Bocconi BEIF on a full scholarship vs UCL Economics

I met UCL offer today, I am a non-EU citizen. So UCL will cost me around 140k $ (tuition + living expenses), while Bocconi would cost around 40k.

If I went to Bocconi, I would have the opportunity to pursue an MFin at UK top targets or Bocconi MFin as a fallback option. While I can't do that if I went to UCL.  Is UCL worth the risk, or would I be better off saving on tuition and getting a top masters while also having a brand-name bachelors degree? 

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Aug 25, 2020 - 4:11am

Why do you want to MSc given that you haven't even started your BSc? If it is for finding a job, Bocconi should give you enough leverage to get SA role at London. In case it doesn't you don't need to take the GMAT and just need decent grades in your undergrad to get into the MSc Finance scheme. This is 5 years at Bocconi, if this doesn't get you the role you want nothing else probably will. Given the costs involved, the uncertainty around Brexit and the overall experience given that if you work in IB in Europe you will eventually end up in London, I will go with Bocconi.

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Aug 26, 2020 - 5:11am

I am not entirely sure BSc from Bocconi is enough, I would certainly apply to spring weeks and SA positions during my bachelor's. But from what I've heard, and using LinkedIn, most Bocconi bachelors (who get placed at BBs or MBB) tend to do MSc either at Bocconi or HEC Paris/LSE/other top targets. So I want to keep my MSc options open, by saving on tuition money.

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Aug 27, 2020 - 5:04am

Recruiting from Bocconi is pretty much only aimed at Italians. But if you want to save money and then spend it on a Masters somewhere else (but you will have to do the masters - due to my first sentence) and only work after a masters Bocconi is a respectable option to get into a top masters.

Aug 27, 2020 - 11:33am

Bocconi for sure. Can't speak for myself but have a lot of close mates at UCL studying econ and the consensus is that the course is a bit underwhelming, oversubscribed and unorganised.

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Aug 27, 2020 - 4:11pm

I'm considering the course my self as an international. If I'm a decent candidate (say top 25-30% from UCL Econ if you had to rank on the basis of technical knowledge, preparedness for interviews, grades, and other recruiting-related factors), is there a high chance of me breaking into BB or EB banking?

Aug 28, 2020 - 8:24am

The course itself is good but teaching quality varies extremely from what I've heard. As to recruiting, if you do well at UCL (apply early to spring weeks, SA, etc and network a bit) you won't really have a problem getting into BBs and EBs. Will admit certain EBs are still Oxbridge heavy but UCL presence is growing.

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