ForumWatch: International MBA Applicants Have Unique Issues

Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on October 14, 2011

Many of the contributors on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business School Forums are international. They come to ask questions about B-schools, but also about American culture and the different ways domestic MBA programs approach the application process. Some international applicants are not used to boasting about accomplishments, which may be seen as a sign of arrogance in their country. Others wonder about the typical American resume and the structure for writing it. The list of questions goes on and on.

Recently, mba2012_14 asked participants to explain the American GPA system and how to convert and/or compare foreign grades to domestic ones. The response mba2012_14 received explained that business schools usually prefer looking at raw grades. According to the reporting Bloomberg Businessweek has done over the years, most business schools consider the different methods various countries use for doling out grades and recognize the difficulty associated with earning certain scores in a particular region of the world. As a result, international applicants do not have to be as concerned with having their grading system conform to the American one.

What kind of advice do you have for mba2012_14? To share your thoughts, visit the “GPA for international applicant?” discussion thread.

-Francesca Di Meglio

Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of a series about discussions taking place on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business School Forums where prospective MBA program applicants, current students, and recent alumni trade admissions tips, job-hunting advice, and the occasional barbed comment. We invite you to join these discussions or start one of your own.



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