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International Business School Poll 

Thank you to the more than 150 people who participated in this poll.

Question:  Would you like to participate in an international exchange program during business school?

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We were encouraged that so many of our poll takers were either definitely planning to participate in an international MBA exchange program or were seriously considering it. We believe this can be a quite beneficial experience for students and we encourage all of  you to pursue this if  you get the chance. 

There are two things we would like to share with you from our own experiences as former top 10 MBA students.

First of all, if you attend a top-tier U.S. business school, and in particular a top 10 MBA program, you will have the best opportunities to study abroad at some extremely prestigious international business schools. These schools enroll a reciprocal number of international exchange students equal to the number of students from their own schools who wish to study abroad at those institutions. The results are predictable and the strong demand from international business school students to study for a semester at a top U.S. school means that students at the top U.S. schools can quite literally write their own ticket to study abroad.

The second thing we would like to share with you is unfortunately not as optimistic. Studying abroad for a semester can derail your job search. This is the critical reason that the number of MBA students who actually study abroad is so much smaller than the results our poll indicate. If you are able to secure a summer internship or full-time offer in the fall, then studying in Europe, Asia, or Australia the following spring is certainly a terrific idea. 

Our MBA admissions consulting staff includes a MIT (Sloan) MBA who spent a semester studying at Fudan University in Shanghai. He concurs with the many other business school students who are grateful for their once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to study abroad and immerse themselves in foreign cultures.

We update our poll periodically and we will continue to archive the results of the previous polls so you can see how other business school applicants voted on those topics as well.

Do you have an idea for a poll topic or any comments on our analysis? Please email us with your thoughts.

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