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Known for:  International, language requirement

Class size:  Approximately 500 (1008 between two intakes)

GMAT middle 80% range: 670 - 750

GRE accepted: Yes

Course length: 10 months

Application deadlines:

 

September 2021 intake:

- Round 1: 11 September 2020
- Round 2: 6 November 2020

- Round 3: 8 January 2021

- Round 4: 26 February 2021

January 2022 intake: 

- Round 1: 5 March 2021

- Round 2: 23 April 2021

- Round 3: 18 June 2021

- Round 4: 30 July 2021

Application requirements:

- Application video

- Two Letters of Recommendation

- Job Description Essays

- Essays

- Photograph

- Application Fee

- Official Transcripts

- GMAT/GRE Score

- English Language Certification (only if applicant’s native language is not English)

- Entry Language Certification

Essay questions:

Work essay 1: Briefly summarize your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/products and results achieved. (200 words, maximum)

Work essay 2: What would be your next step in terms of position if you were to remain in the same company? (200 words, maximum)

Work essay 3: Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. Describe your career path with the rationale behind your choices. (300 words, maximum)

Work essay 4: Discuss your short and long term career aspirations with an MBA from INSEAD. (100 words, maximum)

Work essay (optional): If you are currently not working or if you plan to leave your current employer more than 2 months before the programme starts, please explain your activities and occupations between leaving your job and the start of the programme.

Motivation essay 1: Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (500 words, maximum)


Motivation essay 2: Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others? Comment on what you learned. (400 words, maximum)

Motivation essay 3: Describe all types of extra-professional activities in which you have been or are still involved for a significant amount of time (clubs, sports, music, arts, politics, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? (300 words, maximum)

Optional essay: Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (300 words, maximum)

Recommenders questions:

Please, specify your relationship to candidate:

- Professional

- Educational

- Personal

How long have you known the candidate? Define your relationship with the candidate and the circumstances whereby you met.

How do you rate the candidate on the following criteria? (Using the following scale: Outstanding (top 2%), Very Good (top 10%), Above Average (top 25%), Average (top 50%), Below Average (bottom 50%), Unobserved)

- Competence in his/her field

- Professionalism

- Focus on the task at hand

- Readiness to use opportunities for achievement

- Creativity and resourcefulness

- Intellectual curiosity

- Energy and drive

- Personal integrity

- Ability to work in a team

- Organizational ability

- Oral communication skills

- Written communication skills

How do you rate the candidate’s potential for becoming a responsible and successful manager in international business compared with other students or employees whom you have known in a similar capacity?

- Excellent (top 2%)

- Very good (top 10%)

- Above average (top 25%)

- Average (top 50%)

- Below average (bottom 50%)