Dilemma - Master in Finance at St. Gallen or Bocconi?

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Hey guys,

I'm currently facing a bit of a luxury problem, as I got accepted to both the Master in Banking and Finance at St. Gallen and the MSc Finance at Bocconi. Both universities also gave me a scholarship that cover most of the tuition fee, so I'm not sure what to choose.

St. Gallen:
- Top business school of the German speaking region, great prospects for banking in Zurich etc, but what about internationally?
- Speaking German seems to be a big plus here. I've had German in high school but my level is not that great.
- Programme takes 1.5 year (90 EC).

Bocconi:
- Top business school in Italy, with superb exposure to Italian banks, but I think also maybe better connected to London banks, compared to St. Gallen?
- I don't speak any Italian. Is that a problem?
- Programme takes 2 years (180 EC), mandatory internship included.

Probably I'm most interested in working in IB in London after graduating, due to fluency in English and the big city feeling. However, a city like Zurich certainly also has its appeal.

Basically, how do you think these two universities and their programmes compare to each other? Which programme will give me the best (international) job prospects?

Thanks a lot for any input!

Comments (6)

Apr 19, 2017

I would choose Bocconi, 100% - it is a top feeder for IBD in London, at my BB maybe 1/4 of SAs came from Bocconi MFin. No need to speak Italian

Don't get me wrong, Saint Gallen is also great - but I would not advise it for a non-German speaking guy

Apr 22, 2017

Thanks for your input.

Any other opinions?

Jul 14, 2017

I will start my MSc Finance at Bocconi this fall, thus I am extremely glad to hear that it has good placement in London. Still, I have serious concerns over landing in London as I am non-EU national.
Is it really possible for a fresh MSc grad from FAR FAR away to get a proper job?

Apr 22, 2017

Bocconi hands down buddy. Especially if you don't speak German..
BTW Bocconi have a lot of exchange or double degree programs w/St Gallen, so in case maybe you can pick it.

Apr 22, 2017

Masters in SG are very international, so no need to speak German. On campus recruiting for BBs in London plus (in contrast to bocconi) additionaly access to the Swiss market, e.g. Direct entrance to PE funds // HF based in CH ; would recommend more than bocconi as you'll have very good London access anyways but additionally great access to CH and Germany

Apr 22, 2017
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