Bocconi msf or warwick MSc fin

Hello, I have recently got offer from both of these semi targets.

I'm a non EU candidate who'll be studying at one of the university mentioned above.

I'm stuck in a dilemma as to which university to pick. I want to know if my chances to break into IB in the UK right after my Master (although my long-term goal is PE) are better if I decide to go to warwick or should I choose bocconi over it.

Also, I have a prior work experience of 1 year as financial analyst in my home country, so I also wanted to know what are the job prospects in UK in IB post masters bc I'll be financing my studies solely on loans. So I need to know about the employability of someone who graduates from such universities.

Does investment banks sponsor non EU candidates? So far on LinkedIn, I rarely saw someone from non EU baground who managed to get sponsorship from these banks, maybe bc of the visa rules.

Please consider the new post working visa rules (students on the psw will be able to work or look for work after their studies for a maximum period of two years) while giving your valuable suggestions.

I just want to ensure that I can pay back the loan if I decide to study in UK or EU.

Any help in making this decision is appreciated! Thank you

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Apr 3, 2021 - 6:10am

Bocconi will give you more opportunities in terms of recruiting since it's a two years program. Attending Warwick means you won't need visa in UK which is a very important issue to bear in mind. All BB sponsor, but TBH the chances of landing a summer/FT offer in a BB are slim. If you don't need visa your recruiting opportunities will expand significantly in UK. If you need it, you are pushed to apply to BB and some EB which are extremely competitive.

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Apr 3, 2021 - 2:54pm

No, after the MSc you'll (hopefully) do an internship. Best case is you get into a BB/EBs (that sponsor visa also for EU/non EU student); worst case is you get nothing. In between you can find an internship at lower tier boutiques that don't sponsor visa, hence only UK students or EU students with pre settled / settled status can work there.

Hence, since getting into a BB/EB is not easy (not impossible, but not easy), if you go to Bocconi (or any other EU university) you preclude yourself from applying to lower tier firms in London and, since you don't speak Italian, you also preclude yourself from applying to lower tier firms in Milan (that's not Milan-specific but Europe-specific, where you almost always need fluency in the country language).

However, if you go to Warwick (or any other UK university), you should get a visa that allows you to work for 2 years in London, hence you get the optionality to work for lower tier firms there (if you don't land an internship in a BB/EB).

What happens after 2 years is obscure to me, but I suppose that, if you're FT in a London firm, they can sponsor you a visa.

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Apr 3, 2021 - 9:43am

Bocconi is a target for MSc, Warwick isn't. It's dependent on yourself but Bocconi allows you to shop around for two years, really depends on your background but would do Bocconi. Tbh, if you get an offer from Bocconi you can probably also get an offer from LSE, LBS, Imperial etc.

Apr 3, 2021 - 9:57am

I don't have enough extracurricular to apply for LSE, ik there is no solid standard regarding extracurricular and how much you should have it to get into LSE but I'm saying I got none and LSE gives alot of importance to it.

I do have a gmat  of 724. I'm thinking about imperial too.

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