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A few things to consider at INSEAD [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2011, 07:25
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Just a heads up to all you MBA applicants out there. I'm a few months from graduation at INSEAD and have enjoyed my experience so far, but there are certainly some frustrating points that I think applicants need to know about before applying.

The biggest are that there is a complex, poorly designed and often broken "bidding" system for electives and campus choices. Beware of this since you may not be able to do everything you want - go to both campuses, take all the courses you want, etc. The system frequently breaks down and has been the subject of much discontent here as administrators try to unwaveringly enforce campus choices, etc even if changing your mind at a later date is in the best interest of your career.

The second is that there are some very bad professors. It really is incredible how some of these professors time and time again retain their jobs despite very poor student reviews. Although I have learned a lot generally here, there are some classes that are so bad that they are literally painful to sit through.

This being said, the peer group is unparalleled. Its the people and chance to be in both Asia and Europe that really make this program worthwhile despite these disappointments.
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Re: A few things to consider at INSEAD [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2011, 05:41
Thanks, drewgrewal!
I see that this is your first and only post - please stay around and share more of your insights with the people who intend to apply to INSEAD.

Until 3 weeks ago, I considered applying to INSEAD's PhD programme, but was not really sure how 4-5 years in Fontainebleau would affect me and even more importantly - my girlfriend...

Could you please share any insights on their PhD programme - you have probably talked to some of their PhD students, etc.

Thank you again, drewgrewal!
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Re: A few things to consider at INSEAD [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2011, 02:04
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Hey - I don't really know much about the PhD program, but know some of the students and they seem sharp, interesting, etc.

As for Fontainebleau, its not such a bad little town. Fairly easy access to Paris and has some small town French charm. If you're in Europe and considering it, go for a visit and see how you feel about that place. It definitely is small, but grows on you.

Best of luck deciding!
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