I am graduating (BA) from a top Ivy League university next year. I am originally from Europe and attended a special undergraduate program where I spent 2 years in France at one of the top-5 universities (and thus get 2 degrees). I have been considering returning to Europe after graduation, but unfortunately, there are no MBB offices in my country. Therefore, I would need to apply elsewhere, with my preferences being the UK, the Nordics, and the UAE.
From what I understand, it doesn't make much sense to apply to any office where I have no connections. Unfortunately, it seems that in France, MBB only recruits candidates with master's degrees. Besides English, I only speak French, and I haven't lived in any other countries of interest before. Therefore, it appears that my chances of landing an offer in Europe next year are quite low.
Do you think it's worth trying to get a referral in these countries, or would it not compensate for the lack of ties? I have also heard that MBB offices in Dubai are more open to foreign candidates. Does that also apply to undergraduates?
Thank you in advance!