How to Apply for the INSEAD MBA Programme (Admissions Tips)

How to Apply for the INSEAD MBA Programme (Admissions Tips)


My name is Virginie Fougea, and I’m the Director of MBA Recruitment and Admissions at INSEAD. We are convinced that a good student at INSEAD is somebody who has a well-balanced type of life, and they have a well-rounded personality. And for that reason, we want to have a holistic view of all our applicants. When reviewing applications, we look at four main criteria: the academic capacity, the leadership potential, the ability to contribute, and the international motivation. For understanding your academic capacity, we will consider your university degree as well as the grades you have received, and the GMAT. Scores around 70 percentile are probably in the safe zone for you to perform fully on the programme. The way we understand leadership potential is by reading your job description and the position you have held— whether you have been promoted; whether you’re fully responsible for a team or training junior members. Leadership potential can be demonstrated as well through your extracurricular activities. If you have been organizing a trip, or if you have been organizing a concert, these are ways of demonstrating your leadership potential as well. The next element we consider is your ability to contribute. And the way you can help us understand this element in your application is by giving us an example of you how you have contributed to your community or to your company. You will be with 70 or 80 different nationalities on the programme, and we want to understand how open-minded you are— how sensitive to other cultures you are. We consider if you have worked abroad, if you have studied abroad— or whether you have worked for a multinational. My advice to applicants is to be themselves. It is important for us to discover the person behind the application form. And we really want to understand who you are— what shapes you in life.

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