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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    Matias Antonio '13

    Junior Professional Associate
    Originally from
    Santiago del Estero
    Argentina
    Currently living in
    Washington, DC
    United States
    My responsibilities in the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Policy area range across pretty much all macroeconomic subjects that are related to policy. One of the projects I am working on right now is macroeconomic monitoring. For this project, I produce a bi-weekly briefing on the current situation across the continents. I am also linked to the El Salvador economic team, so I go on missions to assess the economic situation. All of the Economics master courses at Barcelona GSE are useful for this type of work. The ideas behind the models we studied provide a strong conceptual framework that helps guide policy and tells us where to look for vulnerabilities in the economy.
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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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    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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    Henrik Sigstad '13

    PhD Candidate in Economics
    Originally from
    Lillehammer
    Norway
    Currently living in
    Boston, MA
    United States
    I believe the most important way the ITFD program impacted me was by maturing my way of thinking about Economics. It taught me about the interaction between theory and empirics, and how to reason precisely around economic problems.
  • Daniel L. Bühr, Partner, LALIVE (Switzerland)

    The Barcelona GSE Abuse of Dominance course was well structured, and the economic concepts of abuse were presented in a practical manner with examples and reference to case law. This clearly helped to take full advantage of the four days. The faculty was impressive, and the atmosphere in class was disciplined yet relaxed and open for questions and discussions. I recommend the course to all competition lawyers who want to gain a comprehensive understanding of market dominance and abusive behavior.
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    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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    Antonio Massieu '13

    Chief Advisor to the Commissioner
    Originally from
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    Currently living in
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    My position as chief advisor to the Commisioner at the Regulatory Commission of Energy is exactly the job I wanted to have after graduating. Working in a multi-disciplinary environment like this is particularly rewarding for me, since it allows me to develop my legal skills while applying solid economic concepts related to regulation and competition matters in energy markets.
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    Charles de Beauffort '14

    Macroeconomic Trainee
    Originally fromBelgium
    Currently living inLuxembourg
    One thing I enjoy as an economic trainee at the EIB is working on topics directly related to what I have learnt at the BGSE. Sharing outlooks with knowledgeable economists from all around Europe makes it a truly unique experience.
  • 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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    Jelena Skaric '15

    Financial Risk Analyst
    Originally from
    Belgrade
    Serbia
    Currently living in
    Prague
    Czech Republic
    As someone coming from a math background, BGSE Master in Finance gave me the opportunity to extend and gain more in depth knowledge of different finance topics and helped me prepare for my future career in the finance sector. I thoroughly enjoyed the analytical approach applied to real finance problems, as well as working in small classes - we had the chance to get to know each other better, cooperate intensively and the professors were able to dedicate more of their time and attention to each student. The friendships I made still last, we keep in touch and visit each other, and one of my master colleagues will soon become my coworker!