Which of these schools would you want to study abroad at?

This would be for the Spring 2022 term. I already have the offer, so the prestige isn't an issue. 

UK: Manchester Alliance

France: ESSEC

Spain: ESADE

Italy: Bocconi

Germany: WHU 

Denmark: CBS

BeNeLux: RSM

Finland: Aalto

China: Peking

Australia: UNSW

Okay, so I am currently an Asian male sophomore at an American semi-target who was able to get a BB SA gig through significant networking. I want to study abroad, but the Spring 2021 semester is a total bust for obvious reasons. That being said, I want to have relatively stress free study abroad in the Spring 2022 semester where I can just fuck around and party.

I do want to travel around a little bit, so with all that being said, which of these schools would  be the most fun?

Thanks in advance! 

This was a drunk post, so please excuse spelling.

Edit: I have no idea why this was moved from off topic to the GMAT forum 

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Nov 9, 2020 - 6:36am

Bocconi. Since you want to fuck around, you have food, pussy/dick and great weather in Milan during that period. You're also as central as it can get in Europe and pretty much a 1-2h flight from dozens of amazing destinations for weekend trips. The nightlife in Milan (assuming everything goes back to normal by then) is also really great. Take Milan and don't look back.

Nov 17, 2020 - 9:23pm

Yeah Spain

Italy is fun too, but I would pick Barcelona. I lived south of there in Valencia for 6 months for study abroad and had a blast and easily picked up spanish. 

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Nov 11, 2020 - 6:16am

As a European, ESADE for sure has a more fun reputation than Bocconi, same with Spain over Italy. Both are great though.

If you're not very tall, RSM/CBS will be tricky dating wise. Mean height for guys is 6ft+ there.

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Nov 26, 2020 - 8:36pm


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Nov 17, 2020 - 9:29pm


Definitely Peking University, most prestigious of the bunch

Yes, Peking University is the Harvard of China. I studied there through Columbia University for a summer study abroad program. It definitely was an experience, but the way of life and culture is very different than western life. 

I went out almost every night. I was staying outside of the East Gate at Beida (Peking University) and partied a lot at Mix and Vics at the stadium (gong ti). I heard Vics was shutting down though. Bar Blu is cool too and Lush has good pancakes and american food. I got some of the Peking U teachers to come party at Propaganda Beijing - I asked them out in language class in Chinese lol it was great. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Nov 18, 2020 - 2:37am

How tall are you? I'm 5'10" and every Northern European male student was taller than me by at least 4 inches (I went to CBS/Aalto). If you're like 5'8" even girls will tower you. Northern Europe is not a fun place to be for an Asian male haha.

The weather also sucks there, so it's not fun unless you're big into binge drinking + hockey. Would not recommend.

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Nov 18, 2020 - 8:07pm

Bocconi for sure. I myself am a Bocconi student and one thing that the others did not mention (not too sure about other schools tbh) is that at Bocconi you can skip classes. Just come to Bocconi, take the easy courses, skip most classes (there's attendance but who cares; just take the general exam) and go wild in Europe (1-2 hour flights to all major European cities). 

We're also a target school but tbh it doesn't even matter cause its just an exchange.

Peking is great (visited there), amazing campus. Partying is hella cheap even at Sanlitun (central nightlife street) but getting around is awful just cause Beijing is massive. Its doubly worse if you do not speak Chinese. That said, China is an amazing place to travel around regardless (Inner Mongolia, etc).

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Nov 18, 2020 - 10:02pm

Hey! Thanks to everyone for their input. I just wanted to say that, the apps are far off, but I am strongly leaning toward and very likely will choose ESSEC.

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Nov 19, 2020 - 7:07am

Yea ESSEC is a great choice. Bear in mind though the campus location is pretty shit. Its in Cergy and i heard my friends saying there's nothing there.

Nov 19, 2020 - 9:50am

I'd also consider IE Business School if interested in Spain. Have heard great things and Madrid is a great city for any extended stays.

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