I am currently deciding whether I should attend HEC's Grande Ecole program in international management or ESADE's double degree in finance + CEMS MIM in fall 2020. Before getting into the details of the situation, I should note that my interests lie in IB (thinking of either ECM or M&A atm) and job market-wise I do not really have any preference atm (London would be great but I am open to/interested in basically any European market as long as I have real chances to get in any good bank, thinking tier 1, tier 2 or elite boutiques). Fyi, I do not know any french or spanish, but considering I am italian I am confident that I would be able to learn spanish pretty quickly if needed (in ESADE's case ofc).
So, I already know that HEC is generally more prestigious and is an overall better business school than ESADE (especially if I would like to work in LDN), however, my HEC interviewer told me that in order to proceed with the specialization in international finance I would need to get high grades in the quantitative courses during the first year of the program. I would therefore like to know how hard is it to get into the specialization in international finance from HEC's MIM, considering that my quantitative skills are probably average. The worst case scenario would be that I end up attending HEC and do not manage to take a finance specialization because my grades are too low.
Is it worth the risk with HEC's MIM, or should I take the safe route with ESADE where I surely can study what I am passionate about and what is most relevant for the job I want to have? Any opinion and follow-up question is very much appreciated, so please feel free to comment. Thank you to anyone who takes their time to help me out.