IE vs ESADE MiF

Hi, 

So I got admitted to both IE Business School & ESADE for their Masters's in Finance programs. I hold a non-EU passport. My goal is either to break into IB or into Consulting roles in the UK, and I am fully aware of how competitive it is going to be. However, with what I have in hand right now, what would be the best option to add in my Resume, that would even slightly increase my chances. If anyone can share any expertise, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance,

Best,

Aibel

Comments (18)

Jul 2, 2022 - 1:33pm
SoraisWind, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Idk, I think IE is ranked higher, plus, better City for IB. Literally all consulting and investment banks have offices in Madrid. IE and ESADE are great Unis for Master in Finance, they are not as great in undergrad tho, they are not recognized in Spain for that. But that does not matter to you. I would go for IE

Jul 2, 2022 - 4:13pm
Aibellanson, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hi,

So here's the thing. If I wanna work in Madrid, then Spanish would the the major criteria. But I don't wanna work in Spain, I wanna work in The UK. That's where I wanna know which firm is better

Jul 2, 2022 - 2:01pm
boib_1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

ESADE is better. IE prices are criminal. Without being mean, I do not think you have a big chance to find a job in the UK considering how competitive unless you have some friends or connections. Plus, Barcelona is way nicer than Madrid.

  • Intern in PE - LBOs
Jul 2, 2022 - 2:07pm

I wouldn't say that about the chances of getting a job or not without knowing his background.

Yes, it's competitive. Yes, it's going to be a long-shot. Yes you may not get it. But it's possible.

  • Intern in PE - LBOs
Jul 2, 2022 - 2:03pm

Both unis are good:

Overall their reputation has been falling, especially IE, which as of right now is a total filler school (anyone gets in).

They are also expensive for the quality (vis-a-vis much cheaper peers with similar quality such as Nova SBE in Portugal).

Overall, ESADE has a better alumni network in London, if that is your goal.

If you speak Spanish and think of staying in Spanish IE might be better due to the location - Barcelona is not the best work-wise.

Jul 2, 2022 - 4:12pm
Aibellanson, what's your opinion? Comment below:

But if I wanna work in the UK, which uni has the stronger brand? When I compare the alumni networks via linked, there's about a negligible difference.

Jul 2, 2022 - 4:16pm
Aibellanson, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hi,

Thankyou for your insight. I honestly liked IE better because the Ad. Comm was SUPER friendly, I mean they told us how to move forward with the application, the kinds of firms that come on campus etc. but here's the thing, when I talk to alumnus, ALMOST EVERYONE who possess a European visa returned to home country( most of them came to have fun in Madrid albeit and didn't take looking for a job seriously)

  • Intern in PE - LBOs
Jul 2, 2022 - 4:21pm

I would say ESADE has a much better placement than IE right now

Jul 3, 2022 - 4:27am
SoraisWind, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Jumping from Spain or any other country in the EU really, to London, is easier in undergrad, but I still see many doing master's and getting positions.

At the end, financial times just published their top 10 finance master's in the world and I think 85% of those were in the EU.

Jul 3, 2022 - 7:10am
boib_1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The FT finance ranking is something you should take with a massive grain of salt. Local schools are always better than schools from abroad. Why not try UK schools then even if it is not LSE or LBS? Maybe Warwick then :)

Jul 3, 2022 - 10:20am
Aibellanson, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hi this is amazing advice, but unfortunately I didn't apply to any of the UK based unis, I assumed getting from a top ranked uni is better than getting from the UK. I couldn't be anymore wrong.

But I wanna do with what I have

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  • Analyst 3+ in IB-M&A
Jul 3, 2022 - 9:35am

I am Spanish and work in an EB in Madrid and can say IE's MIF is a massive shit

Jul 3, 2022 - 10:19am
Aibellanson, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It's total shit, yet ranked in the top 10 in the world. I've talked to a couple of alumni and there's 50/50 reviews.

Idk what to do

Jul 7, 2022 - 11:19am
Canuck89, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm an IE MIF alum from ~10 years ago. Feel free to DM me, my views are mixed but I can at least try to be honest

  • Business School in CorpFin
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