LSE or HEC - help much appreciated
I am very fortunate to have been accepted to the finance master's at both HEC and LSE, but I cannot make up my mind about which to choose. Below are my profile, ambitions, and personal perception of the schools. All input would be much appreciated. Please share your thoughts and let me know if I can do anything to return the favor.
Profile & ambitions: From the Nordics, currently in undergrad (Nordics, target), ambition to do IB or something related abroad (really anywhere, not necessarily London, but London seems most likely), done two internships (regional EB and local shop), only speak English beyond native tongue
- Seems to be more known around the world
- Personally, it strikes me as it would be easier to recruit to London when stationed in the same city, but HEC's statistics seem good. What are your thoughts on recruiting from HEC to London?
- The UK is currently much more successful with vaccinations
- Brexit, though difficult to assess
- Got my LSE admission after the deadline for making the deposit for HEC, so accepting LSE would mean a sunk cost of EUR 5,000, which is a lot to me. I have a decent chance of receiving scholarships, but I cannot rely on them.
- I have heard that LSE has a reputation for being "boring" with little social life and an introverted atmosphere
- Seems to have placing statistics on par with LSE's, but of course very difficult to know how that translates to my case
- Good reputation regarding social life, campus etc.
- Wouldn't lose my deposit, and I have already received a partial scholarship from the school
- The program includes a 4 month period for work, which could benefit me
- France currently in full lock-down
- I don't speak French, so working in Paris seems quite unlikely
- not as well known