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Navigating the financial aid system can be one of the most important and confusing parts of the application process. Escalating education costs are not only increasing the burden but also the competition that international applicants are facing. Read this guide to learn more!
Hong Kong is an autonomous territory south of Mainland China at the Pearl River Estuary of the Asia Pacific. Hong Kong is one of the world’s most significant financial centers, having the highest Financial Development Index score. Hong Kong is the world’s fourth most densely populated sovereign state or territory. It is also the world’s most visited city. Read this guide to learn more!
The United Kingdom (UK) or Britain is a sovereign state in Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, UK consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to its east, the English Channel to its south and the Celtic Sea to its south-southwest. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom is a developed country and also ethnically diverse due to successive waves of migration. The UK has a temperate climate, with plentiful rainfall all year round. Read this guide to learn more!
France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising of territory in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. It extends from the Mediterranean Sea in the south to the English Channel and the Atlantic in the north. It shares its borders with Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium. It is a unitary semi-presidential republic with it’s capital Paris being the country’s largest city and main cultural and commercial center. The climate of France is generally cold in winter and mild in summer. Read this guide to learn more!
Australia (officially the Commonwealth of Australia) is a country comprising of the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world’s sixth- largest country by total area. But because of low population density, ranked 52nd in terms of population. It is located in Oceania between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean. It has no land borders. Neighboring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the French dependency of New Caledonia to the east, and New Zealand to the southeast. Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year. The country is home to a wide variety of wildlife but famous for the Kangaroos. Read this guide to learn more!
Germany officially the Federal Republic of Germany is a sovereign state and federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe. It shares boundaries with Denmark and the Baltic Sea (north), Poland and the Czech Republic (east), Austria (southeast), Switzerland (south), France (southwest), Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands (west), and the North Sea (northwest). Germany is a developed country with a very high standard of living sustained by a skilled and productive society. After the United States, it is the second most popular human migration destination. The country has a largely temperate seasonal climate. Read this guide to learn more!
Singapore is a global city and sovereign state in Southeast Asia and the world’s only island city-state. It lies at the southernmost tip of continental Asia and peninsular Malaysia, with Indonesia’s Riau Islands to the south. Singapore’s territory consists of a diamond-shaped main island along with 62 other islets. Singapore is a global commerce, finance and transport hub. This densely populated island country is covered with tropical flora, parks and gardens. Read this guide to learn more!
Canada is the world’s second largest country by total area. It is located in the northern half of North America extending from the Atlantic in the east to the Pacific in the west and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land territory is dominated by forest and tundra and the Rocky Mountains. It is an ethnically diverse and multicultural nation, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The climate of Canada is generally associated with cold weather and snow but it is actually extremely diverse. Canada is a land of vast distances and rich natural beauty and is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Read this guide to learn more!
The United States of America (USA) is the world’s third largest country by total area as well as population. It is located in North America and bordered on the North by Canada, on the East by the Atlantic Ocean, on the South by the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico, and on the West by the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nation. The climate is also extremely diverse, and the country is home to a wide variety of wildlife Read this guide to learn more!
Spain officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. Its mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and northeast by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean. Spain is a democracy organized in the form of a parliamentary government under a constitutional monarchy. It is a developed country with the world’s fourteenth largest economy by nominal GDP. The climate of Spain is diverse varying according to geographical situation and orographic conditions. Read this guide to learn more!
ReachIvy Exclusive: Top College Series – An Interview with IESE Business School
Name: Itziar de Ros Designation: Director, MBA Admissions School Name: IESE Business School
1. Being able to pick the right program is crucial given the number of options available in the market. At ReachIvy, we meet a lot of students who face this decision. Who should ideally be applying for the MBA program at IESE Business School?
At IESE, we are open to diverse backgrounds and experiences. We have a minimum 2 years of work experience requirement, with an average of 5 years. We look for people that have an international outlook/global perspective, that are able to illustrate that through their work experience or personal endeavors. You can find our class profile on the website.
2. Can you share with us what background / profile / traits you are looking for in your incoming class?
We don’t have such thing as a typical MBA profile. As our curriculum is based on the case method we like having students that can add value to the class discussion. It is true that we do have many engineers and people from business background but we also value people from unique backgrounds. As an example, let me share the story of Marco a professional water polo player who is now working at McKinsey. Our program enables a truly transformational experience.
3. Can you tell us about your most interesting classes and professors?
The first year in IESE you will study the course curriculum, which covers all aspects of business plus the basics of entrepreneurship. You will study classes such as managerial accounting, finance, economics, operations, decision analysis, and marketing to name a few.
The second year is completely tailored to your needs and interest. So we offer a vast array of elective courses you can choose from depending on your interest. Some popular electives with the students are Private Equity/Venture Capital, Global Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Financing your Business to name a few.
