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Country of Origin in MBA Application [#permalink]
16 Jul 2013, 03:38
I'm writing up my applications for the upcoming admissions cycle, and I was wondering how much value is placed on applicant's country of origin by the admissions committee.
It seems that Indian applicants have a much harder time during their applications, because they are highly represented, especially those in the IT field. In this case, it seems that country of origin is a slightly detrimental to one's chances. But can it work in reverse? Can being from somewhere underrepresented be a plus on an application?
I'm a Saudi Arabian candidate, and I think I bring some unique things to the table because of that. My question is how far can I "milk" it, and does it even make a difference? While schools don't technically count this as a minority candidate (which are usually listed as Black, Latino, Pacific Islander), is this something I can leverage?
Obviously, the fact that I've worked in Saudi for the past 3.5 years is where the real value lies, but what about actually being Saudi Arabian?
Re: Country of Origin in MBA Application [#permalink]
17 Jul 2013, 06:37
So you've somewhat answered your own question. On one hand, it adds diversity for them to say they have X countries represented but beyond that, there's little explicit benefit.
HOWEVER - you're right, the work experience is what sets you apart. So if you want to make your country of origin a differentiator, you have to work that into your application itself. Into the essays and recommendations. Effectively, answer how living there makes you a different perspective worth accepting. If you can't make the case for why your background is unique and important, then selecting Saudi Arabia from a drop down won't make a difference.