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So, I'm facing what's proving to be a very difficult decision: LBS or INSEAD. I've visited both schools, talked to students and alumni, and though there are some obvious differences, I can really see myself having a great experience at both of them.
I have 3 questions for the people on this forum:
1 - Besides the obvious attributes (e.g. 1 year vs 2 yrs, location, etc.) what would be your insight in choosing one or the other?
2 - Though I'll be returning to my current job post-MBA, I'm keen to do an internship in luxury goods or hospitality. Is one of these schools is more successful in that area? More internships, more relationships, more alumni? I haven't found a ton of information on this yet.
3 - Does anyone ever successfully switch their INSEAD promotion? I'm admitted to the Dec 2011 INSEAD class, starting in Singapore. For personal reasons, I'd really like to start my MBA now, and not in 7 months. If INSEAD can offer me September in Fontainebleau, I'm 99% likely to choose it. Is it worthwhile to try to negotiate?
1. Besides the obvious stuff, it comes down to what you want to do during and after. The obvious stuff is probably where your decision should flow from: location, lifestyle, career choice after MBA -etc. You are in a great position and can't really go wrong.
2. No insight, except that INSEAD is in France so that might help, and LBS has tremendous exchange opportunities. One of those exchanges, i believe, is with ESSEC in France which is a top luxury goods school.
3. From my understanding you wont be able to do this given that they spend a lot of time managing diversity and that the september class is all but complete. Its worth a try, but its likely futile.
I second the ESSEC exchange. ESSEC is the only offering an MBA specialized in the luxury industry - the program usually is able to get a lot of industry insiders from the top luxury groups for talks and there's an excellent internship program in luxury companies. Not sure if you'll be able to do all these in the exchange but it's worth investigating...