How should I choose MiF?

I am going to graduate this Summer with a bachelor's in economics from an Italian university.

I am preparing my applications to start a master's degree in finance or in management next year, but I really do not know how to choose. I have to do a master's because with only my degree it would be impossible to do anything in Italy and in Europe.

I want to do a program that lasts at least 1.5 years, because I don't have much relevant experience, so in this way I can do some internships in the Summer or take a gap year as some schools allow.

For this reasons my top choice is HEC MiM because it's always at the top of all business school rankings and it places well in London, but I am afraid that I would not get admitted. My second choice is ESCP MiM for the same reason and because it looks like an amazing life experience too. 

My other choices are Bocconi MiF, which is considered among the best finance programs in Europe and places amazingly in London, but you have to study too much and also I do not like Milan; LSE MiF, it is an amazing program, but it's just one year and I don't think it's worth the price it asks, also to live in London.

Other schools that seem interesting are St.Gallen, Nova, IE, and ESADE, but I think that they do not place a lot in London, am i right?

What do you think about the finance and strategy program at Sciences Po?

I also know nothing about other UK institutions besides LSE. I considered applying to Oxford MFE, but I heard that it's a program more aimed to the research field.

Do those analysis make any sense? How do you suggest to choose the best program for me? I am kinda lost lmao

It costs almost as much as other important financial cities in Europe, but it offers less things and you get paid half.

Also, everything is centered around nothingness.

Maybe it's just a prejudice that Italians have against Milan lol

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St. Gallen sends some kids to London, but it is definitely at a disadvantage compared to UK programmes. However, all UK programmes are ~9 months (except LBS which can be made 1.5 years if you want), so if that is an issue for you, you may want to rule them out. I don't see why it would necessarily be an issue though. Most people who do 1-year programmes in the UK apply for summer internships upon graduation and strive to receive a full-time offer afterwards. You'd basically be doing the same at a 1.5 year programme, except you'd go back to school for half a year instead of beginning full-time directly upon finishing your internship.

In the UK (and Europe for that matter), the top finance masters are Oxford MFE, LSE MSc Finance and LBS MFA (HEC MiF is on par with LBS MFA, if we include France). Also, Oxford MFE is a very academic and demanding programme, but it is not aimed at people who want to go into research. It is probably the most selective masters in finance there is, and has some of the best placement in IB, consulting and PE. If you think you have a shot, I would definitely apply. No offense though, but if you don't think you'll get admitted to HEC MiM these schools are likely out of your league.

You could also look at Imperial MSc Finance, which is tier 2 compared to the above-mentioned programmes, but still a decent option imo - would put it above St. Gallen. I would probably avoid Sciences Po. They're a good politics school. Bocconi is also above St. Gallen imo, but not by much. Doesn't hurt to apply to Bocconi as well, if you think you have a shot.

 Best for london is LBS and LSE. You can try HEC also good but more oriented towards paris. Bocconi can place in London but it will be much harder than the before mentioned shcools. St Gallen is pretty much same level than Bocconi... Some might even say better but then depends on what languages you speak...

Would disagree. Best for London is MIT (despite being in the US a lot of the MIT kids who want to break into London, like Europeans who only went to MIT for masters, are successful) and Oxford. LSE and LBS are closely behind. There may be more LSE and LBS kids in absolute numbers, but thats just bcs they have a ton of different programmes, leading to a lot of applicants from these schools. 

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