The MBA is very much an international degree. Although some MBA students may choose to stay in their home country to pursue their MBA, a number of MBAs want to travel the globe to add another international layer to their studies.\r\n\r\nIf you’re a student from India and would like to study abroad, here are some things you need to take into account before taking the plunge.\r\n\r\nWhy study an MBA abroad?\r\n\r\n\r\n\tInternational exposure: Studying an MBA abroad can widen your network of international professionals. There are numerous opportunities to get recruited by big businesses, such as Amazon, Google and Intel.\r\n\tLearn another language: As well as gaining cross-cultural awareness, learning another language can also prove useful in the world of business.\r\n\tStudy at top-ranked institutions: Many countries abroad, including the UK, US and France are home to some of the world\u0027s best business schools. Several top-ranked institutions offer flexible curriculums where you can specialise in your area of interest. \r\n\r\n\r\nMBA abroad vs MBA in India\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t \r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tMBA abroad\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tMBA in India\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tExamples of top-ranked institutions\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUS: Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School, Wharton\r\n\r\n\t\t\tFrance: HEC Paris, INSEAD\r\n\r\n\t\t\tSpain: IE Business School, IESE Business School\r\n\r\n\t\t\tUK: London Business School, Imperial Business School, Oxford (Saïd)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tIIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, Indian School of Business\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tDuration\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t1 or 2 years depending on study mode\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t2 years\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tTuition fees\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tCan range from $50,000 to $200,000 for an EMBA\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t$20,000 – $40,000\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tWork experience\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tMinimum 2-3 years\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tOpen to candidates with little work experience but some top schools require several years.\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAverage salary after graduation\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t$72,000 – $192,000\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t$10,000 - $40,000\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nEligibility\r\n\r\nIt’s not a mandatory requirement to have a business or management degree to apply for an MBA in the UK or US.\r\n\r\nBut there are a few requirements you need to consider before landing a place at business school:\r\n\r\n\r\n\tEvidence of undergraduate degree\r\n\tWork experience (school dependent)\r\n\tCompetitive GMAT Exam Score (or in some cases GRE scores)\r\n\tEnglish language proficiency score i.e. TOEFL\r\n\tMBA essays (as required by business school)\r\n\tRecommendation letters from previous academic institutions and places of work\r\n\r\n\r\nOnce these documents are approved by the admission committee, candidates are invited to the business school for a face-to-face interview.\r\n\r\nVisa\r\n\r\nAs an international student, you’ll need to obtain a visa to study in a new country, which will also entitle you to other benefits as a student registered in said country.\r\n\r\nMBA in the US\r\n\r\nThe US is a popular destination for international MBA aspirants, as a little more than half of the top business schools are in the US.\r\n\r\nTo study in the US, you’ll need an F1 visa to pursue a full-time education.\r\n\r\nHow to apply for the F1 visa:\r\n\r\n1: Apply to a SEVP approved school.\r\n\r\n2: You’ll receive an I-20 form from the school, once you accept your admissions offer. The school will enter your name in SEVIS (Student and exchange visitor information system).\r\n\r\n3: Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee of US$200.\r\n\r\n4: Fill the online non-immigrant visa application form DS-160. Pay the F1 visa fee of US$160.\r\n\r\n5: Print and keep the DS-160 barcode. Schedule an appointment at your local US Embassy or Consulate.\r\n\r\n6: Prepare the following documents for your visa interview\r\n\r\n\r\n\tA valid passport\r\n\tForm DS-160 confirmation page\r\n\tApplication fee payment receipt\r\n\tForm I-20 issued by the school\r\n\tAcademic transcripts and standardized test scores\r\n\tProof of health insurance\r\n\tFinancial documents to prove that you have enough money for your living expenses\r\n\tProof that you intend to return to your home country after graduating\r\n\r\n\r\n7: Attend your visa interview on the scheduled day.\r\n\r\nIf you would like to remain in the US post-MBA, follow this link.\r\n\r\nMBA in the UK\r\n\r\nTo study for an MBA in the UK you’ll need a Tier 4 (General) student visa.\r\n\r\nOnce your offer is unconditionally accepted, the school will become your sponsor, and you’ll be provided with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number by the school for visa processing.\r\n\r\nThe UK follows a point-based system, so incoming students must earn at least 40 points to be considered eligible to study in the UK. The CAS number contributes 30 points and the remaining 10 points are awarded based on your proof of funds to cover tuition and other expenses in the UK.\r\n\r\nMBA abroad without GMAT\r\n\r\nThere are some business schools that have waived the requirement for a GMAT score. It’s best to check the admissions criteria for each of these to see if substantial work experience is required or if you’ll need to submit additional documents for your application.\r\n\r\nHere are some examples of business schools that don’t require a GMAT or GRE score:\r\n\r\n\r\n\tIn place of a GMAT score, the Foster School of Business (Washington) allows students to take the “Test Optional Summary of Qualifications” instead and answer two questions about their analytic and quantitative skills from previous experience. Tuition for international students is $56,127.\r\n\tSimilarly, the Eli Broad College of Business accepts applications from candidates without a test score in order to attract a diverse mix of students. Tuition for international students is $54,616.