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New post 19 Jan 2016, 11:11
Hi all,

New here! I was accepted into INSEAD to start August this year (yay!) but now I'm facing a whole new set of challenges. My significant other is based in North America, and I'll be in the Singapore campus for 10 months. I'm hoping to travel back to NA every month to visit her at least 3-4 days in a row. For those of you who have done the MBA already, is this feasible? Are weeks generally jam-packed with classes or will it be more like undergrad where I can choose slots and "squeeze" my classes into 3-4 days a week (thereby allowing 3-4 days for travel)?


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It will be 15+ hour flight time one way and 12+ hour time zone difference from the east cost. It usually took me 2 days to just recover each way.

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1st semester in bschool most programs tend to have less flexibility with scheduling given the required core classes. I think 1st semester may be tough to get away as much as you desire but in subsequent semesters you should be able to lump more classes together and get away more consistently if you so choose
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Yes, feasible. I've seen many former classmates fly between locations, for recruiting, significant other, and other reasons. Do what's important for you. One skill we learn is how to make time. You will always feel like you are running out of time; hence, prioritize and make sure the most important things that matter to your life get taken care of first.

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At INSEAD, classes are packed and it would be very difficult to execute your plan to travel every month to North America. It is possible, but it would be tiring and you would have to miss activities and group work, and even classes. The program is divided into 5 periods, with duration of eight weeks per period. During the first two periods, you won't be able to arrange your schedule, the default is spread through five days. For P3 to P5, it can be done, but it would be very challenging especially as you would also want to consider when your target electives are available, and not just choose the ones that give you a longer weekend.

Given the long flight and the time you would want to spend when you visit, traveling during the very short breaks between periods (usually 1-2 days) would be more practical, in my view.

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Putting aside the question of whether or not it is logistically possible (it is by the way), I would ask why you would want to do this? You'll be missing out on so much during that time you are gone. You have only one shot at business school and it is really only 16-18 months long (not counting your summer internship). But your fiance a good web cam and you guys will be fine.
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