masters in europe vs canada

hey guys need advice, so I am a senior studying economics in italy (i am an international student) and my goal is to land a front office (IB if I can) role at a good bank, my gpa is good and I studied at a very good school in italy its well known for academics (not a target for banking though) i have a good GRE score etc.. now my options are masters in finance at Bocconi in italy or masters in finance at essec/edhec or hec (the hardest to get accepted but we'll see) or masters in economics at a top Canadian school like mcgill,uoft etc.. now i cant go for a masters in finance in canada because it wayyyy more expensive for international students so i opted for economics since its not "business school" now i know a masters in economics will damage the chances however, which program do you advice me to take. Now a lot of see it as a no brainer to take the europe masters since it gives a better chance however i want to settle in canada for long term i cant see myself staying in europe for a long time and canada is wayyy more accepting for newcomers than europe and has better visa/residence permit policies for students than all of european countries so its also kind of a personal decision. Any insight will do, thanks!

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Nov 15, 2021 - 3:45pm

30-40k usd max including everything in canada the masters in financial economics at uoft is 76k and ivey is around that too the econ masters in canada ranges from 15-25k max in europe the bocconi masters in 12k per year and essec is 24k (1 year masters though)

Nov 16, 2021 - 3:29am

i prefer canada tbh i just think toronto is better for finance than most European cities except london but i am afraid that because of the program the masters in economics is leaned towards academia or economics jobs in the government or consulting mainly so i might not have a chance to get an offer in banking. The masters in Europe guaranteers or gives me a high chance in landing a BB FO role.

Nov 16, 2021 - 4:49am

Pick one: Living in Canada OR Working in front office. 

Just had my trade dispute rejected by Schwab for a loss of 35k. This single issue alone should be a gigantic red flag to anyone who trades on their platform.

If they have a system error, and you do not video record your trading (they actually said this), they will not honour their fuck up. Switching everything away from them. Fuck this company.

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Nov 16, 2021 - 4:53am

It depends on where you want to live/work. If you want to do IB/PE, your degree will not matter much. However, make sure you factor your status (whether you would have any issues with visa in Canada or EU) as this will affect your ability to land a job. In Europe, Bocconi and HEC are top schools that feed several analysts into IB every year, whereas MFin recruitment in North America is a bit different

Nov 16, 2021 - 7:50am

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