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Located in France’s Fontainebleau Forest, INSEAD’s 20-acre Europe campus is approximately an hour south of Paris. INSEAD also has another main campus in Singapore, as well as a new executive education building in Abu Dhabi. Along with its full-time MBA program, INSEAD offers a Global Executive MBA program and has created partnerships with other global business schools including Wharton, Kellogg INSEAD’s full-time MBA program takes place over a condensed 10-month timeframe and requires its students to have knowledge of three different languages by the time of graduation.


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INSEAD has a 148-strong faculty that teaches courses across nine academic areas. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, these professors help organize and direct INSEAD’s research efforts and Centres of Excellence, which range in focus from the Emerging Markets Institute to the INSEAD Innovation and Policy Initiative.

INSEAD takes advantage of a number of different teaching methods in its classrooms, allowing its faculty to design courses that utilize the case study method, computer simu­lation exercises, role play, lectures and class discussions. Upon their arrival on campus, students are assigned to a diverse study group of five to six students that work together on a number of class projects throughout their first few periods at INSEAD.

INSEAD accepts two classes per year, one beginning in September and graduating the following June, the other starting in January and concluding the following December. Regardless of the start date, classes go through the same curriculum and follow an academic calendar divided into five eight-week periods. Each period ends with exams and a short break before the next period ensues, and January entrants also have an eight-week summer break during which they are encouraged to complete internships. During the first half of their studies, students must enroll in INSEAD’s 13 core courses, which cover foundational business topics including accounting, marketing, organizational behavior, operations management and strategy, among others. Students take five core courses in their first period and six in their second period, in addition to a business ethics course that lasts across the first two periods. In the third period, students complete their remaining two core courses and are given their first opportunity to better sculpt their education by taking four elective courses. The fourth period consists entirely of four elective courses and the fifth period concludes with three electives. INSEAD offers over 75 electives across its 9 academic areas.

Students are asked to choose their preferred starting campus when they apply to the MBA program and are generally given that preferred location for their first two periods, though that is not guaranteed. Six weeks after beginning their studies, students are given the opportunity to express their preference for the location of their third, fourth and fifth periods, which also includes the option of participating in Wharton and Kellogg campus exchanges. Though INSEAD does ensure that all students will have the opportunity to study at its Singapore and European campuses, it does not guarantee that students’ preferences for the timing of those stays will be met.

Other MBA Degree Options
In addition to its 10-month full-time MBA Program, INSEAD offers a Global Executive MBA program for experienced managers. This 14 to 17-month modular program is determined by the campus at which students start—Fontainebleau, Singapore or Abu Dhabi. The Executive Master in Finance is also available for experienced financial professionals looking to deepen their knowledge and skill sets to take on leadership roles in their organization. This modular program consists of six modules which span over an 18-month period. INSEAD’s modular programs allow participants to go through an intense learning journey and apply what they learnt in class at work, right after each module ends.

Elective Areas at INSEAD

  • Accounting and Control
  • Decision Sciences
  • Economics and Political Science
  • Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Organisational Behavior
  • Strategy
  • Technology and Operations Management

Degree Offerings at INSEAD
Full-time MBA
Fontainebleau, Singapore

Global Executive MBA
Fontainebleau, Singapore or Abu Dhabi

Executive Master in Finance
Singapore, Fontainebleau 

Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA (Dual-Degree)

MBA/MA with John Hopkins
MBA/MA with Columbia University
MBA/MA with Yale School of Management


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Clubs, Conferences & Competitions
Outside of their academic responsibilities, INSEAD students can take part in a wide range of extracurricular activities. The school’s more than 20 student-run clubs cover students’ social, professional and cultural interests and include organizations such as the INSEAD Sailing Club, the INSEAD Energy Club and the INSEAD Women in Business Club. In addition to their regular offerings, such as recruiting treks and group lunches, student clubs help organize events on campus. The INSEAD Private Equity Club, for instance, hosts Private Equity conferences on both the Asian and European campuses. Students also take the lead in organizing the Global Leader Series, which brings prominent business leaders to the Asian and European campuses to speak about their career paths.

To further celebrate the international diversity on its campuses, INSEAD sponsors National Weeks. These weeks are organized by student cultural groups in order to let the larger community learn more about their home countries. For example, the Indian National Week included traditional South Indian dance, and a sitar performance.

Campus Spaces
INSEAD has two main campuses, one in France and the other in Singapore. Headquartered in Fontainebleau, the French campus’s facilities include 28 teaching spaces, 130 study group areas, the Georges and Edna Doriot Library, a bookshop, a gymnasium and housing accommodations for those enrolled in short-term programs. Students in the full-time MBA program are not provided with on-campus housing, and they are instead advised to rent apartments and houses in nearby neighborhoods.

The Singapore Campus was opened in 2000 and includes eight amphitheaters, a variety of teaching rooms and study areas, an auditorium, a 24-hour library and a gymnasium. As with the European campus, INSEAD’s Singapore campus only offers accommodation to those in shorter-term programs. Full-time students are encouraged to contact a real estate agent in order to find lodging during their time on the Asian campus.


