International exposure is becoming an important calling card in this highly competitive economic climate. In fact, we recently shared news of a study conducted by Kellogg and INSEAD profs which confirms that living abroad boosts creativity. If you’re considering studying abroad for your MBA experience, check out the international business school panel on MBA Podcaster as they discuss going global.
At MBA Tour’s International School Stop in San Francisco, admissions representatives from eight business schools in Europe, Latin America and Asia were on hand for informal round table discussions with about 100 prospective applicants.
So, what are some of the advantages for American students doing an MBA abroad? Well, here’s a short list:
- The name of the game is to set yourself apart, whether you’re applying to MBA program or hitting the job market, and global experience divides you from the pack.
- Time and cost. International schools typically offer an alternative MBA program that is shorter than those in the US. Less time in school means less tuition to pay, though it does put you back out on a tough job market sooner.
- A degree from a MBA program abroad expands your job market. Even if you don’t speak the language, an international MBA globalizes your Rolodex and your contacts don’t have to be limited to the host country of the school from which you get your degree.
The admissions directors of Oxford’s Said Business School, HEC Paris, Rotterdam School of Management and Spain’s IE Business School, among others, will tell you more. Click here to listen to the 25 minute podcast.
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