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Barcelona GSE Class Profile 2018

Class of 2018

The 2017-18 academic year marks the 11th edition of master's programs at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. As in years past, the students granted admission to this cohort were selected from a competitive field of applicants from all over the world.

The 238 men and women who matriculated this September come from 54 countries, and before they entered the Barcelona GSE's classrooms, their CVs already included degrees from top universities and, in many cases, work experience at consulting firms, government agencies, research institutions, and international organizations.

Here is a brief profile of the classmates a student in the Barcelona GSE Class of 2018 will meet this year:

Academic backgrounds

Most students have undergraduate degrees in Economics or Finance. Others come from Engineering, Mathematics, or other backgrounds. Institutions where the BGSE Class of 2018 obtained their previous degrees include many of those at the top of the international university rankings for Economics and Econometrics (QS Rankings 2017).

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Universities where some members of the BGSE Class of 2018 obtained their previous degrees:

  • Australian National University (Australia)
  • Bocconi University (Italy)
  • Central European University (Hungary)
  • Columbia University (USA)
  • Erasmus University Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Georgetown University (USA)
  • London School of Economics (UK)
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany)
  • McGill University (Canada)
  • National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia)
  • New York University (USA)
  • Northwestern University (USA)
  • Pennsylvania State University (USA)
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica (Peru)
  • Princeton University (USA)
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey - ITESM (Mexico)
  • Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
  • Universidad Torcuato di Tella (Argentina)
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
  • Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne (France)
  • Université Toulouse I Capitole (France)
  • University Alma Mater of Bologna (Italy)
  • University College London (UK)
  • University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • University of California, Berkeley (USA)
  • University of Chicago (USA)
  • University of Delhi (India)
  • University of Edinburgh (UK)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (USA)
  • University of Mannheim (Germany)
  • University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • University of Oxford (UK)
  • University of Toronto (Canada)
  • University of Warwick (UK)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
  • University of Zurich (Switzerland)
  • Zhejiang University (China)

Work experience before entering the Barcelona GSE

While many students joined the master's immediately after obtaining their undergraduate degrees, others took internships or trainee positions before joining the BGSE, while some current students have significant professional experience.

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Examples of previous work experience in the BGSE Class of 2018

  • Accenture Zürich, Financial Services Intern
  • Asian Development Bank, Research Assistant
  • BNP Paribas, Economic Research Associate
  • Bank of England, Postgraduate Intern
  • Central Reserve Bank of Peru, Senior Analyst in Financial Stability
  • Cline Center for Democracy, Content Analyst
  • Credit Suisse, Credit Risk Analyst
  • Deloitte, Business Analyst in Strategy and Operations Unit
  • European Commission, DG Competition Trainee
  • IMF, Research Analyst in Monetary and Capital Markets
  • Innovations for Poverty Action Peru, Field Associate
  • NHS Improvement, Economic Analyst
  • National Economic Prosecutor of Chile, Chief Economist in Anticartel Division
  • National Energy Board of Canada, Regulatory Policy Intern
  • New York State Attorney General's Office, Data Scientist in Consumer Fraud Detection
  • OECD, Consultant in Structural Policy Analysis
  • PwC, Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst Intern
  • UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Economist
  • US Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Supervision and Regulation Intern
  • United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Intern
  • World Bank Group, Consultant on Health Sector Development Research

Countries of origin

Like all the cohorts before them, the Class of 2018 is very international. Students come from 54 different countries, with 86% of students coming from outside of Spain and 42% of students coming from outside Europe. 

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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)

Number of countries with only one student: 23

View class profiles for each program

Master's Degree in Economics and Finance

Economics Program

Finance Program

Master's Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis

Competition and Market Regulation Program

Economics of Public Policy Program

International Trade, Finance, and Development Program

Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets Program

Master's Degree in Data Science

Data Science Program