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New post 12 Dec 2014, 07:11
Hi guys,

I have been admitted to IE and ESADE MiF and I am extremely happy. I have done extensive researches on both schools but they are still quite hard to differentiate. My goal is to land a job in research (global, macro or equity) in an investment bank or enter graduates schemes in asset management firms or research companies (think Bloomberg). I would like to work in Switzerland for personal reasons (did not and won't apply to HSG due to my GMAT inferior to 680).

My thoughts
IE: really strong curriculum, maybe more capital markets oriented, strong placement, great reputation
ESADE: more Investment Banking oriented, possibility of a double diploma (notably in Switzerland), reputation and placement similar to IE

See ? Not so many differences. Madrid or Barcelona is in my opinion not a strong decision factor as well as the 10k price difference (I will get a loan anyway).

This post is not only meant to help me out in order to make the right decision. If you are applying to these programs, I would be happy to answer questions. If you are already admitted or currently enrolled, please share your thoughts.
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Hi Alagaleth,

Congratulations on your acceptances! I have been offered a place recently at IE's MiF as well. I agree with you that both programs are somewhat hard to differentiate. Although I havent applied to ESADE, ive researched the school and the program and Im also friends with a recent grad. My impression is that IE has a slight advantage in terms of placement and they really do seem to put a lot of effort in making the program top-notch. I believe both schools have a similar reputation and I couldnt say if one or another will give you an edge for landing a job in Switzerland, but ESADE's double degree option certainly wouldnt hurt. I also think that IE's curriculum is better suited for your interest in research.

Hope that helps!
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New post 17 Dec 2014, 00:21
Hi

Thank you for stopping by and sharing your experience. I agree with you that IE curriculum suits me better. Also, there are two point regarding ESADE that cool me a bit. First, in Barcelona you speak Catalan not Spanish. So I guess it would be tough to improve my Spanish skills. And then, the double diploma is really appealing but far from certain (competition, the welcoming school has the final word).

I applied for the MSc Accounting and Finance at HSG two months ago mainly because it was one of the few MSc related to Finance that starts in Winter. They said they would accept my application if I scored a 680 before the deadline (on the website no GMAT is required though). So I withdrew my application.

It is now puzzling me because the admission officer I got the interview with for ESADE (great experience btw) told me I could not pursue a double diploma with a school I got rejected from. So I am wondering if I did not screw my chances for the double dilpoma with HSG (knowing that I withdrew my application, that is was a different program, and not the same academic session). What do you think ?

Did you accept IE's offer if I may ask ? And if not could you give me some advice on how to reject an offer from a school ?

Thank you again.
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Hey guys, I've been admitted to the IE MIAF programme for the Jan'16 intake as well. I had applied for MIF but I guess my work ex is above the batch average and the Admissions Team thought I would fit MIAF better.I haven't been able to get in touch with any current students and I'd like to get some insight into the quality of the programme. Any word of advise guys?
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New post 08 Mar 2015, 14:13
Unfortunately, I had the same problem when looking for former and current students. At the end, it helped me make my decision regarding which MIF to attend. I tried (maybe not hard enough) to reach to IE students through facebook but no one replied, even one I knew from undergraduate. On the other hand, I received many feedback from ESADE students. You cannot draw any kind of conclusion here but it's just to show you I had trouble getting in touch with former students. I hope you have more luck. Anyway, the program looks great, FT rankings gives you as well some indications on the school but insights are also important. I don't have much knowledge about the MIAF tough. Good luck in your process.
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New post 12 Mar 2015, 07:31
Hi everyone, i'm an undergraduate from Portugal and i'm aiming to pursue a Master in Finance at ESADE Business School but I'm struggling a bit because I don't know if I really have any chances even with a good GMAT (I'm looking to have 700+, I will :lol: ), so please, if you could say something about my profile, give any advice or opinion, anything would help at this moment. I did alot of research, inclusive here and other websites, foruns etc, but I do really want to share my specific case to meet your advices regarding my own profile and not others which seem to have some similarity with mine, and of course, do my first post here and join the community :-D

My profile:

BSc degree from a accredited university : ISCTE Business School GPA: 14/20, not the best school from Portugal, but one of the top 5.
Profissional experience:
- One month intership at a small Engineering Consulting firm where my main tasks where related with reunion support to my supervisor, and learning some basic concepts of the industry. Also i'v been at a reunion where they discussed an M&A activity from one of the partners firms (I guess it was the most related field in which I was able to be experiencing that is related with my future goals.
- Recently started an Intership of 4 months at Millennium BCP, the biggest private bank in Portugal, however, my functions are related with Direct Banking and client support, which I dont know if it has the same value as an intership specifically in the area of Finance (Corporate Finance, Investment Banking), I presume that not.

I have no International experience, since I'm already out of my parents house (I'm from Madeira Island and moved to Lisbon to pursue my undergraduate degree in a better university than the one from the Island. I know it's not an excuse but doing erasmus requires money and also I dind't had the mentality I have now when I was pursuing my UG degree, as you can see, my GPA is not a strong point, and also I didn't think to much about my carreer during that time ( I do regret :( )

Finally, I want to apply for the 2016 Intake, so I would be able to apply at the first round and have more chances and I want to know what you guys think about my situation, please do not judge me and I hope the post is OK :?: :!: cause I don't want to mess with the forum.

Thanks in advance for your attention,

John :-D
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New post 13 Nov 2015, 11:03
Hi guys! I also applied to the master in finance of ESADE IE and HEC. I do not have decided yet where I will study. Can I ask you if you could share your experience please? It would help me a lot! :)
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New post 05 Aug 2017, 10:45
Hello!
Can anyone please share tgeur experience at IE Business School? I am planning to do masters in finance from there. However when I submitted my resume for evaluatiin to the admissions team, they told me that my profile is more suitable for Masters in Advanced finance based on my work experience. Can anyone tell me how hard it is to find a job in Spain or other European countries after completing masters at IE business for a non-European student?

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