INSEAD MBA Admissions Chat with Caroline Diarte Edwards

INSEAD MBA Admissions Chat with Caroline Diarte Edwards

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Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 11:00:33 AM)
Hello. My name is Linda Abraham. I am the founder of and the moderator of today’s chat.

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 11:00:40 AM)
First I want to welcome all applicants to the INSEAD chat today, and I want to congratulate you for taking the time to learn more about INSEAD. Whether you are working hard on your application to prepare for INSEAD’s January 31 deadline or you are doing research with the intention of submitting March 28 or later, to make a sound application decision and gain acceptance to the school of your choice, you need to know as much as you can about the schools you are applying to. Being here today allows you to ask the INSEAD experts about this outstanding business school.

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 11:00:47 AM)
I also want to extend a warm welcome to our special guests today, Cassandra Pittman, MBA Marketing Manager, and Caroline Diarte Edwards, INSEAD’s Director of Admissions. Caroline is also an INSEAD alum.

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 11:00:54 AM)
Thanks to everyone for joining.

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:01:15 AM)
Thank you Linda. Cassandra and I are delighted to be here!

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 11:01:33 AM)
You're most welcome.

Bernard (Jan 18, 2007 11:01:53 AM)
Hello, I was informed yesterday that I have been placed on INSEAD’s waitlist for the class beginning September 2007. Could you please describe the waitlist process, especially regarding subsequent admission rounds and additional waitlist placements? Also, some schools accept additions to the original application file in the form of a letter or another recommendation. I have had further accomplishments since I submitted my original application. Would INSEAD accept an update from me and, if so, in what form? Thank you.

Ankit Garg (Jan 18, 2007 11:02:53 AM)
Dear Caroline, I am a round-1 applicant for sep-2007 admissions. I have been put on a waitlist. What is it that I can do to improve my chances of a confirmed selection from here?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:03:40 AM)
Hi Bernard: waitlist candidates could be offered a place at any time between the time they are waitlisted and when the class starts. Of course as soon as a place becomes available for a waitlisted candidate we inform them immediately. If you have additional elements that add an additional dimension to the file then you can send them to us.

jerry (Jan 18, 2007 11:04:32 AM)
Caroline: I've applied for the September 2007 intake. I am wondering about the the chances for career changers going into IB since there is no internship option

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:04:47 AM)
Hi Ankit: if you have anything new to add (eg promotion since the time of application) then feel free to inform us. Otherwise I'm afraid you just have to wait.

jd (Jan 18, 2007 11:04:55 AM)
Hi Cassandra, is the Jan 31 deadline more competitive than the others? If INSEAD is my first choice, should I apply to that round or wait for the first round for the Jan intake?

Bernard (Jan 18, 2007 11:05:26 AM)
Thank you. Should I send additional elements by post or is an email appropriate?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:06:29 AM)
Jerry: it is true that it can be easier to make a career change into IB for Jan starters as there is the internship option. Having said that, students do still achieve this career move from the Sept entry.

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:06:31 AM)
Hi JD: In terms of competitiveness, all application rounds are equal. However, it is worth noting that in order to be eligible for scholarships you must apply in rounds 1,2 or 3.

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:06:43 AM)
Bernard: email is fine

Nabeel (Jan 18, 2007 11:06:50 AM)
Cassandra: Hi! Does INSEAD have any guideline to the amount of places it needs to fill per round? For example - is it possible that our of 880 students meant to start in September - before Jan 31 - you could have filled 600 already by now?

jerry (Jan 18, 2007 11:06:58 AM)
Caroline: Also, how often do you get recruiters coming to INSEAD recruiting for jobs in the middle east?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:08:36 AM)
Jerry: many of our recruiters are looking to hire graduates for offices around the world, including the Middle East. We have just had a record number of recruiters coming to campus to recruit the Dec graduates - about 130 companies.

Ankit Garg (Jan 18, 2007 11:08:42 AM)
Thanks for the reply Caroline. Should my email be addressed to you?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:09:09 AM)
Hi Nabeel! We do not have any strict guidelines as to the amount of places we fill per round, and we operate a waitlist throughout the year in order to manage diversity, so you can be sure that each round has enough places to be equal to the others in terms of competition.

