The Barcelona GSE Class of 2018 brings together a group of 238 exceptionally talented students from 54 countries.

The 11th cohort of master's students fulfills the School's objective of attracting individuals with an international focus, outstanding academic backgrounds, and a diverse range of professional experiences.

 

Student profile by master's program

View more details about the entire Class of 2018 in the graphics below, or choose a specific master's program from the menu to explore specific information about students in that program.

Class of 2018 overview and academic backgrounds

Most students have undergraduate degrees in Economics or Finance. Others come from Engineering, Mathematics, or other backgrounds.

Strong quantitative skills are essential to getting the most out of our program offerings.

Work experience before the master program

An education at the Barcelona GSE is a wise choice for both freshly-graduated undergrads and those who have already in the workforce looking to improve and enhance their own skill set. 

Students will benefit from connecting with classmates who have professional experience at consulting firms, international organizations, and banks as well as research institutions and government agencies.

Students from around the world

86% of students in the Class of 2018 are from outside of Spain, and 42% of students came from outside Europe. These students bring an enriching mixture of professional backgrounds, cultural perspectives, and personal experiences to the classroom.

Most represented countries (# students):

Spain (33), Italy (29), Germany (23), United States (15), India (11), Peru (10), Russia (10), United Kingdom (9), China (8), Mexico (6)

Countries with only one student in this year's class: 23

  • Class of 2018 overview and academic backgrounds

    Most students have undergraduate degrees in Economics or Finance. Others come from Engineering, Mathematics, or other backgrounds.

    Strong quantitative skills are essential to getting the most out of our program offerings.

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  • Work experience before the master program

    An education at the Barcelona GSE is a wise choice for both freshly-graduated undergrads and those who have already in the workforce looking to improve and enhance their own skill set. 

    Students will benefit from connecting with classmates who have professional experience at consulting firms, international organizations, and banks as well as research institutions and government agencies.

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  • Students from around the world

    86% of students in the Class of 2018 are from outside of Spain, and 42% of students came from outside Europe. These students bring an enriching mixture of professional backgrounds, cultural perspectives, and personal experiences to the classroom.

    Most represented countries (# students):

    Spain (33), Italy (29), Germany (23), United States (15), India (11), Peru (10), Russia (10), United Kingdom (9), China (8), Mexico (6)

    Countries with only one student in this year's class: 23

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    Master Program in Economics

    Marcos Casarin '12

    Economist
    Originally from
    Rio de Janeiro -
    Brazil
    Currently living in
    London
    United Kingdom
    After working with applied macroeconomics, I can say that all the theory I learnt at Barcelona GSE has provided me with the ability to produce high-quality economic analysis in the real world.
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    Jebb Peria '10

    Senior Analyst
    Originally from
    Toronto,
    Canada
    Currently living in
    Stavanger
    Norway
    The BGSE Finance master has provided me a very strong foundation for my professional career. The courses (stochastic processes, continuous time finance, empirical finance, corporate finance, financial engineering) have equipped me with tools needed in financial modelling and economic analysis my job required.
  • María de la Luz Domper, Judge, Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia (Chile)

    It's a high-quality course. The teachers are very, very good. The course gives you a deep and wide notion of the latest economic theories and cases in abuse of dominance that have been analyzed by the European Commission and the United States Department of Justice. It is great, and I recommend it.
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    Lorenzo Migliaccio '14

    Consultant
    Originally from
    Rome
    Italy
    Currently living in
    Rome
    Italy
    The Barcelona GSE Master in Competition and Market Regulation gave me a solid basis to rest on, sharpening my technical accuracy and enriching my competences in a cutting-edge economic topic like competition.
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    Kinga Ritter '18

    Originally from
    Budapest
    Hungary
    During the past couple of months I have already experienced the transformation of my approach to data. I have not only deepened my knowledge in statistical inference, but became more computing-literate and learned many new technologies. I strongly believe that by the end of the program I will be able to carry out analysis on my own and pick the method and technology which is the most appropriate to the problem I am facing.
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    Cecilia Nardini

    Cecilia Nardini '13

    Senior Associate
    Originally from
    La Spezia
    Italy
    Currently living in
    London
    United Kingdom
    The Barcelona GSE master program was strongly recommended to me by my supervisor at Bocconi University and by a friend who had a great experience here. Both pointed out the world-renowned faculty and the relevance and comprehensiveness of the topics covered. Furthermore, at the competition authority I worked for, names of Barcelona GSE faculty or alumni were mentioned regularly as being the leading experts in the field. I then came to Barcelona GSE earlier this year for a professional training and was so impressed with the level of the course that I decided to apply for the master the day after!
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    Yajna Sanguhan '14

    Research Associate
    Originally from
    London
    United Kingdom
    Currently living in
    Colombo
    Sri Lanka
    My research looks at gender and poverty in the context of post-war Sri Lanka. Understanding the gendered dimensions of poverty not only requires superior data but a better use of the currently available data.
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    Emile Naude '16

    Associate Consultant
    Originally from
    Cape Town
    South Africa
    Currently living in
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    I am currently an Associate Consultant in the Johannesburg office of Bain & Company. Bain advises clients on strategy, operations, technology, organization, private equity and mergers and acquisitions. I believe the Master in Finance program at the Barcelona GSE is a rigorous course that prepares students very well for a job in top-tier consulting. Beyond the highly desired quantitative, data handling and analytical skills that I gained, the Master in Finance played a big role in developing my leadership and team work skills. At the Barcelona GSE you will be working with students from very different backgrounds on extremely challenging problems, driving for coherent and logical results, sometimes until the early hours of the morning!
  • Mitch Hartman, Development Officer, University of the West Indies

    I was quite impressed with the lecturers' empirical findings on financial and systemic risks. Each topic, whether it was credit bubbles or financial contagion, was comprehensively reviewed and analysed. You can see why Barcelona GSE is highly ranked in the world. Apart from that, the networking of professionals in the field from over 20 countries was an invaluable experience. I strongly recommend this Barcelona GSE program.
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    Rim Mesraoua '17

    Originally from
    Doha
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    I chose Barcelona GSE because it had exactly the program I was looking for: something that would align economics and public policy. I also chose BGSE because it had very good rankings in these fields, and I thought it would be a great match for what I want to do in the future.