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Really need help- Cambridge vs Oxford vs NTU vs Rotman

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New post 17 Dec 2019, 19:11
Hi all,

I really want to get your inputs on my dilemma. I applied to 5 schools,but did not expect to get into all of them.

I got accepted into Mccombs(20k), Rotman(30% scholarship), Cambridge(15~% Scholarship), Oxford(Scholarship decision not out), NTU(30% scholarship).

NTU is the cheapest option, lowest tuition fee and I don't have to pay for accommodation. It is half the cost(40k~) of Cambridge/Oxford/Rotman, even if I consider the scholarships. This is also the easiest option for me to get a job, if I plan to leave my current company as I am a local. I can look for a job while studying.

ROTMAN is a 2 year program, so I lose 1 year of earning opportunity. I am sure the learning experience would be great in Rotman but the brand is not recognised that well in Singapore. I probably try to get a job in Toronto or return to my current company.

Oxford and Cambridge.. is tempting cause of the brand of the bigger university especially where I live. It will take time for me to find a job back in Singapore as I have to return home before looking for a job. However, I already have an offer with my current company so I am not too concerned with it as I can always work while looking for other opportunities.

Mccombs is out. I am not even considering it due to the cost.

I am currently leaning towards Oxf or Cam for the experience and brand name. I never had to leave the country for a prolonged period, and I am quite looking forward to it. What do you guys think?
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Congratulations on your admits! Fantastic job! Also congratulations on your scholarships.

It is also fantastic that you already have an offer from your employer to potentially come back after your business school. Would they consider sponsoring you?

As to the choices, two-year programs are usually better because they have summer internships and allow you to switch industries and get a brand-name company on your resume even if it’s just for the summer. It sounds like you’re not switching industries or potentially even companies ;-) so a 1-year program would be just fine.

My suggestion is often to go to school in the country where you plan on living and working. If you’re going to stay in Singapore, it would be most beneficial to be close to your Alma matter and the network that it has. Your plan to go away for a year to the UK and exploring new horizons and opportunities sounds good too. I don’t know what dollar amount were talking since you included percentages and it’s a little vague and I’m a little lazy to look the costs up and calculate it out on my phone Your plan to go away for a year to the UK and exploring new horizons and opportunities sounds good too. I don’t know what dollar amount were talking since you included percentages and it’s a little vague and I’m a little lazy to look the costs up and calculate it out on my phone(sorry :-)) but I don’t think it would be a mistake to attend Judge or Said. Though Judge is usually considered stronger and more established... But in any case you won’t be using the name of Judge or Said, instead it will be Cambridge or oxford.... no wrong choice.

I can see why I would lean towards Cambridge or Oxford - global brands that would have a strong name recognition in Singapore and SE Asia and Europe. As long as you can justify it for your goals and aspirations.

Congratulations!

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New post 22 Dec 2019, 06:07
Hi BB.

Thanks for the detailed post, appreciate it.

My company will not be sponsoring me and I will probably take a loan out to pursue the MBA.

The cost after scholarship and including cost of living:

NTU - 48k
Cambridge - 119k
Oxford - 146k

Between judge and said, said has been climbing the ranks recently and I thought the additional $ might be worth it? not sure. but currently leaning towards cambridge.


bb wrote:
Congratulations on your admits! Fantastic job! Also congratulations on your scholarships.

It is also fantastic that you already have an offer from your employer to potentially come back after your business school. Would they consider sponsoring you?

As to the choices, two-year programs are usually better because they have summer internships and allow you to switch industries and get a brand-name company on your resume even if it’s just for the summer. It sounds like you’re not switching industries or potentially even companies ;-) so a 1-year program would be just fine.

My suggestion is often to go to school in the country where you plan on living and working. If you’re going to stay in Singapore, it would be most beneficial to be close to your Alma matter and the network that it has. Your plan to go away for a year to the UK and exploring new horizons and opportunities sounds good too. I don’t know what dollar amount were talking since you included percentages and it’s a little vague and I’m a little lazy to look the costs up and calculate it out on my phone Your plan to go away for a year to the UK and exploring new horizons and opportunities sounds good too. I don’t know what dollar amount were talking since you included percentages and it’s a little vague and I’m a little lazy to look the costs up and calculate it out on my phone(sorry :-)) but I don’t think it would be a mistake to attend Judge or Said. Though Judge is usually considered stronger and more established... But in any case you won’t be using the name of Judge or Said, instead it will be Cambridge or oxford.... no wrong choice.

I can see why I would lean towards Cambridge or Oxford - global brands that would have a strong name recognition in Singapore and SE Asia and Europe. As long as you can justify it for your goals and aspirations.

Congratulations!

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