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ESADE vs Bocconi for MBA - Can't decide!!

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New post 21 Dec 2018, 05:20
I'll give you some context.

I'm a 28 year old female, I live in Canada but have lived in Dubai for 15 years before. My post MBA goal is to get into consulting in Dubai. I am interested in the innovation and technology track, especially being in R&D for the past several years. I applied to both ESADE and Bocconi. I received a 20k euro scholarship from ESADE and a 50% scholarship from Bocconi.

Now... I'm very conflicted because Bocconi is already 10k euro cheaper than Esade and with the 28k euro scholarship.. the cost difference will be around 20k euros.
I have spoken to current students and alum at ESADE (working in Dubai) and I got a really positive feel for the school and network. For Bocconi, I sadly haven't been able to connect with a single person.

Bocconi pros:

- cheaper
- closer to my sister who is studying in Rome but might move to Milan
- heard BCG hire a lot of Bocconi graduates
- Might get a 900 euro/month scholarship from the Italian embassy in Canada (it's a collaboration between Canada and Italy)

Bocconi cons:

- very slow response.. sometimes they never even reply to my questions even if I ask twice
- bad experience during the interview, some inappropriate questions by interviewer like (are you married?)
- Italy bureaucracy .... I want my time there to not be a struggle
- Traditionalist style program


ESADE pros:

- contact there have been VERY helpful and friendly
- Format of program is more modern than Bocconi
- Barcelona is the hub of innovation and technology / startups
- Very big on Women in Business

ESADE cons:

- more expensive
- Most probably won't be living with my sister


It seems pretty obvious I'm leaning towards ESADE but there is a potential difference of 30 thousand euros.
My question is... knowing my post MBA goals and what I listed.. What advice would you give?

oh, I emailed the admission people in ESADE for a scholarship match and they said the main person will get back to me during the holidays to discuss it
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Hi juhmaj,

First of all Congrat on the admits. Both are great Schools and you did a good job securing Scholarships from Both.
Now to your points:
If you see recent changes Esade has made, its focus is on innovation and technology, but I haven't seen the Bocconi curriculum so can't make any comment on that.
ESADE has good network in Dubai and this will help you a lot. I have attended ESADE meet in Delhi and I was really impressed. I did not apply to Esade because I want to go to USA.

If money is not the concern I would suggest you to go with ESADE. Yes, you will pay more and might not be able to live with your sister, but you will get the Education you desire. That matters a lot. Wait for the response from ESADE you might hear the good news.

all the best with your decision.

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28 year old female, live in Canada,lived in Dubai : 15 years.Post MBA goal Consulting in Dubai. Interested in the innovation and technology track.
Received : 20k euro scholarship from ESADE and a 50% scholarship from Bocconi.

The cost difference will be around 20k euros.
I have spoken to current students and album at ESADE (working in Dubai) and I got a really positive feel for the school and network.
For Bocconi, I sadly haven't been able to connect with a single person.

I emailed the admission people in ESADE for a scholarship match and they said the main person will get back to me during the holidays to discuss it

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I appreciate your response D3N0. It's good to hear opinions from other people. This is why ESADE attracted me more.. their innovation and technology focus.
I will wait to hear back regarding matching my scholarship but... you're right, it's the education and experience I desire that matters most.. money is a factor but in the greater scheme of things.. the difference can be paid off within a year or two post graduation.

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New post 23 Dec 2018, 11:08
juhmaj wrote:
I'll give you some context.

I'm a 28 year old female, I live in Canada but have lived in Dubai for 15 years before. My post MBA goal is to get into consulting in Dubai. I am interested in the innovation and technology track, especially being in R&D for the past several years. I applied to both ESADE and Bocconi. I received a 20k euro scholarship from ESADE and a 50% scholarship from Bocconi.

Now... I'm very conflicted because Bocconi is already 10k euro cheaper than Esade and with the 28k euro scholarship.. the cost difference will be around 20k euros.
I have spoken to current students and alum at ESADE (working in Dubai) and I got a really positive feel for the school and network. For Bocconi, I sadly haven't been able to connect with a single person.