George (Jan 18, 2007 11:09:19 AM)
Cassandra: Could you talk about the volume of applications? Are you seeing any difference compared with previous years?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:09:23 AM)
Ankit: I would suggest you contact your admissions coordinator (who you were in touch with during the interview stage)

mbaseeker (Jan 18, 2007 11:10:02 AM)
Caroline: Hi I am waitlisted in Insead for Round 1 and wanted to know what's the procedure for waitlist in Insead?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:10:14 AM)
George: This year, we have seen an increase in volume in applications.

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:10:27 AM)
Mba seeker: if you scroll up I already answered this question!

Bernard (Jan 18, 2007 11:10:46 AM)
Caroline: I realize that acceptance from the waitlist depends on how many accepted candidates decline to attend, but is there an historical percentage (or a guess) at how many from the waitlist eventually are accepted?

Nabeel (Jan 18, 2007 11:11:13 AM)
Thank you Cassandra! If I am inclined to pursue job opportunities in Asia - based on the careers experience - is it preferable that I apply to be based in the Singapore campus?

mbaseeker (Jan 18, 2007 11:11:17 AM)
Caroline: Thanks Caroline

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:11:51 AM)
Bernard: I'm afraid not - the percentage of people accepted from the waitlist varies considerably from class to class.

jerry (Jan 18, 2007 11:12:45 AM)
Caroline: INSEAD is commonly known as the Consulting school. Do you believe so? Is this changing? How would you rate the school in terms of its reputation for Finance?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:13:19 AM)
Nabeel: If you intend to pursue job opportunities in Asia, then I would definitely recommend that you spend some time on our Singapore campus to network both formally and informally with potential recruiters - especially if you have not lived and worked in Asia previously. Having said that, its not necessary for you to start in Singapore per se. You could choose to start in Fontainebleau and move to Singapore for one of your later periods, for example.

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:13:55 AM)
Jerry: That we are known as the Consulting school is a misconception we hear now and again. Actually about 1/3 of our grads go into finance, 1/3 into industry and 1/3 into consulting - so a very balanced placement profile.

Ankit Garg (Jan 18, 2007 11:13:55 AM)
Cassandra: can I still apply for the various INSEAD scholarships while still being on a waitlist? If so, how?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:14:37 AM)
Jerry: all the top financial institutions recruit at INSEAD

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 11:14:54 AM)
Do you have any advice for applicants planning to submit an application January 31?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:16:14 AM)
Ankit: You can apply to scholarships while on the waitlist. You will need to follow the normal procedures set out for the individual scholarships in which you are interested. I'd recommend that you have a good read through our scholarship portfolio, which lists these procedures, and which you can find on our website

Bernard (Jan 18, 2007 11:16:31 AM)
Thank you again, Caroline, but one last question. As far as being on the waitlist is concerned, is it an advantage having applied in the first round?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:16:32 AM)
Linda: probably the most common mistake candidates make is rushing their application. So I would advise them to only submit their application when they are really happy with it (and apply for a later deadline rather than rushing to make it for 31 Jan)

jd (Jan 18, 2007 11:16:40 AM)
Hi Cassandra, any thoughts on personal question 1 (Give a candid description of yourself).

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:17:52 AM)
JD: Though you may have heard this before, my best advice is to be honest. We're looking to get a sense of who you are and how you see yourself. Does that help?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:18:04 AM)
Bernard: we do not take the round in which you applied into account when clearing candidates from the waitlist.

want2hoop (Jan 18, 2007 11:18:22 AM)
Hello Caroline, would you be able to provide any guidance as tuition cost increases for the coming school year?

FMC (Jan 18, 2007 11:18:35 AM)
Cassandra: Insead recently appointed a new dean, Dean Frank Brown. What changes has Dean Brown initiated or is he planning to take?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:19:09 AM)
Want2hoop: we will shortly announce the tuition fee for the classes that will graduate in 2008 (probably next week)

guru (Jan 18, 2007 11:19:40 AM)
Caroline: Can you comment on the fact that Insead focuses on selecting people with higher work experience and international exposure ?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:21:09 AM)
Guru: we do require work experience and advise people to apply when they have at least 2 years experience. As a highly international school, previous international exposure is definitely a plus, but not a requirement

jerry (Jan 18, 2007 11:21:25 AM)
Caroline: If admitted to the September intake, is it possible to switch to the following January's intake?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:21:33 AM)
FMC: Frank Brown has been with us for about 6 months now, and he is really doing an excellent job in leading the Institution. He is very supportive of our efforts in the entrepreneurship, leadership, and corporate social responsibility areas and is driving our focus in this direction. He is also keen for us to build on our current visibility in the United States.

