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School Visits - American Living Abroad [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 23:11
Hello All,

My first post on the forum! I'm originally from the States but currently on an expat assignment for my company in Singapore. I am planning on attending B-Schools in the fall of 2011 after finishing my assignment a few months before that. Being based in Singapore makes it a bit difficult to make campus visits and class visits. I am coming home for my yearly trip home this summer, specifically over the Fourth of July weekend and will be in the States for about ten days. I will be in New York for work so was planning on visiting Columbia and NYU and attend classes if they are in summer session. Unfortunately since I have to rush to London right after NYC because of work commitments I currently do not have time planned to go up to Boston (HBS, Sloan) or Chicago (Kellogg, Booth). Do you guys think that it is important for me to visit campuses and meet admission staff/current student before applying? If so then I will have to speak to my manager and some how extend my trip. My only other option is to come back in the fall after I take my GMAT before submitting my applications.

Please let me know what you think.
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Re: School Visits - American Living Abroad [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2010, 19:32
I'm also interested in this topic because I live in Europe, so I'd like to know how much important is to visit schools.
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Re: School Visits - American Living Abroad [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2010, 19:24
Hello,

Can someone please comment on this? I'm heading to US on a business trip in 10 days and would have to alter my schedule if I need to make campus visits. I would like to know if there is value to visit a campus in the summer time when the schools are not in session (most, as I am planning on visiting Columbia as they have classes in the summer).

Thank you so much in advance.
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Re: School Visits - American Living Abroad [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2010, 01:47
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I can give you my feedback for what it’s worth. I am French and I was in China when I decided to apply for business school. I target more or less the top 8 schools (US only). I didn’t travel to the US at that time, as you mentioned it is very expensive to do so and the reward/benefit for doing so didn’t seem strong enough in my view. Instead I spent most of my time contacting alumni form each school, I contacted a ton of them, kept a spreadsheet with all the details, ... Some schools are also quite strong in different countries overseas and I was able to get in touch with alumni in China and HK which was great.
Ultimately if the schools are interested you will be asked for an interview: either from alumni or from official recruiting coordinators if the school send some overseas. In my case Tuck sent someone to Beijing and although it was quite far from my home at that time (Shenzhen, 2000km+ far away :wink: ) I insisted on making the trip and interviewed there although someone from their team mentioned that they would have totally understand if I hadn’t come. For 2 other schools (Wharton and Chicago GSB) I met with alumni in HK for a formal interview.

Bottom line is that if you can’t or don’t want to visit schools in the US it is totally fine but the school will expect you to find alternative ways to show your interest. Ultimately you are in great position, I believe candidates based in a different location than their home countries have a significant advantage during the interview since you can use a lot of interesting stories and experiences which are usually a lot more interesting than what a banker/consultant can say if he has spent his all life in his own country doing the same type of work (no offense intended against bankers and consultants).

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Re: School Visits - American Living Abroad [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2010, 22:44
Hi Antoine,

Thank you so much for your reply, very kind of you. I have already booked my business trip to US and have squeezed in a few school visits as only some of them offer them during the summer break. I will be going to Stanford, Columbia, NYU, Booth and Kellogg. I will attempt to go back to the States in the fall and try to go to HBS and Sloan while they are in session. I really appreciate your feedback regarding getting in touch with alumni abroad. I have already met a few through friends but with the limited expat community in Singapore I am finding it difficult to find alumni of certain schools like Stanford. Could you please give me some tips on your approach? How did you get the contact information for the alumni? I do not want to inuandate them with cold emails. Appreciate your feedback in advance.

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Re: School Visits - American Living Abroad [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2010, 04:06
Vam,

In most cases you can contact the school and explain your situation, they will certainly support you and provide you with a few names if they have someone in your area. Another way is too Google and to find if the school or the alumni have some presence (for example there is one Stanford Alumni Club in Singapore), from that you can see who is a member or at least who are the people in the club committee and try to get in touch with them. To be honest given the size of singapore you might even know or have some connections through a few people with maybe a few of those alumni. If you can get some recommendation from someone or some suggestion from the school then it’s better but even if it’s a cold email I don’t see any reason why someone would not try to discuss with you regarding your interest for his/her school.
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Re: School Visits - American Living Abroad [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2010, 23:06
Appreciate your feedback again, Antoine. I guess I could also ask the schools I'm visiting next week for some names as well. Thanks again.
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