Beyond the MBA Classroom: Life as an International Student at Fuqua

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also making a commitment to a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

Nearly 40% of the Class of 2012 at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business is made up of international students, and 50 countries are represented. The Duke International Office and the Duke International House offer many resources to assist international students with issues associated with acclimating to, studying in and working in the United States, including visa applications and processing. In addition, the Language Institute at Fuqua is designed to prepare incoming international students for the MBA experience at the school. According to the institute’s site, as part of the four-phase program, which is held before the MBA curriculum begins, “Students are given opportunities to refine their English language skills through practice and experiential learning. Students take part in a comprehensive ten-day program of lectures, case presentations, writing exercises and a variety of assignments that get them ready for the rigors of graduate school. This is followed by five weeks of monitoring students’ progress once they start school, with further opportunities for individualized support and learning.” One first year mbaMission interviewed whose time at Fuqua was his first experience in the United States longer than two weeks said, “We all bonded during the Language Institute and met many classmates who knew what we were all going through.”

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Duke Fuqua and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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