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).