StefanMargolis (Jan 18, 2007 11:21:44 AM)
Cassandra: How long before the first deadline is it possible to submit an application? (applying for Jan2008)

Bernard (Jan 18, 2007 11:23:09 AM)
Alright. Thank you for taking the time to respond, Caroline.

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:23:10 AM)
Jerry: I am afraid that deferrals are rarely granted - it is not an uncommon request and as we very carefully manage the class composition we cannot easily switch participants between classes

Guest (Jan 18, 2007 11:23:36 AM)
Caroline: Are there any scholarships available at INSEAD ?

mbaseeker (Jan 18, 2007 11:23:44 AM)
Caroline :Does Insead encourage any additional information from the wait listed candidates like recent progress and initiatives the candidate has taken

Guest (Jan 18, 2007 11:24:02 AM)
Cassandra: what differentiates INSEAD from other top European programs such as London and IESE?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:24:19 AM)
mbaseeker: if you have new information (eg a promotion) then we would be happy to know about it

jd (Jan 18, 2007 11:24:49 AM)
Hi Cassandra, thank you for your response. I'm just struggling to do it all in 400 words! For some reason that question more than the others has me hung up.

Nabeel (Jan 18, 2007 11:25:28 AM)
Cassandra: Thanks - that's interesting. I have come in to contact with many people from INSEAD both formally and informally. Would mentioning my association with these folks add value to my application or is it just a "nice to have" ?:)

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:25:32 AM)
JD: Think of it as your first MBA challenge :-) You're not the first one to struggle with the word limit.

Guest (Jan 18, 2007 11:25:34 AM)
Caroline, will INSEAD's one year program be less helpful to students who want to change their careers?

mbaseeker (Jan 18, 2007 11:26:14 AM)
Caroline: Would Insead accept an additional recommendation from a peer or senior or letter of support from Alumni or students from Insead. Do you think that can add weight to my wait list candidacy

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:26:16 AM)
Nabeel: It can't hurt!

Nabeel (Jan 18, 2007 11:26:29 AM)
Cassandra I have 2 children (girl who is 5, boy who is 1.5) - is it possible to be put in touch with someone who is on campus (preferably Singapore) and who has children - so I may assess their experience ?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:26:36 AM)
Stefan: the online application platform is open at all times, but we wouldn't recommend applying  more than 2 months before the deadline

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:27:57 AM)
Nabeel: Absolutely. I would recommend that you get in touch with Su Ann Teo. She should be able to help you connect with one of our current students on the Singapore campus who has children. You can reach her at

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 11:28:51 AM)
Are any scholarships available?

Nabeel (Jan 18, 2007 11:29:26 AM)
Wow - thank you so much!

jd (Jan 18, 2007 11:29:35 AM)
Ha, thanks, I will overcome!

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:29:37 AM)
It's a pleasure!

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:29:55 AM)
Linda: yes we have a large number of scholarships. We grant approx 2m euros in scholarship funds each year. You can find details of the scholarships for which you are eligible on our website,

guru (Jan 18, 2007 11:29:58 AM)
Caroline: How do you define international exposure? Is it working in more than 1 country? or it can be working with people from different countries?

want2hoop (Jan 18, 2007 11:31:07 AM)
Cassandra: Would you please comment on number of applicants, and acceptance rate versus yield? I don't understand why INSEAD is not as transparent on this issue as many of the top US schools.

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:31:08 AM)
Guru: international exposure can be gained in lots of ways: living, working, studying, traveling outside your home country, working on teams with colleagues from other countries, etc

StefanMargolis (Jan 18, 2007 11:31:20 AM)
Caroline: How much time do you usually have after being accepted to confirm?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:31:59 AM)
Stefan: once we give an offer decision then we will inform you of the deposit deadline, which is normally 3-4 weeks after you receive your decision

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 11:32:12 AM)
Caroline, you studied at both the Fontainebleau and the Singapore campuses. Did you feel that the two campuses have different strengths or that one gives something the other can’t give?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:33:25 AM)
hoop: As it sounds like you are already aware, INSEAD does not publish its applicant to acceptance ratio. In truth, these numbers can vary widely from year to year depending on the market, so I would be cautious about relying on any published figures as an indication of the current situation with any given school. It's also important to note that INSEAD's applicant pool is very different to that of U.S. schools. 40% of our applicants, for example, only apply to INSEAD, which is incredibly unique.

