Joined: 10 Feb 2006
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'm doing International Business as well, which is actually why I kind of disregarded Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, etc. when applying to schools. Looking over their curricula, they seemed to be directed more to the "big money" MBAs - acqusitions & mergers, finance, investment banking, etc. - and less on the international aspects. I don't want to do any of those things, so...
I looked at places like LBS (too finance-y, though), INSEAD, Thunderbird, U-Washington, etc. They may not have the huge name associated with them, but they do what they do very well. Also, in my decision about which school was right for me, I took into consideration what people I know who work within the international community had to say about a school. In my case, everyone "in the know" with whom I spoke said wonderful things about Thunderbird, so that's where I'm going.
I'd wager the "only" advantage you'd get from a big name school when pursuing an international career is from the name. Which is, don't get me wrong, a HUGE advantage. But are they really going to focus on and teach you want you want/need to know? (Obviously, I don't think so.)
Hope this helps.