\r\n\tOptions for European business schools include Birmingham Business School. The GMAT score will be considered alongside other evidence submitted in your application but it\u0027s not essential. Tuition is £31,500 ($37,948) for domestic and international students. \r\n\tThe IESEG School of Management in France also waives the requirement for students to submit a GMAT or GRE score. The MBA program costs €39,000 ($39,628) for domestic and international students.\r\n\r\n\r\nMBA abroad without work experience\r\n\r\nLikewise, if you’re worried you may not have enough work experience, the following institutions accept applications from candidates without a substantial work history. Tuition fees for each can be found in the table below.\r\n\r\n\r\n\tWork experience is not required to apply for the Stanford Graduate School of Business as they are more interested in the impact candidates have had in the workplace.\r\n\tAlthough the average student will have fix or six years worth of professional experience before applying to The Wharton School, the MBA program does accept early career candidates with limited or no experience who exhibit strong managerial and professional potential. The admissions team evaluate work experience not in terms of years, but the depth and breadth of an individual’s position, his or her contributions to the work environment, and level of responsibility and progression.\r\n\tWhilst the London Business School also attracts candidates who typically have at least five years of work experience, admission may be granted to candidates with less than three years work experience if they can demonstrate superior academic credentials and truly outstanding evidence of leadership through professional and personal experiences.\r\n\r\n\r\nTop MBA colleges fee structure\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tGlobal MBA Rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tInstitution\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tCountry\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAnnual tuition fee\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t1\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStanford Graduate School of Business\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUS\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t$76,950\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=2\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tHarvard Business School\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUS\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t$73,440\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=2\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tPenn (Wharton)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUS\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t$84,874\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t4\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tHEC Paris\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tFrance\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t$79,267\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t5\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tMIT (Sloan)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUS\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t$80,400\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t6\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tLondon Business School\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUK\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t$117,353\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=7\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tIE Business School\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tSpain\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t$79,570\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=7\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tINSEAD\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tParis/Singapore/France\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t$94,091\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t9\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tColumbia Business School\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUS\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t$80,472\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t10\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tIESE Business School\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tSpain\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t$101,115\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nAs an international student, tuition fees for MBA students will be different to those paid by domestic students at UK and US business schools.\r\n\r\nFor example, tuition at the top business schools in the US is over US$120,000: Harvard Business School (24-month program); Stanford Graduate School of Business (24 months); The Wharton School (21 months).\r\n\r\nOther b-schools in the US will be slightly cheaper, including Kelley School of Business which costs around US$53,028 for Indiana residents or US$76,618 for non-residents/international students per year. Tuck School of Business’ MBA (21 months) is around US$112,000-$116,932.\r\n\r\nHowever, international students at business school in the UK tend to pay the same tuition fees as their domestic classmates. For example, London Business School’s MBA students all pay £97,500, and Imperial College Business School students all pay £57,200 (US$68,882) in tuition (with a £5,720 (US$6,888) deposit).\r\n\r\nAnd don’t forget, there are a number of hidden fees to look out for.\r\n\r\nHere are some ways you can finance your MBA.\r\n\r\nMBA scholarships and financial aid\r\n\r\nStudying abroad is an expensive venture, especially when it comes to a qualification like the MBA. But there are a number of financial aid options available to international students to help offset your student expenses.\r\n\r\nThere are two kinds of MBA scholarships (those offered internally by the business schools, and those offered externally by organizations and foundations), and are offered on either a merit-based system or a needs-based system.\r\n\r\nMerit scholarships are rewarded by institutions to students who have performed extremely well within their education or have achieved an excellent score on the GMAT, whereas needs-based MBA scholarships are given to those who wouldn’t be able to pay for their degree studies without help. Similarly, a number of business schools offer MBA scholarships to students from under-represented backgrounds.\r\n\r\nFollow the links to learn more about scholarships in the UK and US.