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INSEAD deadlines 2011-2012

The INSEAD deadlines for the 2011-2012 application season are now online. The deadlines for both the September 2012 intake, as well as the January 2013 intake, are listed below:

September 2012 Intake:

Round 1
Deadline: September 28, 2011
Interview Decision Notification: November 4, 2011
Final Decision Notification: December 16, 2011

Round 2
Deadline: December 7, 2011
Interview Decision Notification: January 13, 2012
Final Decision Notification: February 24, 2012

Round 3
Deadline: March 21, 2012
Interview Decision Notification: April 20, 2012
Final Decision Notification: June 1, 2012

January 2013 Intake:

Round 1
Deadline: April 11, 2012
Interview Decision Notification: May 18, 2012
Final Decision Notification: June 29, 2012

Round 2
Deadline: June 20, 2012
Interview Decision Notification: July 27, 2012
Final Decision Notification: September 7, 2012

Round 3
Deadline: August 16, 2012
Interview Decision Notification: September 14, 2012
Final Decision Notification: October 26, 2012

Applicants should know that while INSEAD had four deadlines for candidates applying for the September 2012 intake, there will only be three deadlines during the upcoming season.

ISB: Re-applicant strategy

B-schools selection is a process where probability plays a major role. With a wide range of parameters influencing the selection process at ISB, it often becomes difficult to predict whether an aspirant would make it to ISB.

Another important fact is that selection is always relative. Hence it is not just about an ISB aspirant’s profile being good or bad, it is also about profiles of other applicants being better. Hence, if you have got a reject from ISB at either shortlist or post-interview stage, do not lose heart. Here is what you should do if you wish to reapply to ISB.

Break the myth – “Reapplying is bad!”

Most of the people think that reapplying is taken negatively by a b-school. On the contrary, ISB encourages people to reapply. Why? Because it shows that an aspirant is very serious about ISB and people who are willing work on their areas of improvement are always welcome.

ISB had also waived off the application fee for reapplicants at a point of time and similar acts to motivate reapplicants may be expected in future also.

Show how you have improved

The most important question that reapplicants are required to answer is “How has your profile changed from the time you last applied to the ISB?”

Please note that this answer should incorporate the improvements as suggested by feedback by the adcom. For example if adcom had stated that your experience was less, you did not show sufficient leadership/ team work etc. Please ensure that you provide this information. Talk about the facts, new projects, responsibilities and learning from all these in your reapplicant essay. Indicate that you have genuinely worked towards improving your profile basis the feedback given.

Sometimes the feedback indicates that essays need more work or GMAT score could be improved. In such cases, please ensure that you work on your essays/ get them reviewed (NOT WRITTEN) by a third person. You may also decide to write GMAT again, if need be. And if you are writing GMAT again, please highlight the improvement in score in your essays.

Apply early

In order to indicate your genuineness as a reapplicant, you should ideally apply in R1. R2 should be targeted if you are not able to apply in R1 due to any reason. This also indicates that you are keeping ISB at priority vs other b-schools.

Talk to successful reapplicants, alumni or good admission consultants

A fruitful discussion with an experienced person always helps. This gives you the right tips and direction. So, try to find some reapplicant(s) who have been successful and have a word regarding your profile/ ISB feedback and what worked for them. Also talk to some ISB alumni and adcom members (you may attend ISB information sessions in your city). Another way to find alums (willing to volunteer to interact with aspirants) is, which provides a phone connect feature.

You may also talk to some genuine admission consultants and seek professional guidance.

3 important steps in reapplying to a B-school – MBA reapplication strategy


Rolling Admissions vs. Round based Admissions

This video talks about differences between rolling & round based admissions and how to handle both.


Advice for International applicants

The MBA application process is a project in itself and often involves elaborate planning and hard work. Here are some tips/ important factors to be considered by international applicants

  1. Plan well (Application Deadlines): Make a tentative list of schools you wish to target and check the deadlines in advance. There are two factors to be considered while deciding whether to apply in R1 and R2. You should plan to apply to your dream schools (maximum 2) in R1 so that the results are out soon and hence you may discontinue application to other schools in round2. The second factor is scholarship. There are certain schools which require early application for consideration of scholarship. You should apply to these schools in R1 itself (or by the deadline as specified). This approach is likely to save money and ensure effective time management.
  2. TOEFL/ Language requirements – command over English language is critical as MBA involves high interactions, networking and heavy readings. It is hence important to see if the b-schools you are applying to require TOEFL and accordingly plan to write TOEFL ahead of deadlines. Some schools also waive TOEFL if you have completed graduation in English medium. Even in such case, it is advisable to write a mail to Adcom and doublecheck regarding the waiver.
  3. Evaluate your short term and long term goals before applying – Since an international MBA is an expensive affair. It is important to assess your goals. You should be clear whether you wish to work abroad/ settle down in home country after MBA. This is a decisive factor in choice of b-schools.
  4. Prepare your transcripts – Most of the b-schools require an official copy of transcript (issued by the college you attended) to be sent. Also, you would be required to convert the grading system to provide your scores in line with US education system (typically 4 point GPA scale). Do these activities in advance.
  5. Visa – It is imperative to understand the visa/ immigration policy and rules applicable to the countries where your target b-schools are located. This is the prime reason that b-schools encourage international MBA aspirants to apply early. Another important point to be noted is that student visa is generally issued specific for the institute that an MBA aspirant will attend. Therefore, once you make up your mind, ensure that you are not likely to change it else the visa process may need to be repeated.
  6. Work ex– Many a times, the organizations that international aspirants work for are not big MNCs and hence not known to the admissions committees in target b-schools. It is, therefore, advisable to elaborate a bit about the organization and kind of work in the essays. Optional essay is generally a good place to do so.
  7. Cost and financial planning – The amounts involved in international MBA are by no means small. Please plan for the funds in advance. In case you definitely require a loan, read the financial aid policies of b-schools. It is suggested that you prefer schools which guarantee a loan after admission. Please note that scholarships in good MBA programs are few and can’t be taken as a reliable and full source of funds.
  8. Understand the international education system – Last but not the least, MBA aspirants must ensure that they have researched/ learnt through networking about the education system and culture of the b-schools/ countries they are applying to. After all, everybody wants to avoid a situation where you mind is occupied with the thought ‘is this want I wanted/ where have I landed myself”. Attending MBA tours/ b-schools get together/ alumni interactions are some of the best sources to do the same.


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