Indian non-engineering undergrad options in Europe for entering MC (or IB but preferably MC)

Ok so I am a HS Senior from India looking for an international experience right out of high school. I don't want to go for the cookie cutter IIT/VIT engineering or Delhi University/Ashoka/St.Xaviers/Christ Economics programs (popular econ programs in India) and I want to look for opportunities abroad as I the begin my adult life. I have an A2 certification in German and Italian which I am aiming to reach B2 and B1 respectively prior to the beginning of my undergrad around this time next year and I aim to finish my undergrad with a C1 or C2 in German and B2 or C1 in Italian as well as learn other languages such as Dutch and French at a very beginner level and picking up languages are one of my rather stronger traits so language would likely not be a problem for me during my job experience but not being a native speaker particularly might hurt during the application process.

Goals- Getting into a MBB/T2 analyst role right out of UG (I know it is rather unlikely without a Masters in Eur but I will shoot my shot) or getting that role post MiM at top European MiM programs such as St. Gallen, LBS, Bocconi, HEC, ESSEC, ESCP, RSM, LSE etc. in financial centers such as London, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, Milan, Amsterdam etc. or in Dubai. Also I know this is a MC forum but I do have IB or the luxury industry as another option if not MC in Europe and would be elated to be placed at any IB/AM analyst roles post undergrad or post masters.

Caveats I face- My family doesn't have enough funds to fund a 22000 GBP + London Living Costs LSE education in undergrad, this is true for other target/semi-target UK institutions requiring equivalent if not more money, thus I HAVE to look for continental Europe for UG, might go to UK for my masters but not for undergrad for sure.

Options I have in mind- Bocconi (Bsc Economics Management and CS or Bsc International Economics and Management), St Gallen (Business or Economics), Erasmus Rotterdam (International Economics or International Business)

Please rank these programs in order of best for my goal to the worst including best undergraduate internships, exchanges, networks. Additionally any other schools and programs around the range of 0-13000 eur tuition are more than appreciated.

Also, how much are these degrees valued back in India (for indian consultants if you are reading), because I might have to come back to India if I could not get a job in Europe

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Sep 11, 2021 - 8:51am

I think Erasmus is really good value for money. The university has amazing rep inside the Netherlands and you can get pretty solid internships throughout your studies. Probably extremely difficult to get MBB straight out of the program, especially in continental Europe where most top consulting firms demand native-level fluency in the domestic language. FWIW Oliver Wyman in Amsterdam does not require Dutch language skills for its new hires.

What's good about the Netherlands is most (but not all) multinational companies are willing to hire interns and full-time employees with no requisite for Dutch language skills but this doesn't apply for MBB AFAIK. You also have access to a 1-year visa with no restrictions to the labor market after you graduate. Even if you don't want to work in the Netherlands after, you'd be able to secure solid internships while doing your program (e.g. at Adidas/Unilever/Tesla/Amazon/Philips/Oliver Wyman/Deloitte/etc), ofc given that your profile is solid (e.g. good grades, extra curricular activities). It's less competitive than similar internships in London.

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Sep 11, 2021 - 10:56am

Advice above is good. Would also say that MBB Brussels can be open to those only with English, as can the Polish offices (but mostly not client facing). Leuven and College of Europe  are probably the only Belgian schools worth attending as an international in terms of having international reputation, both should place well for MBB Brussels but imagine so would Dutch or French schools. Know for a fact that Bain and McKinsey will visa sponsor monolingual English candidates at UK target universities for Brussels and Poland. 

Sep 11, 2021 - 11:07am

Oh that's interesting about Brussels. I'll be going to LSE next year, will make sure to put Brussels as one of my preferred office locations alongside Middle East and London instead of winging it with Amsterdam (after double-checking on Brussels office language reqs). Is there any site where I can find more info on what particular MBB/T2s in Europe sponsor visas and accept only-English speakers?

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Sep 11, 2021 - 11:57am

Fishbowl is the main consulting forum and has a lot of stuff on this; there's also a few pages elsewhere (INSEAD recruiting for one of MBB's website, can't remember which) that show this, but Brussels is personal knowledge from HR and connections. Only note with Brussels is that both pay and hours are terrible compared to Amsterdam (and worse than London too) as little finance/tech to compete with salary wise for the best students. 

Eligibility seems to vary by MBB (and to some extent if you attended a target and have referrals). But Brussels, Amsterdam, Poland, Dubai (but generally want ties to the region if only an UG), and some Nordics are the main options open, from my understanding. Also some developing markets e.g. Nairobi.

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