Is the European MBA for you?

Posted by TheMBATour on 11 January 2012 / 0 Comments

By: The MBA Tour

As business careers become increasingly global in nature, prospective students are more concerned than ever about the extent to which their graduate business degree will provide them with opportunities to develop international exposure and experience. A European MBA allows students to obtain a global education that will give them an edge over some of their peers who graduate with degrees from less diverse US schools.


European business schools’ geographical locations, diverse student bodies, and alternative approaches to teaching technical and professional skills offer some advantages over their US counterparts. As a continent, Europe is inherently multicultural, representing a vibrant mixture of nationalities, customs, and languages. While many European MBAs are taught in English, European programs commonly encourage students to learn local languages and further develop their current language skills.

International Student Body

Additionally, European schools not only have a significantly higher percentage of non-national students and faculty than US schools, but they also embody a broader representation of different geographical regions. Exposure to this melting pot of ambitious young professionals helps students develop vast international networks. Such connections continue to serve graduates of European MBA programs throughout their international business careers.

Graduate Faster

Finally, European MBAs are also typically shorter than the two-year model offered by most US business schools. Graduating in just 11-18 months minimizes the opportunity cost of pursuing an MBA and allows MBAs to return to the work force sooner. In today’s uncertain economy, this structure takes away some of the immense financial risk associated with leaving a job to invest in a full-time graduate business program.

In an increasingly interconnected global market, companies often must do business beyond their borders in order to maintain a dominant presence. Multinational companies recruit heavily on European MBA campuses, recognizing the need for their future global business managers to have a real awareness and understanding of multicultural issues. If you are energized by a multicultural, interconnected world and have a passion for learning about different ways of life and conducting business, you may be the ideal candidate to pursue an MBA in Europe.

You can meet in person with top European business schools in addition to US & Asian schools at our upcoming events:

Delhi, January 16
Bangalore, January 18
Mumbai, January 19

Washington DC, February 2
New York City, February 4
San Francisco, February 6

Looking for a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with admissions representatives from both European and US Business schools?

The upcoming MBA Tour Conferences involve a variety of event formats including: panel presentations (“How Admissions Decisions are Made” and “Studying in Europe”), individual school presentations, and an MBA fair. Attend one of The MBA Tour’s upcoming conferences in: Washington DC, New York and San Francisco. All conferences are free to attendee. Register here today!

Participating European Business Schools: City University London, Copenhagen Business School, ESMT, HEC Paris, Hult, IMD International, IE Business School, INSEAD, Politecnico di Milano, University of Cambridge and Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School

Other Top Participating Schools: Duke, UCLA, UNC, Georgetown, Rice, Vanderbilt, Washington U – St. Louis, Maryland and more

To further research and compare European and US programs before attending an event, check out The MBA Tour’s “Research and Compare” online tool.

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