Receive an Invaluable Cultural Education Along with Your Degree
More than 5,700 programs at more than 1,500 universities and organizations around the world accept the GMAT exam, and more than 250,000 GMAT exams are administered at 550 test centers in 110 countries each year. According to findings from the 2012 Global Management Education Graduate Survey, 31% of today's students are graduating from a school outside their countries of citizenship.
Are You Thinking About Studying Outside Your Home Country?
Pursuing a graduate business degree abroad is an exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture, land an internship opportunity that might not exist at home, and build a global network. Unlike preparing to apply and then study for an MBA in your home country, there are additional considerations you must take into account when researching your study abroad option.
|Start with the GMAT exam.
||Quality graduate business programs around the world require the GMAT exam as a prerequisite for admission. Because GMAT preparation can take several months, schedule your test appointment well in advance of school application deadlines.
|Measure your English language ability.
||The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is a computer-based test of international academic-level English designed for students applying to institutions where English is the language of instruction. For more information, visit www.pearsonpte.com/gmat.
|Study the academic environment.
||Develop a good understanding of the country’s educational style and culture. Are you expected to participate in group projects and in class? Are you comfortable being challenged in front of your classmates?
|Research support and resources for international students.
||Can the school help with visa requirements? Do they put you in touch with alumni in your country? Is the school willing to be flexible if you have special dietary or religious needs?
|Figure out your finances.
||The cost of a graduate management education varies greatly around the world. To prepare a realistic budget, ask the financial aid offices for information and counseling on total costs, student loans and other financing.
|Ask about job placement opportunities.
||Many students start an MBA intending to live and work in the same country after graduation. Research by GMAC shows that, historically, corporate recruiters prefer to hire people who already have the required visas and permits to work in their country.
||If you have never lived away from home before, it’s important to consider whether you’re prepared to spend a year or two without hearing your language spoken, spending time with family and friends, or eating your favorite foods.
|Make sure you understand visa and immigration issues.
||Visa issues have become more complicated in recent years and can take a long time, so plan ahead. The schools you are considering can usually refer you to the correct government agency for student visas.
||Talk with people from your background who either attend the school or have graduated recently. Ask specific questions about what it is like to live and study at the school you are considering before you make a final decision.
|Consider all options.
||There are many ways to study internationally. Some schools offer international exchange programs and study abroad experiences, either through partnerships with schools in other countries or at their own satellite campuses.
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