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International experience question: B-School

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Hi,

I am a Canadian student with a Major in Finance and concentration in International Business. I'm applying to several masters programs in Europe (namely, ESCP Europe, IE, ESADE, ESSEC, Grenoble Graduate School of Business). I have noticed that these schools place a special emphasis on international experience, and pride themselves on a highly international student body with multi-national leadership potential.

I have no exchange experience abroad, neither have I lived or worked outside of Canada for any real length of time (in fact, I have no full time work experience as I'll be graduating this year). However, I very much want to pursue an internationally mobile career, and understand the importance of cultural and academic diversity. In my last 2 internships, I worked in either the 'Global Services' or 'International' divisions, though my exposure to internationals during those experiences was fairly limited.

I would like to know whether or not my lack of international experience is a liability, and if so, how I can make up for this in other areas of my application. To be specific, other main areas I see potential for are hobbies and essays, but I'm not sure exactly how to go about it, nor what kind of hobbies and interests demonstrate what's needed (other than a trite interest in travel).

Would very much appreciate your thoughts on this. Thank you!

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These programs do value international experience or an international perspective. As a non-European you will add some diversity in this respect. However, they would love to see you have familiarity working with others from other parts of the world especially given the diversity of these programs. Having international/global in your job title or group will look good but unless you have had an interaction befitting the title it won't really matter. I would focus on making sure every other area of your application is top notch and you are clearly able to articulate why you have an interest in a program outside of Canada and tie it back to your long term interest and how this exposure helps your goals
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