Guest (Jan 18, 2007 11:33:58 AM)
Caroline, how has the overall application pool for R-1 and R-2 been like this year? Have the number of new applications increased substantially over the last year?

mba_ap09 (Jan 18, 2007 11:34:11 AM)
hi Cassandra, How has been the application volume in round 2 compared to last year?

Gop Nair (Jan 18, 2007 11:35:52 AM)
Hi Caroline could you please comment on recruitments of Insead graduates by technology companies?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:35:58 AM)
However, if you are looking for an indication of competition, I would say that INSEAD is as competitive as any top school.

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:36:11 AM)
Linda: the campuses do have a different character. Fontainebleau: in the middle of one of Europe's biggest and most beautiful forests; many participants share big country houses (even chateaux!); a large community on campus (typically about 600 MBAs, plus execs etc). Singapore: a more compact campus in a highly cosmopolitan Asian city; a smaller community (typically about 300 MBAs, plus execs etc). The lifestyle is very different. the MBA programme is the same, access to recruiters and careers services is the same. but you have access to a different local network according to which campus you are on (so for example if you have an interest in pursuing career options in Asia, a spell on the Singapore campus would be an advantage)

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:36:34 AM)
ap09: We have seen an increase in volume of applications in both rounds one and two this year.

Ankit Garg (Jan 18, 2007 11:37:16 AM)
Cassandra, is it true that many of the R-1 waitlists are evaluated again vis--vis the R-2 applications?

Cat (Jan 18, 2007 11:37:34 AM)
Caroline: Are there options for spouses/partners of INSEAD students regarding visas for work opportunities, etc.?

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 11:37:42 AM)
Thanks Caroline!

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 11:37:59 AM)
How did application volume for rounds 1 & 2 of this year compare with last year’s volume for the same rounds?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:38:00 AM)
Gop Nair: a significant proportion of the graduates who go into industry positions (about 1/3 of the class overall) join tech related companies - high tech, telecoms, etc. If you would like the exact stats then please contact or

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:38:38 AM)
Cat: we can advise you on what the options might be for your partner (the options vary by nationality)

Gop Nair (Jan 18, 2007 11:39:04 AM)
Caroline: Do residents of Europe get preference to admissions at Fonty campus?

mark_2003 (Jan 18, 2007 11:39:08 AM)
Cassandra: What are the main strengths of INSEAD's MBA program in your opinion?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:39:11 AM)
Linda: there is an increase in the application volume this year

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:39:13 AM)
Ankit: We evaluate the waitlist continually throughout the year. Its important to keep in mind that to be waitlisted at INSEAD is actually a good result. Our waitlist is short, comparatively speaking, and it is used to manage diversity.

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:39:40 AM)
mark: How long do you have? ;-)

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 11:39:54 AM)
Lots of time!!!

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:40:13 AM)
If I had to sum up it's strengths in three words it would be diversity, intensity and quality....

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 11:40:42 AM)
Excellent, but can you give a little example of each quality?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:40:48 AM)
Gop Nair: firstly, it is important to note that admissions decisions are made blind of campus choice. The admissions committee doesn't even see to which campus you applied. No nationality has any preference on either campus and in fact we balance the distribution of nationalities across the two campuses.

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 11:40:55 AM)
Mark, I hope you don't mind me chiming in...

broadreach (Jan 18, 2007 11:41:05 AM)
Just logged in, but looks like I'm interested in the same question as cat - just got my admit for Singapore this morning...

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 11:41:37 AM)
Congratulations Broadreach!

