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03 Dec 2009, 07:22
If one gets admitted to both INSEAD and LBS, which one to choose? That is my dilemma. Both are ultra-elite. Both are ranked very highly in all the rankings. I would appreciate input from others regarding their choice, with detailed comments and reasoning.

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03 Dec 2009, 07:41
well to me,
INSEAD is the Queen of Strategy & Entreprenuership wheras LBS is the Queen of Finance
I believe INSEAD prefers Higher experienced guys(you can read the profile of last year. the average age is 29)
so choice is yours
both are great in their own world

I have heard that the INSEAD France Campus is the best(compared to the Singapore one)
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03 Dec 2009, 14:07
I would also think that you'd want to consider the length of the program. 1 year vs. 2 year? It's my personal opinion that if you want to switch careers, a 1 year program (even with a great brand like INSEAD) may not be sufficient.

Some things to consider:
-Location (France/Singapore vs. UK)
-Length of program
-Total costs
-Your particular concentration (strategy, finance, marketing, whatever)
-Post-MBA placements
-Exchange possibilities
-Alumni strength in your desired post-MBA location

Be a true MBA and make a spreadsheet - that always helps me!

If you want a vote, mine is for LBS.
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04 Dec 2009, 10:32
If one gets admitted to both INSEAD and LBS, which one to choose? That is my dilemma. Both are ultra-elite. Both are ranked very highly in all the rankings. I would appreciate input from others regarding their choice, with detailed comments and reasoning.

I agree with the previous posters, my 2 cents are:

You should ask yourself where you want to be post graduation. If you want to do Finance, LBS all the way. Anything but Finance, I think INSEAD has the edge.

In this case, location within europe doesn't matter too much since insead has more alums in London than LBS, but INSEAD is better connect within Asia. EXCEPT in finance, I think LBS is still a stronger brand in Finance within Asia (don't know for fact or even have a method of gaging it.)

Are you going into Finance?
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05 May 2015, 12:08
same with the previous posts but also consider to visit the campus to see what type of environment. INSEAD is mostly in an isolated place so that you are "forced" to hang out with people in your class, this can be good if you want to for stronger and longer lasting relationship once you graduate.

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06 May 2015, 08:38
On the margin - my personal feeling is that LBS is a more prestigious program than INSEAD. INSEAD is still a great school and can be appealing if you're looking to do a quick one-year MBA. If you have two years to spare AND have been accepted to LBS, I would go for LBS. In London you'll have the advantage of interning with top employers that are within easy reach and I think LBS probably has better full-time recruiting options overall.

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06 May 2015, 09:59
Can I ask why are we dragging up 5 year old posts where the OP has likely already graduated..?

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06 May 2015, 10:30
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