Bocconi pros:

- cheaper
- closer to my sister who is studying in Rome but might move to Milan
- heard BCG hire a lot of Bocconi graduates
- Might get a 900 euro/month scholarship from the Italian embassy in Canada (it's a collaboration between Canada and Italy)

Bocconi cons:

- very slow response.. sometimes they never even reply to my questions even if I ask twice
- bad experience during the interview, some inappropriate questions by interviewer like (are you married?)
- Italy bureaucracy .... I want my time there to not be a struggle
- Traditionalist style program


ESADE pros:

- contact there have been VERY helpful and friendly
- Format of program is more modern than Bocconi
- Barcelona is the hub of innovation and technology / startups
- Very big on Women in Business

ESADE cons:

- more expensive
- Most probably won't be living with my sister


It seems pretty obvious I'm leaning towards ESADE but there is a potential difference of 30 thousand euros.
My question is... knowing my post MBA goals and what I listed.. What advice would you give?

oh, I emailed the admission people in ESADE for a scholarship match and they said the main person will get back to me during the holidays to discuss it
Congratulations on your admits.

Both are good schools. As you mentioned that you have talked to ESADE alums in Dubai and you have lived in Dubai before so ESADE should be an obvious choice.

But to make a sound decision, I would advise you to do a more thorough check for non-europeans placements for both. The thing about placement reports is that it is a filtered data, with data placed strategically that encourages potential candidate to apply.

Let me PM you a comparison excel for two b school; I cannot add it here for some technical challenges.
it is generic and you can add your own criteria as well.

We had a recent italian admit at HEC who chose ESADE over HEC. Hence if an Italian chooses ESADE than the signs are obvious
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juhmaj wrote:
I'll give you some context.

I'm a 28 year old female, I live in Canada but have lived in Dubai for 15 years before. My post MBA goal is to get into consulting in Dubai. I am interested in the innovation and technology track, especially being in R&D for the past several years. I applied to both ESADE and Bocconi. I received a 20k euro scholarship from ESADE and a 50% scholarship from Bocconi.

Now... I'm very conflicted because Bocconi is already 10k euro cheaper than Esade and with the 28k euro scholarship.. the cost difference will be around 20k euros.
I have spoken to current students and alum at ESADE (working in Dubai) and I got a really positive feel for the school and network. For Bocconi, I sadly haven't been able to connect with a single person.

Bocconi pros:

- cheaper
- closer to my sister who is studying in Rome but might move to Milan
- heard BCG hire a lot of Bocconi graduates
- Might get a 900 euro/month scholarship from the Italian embassy in Canada (it's a collaboration between Canada and Italy)

Bocconi cons:

- very slow response.. sometimes they never even reply to my questions even if I ask twice
- bad experience during the interview, some inappropriate questions by interviewer like (are you married?)
- Italy bureaucracy .... I want my time there to not be a struggle
- Traditionalist style program


ESADE pros:

- contact there have been VERY helpful and friendly
- Format of program is more modern than Bocconi
- Barcelona is the hub of innovation and technology / startups
- Very big on Women in Business

ESADE cons:

- more expensive
- Most probably won't be living with my sister


It seems pretty obvious I'm leaning towards ESADE but there is a potential difference of 30 thousand euros.
My question is... knowing my post MBA goals and what I listed.. What advice would you give?

oh, I emailed the admission people in ESADE for a scholarship match and they said the main person will get back to me during the holidays to discuss it
Congratulations on your admits.

Both are good schools. As you mentioned that you have talked to ESADE alums in Dubai and you have lived in Dubai before so ESADE should be an obvious choice.

But to make a sound decision, I would advise you to do a more thorough check for non-europeans placements for both. The thing about placement reports is that it is a filtered data, with data placed strategically that encourages potential candidate to apply.

Let me PM you a comparison excel for two b school; I cannot add it here for some technical challenges.
it is generic and you can add your own criteria as well.

