University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland Admitted

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I have been admitted at University of Zurich (UZH) for a MA in Business & Economics starting in September 2020. Its major is Management&Economics and its minor is Corporate Finance. It has a duration of 2 years (4 semesters). I am pursuing an entry lvl position or an internship in AM or IB in Switzerland after my graduation. Do you think i can achieve my goals? What do you think of UZH?

Let me tell you some information about myself:
-Healthcare Background (Pharmaceutical Sciences), graduated from Pharmacy School at University of Athens (top uni in Greece)
-Secured an internship this summer in a Stock-Market/Securities Company in Athens based on healthcare projects
-Fluency in English, Good German
-25 years old
-Willing to start CFA lvl 1
-Already studying about IB interviews concerning Financial Accounting and Financial Modelling

What are your thoughts?
Hope you are all doing great and you are safe.

Giannis

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Comments (29)

Apr 28, 2020 - 4:32am

It's a competitive programme. Try to polish your German language skills, while you can still apply and get a lot of jobs only with English, German will definitely open a lot of doors. The master's should give you a good shot at AM companies, there a tonne of these in Zurich.

Apr 29, 2020 - 8:18am

I worked with a couple people from UZH in consulting and they were great, maybe slightly more down-to-earth than some St. Gallen people, but that's anecdotal. IB and AM companies will recruit there, so you will already have a proverbial foot in the door. Get the right modules (markets and quant focus), continue working on your German and you should be in decent shape.

Assuming you are a Greek/ EU citizen, getting a permit should be less complicated than non-EU.

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 29, 2020 - 6:40pm

I am from Zurich, but did not go to the school. However, worked with a bunch of people that attended and have some friends there too. It is a good school, and obviously Zurich has a bunch of banking. People are more down to earth than St. Gallen and Zurich itself as a city is a blast! I also know that UBS for example are now also hiring UZH interns. Before it was mostly St. Gallen for IB, but they are easier on that, even taking some ZHAW students.

Apr 30, 2020 - 3:43am

Would add the caveat that while it can be a fun city, it is also expensive as a student, especially if you come from a lower disposable income country (which is most, on average).

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 30, 2020 - 12:57pm

I agree, it can be expensive but you could work part-time to offset that cost. I am not sure how the visa work etc, because I am a citizen. But pretty much any job pays pretty well for a student standard. I used to deliver pizzas, making $23/hour before tips and like $30/hour after tips. So if you are willing to do some work, you could probably support yourself, especially since tuition is usually low.

Apr 30, 2020 - 10:03am

There are a bunch, also big PWM. Depending on how flexible you are, insurance companies/ reinsurers have large AM teams, mostly in Zurich.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 30, 2020 - 12:53pm

I know Citi and JPM are in Zurich. Also according to a friend of mine, the Big 4 are pretty much considered investment banks in Switzerland. No guarantee that this is true, but he was telling me that Deloitte has close to the largest amount of deal activity.

  • Associate 2 in PE - Other
May 1, 2020 - 11:09am

Partners Group and Coller Capital have big Zug presences as well and both take analysts (and interns). St. Gallen is of course preferred but my understanding is Zurich still sends it's fair share of grads.

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