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Career Services
The INSEAD Career Services team provides a variety of services to its students to help them prepare for recruiting process and their future careers. The office recommends that during their first two periods, students sit for self-assessment tests, attend career counseling sessions and workshops and begin to tailor their CVs. In the third period students are guided to create their job search strategies by doing industry research, learning more networking skills, sitting in on dis­cussion panels and participating in networking events. During the fourth and fifth periods, the office focuses students’ efforts on interview preparation and salary negotiation skills.

Career Statistics
Ninety-eight percent of the Class of 2016 responded to INSEAD’s Career Services survey. Within three months of graduation, 89% of respondents reported that they had found employment. The annual mean salary for the class was $103,700, with a median sign-on bonus of $22,800.

Members of the Class of 2016 entered a variety of sectors upon graduation. The most popular sector was consulting, which was chosen by 46% of graduates. The second most popular sector was financial services, with 14% of the class joining companies in this field. Another 10% of the class went into the e-commerce/internet sector, while 7% went into information technology/telecommunications, 6% went into manufacturing and 5% went into retail/consumer & luxury goods.

The most-selected function for 2016 graduates was consulting at 48%, while 12% of the class went on to finance. Eleven percent of the class secured general management jobs, and another 8% pursued roles in corporate planning and business development. Smaller groups of students found positions in marketing and sales, operations management and production and technology management.


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The Class Profile
INSEAD’s combined Class of 2017, which consisted of both the September intake and the January intake, had a total of 1,055 members. Thirty-three percent of the Class of 2017 had academic backgrounds in business administration, while 29% had studied engineering, 11% had pursued degrees in economics, 9% had majored in the sciences and 6% had majored in law or political science. Prior to matriculating at INSEAD, 33% of the class had three to five years of work experience, with 35% having between six and seven years of experience, 26% having worked for more than seven years, and 6% having between one and two years of experience. Twenty-seven percent of the Class of 2017 came to INSEAD from a career in the consulting sector, while 22% came from financial services, 11% from technology/media/communications, and 40% from the corporate sector. Thirty-eight percent of students were between the ages of 29 and 31 when they entered the MBA program, and 42% of students were between 26 and 28. Forty-four percent of students in the Class of 2017 hail from Asia and the Asia Pacific and 54% from Northern and Western Europe. Women make up 34% of the class.

Application Procedures
Because INSEAD has two classes per year, there are two sets of deadlines for applicants to keep in mind. Individuals hoping to join the January intake can submit their applications in in early March, late April, late June, and late July. For those pursuing a September start date, the timing shifts so that the first deadline is in late September, the second in mid-October, third in mid-January, and final in late February. To apply, applicants must submit a completed online application, two letters of recommendation, and required essays. Once those materials are submitted, applicants are given an application ID and the chance to upload a photograph of themselves, their official transcripts, their GMAT or GRE scores, and language certifications; applicants must also pay a €250 application fee. The admissions committee then notifies those applicants who are selected for an interview. INSEAD often schedules two interviews with applicants, which are conducted by INSEAD alumni in applicants’ countries of residence.

Application Checklist

  • Profile
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Job Description Essays
  • Essays
  • Photograph
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • GMAT or GRE Score
  • English Language Certification (only if applicant’s native language is not English)
  • Entry Language Certification


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The tuition for INSEAD’s the Class of July 2018 is €77,000. In addition to this base cost, accepted students should factor in an additional €2,650 in educational expenditures, such as an optional Business Foundations Program and a new laptop. Students should also expect to spend approximately €23,000 in living expenses regardless of whether they are based in Fontainebleau or Singapore. INSEAD offers both need-based and merit-based scholarships, and applicants need to fill out separate scholarship applications to be considered for these awards. Students can also finance their educations through private loans or through loan programs offered by their countries of citizenship. All admitted INSEAD students are eligible to apply for a loan from the International Loan Programme from Prodigy Finance.

Program Tuition (per year)

  • Tuition Fees €77,000
  • Bus. Foundations Programme (optional) €1,850
  • Laptop €800
  • Approx. Living Expenses €23,000
  • Total €99,150

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INSEAD 2018 January intake:

Round 1
Deadline: March 15, 2017, Interview Decision Notification: April 21, 2017, Final Decision Notification: May 26, 2017

Round 2
Deadline: May 3, 2017, Interview Decision Notification: June 2, 2017, Final Decision Notification: July 7, 2017

Round 3
Deadline: June 14, 2017, Interview Decision Notification: July 13, 2017, Final Decision Notification: September 8, 2017

Round 4
Deadline: July 26, 2017, Interview Decision Notification: August 25, 2017, Final Decision Notification: September 29, 2017

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INSEAD Europe Campus
Mailing Address:
Boulevard de Constance
77305 Fontainebleau
Phone: +33 1 60 72 40 00
Fax: +33 1 60 74 55 00

INSEAD Asia Campus
Mailing Address:
1 Ayer Rajah Avenue
138676 Singapore
Phone: +65 6799 5388
Fax: +65 6799 5399

INSEAD North America Offices
Mailing Address:
14 Wall Street
20th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Phone: +1 917 371 2281

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