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Since the first inquiries are rolling in, perhaps it is time for a new thread for yet another year of Oxbridge applications. :)

Oxford seems to have kept the stages for 2010-11 admissions similar to those last year. Cambridge has added a couple of interview dates for R3, stretching the interview process to a month-long, compared to the usual week-long process. They are probably expecting a big swell of applications in R3, which could perhaps reflect last year's high demand after R1 dings from other schools were out. This means also thar R4 and R5 dates are pushed forward with about a month.

Below is a modified version of Greenoak's information package from last year's thread.

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Last year's Oxbridge applicants thread
Oxbridge applicants thread from two years ago
Separating Oxford from Cambridge

Oxford – Said Business School

Requirements:
GMAT - average given for reference is 680
TOEFL 109 or IELTS 7.5 (note – this is compulsory, not reference!)
Experience: usually 3+ years
GPA: usually equivalent of no less than good UK 2.1 degree or 3.5 GPA


2009 Rankings: Financial Times – 16, Business Week non-US MBA - 10
Application cost: 125 GBP

Official site: http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/mba/
Admissions on Facebook
Admissions on Twitter
Our Oxford Said information thread


R1
Application deadline 8 October 2010
Interview decision by 29 October 2010
Final decision by 10 December 2010

R2
Application deadline 14 January 20101
Interview decision by 4 February 2011
Final decision by 11 March 2011

R3
Application deadline 1 April 2011
Interview decision by 29 April 2011
Final decision by 27 May 2011

Cambridge – Judge Business School

Requirements:
GMAT – average given for reference is 690 (balanced score is required)
TOEFL:
*Requirements for entry in 2011:TOEFL 100 with min 25 in writing or IELTS 7.0
*Requirements for entry in 2012 onwards: TOEFL 110 with min 25 in each section or IELTS 7.5 with no element below 7.0
Experience: usually 3+ years
GPA: usually equivalent of no less than UK 2.1 degree or 3.3 GPA
One recommendation from a supervisor and one from a peer


2009 Rankings: Financial Times – 21, Business Week non-US MBA - second tier
Application cost: 100 GBP

Official site: http://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/mba/index.html
Admissions on Facebook
Unofficial informational tweets by an MBA Coordinator: Twitter
Blog. Note that the blog is mainly not about admissions, but about life in Cambridge.


R1
Application deadline 4 Oct 2010
Interview day 5 and 8 Nov 2010
Decision 11 Nov 2010

R2
Application deadline 6 Dec 2010
Interview day 14 and 17 Jan 2011
Decision 20 Jan 2011

R3
Application deadline 10 Jan 2011
Interview day 7 Feb, 14 Feb, 21 Feb, and 7 Mar 2011
Decision 24 Feb, 3 Mar or 10 Mar 2011

R4
Application deadline 14 Mar 2010
Interview day 29 or 16 May 2011
Decision 19 May 2011

R5
Application deadline 16 Apr 2011
Interview day 10 Jun and 13 Jun 2011
Decision 16 Jun 2011

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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2010, 10:00
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Awesome, thanks annae!!

I've been sifting through the Oxbridge 2010 thread (as you recommended) and that's been helpful.

Some initial questions / thoughts:

1) Is it better to visit all the schools before applying? Or is it better to just apply and then, if invited for an interview, visit the school at that point? My concern is that I live in the US, so trying to be efficient with my vacation days and travel expenses.

2) Is there a clear preference as to which round to apply? I'm still working out my strategy, but right now I'm thinking Cambridge Round 2 or 3 and Oxford R2. If I do a 'round Europe grad school trip in November, then I will probably apply R3 to Cambridge since trying to get my app in by the Dec deadline would be super stressful.

I had initially dismissed Oxford (for whatever reason, my first impression was that it was a much more theoretical program). After reading the Oxbridge thread, I decided to take a closer look at Oxford and it seems to be a potential fit. Only problem is that I really didn't need to add another school to my ever-growing list of schools :?

Any thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!!
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2010, 00:04
I would encourage you to apply early to Cambridge, especially if you are interested in scholarships such as the Gates, which has an application deadline of 15 Oct 2010 for US citizens.

If you are based in the US, you can also meet Cambridge admissions staff and alumni at one of our events. I will be in the Bay Area in early September, while my colleagues will be on the East Coast later that month. You can find more information and register on the school website.

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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2010, 11:34
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Thank you very much Conrad, I appreciate the advice. I had not considered scholarship deadlines; that will be my new research project over the next few days.

