I would love any advice you guys could give me about my business school strategy approach. I would love to do my MBA in France, ideally at INSEAD but I have a sneaking suspicion I would have to retake the GMAT....
GMAT Score: 680 (Q41, V41). Quantitative is 57 percentile, Verbal 92.
Schools: I'm looking to apply in 2012.
Before the GMATs, my top choice was INSEAD. I would also consider other programs in France but want them to be highly regarded in the US as well.
I've also considered Columbia and Stern but am not sure what else I should be looking at?
I also feel that I have to strongly consider retaking the GMATs. The issue is that I took them during a trip back to the US, I don't want to take them in France with a different keyboard, and I would have to travel 2-3 hours to the closest testing facility. It will be difficult before the format changes, especially as I have 3-4 weeks of travel for work in that time.
Thanks so much for any help!
First point, if you are planning to apply to INSEAD, i suggest you re-take GMAT, INSEAD gives serious consideration to your verbal/quant splits.
If you want to apply to INSEAD in 2012, you can apply in the third round that is in Aug 2012, so you can re-take gmat and apply with new score, do not worry much about the format change, it will take some time for the admission officers to seriously consider IR score, so better start working on GMAT and re-take.
As far as programs in france that can give you leverage in US markets are concerned, i believe its very difficult to find one. INSEAD is a great school, but believe me there will be challenges for you to search job in US market ( US by far produces maximum QUALITATIVE MBAs across world ), but if you have strong network in US , this exercise might become easier.
Do not consider any program other than INSEAD if you want to settle either in US or France post your MBA.
If you want to consider US programs, with 700, you should be a good fit for any top 15 programs, but then again the third round is extremely competitive, you can surely apply to first round for US schools for programs starting in 2013 sep.
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