Hello there! I am a student at a top Kazakhstani school, joint degree with LSE( math&econ), sophomore and considering to apply in 2 years to the Ivy league or equivalent for Quantitative Finance( Mathematical Finance, Financial Engineering).
Age: 18
GPA: 3.95/4.0 (expected to be 3.8+ by the final year)
GRE : 170/170 - quant
157/170 - verbal
This is the coursework I take based on our predetermined curriculum :
The Kazakhstani University subjects:
Math -Linear Algebra, Further Linear Algebra, Calculus, Further Calculus (think they are 2-dimensional), Stochastic Calculus, Abstract Mathematics, Optimization theory, Game Theory
Statistics - Statistics( think that it's exhaustive), Econometrics
Economics - Intro to Econ, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Labour Economics, Industrial Economics, International Economics
LSE subjects : Linear Algebra, Further Linear Algebra, Calculus, Further Calculus, Stochastic Calculus, Abstract Mathematics, Optimization theory, Game Theory
Statistics, Econometrics, Intro to Econ, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Labour Economics, Industrial Economics
1) I am concerned about the amount of mathematics. Is that sufficient? I am also planning to take Differential equations, Probability, Calculus III from other department. What kind of mathematics should I also take?
2) I am also wondering if I need to take Corp/Quant Finance. Do the mentioned programs require this and will I have any competitive edge if I take them?
3) I am also learning R and Python. Differential Equation course offers Matlab also. Could you please elaborate on the extent I need to know the languages. What languages are also essential in the industry, also with the level of expertise?
4) In what entities it would be best to have internship in? I am considering the National Bank of Kazakhstan for now. Could you please tell other places to have internship in? Is it tough for interning in the Wall Street companies?
5) What can I do on top of my current studies to be competitive?
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