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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2012, 23:26
Hi ,

To apply is international experience mandatory ?
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2012, 01:36
Dear Insead Adcom

I am an aspiring candidate for the January 2013 intake at Insead. I realise that Insead does not provide any pre-assessment of profiles for admission to MBA program but i just need one piece of advice with respect to the average GMAT score for the pool of candidates which i belong to.

A Brief about my profile

GMAT score - 650
Target - Jan 2013
Citizenship - Indian
Education - From one of the best schools in India
Workex - 6.5 years by the time of intake
Location - Currently based in United States. Lived and worked globally.
Extra - Doing community service for last couple of years. Passionate dancer - represented at national and international level.

I have been advised that the pool of candidates in which i will lie is highly competitive and my GMAT score is very low compared to average score of students in that pool. So i should reattempt GMAT and the apply by the June Deadline(2nd round) instead of the April Deadline(1st round).

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2012, 09:08
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To apply is international experience mandatory ?

Hi Abhi47,

Rather than international experience we talk about 'international motivation'. By this, we mean cross-culturally sensitive and with an international outlook. This can take the form of any international experience, be it professional (working in a foreign country, working on a daily basis with other countries etc...) or personal (like growing up in another country or travelling the world regularly and extensively).

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2012, 01:49
Dear Camille,

Thank you for this great thread,

I have two questions:

1-) Do you have any limitations on the Wharton exchange program ( if I want to do this exchange is it certain? ) and how long will I spend at Wharton?

2-) I am wondering the difference for the 1st round and the 2nd round..( I am thinking jan-2013 entrance).. In terms of admission ratio.. ( p.s I am not thinking any kind of scholarship)

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2012, 00:42
Hello akinakbiyik,

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1-) Do you have any limitations on the Wharton exchange program ( if I want to do this exchange is it certain? ) and how long will I spend at Wharton?

We can offer around 30 seats for Wharton exchange (and around 15 seats for Kellogg). Not all Wharton exchange demands are granted. The main advantage of the INSEAD-Wharton alliance is that there's no need to make a fully independent application, however you will still need to go through a thorough internal selection. Students exchange for 1 period i.e. 2 months.
Learn all about INSEAD Campus exchange policy on our website! (sorry, i'm not allowed to post URLs yet :lol: )
You'll find this info under MBA Programme/Campuses/Campus exchange

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2-) I am wondering the difference for the 1st round and the 2nd round..( I am thinking jan-2013 entrance).. In terms of admission ratio.. ( p.s I am not thinking any kind of scholarship)

Ratio admitted:total files received is the same for Round 1, Round 2 AND Round 3!!

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2012, 03:08
Really helpful! thanks a lot..
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2012, 03:20
Hi,

Can you please elaborate of your foreign language requirements.
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2012, 04:33
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Can you please elaborate of your foreign language requirements.

I invite you to read INSEAD's language policy on our website. Then if you have more specific questions I'll be happy to answer.
http://mba.insead.edu/admissions/languages.cfm

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 07:32
I have an undergraduate degree in Near Eastern Studies with a minor in Arabic. Immediately after undergrad, I moved to the Middle East for three years to become fluent in Arabic. During this time, I worked as a full-time high school teacher. I taught economics if that matters, grades 11 and 12 in an international school.... if that matters.

How will adcoms look at this work experience? Does this even count as work experience even though it's in education and not in a bank, for example?

I've asked around and haven't heard much so far.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2012, 02:48
Hi,

first of all, thank you for your time.

I'd love to have a feedback about my profile for INSEAD - January 2013, Full Time MBA.

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Nationality: Italian

Education:
Bachelor in Electronic Engineering
Master's Degree in Management Engineering
(both in "Politecnico di Milano")

GMAT: 710 (Verbal:41 / 92% - Quant: 47 / 76%)
TOEFL Ibt: 108
GPA 3.8 (sort of, converting from Italian grades).

Work Experience:
- 1.5 year as university researcher (Change Management following ICT implementations in Healthcare Environment);
- 3 years as Enterprise Application Consultant (Workflow Analysis, ERP implementations, Training) in various businesses (food, metal, fashion).

Misc:
Some competitions and prizes won in high school, corporate workshops and experiences during college.

I'm interested in management consulting, international experience and eventually going to work for a major technological company.

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This is a quick synthesis. I hope you can help me evaluating it!

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2012, 03:23
@ Trader13 & MintEater,

I understand your conserns and curiosity about what INSEAD may think of your profile. However, this thread is not about profile consulting and i believe that GMATclub offers such personal feedback somewhere else on the site.

Feel free to ask here any specific questions you may have about the school, but please avoid request about personal profile/GMAT/Toefl scores that are not beneficial to the larger community.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2012, 12:42
Hi Camille,
Thank you for starting this thread. Greatly appreciated and thankful!

