As an asian, i'm curious about how Europeans choose colleges.

Generally speaking, in Asia, HK and Singapore schools are popular, and some who have Japanese fetish probably go to Japan.

In America, the best students go to Ivies and other elite schools, the rest often stay at their own states and get into a state university.

However, in Europe, it seems there are not many comprehensive universities, instead, a lot of good universities focus on specific fields (i.e. TU Munich-Engineering, Bonn-Math/Physics, Bocconi-Economics) and offer something like professional education. So i'm just wondering how Europeans choose colleges, especially for those elite students who wish study abroad, or they just rush into the U.K universities like us?

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  • Consultant in Consulting
Sep 23, 2021 - 7:51am

Usually if you are clued in and/or are from a well off background you might go to one of the great UK schools, otherwise there are plenty of top institutions in each European country (which are seen as very prestigious locally, but whose reputation drops down outside country borders), hence why it seems so fragmented. International rankings (QS, THE) paint a decent picture for STEM related studies at least, not so much for business schools. For law/medicine I have no clue, but those types of careers are by very nature ultra local hence why international comparisons make even less sense.

Examples (per countries, first for business studies then for engineering studies):











St Gallen (HSG)







TU Delft/KU Leuven




Those would all be considered elite within their countries, I might have missed some.You end up with 30ish institutions for roughly the same population pool as the US, which matches the numer of US targets roughly. The good thing is usually tuition fees are much cheaper to inexistent at plenty of the above. People only go outside of their country's system when it is worth it and that usually means exclusively the top US/UK schools.

Sep 23, 2021 - 11:53am

100% agree. Going to England for school for bachelor's has a huge negative connotation in Germany, since they are so expensive and we already have excellent universities in Germany. Master's is a bit different (but it has to be a T1 UK university, otherwise people assume it's daddy's money). 

People's obsession with UK universities and English language education is way overhyped. A lot of German universities are trying to become more Anglo-American and forcing us to take classes in English, which is bullshit

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Sep 23, 2021 - 12:55pm

I can add that now with Brexit it a must to look at German, Dutch and Swiss schools. Going to the UK even for masters now it only interesting if it is LSE, LBS or Oxbridge. All the rest is not worth over 20k. It is sad but now things will change and mentalities will need to adapt. 

  • Intern in PropTrad
Sep 23, 2021 - 3:59pm

For masters in finance and management  anyway. If you wanted to do a masters in math or computational finance or data science it wouldn't make sense to go LBS or LSE.

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