Canada is a popular educational destination with 413,000 international students enrolled in 2017 alone, according to the Canadian Bureau of International Education. There is a deep representation of Asian cultures, with a large number of Indian and Chinese people, among the 34 ethnic groups in Canada. Among the elite Canadian B-schools, there are several such universities like the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Western University’s Ivey Business School, McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, University of Alberta, among others which remain comparable to the best schools in the United States. For instance, the University of Alberta is home to over 39,000 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate programs, out of which over 6,500 are international students. Among the University of Alberta MBA students, half of all full-time MBA students are international students from 42 countries across the world.

Universities in Canada offer three types of MBA programs – full time, part time and Executive MBA. Most Indian students prefer to go for the full time MBA program due to the additional benefits of work and immigration that it affords them. To gain admission to an MBA program in any of the Canadian universities, along with proof of having cleared the qualifying exam of a four year bachelor’s program with good academic and extra-curricular records, there are prerequisites such as a good GMAT/GRE score and an above 7 IELTS band score. Each school lays down the admission criteria as per its guidelines. Most Canadian business schools need a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher to gain admission in the MBA program.

An MBA degree in Canada is offered in a range of specialisations, which are customised to suit the practical demands of the industry they are designed to serve. At the end of the program, the graduate would be well equipped with the requisite information to work and serve in the management cadre of his organisation. Tuition fees are also much cheaper than the US, with an average tuition of $52,000, for an MBA in Canada as compared to the $150,000 – $300,000 price tag of elite US universities. After completing the program, most business schools in Canada offer placements in prized positions at large corporates, multinationals and based on the B-school profile, even at Fortune 500 companies.

While studying, international students may qualify to work off-campus without a work permit till the duration of their program. If eligible, your study permit will allow you to work off-campus up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks. All international graduates of the approved and accredited MBA program are eligible for a three-year Canadian Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWPP). Not only does this represent a significant advantage that Canadian schools have over other international schools, but it also allows for a longer work permit than other one-year Canadian MBA programs can offer. Please see https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/after-graduation/eligibility.html  for more information. It is possible to study in Canada for less than six months without a study permit. The program must be completed within the original period authorized for your stay (usually six months) when you entered Canada.

With seven of the world’s top 150 universities in Canada, most of the graduates end up employed with home grown Canadian medium sized firms that create an annual job requirement of around 100,000 and contribute to over 50% of the economy.  Graduates find work in one of the country’s strong industries, like financial services or the energy sector. Many international students who study in the country do receive a work visa after completing their MBA. This enables them to apply and receive permanent resident status in the country. In this aspect, the Canadian advantage plays out enticingly in favour of the graduate as opposed to elsewhere in North America. The rising number of international students seeking admission to Canadian B-Schools is a testament to the success story that Canada is, and more importantly, beckons you to be a part of it.

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In India, in the past decade, the costs of pursuing an MBA program have risen exponentially with foreign partnerships like Kelloggs, ISB (Hyderabad) and the ubiquitous IIMs ruling the roost. Not surprisingly, studies show that the cost and Return on Investment (ROI) for an Indian MBA are not comparative to that of other Asian countries. In this perspective, Singapore tops the list for having three of its universities in the top five QS Global 200 MBA Rankings, leading with INSEAD–Singapore. Even the much-lauded S P Jain School of Business has its campus in Singapore, a strategic move by far.

Reputed world-class institutions like the INSEAD France/Singapore, Nanyang Business School and the School of Business at the National University of Singapore are world-class institutions and rate among the Top 20 business schools, worldwide. In fact, in the Global MBA Ranking 2016/2017 published by the Financial Times (FT), INSEAD France/Singapore even dethroned the most hallowed Harvard Business School to claim top spot as the numero uno business school, worldwide. Given the impressive credentials offered by the Singaporean business schools, it’s little wonder then that the Gen-Next future entrepreneurs and business magnates are making a beeline to gain access to their privileged programs. After all, nearly twelve of Europe’s top listed companies are helmed by CEOs who are INSEAD Singapore graduates, which is twice more than any graduate MBAs from their home-grown competitors!

Apart from the standard living expenses, the cost of an MBA in Singapore is far reasonable when compared to the average spending on the prohibitively expensive study-abroad destinations like US or UK. Moreover, the current immigration reforms have raised pertinent questions on the fate of international students who will be graduating in the coming years. Such indecision does not plague the graduates at Singapore’s top B-schools and to add to it, they are prize picks for the several international conglomerates, who have their Asian offices headquartered in Singapore. However, admission to these hallowed institutions is most certainly a challenging task although not impossible.

While NUS’s website states that there is no minimum GMAT score, the average score of the admitted graduate is around 680-700/800, which is in addition to the requirement that the candidate fulfills the stipulated work experience that varies for the different schools. NUS requires a minimum of two years of full-time post-graduation experience, as do Nangyang School, NTU and Singapore Management University. The only exception to this rule is INSEAD-Singapore, which mandates two to five years of full time, post qualification experience and it would follow that if the candidate has demonstrated management potential, the chances of an admit increase considerably. Also, since the mode of instruction is the international business language, English, non-native speakers would need to prove their proficiency with standardized tests like IELTS/TOEFL, with a minimum band score of 6/90 respectively.

Let’s go on to discuss the costs of pursuing an MBA at one of these premier institutions. At an annual fee of SGD$62,000, NUS Business School, Singapore has the most reasonable tuition fee and the term of the course is 17 months, when compared to INSEAD-Singapore’s 10-month program at a marked SGD $110,277. This means that you would spend seven more months at NUS, where the living expenses for the additional time would up the ante significantly. However, Nanyang Business School at NTU-Singapore is not far behind with an entirely modest fee of SGD$55,000. There is also the option of applying to Singapore Management University and James Cook University, both of which are sought after for their programs. The average cost of an MBA in Singapore can be roughly estimated at SGD$60,000, excluding the living expenses and other incidental costs like examination fees, books etc. Also, you need to remember that living expenses vary on the kind of lifestyle you like to afford, the average cost of rent, utilities, food, phone etc. can vary between SGD$30,000 to SGD$70,000 per annum. But this is substantially less when compared to the fees for a hybrid MBA at ISB, Wharton, NMIMS or any of the premier business schools in India, which would set you back by a cool INR 38 lakhs on an average, excluding living expenses. With Singapore, you have the added advantage of remaining on the continent, while capitalising on the cosmopolitan and world class environment of Singapore, the Southeast Asian gateway to the West.

Further, Singapore is the only country in Asia to be ranked at No. 5 in the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index, bested only by Norway, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, and Denmark. But none of these countries have the added advantage of the world-class business schools as does the Lion-city, Singapore. With these multi-faceted advantages, your choice of pursuing an MBA in Singapore will indeed be the best decision you would ever make.

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The application for the Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship Program for entrance in fall 2016 will be available in April 2015. There is no fee to apply for the Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship Program. The deadline for the fellowship application for entrance in September 2015 has passed. You may still apply to the MBA Program for fall 2015. If you have financial need and are admitted to the MBA Program, you are eligible to receive financial aid even if you are not a recipient of the Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship. Stanford GSB has other fellowship funds available, and all fellowships are awarded based on need.

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