Dartmouth vs Oxford (Undergrad, International student)

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I'm an international student interested in IB/HF/finance in general. I've been accepted to Dartmouth ED and am awaiting a decision from Oxford University to study Economics and Management. While I'm waiting with not much to do, I was hoping I could get some insight into whether I should choose Oxford (if I'm accepted) or Dartmouth.

It seems that in terms of prestige and recognition, Oxford is HYPSM level while Dartmouth is 2nd tier. However, at Dartmouth I'll have to flexibility to double major or minor in a quantitative subject along with Economics which I've heard is better for HF opportunities. I also realize that Oxford will serve me better for UK recruiting while Dartmouth will probably be better for US recruiting. I prefer staying in the US long-term, although I'm open to working in the UK. Perhaps grad school in the US after Oxford can be a gateway? I've also heard getting a work visa in the US is difficult, any insight from internationals? I'm also curious if Oxford would be better at getting me jobs in Asia versus Dartmouth.

Dartmouth will be significantly more expensive than Oxford (no financial aid). Although I won't be in debt, it is something to consider.

Any advice would be really helpful, especially from internationals. Thanks!

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Comments (17)

Dec 18, 2018

You've raised a number of practical concerns that I don't want to discount and I'm not qualified to comment on them... but even still I just can't imagine turning down Oxford for Dartmouth.

Dec 18, 2018

Exactly. And especially living in Asia, where Dartmouth's recognition is close to non-existent outside of very well informed circles, it seems downright insane.

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Dec 18, 2018

If you applied ED you are legally binded to attend Dartmouth

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Dec 18, 2018

And must withdraw all other applications

Dec 18, 2018

Rephrased: ED does not legally bind me to attend Dartmouth, and will probably have no affect on my offer at Oxford.

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Dec 18, 2018

In your case, I would strongly recommend Oxford given equal cost, it's an absolute no brainer if there's a huge cost difference. It's a better school with much better global recognition and diverse class. The experience is also going to be better, especially for an international. And the UK visa process is much easier (who knows how it will be when you graduate though, but no one is really anticipating huge change in that regard).

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Jan 2, 2019

Go to Dartmouth if you want to stay in the US. Go to Oxford if you'd prefer to be a member of the Elite in the UK. It'd be difficult to move from the UK to the US if you already work for a UK investment bank or vice-versa. Either school will get you into high-finance if you play your cards right.

Jan 3, 2019

Actually it's quite easy to move from the UK to the US, especially in high finance. Most banks have rotational programs with the option of an extended stay if you prefer.

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Jan 2, 2019

Really? You're probably right about bigger shops, but I don't know about smaller places. Then again, if you go to Oxford you could probably get a job with a bigger bank.