Nabeel (Jan 18, 2007 11:41:58 AM)
Well done broadreach

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:42:02 AM)
...The diversity at INSEAD is really unparalleled, and it is something you really have to experience to understand the benefits of. With over 70 nationalities in the class, no single way of approaching a problem (or solution!) dominates... (now onto the other two). The 10 month format is also a real strength. On one hand, you can expect to work hard - harder than you might on a two year programme. However, from this you develop the skill needed in order to prioritize effectively and perform on quickly on demand. Our recruiters tell us often that this this is a great strength in INSEAD grads... (one more to go...). And then, of course, quality. We work hard to attract the best talent from around the world, in both our MBA class and our faculty. The quality of the INSEAD network is something you can draw on for the rest of your career (and life!) and the strength of the INSEAD brand will follow you to virtually any location across the globe

Cat (Jan 18, 2007 11:42:29 AM)
Caroline: I'm interested particularly in work options for spouses/partners who are US nationals

Guest (Jan 18, 2007 11:44:06 AM)
Thanks for the encouraging words Cassandra!

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:44:48 AM)
Cat: which campus?

Cat (Jan 18, 2007 11:45:19 AM)
Either one - the answer would probably influence which campus I apply to.

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:46:24 AM)
Cat: could I suggest you send me a follow up mail at and I will check with my colleagues who advise on visa matters

mark_2003 (Jan 18, 2007 11:46:46 AM)
Caroline: Based on my research, INSEAD is great school for people looking at a consulting career. Can you outline some specific features of INSEAD program regarding consulting curriculum.

Guest (Jan 18, 2007 11:47:26 AM)
Cassandra: as an example : I work with marketing teams of Japan, France and UK .But I sit in my home country only. does it count as international exposure? If no, Why not?

Cat (Jan 18, 2007 11:47:34 AM)
Caroline, will do. thank you very much

Ankit Garg (Jan 18, 2007 11:47:41 AM)
Dear Cassandra, my native language is Hindi, I know English and would like to opt for Punjabi as the third language. Would this combination be acceptable?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:49:22 AM)
Ankit: Are you currently on the waitlist?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:49:22 AM)
Mark: INSEAD is indeed a great school for people who aim to go into consulting (or finance, or industry etc... ;-)). At INSEAD you get a general management education which means you have a broad range of skills which is exactly what consultancy firms need. We have some particularly renowned courses in strategy which of course is always useful for consulting

Gop Nair (Jan 18, 2007 11:49:31 AM)
Caroline: Which is the most competitive intake? Jan or August?

Ankit Garg (Jan 18, 2007 11:49:48 AM)
Yes Cassandra, I am on the wait list.

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:50:03 AM)
Gop Nair: actually the level of competition is surprisingly almost identical

StefanMargolis (Jan 18, 2007 11:50:18 AM)
Caroline: Does it add any value to send material with the application, that is not especially asked for? e.g. evaluations from former employers, etc.

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:50:59 AM)
Ankit, our language policy is very detailed and complex (over 20 pages long, in fact!). I would recommend that you get in touch with your Interview Coordinator to confirm that that combination would be acceptable.

Nabeel (Jan 18, 2007 11:51:33 AM)
Cassandra: I will have 9 years of full time work experience (in 4 countries), and on hearing this, an admissions director from another leading European business school urged me to apply to their executive MBA program - citing over-experience as a reason - what are your thoughts on this vis--vis at INSEAD?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:51:37 AM)
Stefan: no, the two recommendations will be sufficient (further evaluation docs not necessary)

Henry (Jan 18, 2007 11:52:40 AM)
Caroline, my TEOFL results were delayed. I already have the results (on the web) but not mailed. Is it OK if I just include my results on the application, even though I haven't received the official results by mail?

Ankit Garg (Jan 18, 2007 11:52:45 AM)
Thanks about that Cassandra, will do that.

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:53:26 AM)
Henry: that should be fine

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 11:53:36 AM)
Caroline: What do successful re-applicants to INSEAD do right?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:54:13 AM)
Nabeel: Our student's have a very broad range of years of work experience, from 1.5 years on the low side, to 14 years on the upper end in our current class, for example. The most important thing is that you identify what you would like to gain from the programme and which format (executive or full time) would be most suited to your goals.

sandy (Jan 18, 2007 11:54:37 AM)
Cassandra: what has been the lowest GMAT score at INSEAD ?

