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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2009, 08:04
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.....and finally after the longest admission process among all my grad-school applications LBS has agreed to admit me... Thanks for the support LBS thread ppl... and BSD_lover (deserves a special mention) :)
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2008, 05:59
Count me in as another hopeful applicant for '09! Haven't made an official campus visit yet, but last time I was in London, I did stand outside the campus gates and gaze in awe inside... :lol:

It will be interesting to see how the financial industry situation impacts applications this year...
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2008, 23:57
tuetonic - I haven't seen the campus at all. I don't think that the visit would influence the admit decision. In fact LBS pride themselves in the number of different countries and international students represented. Although I remember buffdaddy mentioning that he lives in London, so he may be able to provide some more inside info :)

I'd expect to see a LOT of finance industry applicants - even IT guys from finance.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2008, 00:56
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tuetonic - I haven't seen the campus at all. I don't think that the visit would influence the admit decision. In fact LBS pride themselves in the number of different countries and international students represented. Although I remember buffdaddy mentioning that he lives in London, so he may be able to provide some more inside info :)

I'd expect to see a LOT of finance industry applicants - even IT guys from finance.


I've visted LBS twice. Feel free to ask me questions regarding the campus. Also a GmatClub stalwart "Paul" would be the best person to ask.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2008, 23:38
Reading this thread is pure torture. Of course LBS is one of the very best, no argument there, but 45k pounds tuition... and over 1.5k (pounds, not Euro :shock: ) monthly expenses... and scholarships are not more than 20k on top of that. Internships - from the website I understand that basically you're on your own, might as well be the first student to earn zero pounds/euros/pesos during the summer.

Working in an 'emerging market' country post-MBA is out of the question, with this much money to repay. Only a (guaranteed) career in i-banking in London/New York could justify the investment, and what the hell happened to i-banking?

Many apologies for the bitter post in this otherwise happy thread :(
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2008, 00:37
I am sorry to say this, but 45K in London is "chump change".

Most analysts starting salaries is 45K. Yes the school is expensive, but remember, you have to pay the local fare.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2008, 00:57
Nerdboy, you are right. I wont kid anyone. LBS is pricey - living in London is expensive. But compared to what exactly ? Most top tier American schools ask you to budget around 150K for 2 years including fees and living. Converted, a top tier US school costs 85K pounds (based on todays exchange rate of 1.76).

But then you earn in pounds too. Internships pay in pounds, post MBA jobs in London pay in pounds. Most people work for a year or two in London to clear off debts, which is again similar to what happens at top tier American schools. I wont dream of coming back to Australia, straight after the MBA. But then I couldn't even if I went to a top tier school in America.

About your worries about internships - if you approach a prospective employer in London saying "I'm an LBS MBA candidate looking for an internship," apparently you get a lot of attention. 99% students get internships - placements was one of the reasons why LBS was rated #2 by FT. Remember with LBS you have the option of studying for only 15 months if you want to go down the accelerated path and avoid 6 months of living expenses. Not many other schools have that kind of flexibility.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2008, 03:46
Just caught this gem : http://mbablog.london.edu/mbablog/mba_tv/index.html. The video shows orientation of the class of 2010. Pretty good insight for those who are unable to visit the place.

Also found a very funny blog by prof. Vermeulen from LBS : http://freekvermeulen.blogspot.com/

ps. Tamsin, the host, also sends admission and ding emails - just puts a face to a name :)
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2008, 16:50
It's almost 2am in London, 5 days before the R1 deadline. The adcom lies in bed, enjoying the calm before the storm.

How are everybody's applications coming along? At the moment I am in the "Optional Essay" conundrum. I have made so many revisions to my other essays, however, I might start an optional essay as late as tomorrow. This along with all the other application parts will keep me busy till the very end.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2008, 14:55
Wow, no takers except for Teutonic and BSD (who's already an Admit!) so far for LBS.

There was even more interest for Oxbridge.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2008, 13:15
I shut myself off from the world for the last few days while finishing up my essays. :-D

Just putting the final touches on my essays and resume, but still in-progress with actually "filling out" the online application. This one will probably be a last-minute finish, unlike INSEAD. :beat And then I have Oxford coming up right after...

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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2008, 13:41
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tuetonic - I haven't seen the campus at all. I don't think that the visit would influence the admit decision. In fact LBS pride themselves in the number of different countries and international students represented. Although I remember buffdaddy mentioning that he lives in London, so he may be able to provide some more inside info :)


Very true -- I couldn't see it being a dealbreaker either, given the distance for many prospective students. Plus, the campus is somewhat small from what I vaguely remember -- it's up against the border of Regent's Park and it's definitely not the type of expanse one would see at Oxford or Harvard. I imagine buying a few plots of land in central London is not an easy proposition. :-D

I'm actually moving to Australia in a few weeks for my next consulting project, so I guess I won't be visiting the campus for a while anyway.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2008, 14:20
Give me a shout if you're in Sydney.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2008, 00:29
LBS Submitted 12/10.

goodluck all!

2 down 1 to go for R1.

I am in the same boat as you Teutonic. And Oxford essays aren't an easy proposition (essay 2)!
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2008, 16:19
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Give me a shout if you're in Sydney.


Cheers, will do! I'll mostly be commuting between Brisbane and Darwin, but will probably visit further south once in a while...
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2008, 16:22
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LBS Submitted 12/10.

goodluck all!

2 down 1 to go for R1.

I am in the same boat as you Teutonic. And Oxford essays aren't an easy proposition (essay 2)!


Good luck! Just putting the last touches on mine, and I'll be done in an hour or two. My first recommender still hasn't submitted his LOR yet, though... :shock:

EDIT: Just submitted! And my recommender is finishing up his right now as well. Close call...
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2008, 23:12
Good stuff you guys, hope to see you in London !!...
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2008, 12:44
Hi bsd_lover,

I am a deferred admit to the class beginning in August 2009 as well. Congrats on your admit. Looking forward to meeting you in London. Lets keep in touch - you can email me at lbs.aspirant2010@gmail.com

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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2008, 13:15
Hey trump good to meet you buddy. Stick around the gmatclub forums. Lots of interesting discussions here.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2008, 02:39
So what are your plans for the coming ten months? Working till the end or planning on travelling for a bit before you head out to London?
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