INSEAD, which doesn’t belong to any university, is probably the most well-known and prestigious MBA program outside the US. In Europe, INSEAD has an excellent reputation, which is somewhat less powerful in the US.

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Average Age

Class size

Acceptance Rate

Average GMAT

Average GPA

FT Ranking

Percent of Hires in Each Industry:

  • Consulting 45.9%
  • Technology 21.8%
  • Financial 14.8%

Median Starting Salary per industry:

  • Consulting – $107K
  • Financial – $101K
  • Technology – $96K
  • Consumer – $85K
  • Health Care – $109K
  • Manufacturing – $113K
  • Real Estate – $82K
  • Retail – $89K
  • Media – $108K
  • Nonprofits – $51K
  • Transportation – $82K
  • Hospitality – $115K
  • Very important to show international orientation, preferably international business experience. Barring that applicant can show international exposure (living/working abroad) or ability to adapt to new settings.
  • Career progression is important.
  • Don’t leave unexplained gaps (i.e. what did in certain years) in application.
  • School is putting strong emphasis on entrepreneurship. Good to show entrepreneurial experience/spirit in application.
  • Weird/strange/diverse background- as much as possible. The school likes people who enjoy art, cinema, gastronomy, sport and have a good sense of humor.
These traits make you more likely to get accepted into INSEAD’s MBA program:


(4 is highest, 1 is lowest)

Leader/Manager 4
Team Player/Relationship Builder 3
Smart 3
Initiates 3
International/Cultural 4
Creative 2
Presentation Skills 2
Persuasion Skills 1
Community/Society 2
Risk Taker 1
Business Skills 1
Source of career plan/prog choice 1
Promotions 3
Credible Names 1
Story is unique 2
Learn more about the meaning of these traits and how they are reflected in your application.

ARINGO has developed this information through ARINGO employees who worked with the INSEAD MBA admissions committee, thousands of hours of research, and by helping hundreds of applicants apply to INSEAD. ARINGO knows INSEAD, and we can help your strengths shine through your application. Contact us today.

International Management, (Entrepreneurship)

The school offers a one-year MBA program, starting in January and September (the program is identical at both intakes).

The school has two campuses, in Fontainebleau (France) and in Singapore. Both are equivalent as far as the school is concerned and applicants cannot apply to one campus only, though preferences may be stated. The school is planning to expand and open a third campus.

INSEAD has a diverse international student body, and this is the first attribute it looks for in applicants. This emphasis is also demonstrated by the fact that each student must demonstrate reasonable proficiency in two languages in addition to English. The school is also known for its social, comfortable atmosphere. The school is known to offer preference to female students.

INSEAD’s main strengths are in international management, general management, entrepreneurship and strategy. The program is mid-size with approximately 900 students (distributed between two campuses and two intakes), yet the school still has a wide alumni network worldwide.

INSEAD places more emphasis on candidates’ age compared to other programs, and school representatives have stated that applicants over age 32 will need to present a more compelling application compared to younger candidates. The admissions process usually includes two interviews.

Alumni include the following individuals, with current or past positions in parentheses: Adam Goldstein (President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International), Kevin Ryan (Co-Founder & CEO, DoubleClick) and Jusuf Kalla (Vice President of Indonesia).

MBA Programs Application Deadlines
  • Very international and multicultural.
  • Intense academic schedule.
  • Laid back, friendly environment.
  • Brand name in Europe.
  • Opportunity to study in Europe, Asia and U.S.
  • One year program.
  • Two intakes (Sept. and Jan.)
  • 2 full, parallel campuses in France and Singapore, and option to study at Wharton.
  • Strong preference for females, minorities.
  • Someone interested in international business or working in different continents.
  • Someone who prefers a one-year course for personal/professional reasons.
  • Someone interested in Entrepreneurship.
  • €20,000
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  • €10,000
  • €20,000
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  • €10,000
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  • $10,640
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