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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    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.
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    Laura Gris '16

    Analyst
    Originally from
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Currently living in
    Edinburgh
    United Kingdom
    I currently work at Blackrock as an analyst in the Aladdin Client Services department, where we provide clients with in-depth knowledge and understanding of Aladdin, their business and the overall risk and investment management process. My master’s in finance at Barcelona GSE helped me develop good analytical and problem-solving skills as well as providing me with a good understanding of how financial markets work.
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    Kandarp Srinivasan '12

    PhD Candidate
    Originally from
    Bangalore
    India
    Currently living in
    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    What makes the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics really stand out is the quality of its faculty. The opportunity to learn and work with top researchers is of great value for an aspiring academic. Also, the Finance master coursework has a lot of theoretical emphasis and is great preparation for someone interested in a career in research.
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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!
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    Andressa Lin Fidelis '17

    Originally from
    São Paulo -
    Brazil
    The Barcelona GSE Competition Program was the most suitable opportunity to complement my legal background with a strong economic analysis in the field of competition policy. This is a precious chance to learn from professors like Massimo Motta, Cani Fernandez and Jorge Padilla, some of the most renowned professionals in their fields. Among the most intellectually challenging experiences I’ve had, the Competition Program is certainly ranked as number 1. In a short period of time I've already acquired a pretty good grasp on the main tools involving economic analysis for competition and market regulation policies.
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    Serkan Kocabaş '17

    Originally from
    Ankara
    Turkey
    I chose Barcelona GSE because they have international professors who are leaders in their areas. It's an international master program and it's located in Barcelona. I want to work in a central bank in my country, and these professors will give me value in these areas.
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    Vanessa Behrens '13

    Economics and Statistical Analysis
    Originally from
    Cologne
    Germany
    Currently living in
    Geneva
    Switzerland
    The ability to interpret scientific research papers has helped me grasp the economics of innovation and firm behavior in the context of intellectual property. The state-of-the-art econometric techniques and focus on policy issues will prove to be particularly useful when I am undertaking applied research in the near future.
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    Mattia Bongini '17

    Financial Statistics Intern
    Originally from
    Siena
    Italy
    Currently living in
    Frankfurt
    Germany
    The Master in Finance gave me an invaluable array of statistical tools and financial notions that I employ everyday in my work at the Monetary and Financial Statistics Division of the Directorate General Statistics at ECB. The combination of theoretical knowledge of financial markets and machine learning and the associated technical skills, together with the numerous insights that leading practitioners deliver during the presentations by professionals is what makes this Master really unique.
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    Lluís Mateo '09

    Investment Banking Associate
    Originally from
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Currently living in
    London
    United Kingdom
    Coming from an engineering background, the Barcelona GSE Master's Program in Finance provided me with the chance to switch careers and move to Finance positions. Moreover, the intense technical focus of the program, coupled with the quality of faculty, prepared me to effectively perform the modelling and quantitative analysis I need to do as part of my job.
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    Gerard Mitchell '17

    Originally fromTrinidad and Tobago
    Since my first contact with the faculty and administrators at BGSE, they have been kind, considerate, and willing to go the extra mile to help you acclimatize to life in Barcelona. They are always available for you to stop by and talk or send a quick email. They are strongly focused on developing a personal relationship with everyone. Their genuine level of care makes the transition to living in Barcelona so much easier. From the international students to the energy the city provides, living in Barcelona has been a great experience. When you combine the vibrancy of the city and the unique opportunity of being able to study at BGSE, it makes the demanding journey here worth it.