Tips for International Applicants to U.S. M.B.A. Programs (Part 1)

Are you an international student applying to M.B.A. programs in the U.S.? Here are some tips and tricks to make the application process a little less bewildering.Visual Cage

Know what’s required.  Applying to business school as an international student can be tricky because many of the required tests and even courses may not have been part of your school’s standard curriculum.  Before applying to schools, read the websites carefully and make a list of all of the things that are required as part of your application.  Be on the lookout for extra tabs with information relating specifically to international students; frequently international students are required to complete additional steps as part of the application process.  After you’ve made your list, contact each business school’s admissions office to make sure you’re not missing anything.  Remember, part of the admissions office’s job is helping international students like you assemble a successful application!

Take practice tests.  Many international students have found tests like the GMAT or TOEFL uniquely challenging because they test a different set of skills or thinking than they learned in school.  Take practice tests of all required tests early so you can see how much preparation will be required to get the scores you need.  Taking a practice test can also help you understand what information will be tested and how it will be presented so you will have a better sense of what skills you need to learn to succeed.

Want more advice on applying to M.B.A. programs as an international student? Check back soon for Part 2!

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