Imperial vs. Bocconi
I just received offers from Imperial MSc F&A and Bocconi MSc Finance. Would really appreciate any help on which program to choose. I'm an American who graduated from a US target school who is looking to work in Europe (preferably London). I did several PE internships and worked at a VC fund for around a year before getting let go because of the pandemic. I'm really interested in/research (don't want IB). These are my thoughts:
- Located in London, which makes networking and interviews a lot easier than traveling back and forth from Milan.
- The new UK post-study work grants me two years after graduation to find a position. This should be enough time to secure a position.
- Imperial is a little more well-known than Bocconi in the US. If the worst-case scenario happens and I have to return to the States, Imperial will likely open a few more doors.
- MSc F&A is not Imperial's flagship program. Not sure how much of a difference that makes.
- The program is only one year, so I have one chance at campus recruiting. Very little margin of error.
- Imperial is known for science and engineering. I'm worried that the Business School gets overshadowed by these departments and isn't as prestigious.
- I was awarded a full tuition waiver. Although, finances aren't a big issue for me, this is definitely a positive.
- The program is two years, giving me a chance to do an internship in London. I'll also have two cracks at campus recruiting.
- The program seems to be ranked higher than Imperial MSc F&A in Europe. I also heard from an American friend working in that Bocconi is only below Oxbridge and LSE in representation in the City.
- I don't speak any Italian, which likely makes it difficult for me to make friends and live in Milan.
- I heard rumors that London firms only hire from Bocconi to fill Italian quotas (not sure how true that is).
- The coursework is apparently very difficult and competition incredibly fierce. This may not leave enough time for me to recruit.
Would leave to hear all of your thoughts. Thanks in advance!