Diamonds in the Rough: UNC Kenan-Flagler for Latin American Applicants

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Applying to a U.S. business school as an international student often presents many obstacles—not the least of which are cost and distance. The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School has developed two new initiatives for 2013–2014 that attempt to curb this challenge for applicants from Latin American countries.

The first, the Latin American Visitor Program, is designed to support prospective students who otherwise may not be able to visit the school during the application cycle. “We know that often the best way to get a feel for whether a school is right for an applicant is by visiting campus, and that can sometimes be difficult to do when you factor in travel costs,” the school explains in a press release. In addition to having their application fee waived, MBA candidates invited to participate in the Latin American Visitor Program are given a $600 travel subsidy to attend one of the four on-campus admissions events in Chapel Hill between September and January.

Kenan-Flagler’s second new initiative is the Fellowship for the Americas, which provides full-tuition funding to at least ten top MBA candidates from Latin America. Fellows are chosen on the basis of merit and must “demonstrate strong academic aptitude, a competitive GMAT test score, work experience, and leadership potential.”

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