@Harp, hi! With all due respect, our colleges/universities aren't nearly as well regarded internationally as they are domestically. Sure, which college, and which department can make some difference, but it doesn't seem to me to be as much of a difference as many people want to believe, especially in Europe. Luckily for me, the Japanese are in awe of pretty much everything U.S. and European (it's a kind of inferiority complex thing). Economics? Heck no, I'm not 'that' smart. I started out studying Japanese, ended up in cultural anthropology. Now I'm semi-retired and dabble very slightly in history.