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Hi,

I'm seeking advice on applying to business school in Europe. Some basic stats: I'm a US citizen, and graduated with a B.S. in Management & Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. My GPA was solid (3.54 total, 4.0 my last 3 semesters). I also have solid work experience (3 years of consulting for Big 5, followed by 3 years of IT mgmt + Biz Dev for a leading Software company in Silicon Valley). Finally, I did very well on the the GMAT (770).

My main reason for applying to b-school is to broaden my perspective on organizational leadership, and develop a thorough point of view on how to lead a successful business. Ultimately, I seek to lead an organization that contributes to significant and positive change in the world.

I was strongly considering Stanford GSB and HBS, until someone suggested that I consider looking into MBA programs at top schools outside of the US. My question is this: without any true international experience, and without fluently speaking another language, how difficult will it be to gain acceptance into a school like IMD (in Switzerland)?

Also, since 2006 admission deadlines have passed for many of the European programs, I've been thinking about teaching business English in Europe (East or West) to gain International experience. I figure that not only will it be a good chance to get a lesson in international culture and language, but that it will also open doors to potential business contacts for both near-term and long-term opportunity. Question is, will this strengthen or weaken my apps to b-school (both domestic and international)?

Any thoughts and/or advice you can provide is greatly appreciated.
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I don't think you need international experience, but I do think that most of those schools will expect you to be fluent in (or at least comfortable with) another language. So, that's probably an obstacle. Teaching abroad may help, but you'd probably need to learn another language, too.

If you plan on working in the U.S. after school, though, I recommend staying in the U.S. for b-school. It's just a lot easier to get a job that way.

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