I am registered for the MBA fair in San Francisco in September and definitely plan on visiting the Cambridge area. I look forward to meeting you then.
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 01:53
Depending on what makes more sense for you, you could also attend an information session that we will hold in the Bay Area (probably near Palo Alto) the week of the MBA fair in San Francisco. Currently, it is listed on our website as an info session in San Francisco, but we actually mean Palo Alto or somewhere in the Valley.

You could also drop me a private message with more details so I can look out for you at the MBA Fair.

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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 03:19
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Hi Conrad,

Does Cambridge encourage reapplicants? There isnt any specific information on reapplication.

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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 03:28
That's a tricky question without knowing any specifics. Candidates are free to reapply (although we do not allow more than one application for the same admissions year) but they should have a clear idea how their new application is a significant improvement over their previous application. Areas of improvement could be a much stronger GMAT score, or a sterling accomplishment at work, a significant promotion, or even something as simple as better-written essays.
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 09:55
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Hi CambridgeMBA,

When we talk about application deadlines, does that mean full application?
Specifically, what I mean by the above question is the following:
- Does the GMAT score have to be the Official GMAT score received by them from GMAC or the score we receive just after the test will be satisfactory?
- In case recommendation letters are to be filled online, does this mean that by the letters will be duly filled by the before the deadline?

Thanks in advance for your reply.


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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2010, 03:52
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When we talk about application deadlines, does that mean full application?
Specifically, what I mean by the above question is the following:
- Does the GMAT score have to be the Official GMAT score received by them from GMAC or the score we receive just after the test will be satisfactory?
- In case recommendation letters are to be filled online, does this mean that by the letters will be duly filled by the before the deadline?

If I remember correctly, I could not send the online application before entering numeric values for GMAT. The recommendation letters will have to be filled online on a separate website, which will be sent to the recommender.

I guess you should contact the adcom directly to ask whether they are flexible in case of deadline problems.
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Hello everyone!!

I am an applicant from India. I have done my entire schooling and undergraduate studies( engg) with English as the medium of instruction.
Do I qualify for English Ability test waiver?
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I come from IT background, and would like to get an MBA to progress into a management (still in IT). But I'm a bit concerned that both schools seem to focus on finance and entrepreneurship.

Do you think they would fit my plans for an IT oriented career?

I like both schools because of the strong brand names and the short study period.
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is 2.92 too low for Said? does the school view gpa at top of the list?
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2010, 07:53
I think at least two of the three questions above could be best answered by adcom... why not ask them? :)
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Hey guys,
If I attend an American liberal arts university outside the USA and all my classes are taught in English but I am not a native speaker, I won`t be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS, will I ?
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I am an applicant from India. I have done my entire schooling and undergraduate studies( engg) with English as the medium of instruction.
Do I qualify for English Ability test waiver?


Buttercup, you would qualify for the english ability test waiver. Just make sure your transcripts include a confirmation that english was the medium of instruction. I am a current admit at Said and will be starting this Oct.
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How does Oxbridge compare to T16 US programs like Cornell or Yale in terms of chances of getting into IB in HK?
Does anyone have any idea?
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Not sure about HK specifics, but I've had a very positive response from the IB firms that I've spoken to in the USA (before starting the program) about Oxford SBS. Here is a list of IBanks that had booths at our Finance Fair last October:

BA/Merrill, Barclays Capital, BNP ParisBas, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Lazard, Lloyds, JP Morgan, Macquarie, Nomura, RBC Capital Markets, RBS, Standard Bank, Standard Chartered and UBS IB.

SEE MORE FAIRS INFO HERE
http://www.careers.ox.ac.uk/whats-on/ca ... in-oxford/

There were some notable holdouts last year, which I expect to be there (and hiring) this year, incl. Morgan Stanley. Long story short, Oxbridge is as good a place to land an IB job as any.
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Is the link for undergrad or mba students as well?

Also, how difficult it is to break into IB/MC without a summer internship?
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MYcambridge,

Hmmm, yeah - the link seems to be for everyone (Oxford MBA and undergrad?). I got the list of IB recruiters from our intranet so, unfortunately, I don't have a better source at the moment. More if I find it/once the programme starts.

As for the internship, I would recommend doing one after your first year wherever you go. Again, I don't know too much about judge, but at SBS we now have the option of a summer internship instead of the strategic consulting project (or summer coursework). I'd guess that an internship would make the switch to IB/MC a lot easier.

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