicants) and it should be doable. Can't speak for HSG but shouldn't be difficult if you can get into HEC

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4mo 
cro888, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What about RSM (Rotterdam school of management)? Is it worth it. Will it open the doors to IB in Soitheastern Europe, or in western Europe (London, Frankfurt) in emerging markets teams? 

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afort12, what's your opinion? Comment below:

For it's price, RSM is an excellent university. I would say it will help for Germany and the Netherlands. Also, doable for London but it will be more difficult, you better have some good internships and some good grades but it is feasible. 

Hope it helps :)

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Dimonfan, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Lot of people keep bringing up high GMAT as a requirement, bringing in anecdotal evidence, friend of mine from an Asian country (usually well represented country and an overly represented background) broke into HEC with a 640 GMAT. Apparently he had a good story. So keep trying even if you don't hit that GMAT score.

3mo 
cro888, what's your opinion? Comment below:

One additional question so I hope you can answer it... As it is written in the headline, I am currently pursuing 2-years MSc in Bank and Finance at non-target school at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia (nontarget, but pretty challenging courses which is good cause I will be well prepared for future target B-schools). The only purpose of applying for another B-school after I finish my current Master is to enter high finance (IB), and I am of course choosing 1-year program, specifically HEC Paris. Now, when I will end my Master in Slovenia, I will be 25 years old. The question is: Is it too late to apply for HEC MSc International Finance if you are 25/26yo?

My plan is to finish HEC in 1 year and try at Unicredit Austria (they have a pretty good team and are strong for deals in SEE Region, and analyst salary is acceptable for me in repaying the HEC loan assuming I will not receive any scholarship, so cca €55k loan. The other is, of course, to try London. However, I would prefer Vienna because this is the region of Europe where I come from. Oh yeah, I want to highlight that before enrolling the HEC MSc, I will have work experience at KPMG Deal Advisory and Unicredit in Croatia or Austria internship.

Thanks in advance

3mo 
LeBamboo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

No one cares, I'm almost 26 and start at a LC PE

4mo 
AMMonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

GMAT at 700 is neutral for HEC. Anything over will be a positive, anything under will need to be justified/compensated by another element in your application

You should be fine on the experience side, the Dean's List helps on the academics. 

I think you could get in if you craft a good application

3mo 
cro888, what's your opinion? Comment below:

One additional question so I hope you can answer it... As it is written in the headline, I am currently pursuing 2-years MSc in Bank and Finance at non-target school at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia (nontarget, but pretty challenging courses which is good cause I will be well prepared for future target B-schools). The only purpose of applying for another B-school after I finish my current Master is to enter high finance (IB), and I am of course choosing 1-year program, specifically HEC Paris. Now, when I will end my Master in Slovenia, I will be 25 years old. The question is: Is it too late to apply for HEC MSc International Finance if you are 25/26yo?

My plan is to finish HEC in 1 year and try at Unicredit Austria (they have a pretty good team and are strong for deals in SEE Region, and analyst salary is acceptable for me in repaying the HEC loan assuming I will not receive any scholarship, so cca €55k loan. The other is, of course, to try London. However, I would prefer Vienna because this is the region of Europe where I come from. Oh yeah, I want to highlight that before enrolling the HEC MSc, I will have work experience at KPMG Deal Advisory and Unicredit in Croatia or Austria internship.

Thanks in advance

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3mo 
AMMonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

25/26 is not too old, and HEC doesn't cost 55k as far as I'm aware. 

4mo 
bhuvankumar, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Can i ask why are you pursuing ms in international finance as u already have ms in finance? To go high finance? Or to shift to another country

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cro888, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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