We had a recent italian admit at HEC who chose ESADE over HEC. Hence if an Italian chooses ESADE than the signs are obvious


Hello, yes please do PM me that excel sheet.
I haven’t really focused on the school’s placement reports, I did manual work and searched for which mba schools the consultants that are workin in Dubai came from. I looked at that through LinkedIn. I’ve also spoken to people who currently work in consulting in Dubai who came from Esade.
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juhmaj wrote:

I haven’t really focused on the school’s placement reports, I did manual work and searched for which mba schools the consultants that are work in in Dubai came from. I looked at that through LinkedIn. I’ve also spoken to people who currently work in consulting in Dubai who came from Esade.


Hi juhmaj

Congrats

You did you due diligence through LinkedIn. Not many do so. :thumbup:

If you find ESADE fulfills your dreams in terms of study and employment. So do not hesitate. I do not see Bocconi tackles innovation and tech in its curriculum. By accident, I was reviewing Bocconi' curriculum but I found it very limited. The level of electives, which you should consider to complement your study, is really poor. On the other hand, ESADE offers rich array of electives that really deserves or worth the money. Another advice, start build your network in Dubai and be in connection with them in Dubai for future.

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AnyNews regarding the Scholarship from ESADE?

Have you made your decision ?

juhmaj wrote:
I'll give you some context.
oh, I emailed the admission people in ESADE for a scholarship match and they said the main person will get back to me during the holidays to discuss it

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D3N0 wrote:
AnyNews regarding the Scholarship from ESADE?

Have you made your decision ?

juhmaj wrote:
I'll give you some context.
oh, I emailed the admission people in ESADE for a scholarship match and they said the main person will get back to me during the holidays to discuss it


They extended my deadline and I'll be having a phone conversation with the adcom and they'll take it to the panel and discuss what they can offer me.
If I get a good offer, I'm accepting them for sure.
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juhmaj wrote:

I haven’t really focused on the school’s placement reports, I did manual work and searched for which mba schools the consultants that are work in in Dubai came from. I looked at that through LinkedIn. I’ve also spoken to people who currently work in consulting in Dubai who came from Esade.


Hi juhmaj

Congrats

You did you due diligence through LinkedIn. Not many do so. :thumbup:

If you find ESADE fulfills your dreams in terms of study and employment. So do not hesitate. I do not see Bocconi tackles innovation and tech in its curriculum. By accident, I was reviewing Bocconi' curriculum but I found it very limited. The level of electives, which you should consider to complement your study, is really poor. On the other hand, ESADE offers rich array of electives that really deserves or worth the money. Another advice, start build your network in Dubai and be in connection with them in Dubai for future.

good luck


Thanks Mo2men for your input. It seems to be on the same page as what I've heard from others.I will definitely continue to stay in touch with the Dubai network and build on it in the next ~two years.
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juhmaj wrote:

Thanks Mo2men for your input. It seems to be on the same page as what I've heard from others.I will definitely continue to stay in touch with the Dubai network and build on it in the next ~two years.


Hi juhmaj

I'm happy to help any time.

I'm looking forward to good news from you soon
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Great !! All the best.

juhmaj wrote:
They extended my deadline and I'll be having a phone conversation with the adcom and they'll take it to the panel and discuss what they can offer me.
If I get a good offer, I'm accepting them for sure.

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Just wanted to update you all. I ended up getting an extra 7.5k euro scholarship from ESADE, putting it at a total of 27.5k euros.

I accepted their offer and already paid the first instalment today!

thanks for everyone who gave me their input and advice
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Great News juhmaj
Congratulations and All the best.. !!


juhmaj wrote:
Just wanted to update you all. I ended up getting an extra 7.5k euro scholarship from ESADE, putting it at a total of 27.5k euros.

I accepted their offer and already paid the first instalment today!

thanks for everyone who gave me their input and advice

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juhmaj wrote:
Just wanted to update you all. I ended up getting an extra 7.5k euro scholarship from ESADE, putting it at a total of 27.5k euros.

I accepted their offer and already paid the first instalment today!

thanks for everyone who gave me their input and advice



Congrats and thanks for your feedback.

Go pursue your dreams :)

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