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FAQs - Programme Information

How diverse is INSEAD?

How will I benefit from the diversity at INSEAD?

How long is the MBA Programme?

How will I benefit from the one-year format?

How do the September and January intakes differ?

I want to change careers. Which intake would be better for me?

What is the method of learning at INSEAD?

How is the curriculum structured?

Can I tailor my INSEAD MBA?

Does INSEAD accept transfer credits?

How will I be graded at INSEAD?

Will INSEAD disclose my grades to on-campus recruiters?

How do study groups work?

How does the campus exchange work?

How do the Wharton and Kellogg exchanges work?

What is the relationship between INSEAD and the CFA Institute?



How diverse is INSEAD?

Both the Fontainebleau and the Singapore campus have an enriching energy, powered by one of the most diverse and multi-cultural communities in the world. INSEAD MBA classes are made up of students from over 80 nationalities and dozens of language backgrounds. Typically, no single nationality represents more than 10% of the class. The mix of cultures is matched by a mix of educational and professional backgrounds, with over 30% of the class coming from "non-traditional" MBA backgrounds such as science, law and the arts.

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How will I benefit from the diversity at INSEAD?

Recruiters tell us that our diverse learning environment creates open-minded, culturally aware graduates who have the knowledge and sensitivity to operate anywhere in the world. Consequently, more than 350 recruiters from a wide range of industries and countries turn to INSEAD each year to source talent for their offices worldwide. In a typical year, INSEAD graduates join organisations in over 60 countries - more than any other business school.

After graduating you will also join an alumni network with unparalleled global reach. Over 38,000 INSEAD alumni live and work in over 160 countries. Additionally, in 37 countries spanning all continents, you will find an INSEAD MBA alumni network which is at least 100 strong, making the INSEAD alumni community the most diverse of any business school in the world.

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How long is the MBA programme?

The INSEAD MBA Programme consists of 10 months of full-time study. If you join the September intake, you will complete your MBA in July. If you join the January intake, you will also have a two-month summer break, during which you may choose to pursue an internship, and you will graduate in December.

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How will I benefit from the one-year format?

The INSEAD MBA curriculum is designed to quickly and thoroughly prepare you for a career in international business. Taking on the challenge of our accelerated programme, you will see a considerably faster and greater return on your MBA investment. Our recruiters tell us that the one-year format also helps develop business leaders who know how to manage their time efficiently and effectively. Needing to prioritise and make choices about your learning, socialising and personal time from the very beginning of your programme, you will be able to perfect these skills during your year at INSEAD.

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How do the September and January intakes differ?

The curriculum, course structure, class size and composition, and campus exchange opportunities are identical across the September and January intakes. The primary difference is that if you chose to begin in September, you will complete the MBA in ten consecutive months. If you chose to begin in January you will also have a two-month summer break during which you can pursue an internship or other endeavour.

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I want to change careers. Which intake would be better for me?

Our career opportunities are virtually identical across both intakes. Whether you join in September or January, you will begin working with Career Services early on to prepare for the next step in your career. Those interested in entering into investment banking are specifically encouraged to consider the January intake, as investment banks hire full-time positions primarily through their summer associate programmes.

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What is the method of learning at INSEAD?

While each class requires a high level of participation and engagement from participants, faculty are free to choose the teaching method that fits best with the content each session. You will therefore experience a wide variety of teaching styles, including case-studies, computer simulations and role-plays.

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How is the curriculum structured?

The ten-month curriculum comprises 14 required core courses and a minimum of 11 electives. For more information visit Curriculum Vitae.

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Can I tailor my INSEAD MBA?

INSEAD offers more than 75 electives across both campuses, giving you the chance to construct a tailor-made MBA programme that fits your personal and career goals. We do not require specialisations or majors; you are free to pursue a generalist path towards management or specialise in a particular function area. You may also create concentrations in specific areas, such as finance or entrepreneurship.

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Does INSEAD accept transfer credits?

We do not accept transfer credits from other schools.

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How will I be graded at INSEAD?

Final course grades for most classes will be determined by a mix of class participation, projects and exams. For exams, INSEAD grades on a Standard Normal Curve, also called a Z-Curve, with a mean of 3.0. There are no forced fails. To graduate, participants must maintain a mean grade of 2.1 in core courses and electives.

 
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Will INSEAD disclose my grades to on-campus recruiters?

No. INSEAD adheres to a strict non-disclosure policy. Your grades will never be shared with recruiters, classmates, or anyone outside of the INSEAD community. During on-campus interviews, recruiters are not permitted to ask about your grades, and you are not permitted to volunteer them. This policy allows you the freedom to challenge yourself and enhance the breadth of your knowledge by taking electives in unfamiliar subject areas without worrying that your grades will influence your job prospects.

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How do study groups work?

During your core curriculum, you will work in study groups with five to six other participants. Study groups are designed to maximise national and professional diversity. No group will have more than two people of the same nationality or first language. Similarly, there will never be more than two people in the same group with the same professional background. Working within these groups to produce projects and assignments for which you will receive one group grade, you will develop the communication and leadership skills necessary to work in and lead diverse teams anywhere in the world.

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How does the campus exchange work?

You will be asked to choose a preferred starting campus when you apply to the programme.  We try to accommodate your preference for starting campus, although in some cases you may be asked by the Admissions Office to start at the other campus. This is because campus preference is not taken into account in the selection of candidates for the programme, and therefore, in order to balance the class size and diversity across campuses, it is not possible to guarantee all selected candidates admission for their preferred campus.

From Period 3 onwards, you will have the opportunity to exchange campuses.   Through an on-line bidding process which takes place during Period 1,  approximately 6 weeks after the programme starts, you will be asked to indicate your campus preferences for Period 3, Period 4 and Period 5.  You will draw upon the same capital of points for campus exchange, Wharton and Kellogg exchanges, as well as for Elective course bidding.  You will have the opportunity to spend at least one period at the other campus; however, that period may not be your initial preference as there are certain capacity constraints for each campus.

   

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How does the Wharton and Kellogg exchanges work?

You will have the opportunity to undertake an exchange at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania or at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Illinois for one period. The Wharton exchange is available during Periods 4 and 5 for the January starting class and Period 4 for the September starting class; the Kellogg exchange is open during Period 4 only for both classes. Wharton and Kellogg students also come to INSEAD during our elective periods. In order to manage demand, the exchanges are moderated through an online bidding system. MBA participants are allowed one exchange to a US school during their time in the programme.

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What is the relationship between INSEAD and the CFA Institute?

CFA Institute partners with a limited number of globally diverse, select institutions that are recognized leaders and serve as role models for other institutions. These universities cover a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, including its ethical and professional standards, in their degree programs. The INSEAD MBA programme is recognized as CFA partner, because of the large number of finance core and electives in its program.

As part of the partnership, students in the partnering programs are entitled to apply for scholarships, have access to CFA Institute curricula, journals, webcasts, and other educational resources. Each student will have access to a specially prepared online Level I sample exam.

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