4. What are some of the facilities and faculty resources available to students who want to switch careers or pursue entrepreneurial interests while in the MBA program at IESE Business School?
For students who are looking to pursue entrepreneurship, we offer an entrepreneurship track in the MBA Program. You start with the intro to entrepreneurship course in the first year. During the summer, you have the possibility to stay on campus and work on / test your business plan right alongside professors in a program named Entrepreneurial Summer Experience. Then, in your second year you will take various entrepreneurships courses that are helpful to learn how to actually launch a business and ask for seed funding.
5. There is a lot of curiosity among our students on what a classic day would be like in the MBA program at IESE Business School. Could you describe it for us?
In the first year, your day is pretty set throughout the entire year. A typical day looks like the below:
* 8:30-9:45 AM Team Meeting – discuss the 3 cases for the day before heading to class * 10:00-11:15 AM First Class – E.g.: Finance * 11:15-11:30 Coffee Break with your section in the cafeteria * 11:30AM-12:45 PM Second Class – E.g.: Analysis of Business Problems * 12:45 – 2:15 Lunch, club meetings, company info sessions * 2:30-3:45 Third Class – E.g.: Organization Behavior * 4:00-5:30 Business Spanish * 5:30-midnight – prepare the 3 cases for the next day, sports, dinner, apply for internships, and prepare more cases
6. How does IESE Business School assist current international students with career guidance and placement? For students looking to return to India – what type of support would they receive?
We have a great career services team that assist all students with their career search. Alongside bringing companies on campus, they also mentor students. They have relationships with over 500 companies globally. 90% of our students find jobs within three months of graduation all over the world! One of our team members is based in the Singapore office and from there covers also Career opportunities in India. Students who want to go back to their country should stay in close contact with our Regional Directors.
7. Is there any type of financial aid available to international students applying for this program? If so, can you tell us more about who the ideal candidate would be?
Yes, we have partnerships with two loan programs, Banco Sabadell, a very well reputed bank in Spain which offers qualifying students up to 80% of tuition fees without a co-signer and Prodigy Finance, which offer up to 80% of cost of attendance.
8. If you had one piece of advice to give to students interested in applying to the MBA program at IESE Business School, what would it be?
Really get to know us! Speak to current students, alumni, and admissions to really understand our program and if there is a fit. Meet us at events around the world by visiting our events website. Stay up to date with the MBA program by subscribing to our MBA Blog. If you are not sure if your profile fits our program, feel free to request feedback!
Ms. Itziar de Ros is currently the MBA Admissions Director and President of the MBA Admissions Committee. She is now responsible for global marketing, student selection and administration of scholarships for the IESE MBA comprising of 350 students and leading a team of 20 professionals from 12 different nationalities.
#KnowYourCollege – Duke University (Fuqua School of Business)
The Fuqua School of Business is the business school of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, United States. It currently enrolls more than 1,300 students in degree-seeking programs. These programs include the Daytime Master of Business Administration (MBA), the Global Executive MBA, the Cross Continent MBA, the Weekend Executive MBA, the Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business, Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University, joint degree programs and a Ph.D. program.
Find below the MBA Class Profile (2017) to understand your chances:
Here are top reasons to consider a MBA from Duke University.
1. Research Advantage – Fuqua students and alumni benefit from the “Research Advantage,” Fuqua’s dedication to hiring and developing faculty members who excel at teaching while maintaining rigorous research programs. Fuqua faculty constantly contribute to both theoretical and applied research, and infuse their Fuqua courses with current research that’s relevant to a range of business situations.
2. Financial Aid – Business school is a significant investment of both time and financial resources. A degree from The Fuqua School of Business maximizes the return on your investment to create global opportunities of limitless potential. Fuqua is committed to making this goal possible for all qualified students.
3. Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) – Through a combination of academic and extra-curricular activities, the center fosters an environment that encourages entrepreneurial thinking. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is committed to creating an outstanding student experience for aspiring entrepreneurs.
4. Ford Library – The Ford Library is home to: * 70+ business databases * 220 print business journals * 1,500 online business journals * 2,200 popular movies on DVD and/or Blu-ray * 65,000 volumes of books
5 Most Important Things To Look For, When Considering A School For Your Child
An increasing number of students are changing their high school. For some the transition is due to the Board offered and for others it is to provide a more conducive learning environment. As you initiate your high school list for your child, there is a wide range of criteria you need to consider before deciding which school is an appropriate fit, but here are my top 5:
1. Board & Curriculum. More and more students are exploring alternative high school options due to the qualification they wish to attain in their 10th and 12th When evaluating high schools, make sure you thoroughly understand what the ethos of the Board is, and does the school offer the appropriate framework around it. Delve into number of subjects, range and restriction of choices, additional curriculum requirements and grading benchmarks.
