MS Finance profile review + question about UK tuitions

I am hoping to apply for the top European MSF programs.
Background and nationality: Nordic citizenship but African decent.
Undergrad Information: 3.4 GPA from top university in my country studying business management.
GMAT/GRE: Yet to be taken but expected ~700-720.
Work experience and leadership: 4 month internship in accounting at a large oil & gas company. Completed military conscription and gained some leadership experience there.
Community and others: Helped found a run a non-profit in high-school that ran youth centers and other services for youth in immigrant communities.
Post Master goals: IB or other high finance roles, preferably in London.

I understand that the best way to a job in London is to go to school there but I'm not sure about that anymore since the UK government isn't giving loans for tuition to EU students; should I apply anyway and get private loans?

Thanks in advance

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Oct 10, 2021 - 3:40am

Hi, due to Brexit consider applying to other countries. I can recommend SSE, HEC Paris, HSG, Bocconi and RSM. Studying there is very useful if you want to stay in the UK but with the crazy tuition fees, can be smart to apply elsewhere. You can still end up in London with these schools but consider doing internships (spring or summer). All the best :)

Oct 10, 2021 - 10:52am

Thanks for the reply!

So as a foreigner to each of these countries with little chance of picking up the languages while I am there, would this ranking be fair for London recruiting: HEC>Bocconi>SSE=HSG>RSM?

Also how do you think the HEC MIM would fit into the above ranking?

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Oct 10, 2021 - 11:42am

Well, ranking these schools is not simple as it depends on multiple factors (other than simple ranking): like percentage of people that speak English or the dynamics/infrastructure of the local economy.

But if I had to rank these for positions related to finance (and please take into consideration that it changes completely for management or consulting), then it would be as follows:

HEC>>Bocconi>SSE=HSG=RSM

The difference between HEC and Bocconi is larger than Bocconi and the other schools.

Having said that, clearly the master degree will not be the only thing that will count towards finding a position in London: do consider applying very early to internships in Finance.

With regards to your question about the HEC MIM, well since you have little experience in finance and are relatively early in your career, I would consider it.

You can always go for the HEC MiM and then do a specialisation in finance.

But then, LSE and LBS are clearly the schools that will have the best reputation in London and it is totally worth getting a loan if you have a top master from them.  

Hope I could provide some additional insights and let me know if you have any other remarks :)

Oct 10, 2021 - 11:52am

But then, yes LBS and LSE are expensive. Thus, considering cheaper universities from this list is smart, if you are paying your master yourself and do not want debt :) 

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