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Guidance to decide Universities!

Hello guys, I am an international student from India who is almost about to graduate this month with a Bachelors in Commerce!

I had applied to a few universities in UK for pursuing MSc in Finance & have gotten some results back. Looking for some guidance from you guys for helping make a decision!

Few Questions I am pondering on & need help making
1. University prestige / Job Opportunities: How much does University matter in UK? My ideal match was Warwick / Kings but unfortunately got rejected. Wondering if going to one of the accepted ones will be worthwhile in terms of education & job opportunities?
2. Gap Year: If I do take a gap year, do you guys feel I can get improve my chances or is UK a more sort of academics oriented country (GPA and other stats are fixed). Looking for things to improve on. I believe applying early to Warwick would have made acceptance possible (2/3 people from my uni got in).
3. Summer School: Since I have this summer free, wondering if pursuing a summer course at one of the good universities in UK/US would offer any benefits in terms of experience / applications.

Mostly debating between Birmingham & Glasgow. Would appreciate guidance on selecting this for education, location, jobs. If not these, would you guys recommend holding off a gap year & try again in Warwick / Kings. Please also mention colleges I missed to apply & should think about next cycle!

Acceptance

1.


Birmingham

2.


Glasgow

3.


Liverpool

4.


Queen Mary

5.


Cardiff

6.


Sheffield


Rejections
1. Uni of Manchester
2. Warwick
3. Kings
4. LSE

Stats/Academics about me:


GPA: 3.4/4.0


IELTS: 7.5 bands


GRE: 307


Academics: Co-founder of a finance club


Projects: 3-4 projects on real portfolio management, analysis of company's weighted average cost of capital, financial statement ratio analysis etc.


Research: Wrote a research paper on green economy focused on understanding the ESG framework and promote sustainable development. Promoted usage of EV vehicles in India.


Work Experience/Internships:


Worked as a junior analyst at a reputed trading / IPO firm in my city for a summer.


Volunteered as a tutor & care taker at a NGO helping under privileged kids. Participated in food drives, helped in spreading awareness among children.



Thanks everyone in advance who is going to take some time reading & responding this. Really appreciate it!
































































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