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Where Do East Asian MBA Applicants Want to Study in 2022?

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Are you interested in enrolling in business school abroad? You’re not alone! Every year, thousands of internationally minded recent bachelor’s graduates and young professionals make the decision to apply to the world’s leading business schools in popular destinations like the United States, Western Europe, and Canada.

In the fall of 2021, the makers of the GMAT™ exam—the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)—conducted a survey to learn more about the 2022 study plans of graduate business school applicants from countries in East Asia, including Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Japan, Thailand, and more.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the survey findings.

Popular international MBA study destinations

Survey respondents were asked to indicate their first and second choice study destinations. Overall, the majority of respondents said the United States was their first choice (52%). About 2 in 5 said Western Europe was their first choice (39%). Fourteen percent said Southeast Asia (including Hong Kong SAR and Singapore) and 9 percent said Oceania (including Australia and New Zealand).

In terms of second choices, Western Europe came out on top (39%), followed by the United States (15%), Canada (14%), and Southeast Asia (6%).

Top MBA programs

To serve as a starting point for your program search, mba.com has compiled a list of the top MBA programs from the last year to give you a sense of what the most popular MBA programs are among GMAT exam test takers.

Top MBA Programs

What are the best MBA programs for you? Check out our list of top MBA programs by GMAT score sending, featuring HBS, Stanford, and Wharton.


How to get into your top choice programs

In the mba.com Full-Time MBA Application Guide, we provide you with the information and guidance you need to craft MBA applications that elevate your story and help you stand out from the pool of other qualified applicants.

Get exclusive, insider advice on how to:

  • Define your personal brand and tell a compelling story with your application
  • Be strategic about when you submit your applications
  • Put together an MBA resume (and how it differs from a professional resume)
  • Write unique and authentic admissions essays
  • Choose who will write your letters of recommendation and tips for managing the process