2. Learning Style. Does the method of teaching support your child’s learning needs? Every student learns differently, especially if from a young age they have been part of one style or system and are now asked to submerge themselves in another. Probe into classroom dynamics and what parameters the student is evaluated and assessed on. For example, do students need to actively participate? Does the school follow the rote learning methodology or is it more interactive? It’s important to evaluate how your child will be taught and whether the pedagogy matches their expectations. Remember, even the same qualification (e.g. IB Diploma) can be taught differently at different schools.
3. Activities Outside of the Classroom. Research whether the high school lets your child develop a holistic personality and participate in extracurricular activities that are important to them. Explore the clubs, groups, sports the school has to offer and ensure you find activities that resonate with your child’s personality. If your child is a strong chess or basketball player or a budding artist or entrepreneur, does the school provide the appropriate framework and support for their skills? If preferences are not available, is the school open to your child initiating their own club? Additionally, it’s important your child not only has the required amenities but the appropriate time to actively engage in areas of interest.
4. Reputation. Ensure that you apply to a school that has a strong focus on the subjects your child is interested in and the right facilities and faculty. Research the school’s expertise. For example, if your child is looking to pursue drama, does the high school have the academic option, proficient faculty and appropriate facilities? Are students being accepted at colleges for undergraduate studies in Drama/Fine Arts? The current students and alumni are a great voice for the school. It’s important to connect with them to get an in-depth perspective of the strengths and weaknesses of the school. Especially reach out to students who have similar interests and alumni who are in a career path similar to your child’s interest.
5. Placements. Where graduates from a particular high school enroll in college provides great insight into the high school. It’s important to evaluate not only the university, but also its location and subject(s) selected by students. For example, are most of the graduating 12th grade class heading to the UK, and are they predominantly selecting engineering majors? It’s important to take note of what the placement statistics are of the school, and whether they align well with your child’s goals and aspirations.
The last four years of high school will lay the foundation for your child’s college and career aspirations. Thus, it’s very important to first evaluate why you are looking to make a shift, and then go beyond the website to identify the appropriate high school that provides the best fit. It’s imperative that you visit the school before making your final decision and speak to the staff and administration.
Finding the right college to apply to is an overwhelming process. This is one of the most critical life decisions that you are going to make. At the same time, there are a wide range of options, and several factors to be considered, and an even wider range of online and community sources that give you conflicting advice.
How do you build a path that is best for you? How can you structure your efforts and process the large amount of information to optimise the college search process? Here are a few tips on how to best organize your research and selection process:
1. Create a list of factors that are most important to you. This is the first and most important step that needs to be completed even before you start your search. Conduct an internal evaluation and identify your likes, dislikes and preferences. Are you willing to choose from a selected set of cities or countries? Are you looking forward to joining a school with strong a curriculum in Arts, or Engineering? Do you prefer a city university or a campus setting? Do you have the grades and profile to get to this school? Think through all the factors and prioritise them based on your preferences.
2. Speak to your family. Seriously consider their views. Have a clear discussion regarding the financial implications of applying and enrolling in a college abroad. But remember that although they know you best, they cannot solely determine what is best for you. You have to analyse yourself and narrow down your options, objectively and independently.
3. Set aside time each week. Fix a particular time in your calendar, with an agenda of specific outputs for what you need to complete each time. If you don’t have a structured work plan, the chances for delaying your tactics get a lot higher. Specific outputs could be: online research, identifying and prioritizing factors to narrow your search, conversations with mentors or current students, etc.
4. Scour college websites. To learn more about the school’s curriculum, pedagogy and academic rigor, you must research department websites, core curricula, and the university news pages to discover timely advancements in faculty and student research and achievements. To imbibe a campus vibe, take a virtual tour, understand the university’s mission statement, read the campus newspaper, and look into career and academic advising support for international students.
5. Speak to current students, alumni and professors. How much faculty support would you get on expanding your pet renewable energy project? What career opportunities do you have as an international student abroad or upon returning to India? How active is the a cappella group on campus? The best insights you are going to get into answering such questions that matter the most is through the college’s student body and faculty.
6. Attend college fairs in your city, or better yet, visit a set of shortlisted colleges. Ideally, the best way to get an insight into a college is to visit its campus, engage directly with not just the admissions committee, but also students and faculty. If you are constrained by time or resource, attend information sessions and college fairs in your city to get an understanding of the college directly from its admissions team.
Start early, keep track of deadlines and remember to keep an open mind through this process. You might be surprised by the schools you end up choosing. You can thrive across a well-curated set of colleges. The curation, like asking the right question, is half the battle.
Things To Consider While Applying For An MBA Degree In Round 3
Round 3 is the final application round for most America business schools and the most competitive round to apply in, since schools would have already filled up a significant portion of their classrooms and you would now be competing with a larger pool of applicants for fewer spots. The reason why schools still have Round 3 is they receive strong and inspiring applications every year in this round.