I am an eager INSEAD applicant and currently a bit heart-broken at being rejected for the Class of Sep 2012 Intake. I also understand that INSEAD does not favor reapplicants much , however there are two things I would really wish to understand:

1) Can I request for information on my profile's evaluation and understand shortcomings in any specific area?

2) Reapply to INSEAD with a stronger profile and application the next time around and be hopeful of atleast an interview invite?

Thanks for your reply and time.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2012, 15:29
Hi Camille,

Just a few quick questions.

1) Are there ways to pass out of the required core classes (eg. finance/accounting etc) if you have background in the given subjects?

2) What is INSEAD's stance on Cantonese/Mandarin as being considered as two different languages or may only one of them be used towards the language proficiency?

3) Does INSEAD have a admission deferral policy? IE, if you want to be part of the Janurary intake but you want to compare admission decisions side by side with other US Schools in the first round.
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 00:09
Hi Camille,

Is there any upper age limit for the candidates?
I've around 12 years of experience and by the time when I apply I would be 34 years old.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 02:41
Just to add to "kannn" query, how do you see such experienced (with more than 10 yrs WE) candidates? Same as others, less preferred, preferred etc.?

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2012, 02:07
Dear oldmonk,

Sorry to hear that things didn't turn out the way you hoped.

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1) Can I request for information on my profile's evaluation and understand shortcomings in any specific area?

Due to the confidentially of the deliberations of the Admissions Committee, we regret that feedback on rejected applications is not given. Please rest assured that each application is carefully evaluated regardless of the volume of applications received.

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2) Reapply to INSEAD with a stronger profile and application the next time around and be hopeful of atleast an interview invite?

We do not encourage reapplications unless there has been a significant professional or personal development since the initial application was submitted. So reapplying straight away for the following round is not a good idea. If you can afford to wait a year or two before re-applying you may have better chances. Now, once again keep in mind that the admission process is thorough and the Admission Committee renders its final decision after an in-depth review of each file which means we have very few cases of people having been denied admission first time round and then been successful the second time.

I wish you the very best in your MBA journey and hope that you will achieve your goals no matter what.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2012, 02:29
Hi J0ey,

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1) Are there ways to pass out of the required core classes (eg. finance/accounting etc) if you have background in the given subjects?

Yes, indeed. You will be able to take up to 3 exemption exams for the entire year and be exempted up to 2 core courses per period. You will be offered to sit the exemption exams at the beginning of each period.
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2) What is INSEAD's stance on Cantonese/Mandarin as being considered as two different languages or may only one of them be used towards the language proficiency?

I will to have to get back to you on this. :oops:
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3) Does INSEAD have a admission deferral policy? IE, if you want to be part of the Janurary intake but you want to compare admission decisions side by side with other US Schools in the first round.

Your profile has been carefully selected to be part of a homogenous class and for this reason deferrals are very rarely granted and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2012, 02:46
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Hi Camille,

Is there any upper age limit for the candidates?
I've around 12 years of experience and by the time when I apply I would be 34 years old.

Thanks

Hi Kannn,

INSEAD doesn't have a strict policy regarding the age of candidates. To give you a few stats, 80% of the class of the class is aged between 26 and 31. Out of the 20% outside this range, we actually have more students aged over 31 than below 26! (12% vs 8%)
Regarding work experience, the average is 5 years, but most of the students have between 3 and 7 years of working experience and over 20% actually have more than 7 years! When we talk about diversity, it's not only about nationality, it's also about background and experiences!
Indeed, you would be a candidates rather on the 'higher' end of the range but by no means an isolated case :-D To assess your profile, we will look at the combination of your age, work experience and lenth of your study.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2012, 03:10
hiimmunish wrote:
Just to add to "kannn" query, how do you see such experienced (with more than 10 yrs WE) candidates? Same as others, less preferred, preferred etc.?

Thanks

Again, this is a combination of many things. Let me give you 2 examples.

1) Imagine Tom, a 35 year old docteur. He has conducted very long studies (8 or 9 years), he's worked more or less 3/4 years. Now he wants to open his own private practice. Even though, Tom is quite older than the average MBA student, he has less working experience than average! However, medical studies are probably the longest one can conduct and we are very much aware of this.

2) Now take, Manish. He's a 30. He has a 2 years university degree after which he joined the family business working alongside his father. He wants to do an MBA to take over once his Dad retires and go international. Manish is right in the middle of the age range, but already has over 10 years of working experience!

Well, these 2 extremly different profiles (and anything in between!) will be looked at with equal interest! We believe an interesting profile is made of a combination of factors. The key is to be personal and to convince the admission committee than the MBA is the right thing to do at this given time of your career.

Hope this help :-D
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 06:34
Hi Camille.
I am interested in changing my career from Information Technology to Mining Industry. Do you think a degree from INSEAD can help me achieve that? Do you have mining companies recruiting on campus (Especially for internship in Summer)?

Thank you for your time
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