International MBA students

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This section is devoted to issues and information for international MBA students in the US

Your Health during the MBA

Staying healthy while in the US Insurance: Not only it is extremely important to have medical insurance coverage (medical treatment is extremely expensive in the US), but it is also a requirement for your student’s visa. The International office will recommend an adequate insurance program, and arrange the paperwork. Medical care: Make sure you understand who to turn to in case of a medical problem: If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911 (anywhere in the US, anytime). They will contact the paramedics, police, or the appropriate person. If you have a medical emergency, go to the location recommended by your insurance plan – usually the University’s infirmary or the Emergency Room at the local hospital. For other consultations, your insurance plan should provide you with a list of physicians and/or nurses to visit. Food: One of the major complaints foreign students have is the food. Compared to other nationalities, Americans tend to eat more fast or junk food. However, with a little discipline, you can maintain a healthy diet: Ask about the University’s meal plans – they usually provide healthy, balanced food. Look for healthy food – most restaurants and supermarkets now offer healthy food choices (low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium). Do as much cooking at home as possible. Not only home cooked meals taste better, but are less expensive. Fitness: Staying fit is extremely important, even if the tight schedule seems to make it impossible. Fortunately, the MBA environment makes it relatively easy: Try walking or biking to school Participate in the B-School sports events Participate in University wide sports events (a typical US University has teams and facilities for most sports). Read full...

Your MBA Career

It is never to early to start planning you career search Get familiar with the process: check yoour school’s placement office. Get all the material you can, meet the staff, and learn about their procedures. Don’t miss their workshops. Browse through ForeignMBA.com’s Getting a Job section: You will get a clear picture of what the process looks like, and what kind of resources are available. Talk to 2nd year MBAs: They will tell you what to expect, and will guide you through some of the important decisions. Plan your Curriculum: Although most schools impose a mandatory core curriculum, you should still start planning your future choices, as they can significantly impact your career search. Consider choices like dual degrees, taking courses at other schools and improving other language skills. Plan your extra-curricular activities: Joining clubs, student government and other organizations can improve your leadership skills and your resume. Start researching companies and careers: Begin with ForeignMBA’s Company Research section. Start putting together your resume: You have plenty of time before your polished resume is due for distribution by the Placement Office. However, you can start gathering your information and putting it all together. Have you considered entrepreneurship ? If this is something you are considering, you need to start working right ahead – you need to find other student’s with similar interests, find out about Business Plan competitions, and so on. Read full...