Here are a few factors one should consider, if you are aiming at Round 3:
1. Your background and profile are strong: Most schools, at this time, look to fill the gaps in the diversity of their classroom through Round 3. Diversity is defined by how you stand out in terms of having an interesting and different background and goals that could be, but are not necessarily, related to your professional success. For instance, starting up your own draft beer business that you plan to scale across South Asia, or leading a nonprofit focused on revolutionizing urban sanitation across developing countries. Profiles having traditional backgrounds in finance and consulting are likely to have a harder time in Round 3, since a number of applications admitted in the first two rounds would have similar backgrounds, unless you are also including uncommon leadership experiences and you consistently pursued uncommon interests. Diversity could also mean the number of years of work experience you have. If you graduated from college more than five years ago, you may want to consider Round 3, since some programs may focus on attracting younger students in the first two rounds.
2. You have a compelling story for WHY you are applying in Round 3: Admissions committees are interested in why you chose to apply in Round 3. You can use the optional essay to explain your reasons. You may include family and health emergencies, or significant changes in your workload such as time-critical, large-scale projects, all of which should be explained clearly. Wait to apply in Round 1 or Round 2 in the fall if you are only considering Round 3 because you were rejected from your top choice schools or you were not considering business school at all until now. You need to structure your application, do your homework on the schools, reach out to potential recommenders, and really think about how you want to position yourself through your essays.
3. You are applying to differently structured MBA programs: If you are applying to Executive Education and Part Time MBA programs, like the Saturday and Evening MBA Programs at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and at NYU Stern, they tend to have later deadlines. Deferred admissions programs like the Harvard Business School 2+2 program may be worth considering if you are applying directly after your final year in college, since schools are not largely focusing on curating a perfect class, but rather are adjudicating primarily based on the strength of your application and potential fit at the school. It is important to note that each school, program and circumstance is unique and needs to be well researched.
4. You are in the final stages of your application: If you still have not taken your standardized tests like the GMAT and TOEFL, you should probably wait till Round 1 of the following year, depending of course on how much time you need to study. Rushing the entirety of your application is most likely to be perceptible to the admissions committee. Additionally, you also want to ensure that your academic profile is within the median range of the admitted applicants’ GMAT scores and GPAs at each school.
If, however, you are content with the quality of your application, and need to finalize only a few components, Round 3 could be for you. You want to make sure that you put the best possible application forward.
Do you meet these criteria? Are you excited to get started? Here are a few Round 3 deadlines that you may be interested in:
Round 3 deadline for various schools 01. Stanford – GSB April 5, 2017 02. Harvard Business School April 3, 2017 03. MIT – Sloan April 10, 2017 04. Pennsylvania – Wharton March 28, 2017 05. Chicago – Booth April 4, 2017 06. UC Berkeley – Haas April 6, 2017 07. Northwestern – Kellogg April 5, 2017 08. Michigan – Ross March 20, 2017 09. Boston – Questrom March 22, 2017 10. Duke – Fuqua March 20, 2017 11. Virginia – Darden April 6, 2017
#KnowYourCollege – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The four-year, full-time undergraduate program maintains a balance between professional majors and those in the arts and sciences.
Find below the Undergraduate Class Profile (2020) to understand your chances:
Here are top 5 reasons to consider a undergraduate degree from MIT:
1. Academic and Research options – Students at MIT may take advantage of a variety of academic and research opportunities to enrich or complement their academic pursuits. These include programs designed specifically to support freshmen adjusting to college life, opportunities to engage in collaborative research, global study projects and internships abroad, cross-registration options at other Boston-area schools, and the flexible learning structure and innovative offerings of the Independent Activities Period.
2. Arts at MIT- The MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), established in 2012, facilitates and creates opportunities for exchange and collaboration for artists with engineers and scientists. The center is committed to fostering a culture where the arts, science, and technology thrive as interrelated, mutually informing modes of exploration, knowledge, and discovery.
3. Career and Professional options – An MIT education is a valuable investment in the future. Several options are available to students who need or desire career advice or job-search assistance, as well as to those seeking guidance about further study. Students can take advantage of programs to gain international experience or to earn teaching credentials. Leadership and military training opportunities are available through US Reserve Office Training Corps programs.
4. Advise & Support – All students have an academic advisor. The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming assigns advisors to freshmen. Academic departments assign faculty advisors to students who have declared a major. In addition, there are faculty undergraduate and graduate officers in each academic department, as well as academic administrators who consult with students about their academic programs.
5. Campus life – Life at MIT is anything but dull, and opportunities to engage in activities beyond academics abound. Housing and dining, fraternities and sororities, student clubs and sports are but a few of the topics addressed in this section that provide a glimpse into the non-academic aspects of life at the Institute.
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