Having an advanced business degree on one’s CV has never been more important. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council, a global association of leading graduate business schools, 67 percent of the more than 1,000 programmes that participated in their survey reported an increase in application volume. This includes 66% of MBA programmes and 67% of business master’s programmes.
Their boom in demand is understandable. Studying in Europe means friendlier visa rules and immigration policies for international students. Business master’s programmes in Europe regularly top global league tables. They are also more established than Asian or North American business schools.
In 2020, many want to upskill. As job markets become more competitive in a pandemic, an advanced business degree gives them an edge. Brexit has also caused many top European businesses and organisations to move their headquarters or outposts to the bloc. This means more access to internships, placements and other experiential learning opportunities. Here are some European business schools you shouldn’t miss:
CBS International Business School
Choose the right university and you’re set for a life-changing experience. CBS International Business School fits this bill. It has achieved top ratings in Wirtschaftswoche’s national university ranking, ranked as the best private university of applied sciences for business administration in Germany. In the current edition, it was voted the country’s second best digital education provider. The best part? You can study in Germany in English. Home to 1,900 students from 75 different nations, you’ll fit right in at any one of its tech-forward and innovative campuses in three beautiful locations: Cologne, Mainz and Potsdam (Berlin).
The school offers state-accredited and practice-oriented bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes with a focus on management as well as MBA programmes. Classes are small; supervision by professors and lecturers are intensive. Undergraduate programmes include Business Psychology, Finance and Management, International Business and International Tourism Management. When you are ready to take the next step, you can progress to CBS master’s programmes in Digital Marketing, International Management (MBA), Global Finance, and Tourism and Sustainable Management, among others.
A practical approach to education ensures CBS students are prepared for career opportunities in Germany and beyond. Curricula go hand-in-hand with business games, internships, soft skills courses and business projects. These usually take place in cooperation with well-known companies. “The soft skills that I learned and refined at CBS have helped me incredibly to this day. I am convinced that I wouldn’t be where I am today without them,” says graduate Sebastian von Landsberg-Velen. For more information, don´t hesitate to get in touch with CBS here.
Montpellier Business School
Montpellier Business School was built on two pillars: academic quality and an unwavering commitment to its values of ethics, openness and diversity, global responsibility and performance. MBS ranks sixth in France and 18th in the world for the internationalisation of its faculty.
MBS trains the groundbreakers of a sustainable economic transition through their bachelor’s, Master in Management, Master of Science, Executive MBA and Executive DBA programmes. The Bachelor of International Business Administration Programme (BIBA) is an undergraduate degree recognised by the State (RNCP Level II), AACSB-accredited and EESPIG-labelled.
The Grande Ecole Programme (Master in Management) of Montpellier Business School is accredited by AACSB, EFMD and AMBA. It aims to develop students’ personal and professional maturity with a gap year that can take various forms such as internships or placements.
Stockholm School of Economics
Located in Stockholm, a hot spot for tech brands, businesses and innovators, Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) is one of Europe’s leading business schools with a unique business-community network and research that is internationally-recognised. SSE takes the 21st spot in the European Business School Rankings 2020.
Taught in English, the BSc Programme in Business and Economics attracts business-minded students with a strong interest in innovation and entrepreneurship as well as students with an economist’s mindset. Whereas the BSc Programme in Retail Management is a specialised degree focused on retail.
SSE offers five different challenging master’s degree programmes such as the Master’s in Accounting, Valuation and Financial Management; Business and Management; Economics; Finance; and International Business.
“At SSE you improve, train and develop your mentality. Companies and successful careers don’t just happen, they require a lot of work. The mentality that is shaped during your studies at SSE sticks with you throughout your whole life,” said Henrik Berg, founder and CEO of Morjas and a member of Forbes 30 under 30 Class of 2020.
SSE has joined forces with some of the very best European business schools, and offers double degree programmes at the master’s level. Students study one year at SSE and one year at the partner university in areas such as Finance, Banking, Economics and Sciences. The combined strengths of the partner universities and SSE enhance their academic experience and equip students with the international experience and perspective that help to prepare them for successful careers, be it in business, government or academia.
Imperial College Business School
At Imperial College Business School (ICBS), over 1,900 students are encouraged to think outside the box, break boundaries and dare to be different. “The Business School brought students and alumni together, and my time at the Imperial Enterprise Lab provided a platform for a collaboration between young and old students from across the College supporting each other, developing comprehensive ideas that go on to add value and create impact,” said alumni Tolu Oni.
Imperial College Business School is ranked third in Europe and 10th in the world in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2020, eigth in the world in QS World University Rankings 2021 and is accredited by the three largest, and most influential, business school accreditation associations: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.
ICBS’s range of world-class specialisations inspire brilliant minds to be the world’s future business leaders. Programmes offered include master’s degree programmes in Finance, Management and MBA, as well as specialised and undergraduate programmes that offer cross-programme learning opportunities to provide you with the advanced skills and knowledge to be successful, impactful leaders.
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