The US is the traditional home of the MBA. This is where the world’s elite meet to network, do business and get ahead. It’s no surprise that the US is regularly named the most popular MBA destination in the world.
The US is home to some of the most prestigious business schools in the world. This is the place you can study at Harvard Business School, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business or at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania – all institutions that even the most hardened business professional would be proud to get into.
However, an American MBA isn’t just about the top programs. It’s the depth of quality that makes the US such a popular destination. The region boasts more than 400 accredited MBA courses with excellent facilities, industry-expert faculties and track records in graduate success.
There are more than 1,000 different MBA programs in the United States, with modes of study, specialisations and networking opportunities to suit every business student. Most international MBA programs in the United States will take two years to complete full time, with part-time programs lasting an extra year.
Executive MBAs are particularly popular in the United States due to the high level of interaction between top business schools and high level universities.
Before taking up your international MBA program in the US, you will need to apply for a non-immigrant visa.
The most common kind of student visa is the F-1 visa, which entitles the holder to study at any US accredited college or university.
To apply for a student visa, you will need to fill out an application form (found on the US Embassy website) and send appropriate documentation, such as evidence of financial standing and proof of university acceptance and academic qualifications, as well as possibly attending a visa interview at the US Embassy in your home country.
The average cost of studying an international MBA program in the United States will often exceed USD$60,000 over the course of a two year program. However, this can be just the tip of the iceberg – study at a top institution like Harvard and you can expect to pay as much as $100,000 in tuition fees.
Only in certain circumstances will you be permitted to work whilst studying for an MBA in the USA on an F-1 student visa.
Furthermore, applying for permanent residence and employment in the USA post-study is also tricky: to obtain your ‘green card’ (known officially as lawful permanent residence), you would need to be sponsored by either a close relative, who is a lawful permanent resident, or an employer.
The USA is one of the world’s largest economies, and the job market remains extremely competitive. MBA graduates will often find high-level opportunities in the United States.
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