London IBD Placement after Bocconi MSF for non-EU Visa holder?

Fellow monkeys,

I have been contemplating a MSF for a long time to re-brand myself and have a better shot at IBD recruiting. I have looked at Villanova, Vanderbilt and BC in the U.S (not quant enough for MIT and Princeton), and a couple of programs in Europe. Among the European programs, I really like Bocconi for a number of reasons: location (love Italy); reputation in London; more affordable than LSE/Oxbridge; seems generous with scholarship offerings; two-year program so I can find an SA stint during the summer, which is relatively easier than going into full-time recruiting.

However, I am a non-EU Visa holder. I know that Bocconi placement is great in London IBD, but a linkedin search shows that Bocconi alums who work in IBD are mostly Italian, or from continental Europe. Could anyone shed some light on how hard is it for a non-EU Visa holder to get an IBD gig in London with Bocconi MSF in their resume? Any insights would be much much appreciated.

One last thing: Big thanks to @TNA for your awesome site and your golden posts and replies here about MSF.

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Comments (9)

Oct 14, 2013 - 5:44am

No exact idea how it is for non-EU visa holders but we hired only Italians from Bocconi for our London office this year.

Furthermore, the reputation of Bocconi isn't actually that stellar, there just isn't anything better in Italy. Whenever someone from my team has a CV from a Bocconi graduate on their table and he/ she does not have a GPA of 4.0 it pretty much goes onto the trash pile unless there's some other really good stuff on there. So if u go to Bocconi you gotta ace all ur courses to have a shot (at least with respect to my firm).

Oct 14, 2013 - 6:48pm

Thanks for the valuable insights! Would you mind sharing what tier is your firm? i.e is it a BB or MM or an elite boutique?

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Oct 15, 2013 - 8:36am

So if I'm not Italian (continental Europe though) is it even worth to consider MSF at Bocconi? Or just let it go and try at LSE, Oxbridge, SSE, HSG? How well positioned is SSE in London?

Oct 15, 2013 - 6:29pm

Thank you guys so much. I will now focus on the schools in the U.K and kind of forget about Bocconi then.

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