European undergrad options for work in the US IB
I would like to work in IB in the beginning of my career. Perhaps I will start in London but my long term goal is the US. Say I have these two options - which one is the best for name recognition & prestige and contacts in the US?
1) St. Andrews, BSc in Economics and Statistics (with a lot of financial maths/stats) - 4 years.
2) Bocconi, BA in International Economics, Managment and Finance + LSE, MSc in Finance/Economics - 4 years.
The pro's of the first option is an opportunity to specialize in economics and financial maths/statistics which is directly relevant to finance/banking. I am not sure how respected St. Andrews is but I have read that a lot of prep school Americans go there (good for US networking). Wiki says that 40% of the students there are from public (private) schools - in fact this is the highest percent of public school kids out of any UK university which is also good for contacts.
Also I would be able to go to study in US for a year in unis such as Upenn/UVirginia/UBerekely.
The main con's are that the degree lasts for 4 years instead of 3 and that St. Andrews will always be second after Oxbridge/LSE/UCL.
The pro's of the second option is that I will have 2 degrees in 4 years as well as LSE brand recognition that St. Andrews doesn't have. Also there are a lot of Bocconi grads in banking.
Con's: I am not sure if Bocconi is considered good for undergrad + it is definitely not as respected as St. Andrews which is 600+ years old. Another con of Bocconi is that I won't have a specialized degree but an equivalent of BBA - which is not good if I will want to get an MBA - is it?
I would like to start my career in IB but overall recognition and network of the university outside of the IB is just as important for me.
So what do you guys think - what is the best option for me? Bocconi + LSE which is tailored for getting into banking or St. Andrews which is more academic, prestigious (not sure) and quantitative than Bocconi?