Nabeel (Jan 18, 2007 11:55:35 AM)
Thanks Cassandra - I have that clear

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:55:41 AM)
Linda: we only encourage reapplications if something significant has changed in the applicants profile since the previous application. So if their professional experience was weak, then if they have in the meantime changed positions or gained more significant experience then this would strengthen their file. It really depends on what was the weakness in their original application.

broadreach (Jan 18, 2007 11:55:53 AM)
Caroline: can I e-mail you with the same question? (spouse options in Singapore - US National)?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:56:16 AM)
Broadreach: sure

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:56:17 AM)
Sandy: To be honest, I'm not sure about what the lowest score has been in INSEAD history, but our current range is 600 to 800. Its important not to focus too much on the overall score, though. Primarily, what we are looking for is the balance between verbal and quant, and one should aim to be in at least the 70-75% for both.

Nabeel (Jan 18, 2007 11:56:23 AM)
Caroline I would like to follow on Stefans question: I built a professional development forum in Dubai - which was excellently articulated in one of the local newspapers - a cutting of which I have - would it add value to include it in the material I send - or would admission folks prefer not.

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:56:56 AM)
Nabeel: we would prefer if you outline your achievement in your essays

chris (Jan 18, 2007 11:57:05 AM)
Caroline: How many students are selected in the two intakes (Sept. and Jan.)? Is it fixed at 50-50% in each intake or does it depend on the no. of applications received?

Nabeel (Jan 18, 2007 11:57:17 AM)
Sure Caroline - thanks

bonu (Jan 18, 2007 11:57:42 AM)
When do you announce the scholarship decisions?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:57:49 AM)
Chris: we have approx 450 students starting in both intakes.

Ankit Garg (Jan 18, 2007 11:58:22 AM)
Dear Caroline, a final question: what chances do I have of getting an answer on my waitlist status by the second week of April (I need to inform my employers of my final intensions by that time).

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:58:42 AM)
Bonu: for the class starting in Sept, I believe we will announce scholarship awards in June

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 11:59:27 AM)
Ankit: I'm afraid I can't make any promises! But if you have a deadline which you have to take into account then I suggest you inform your admissions coordinator.

Henry (Jan 18, 2007 11:59:47 AM)
Caroline: Is the cost of living in Singapore considerably higher than in France?. What should expect on considering my budget in Singapore compared to France?

broadreach (Jan 18, 2007 11:59:57 AM)
Cassandra: would it be possible for admitted students to contact recent alumni in our area prior to matriculation to get advice on logistics?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 12:00:22 PM)
Broadreach: Absolutely, you can contact recent alumni. Where are you currently based?

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 12:00:44 PM)
Henry: actually Singapore is cheaper than France. An average budget is about 2k euros per month across both campuses, but this will go further in Singapore

broadreach (Jan 18, 2007 12:00:54 PM)
I am in Washington DC, US

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 12:01:06 PM)
Caroline: How much do students struggle with the 3 language requirement, or does Insead attract people for whom languages aren’t an issue.

Ankit Garg (Jan 18, 2007 12:01:29 PM)
Thanks Caroline, I understand that. Thanks a lot for the chat!

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 12:02:45 PM)
Linda: students need to have English plus one other language to an intermediate level when they start the programme, and a 3rd language to a basic level by the time they graduate. Most students are not native English speakers so have their native language + English to start. We have many students who take language course whilst at INSEAD so by no means do all our students have all their languages under their belts before they start

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 12:02:55 PM)
you're welcome!

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 12:03:05 PM)

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 12:03:08 PM)
Thank you again all for participating today. Special thanks to Cassandra and Caroline for taking the time to join us today

CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 12:03:27 PM)
Thank you, I really enjoyed it! The time has flown by!

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 12:03:30 PM)
You've asked great questions and Caroline and Cassandra have supplied informative answers.

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 12:03:37 PM)
You have two options. You can e-mail the IAA directly (they have a website where you can find more details about the chapter local to you: or you can e-mail us here in Fontainebleau at

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 12:03:38 PM)
We look forward to seeing you at future chats.

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 12:03:46 PM)
Currently we have the following chat scheduled

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 12:03:51 PM)
London Business School – January 22

Linda Abraham (Jan 18, 2007 12:03:56 PM)
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CarolineDiarteEdwardsINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 12:04:00 PM)
Goodbye everyone, we look forward to hearing more from you soon.

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 12:04:19 PM)
Also, I will be in Washington D.C. in Feb, so if you would like to meet up to chat about logistical planning or anything else related to INSEAD, just let me know.

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Jan 18, 2007 12:05:51 PM)
My e-mail is I look forward to hearing from you!

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