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 committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.
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International students (by citizenship) make up 40% of the typical class at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Daytime MBA program, according to the school’s Web site. The Duke International Programs 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 International Student Bootcamp (formerly the Language Institute) at Fuqua is designed to prepare incoming international students for the MBA experience at the school. One first year mbaMission interviewed whose time at Fuqua was his first experience in the United States of longer than two weeks said, “We all bonded during the [bootcamp] and met many classmates who knew what we were all going through.”

According to the bootcamp’s site, as part of the four-phase program, which is held before the MBA curriculum begins, “Students are given opportunities to refine their skills through rigorous assignments and experiential learning. Students take part in a comprehensive program of lectures, case presentations, writing exercises, and a variety of assignments that get them ready for the rigors of the Duke MBA program. It goes beyond mere preparation; it includes weeks of monitoring students’ progress once they start school, and it offers opportunities for individualized support and learning throughout the two years of the Daytime MBA program.”

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