Advanced Master Strategy & Management of International Business (SMIB)


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Settling in / Student support

How do you help us upon arrival?

You will have an Induction Week on the Singapore & Cergy campuses. The first few days include a formal presentation and then a help desk to sort out all the administrative processes (student card, library, etc.). These will then be followed by 2 days of team-building exercises and you will also have the opportunity to network with students from last year's SMIB class.

Career guidance & prospects

Are there good consulting perspectives in Asia Pacific?

Yes, indeed. ESSEC works with all major consulting firms and there are lots of internships available. Asian Track students will be able to work on an Asian Strategy Project where you will work on a real case with companies to get first hand experience. As a group of consultants you will be faced with real strategy problems and will have to work on them to provide solutions. ESSEC also has a specific partnership with CapGemini.

How and where do you find internships in Asia?

The Career Services in Singapore is very active and well connected. They organise many events and tend to have a smaller more responsive network of partner companies. ESSEC is well known in the region and has a good reputation with the companies who know and work with us. The school is constantly working to establish more partnerships and networks. Past students have worked in a huge variety of sectors and tend to be based in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Dubai, etc. As an intern, salaries are low but as a graduate, starting salaries are relatively high and you progress very quickly, more so than maybe in Europe.

How long does the internship have to be? And when can we start?

You can start right after the end of courses. The internship needs to last at least four months and no longer than 6 months.

How many students find a job before the end of the courses, including those going into consulting?

This is very different from year to year. It depends a lot on students’ background and past experience. 

Academic Practicalities

What does the class timetable/schedule look like i.e. start and end in the day?

Courses take place from Monday to Friday, with a couple of Saturdays as well. Depending on the schedule, up to three classes can be organised in a day on the following timeslots: 9 am – 12 pm 1.15pm – 4.15 pm 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm

Courses are until end of April followed by a 6-month internship. Is there anything in November-December after that on campus?

You have to write a Professional Thesis while doing the internship. The thesis defense must happen at least two weeks after the end of your internship and usually takes place on one of the three ESSEC campuses. However, if you have some good reasons for not coming, we can exceptionally arrange a video-conference for the defense.

What can we do beforehand to prepare for the upcoming year?

You can read any book dealing with the political economy. In addition, if you do not have a scientific background, it is recommended that you go back to some mathematical books or something similar. Our professors might send you some preparatory homework during the holidays.

At what point do we decide/confirm our choice of track? How is the choice of track made?

For all of the tracks you should indicate your choice before admissions. You do this while you apply, by indicating your choice.

Within some tracks, there are further specialization options however. For these specialization options you indicate your choice by the end of November.

Do I need to speak French before coming to ESSEC?

If you are not French speaking and want to remain in France for your internship or job in the future, learning French is fundamental. We offer French courses on campus for those who want, at several levels. However, if your objective is not to remain in France, you do not need to speak French to take full advantage of our programme as it is taught 100% in English.

How are the courses organised?

Most courses are compulsory and a few are electives. You can of course take as many extra courses as you can/want. You will be able to choose from all different subject fields (finance, luxury, etc.). Each year we make sure that there is no schedule conflict so that if you want you can attend all electives. For those choosing the Doing Business in Asia track, Mandarin courses are compulsory.

Do my chances of getting admitted change from round to round?

If you apply for the SMIB, your chances of getting accepted into the program are based upon the quality of your total profile, and not on the application round you pick. In other words, picking a later or earlier round will not affect your chances of being accepted in any way.

Is there a GMAT/GRE minimum score required? What is the average score accepted students have?

Our juries here pay close and intensive attention to your profile as a whole, and not just a score. Therefore, there is no official minimum score required: a lower GMAt score is not necessarily without chance a higher GMAT score is not necessarily immediately admitted.

The general rule is, the higher the better: try your best to achieve a good GMAT score and if you feel you could have done better try and retake the test.

Finally, we do not communicate the average GMAT score of students accepted, because often this leads to applicants  focusing far too much on the score itself. Remember, the profile as a whole is what counts, not just the GMAT or any other individual score.

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