**Four location addresses**
INSEAD Europe Campus
Boulevard de Constance
F-77305 Fontainebleau Cedex
INSEAD Asia Campus
1 Ayer Rajah Avenue
Middle East Office
INSEAD Middle East Campus
Al Khatem Tower
Al Maryah Island
Abu Dhabi, UAE
San Francisco Office
INSEAD San Francisco Hub
224 Townsend St
CA 94107, USA
The INSEAD MBA: What You Need To Know
INSEAD has been welcoming students with intellectual curiosity and a desire to apply themselves in a rigorous academic program since the year Charles de Gaulle became president of the Fifth Republic of France. Sixty-two years later, with three fully-integrated campuses in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and over 80 different nationalities in the classroom, this business school prides itself on offering a multicultural experience like no other.
“The program strives to develop successful and thoughtful leaders that are valuable and educated community members. INSEAD welcomes applicants from around the world regardless of race, religion, gender, color or financial status,” says Associate Director Aileen Huang. Two-thirds of INSEAD students are from outside Europe, and the school has doubled the percentage of MBA women in recent years to around 40%.
INSEAD intakes 500 students annually, and their accelerated 10-month MBA begins in September. Students wanting to complete an internship can opt in for the 12-month MBA starting in January. The short time-frame allows for students to take only one year away from working, which is appealing for career building and monetary reasons.
Students are invited to the INSEAD MBA based on four equally important application criteria that guide the admissions committee in their selection. The first is the ability to contribute insights through professional and personal experience. The next is academic capacity based on a prospective student’s academic foundation and GMAT/GRE scores. Then comes international motivation, where the committee looks for English-speaking candidates with insight into the complexity of international business, and finally leadership potential.
INSEAD’s main campus is a sleek, modernist building in the forest of Fontainebleau outside of Paris— but as tranquil as this may sound, the INSEAD MBA is as rigorous as they come.
The first part of the program focuses on 14 core courses which provide students with a robust foundation of key management disciplines, such as Finance, Economics, Organizational Behavior, Accounting, Ethics, and Marketing. 75 electives are available as well in areas such as Political Science, Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Accounting and Control.
“Learning to lead across different cultures and geographies is critical to success,” Huang says, emphasizing the global nature of the program. “This is why we have three campuses; in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi, and developed our partnerships with Wharton and Kellogg in the US, and CEIBS in China.”
INSEAD’s Career Development Centre connects students with career professionals before and during their time on campus, who assist them in relationship-building and career development workshops. These professionals also help students discover their desired academic direction.