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MBA Master's of Business Administration

A Guide to Studying MBA Master's of Business Administration in Europe

Did you know that, as an international student, you can get a degree in MBA Master's of Business Administration at a top-ranked European university? Best of all, it's taught entirely in English and costs less than 1 year of tuition at a US college.

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European Bachelor's programs taught entirely in English.
European Master's programs taught entirely in English.

About this area of study.

An MBA automatically places an employee or job applicant a cut above one who holds only a bachelor's degree. MBA graduates, on average, earn twice as much as business majors, with a median figure of around $105,000 per annum. 

That having been said, MBAs are no longer the gold standard they used to be. The job market is somewhat flooded with graduates, so such a diploma is not necessarily a guarantee of upward mobility. This degree does, however, remain a basic requirement for certain jobs, including many in top management and the investment ecosystem. 

It also matters where you obtained your MBA. The vast majority of courses are of a very high standard, but one from Harvard is naturally going to carry more weight than the equivalent from the University of the Bahamas. Outside the United States, the best institutions are found in Britain, Spain, Germany, and France. Most have an English-language version of their MBA programs and many allow you to do an "executive" course, namely one that's pursued part-time and mostly online. 

Employers don't seem to make a strong distinction between executive and on-campus MBAs. There is one very important point to keep in mind, though: many graduates have found that the most important benefit of their MBAs is not the knowledge they gained or the bullet point on their resumes, but the contacts they made among future business leaders. With an online course, your opportunities for networking with your classmates will be limited.

Careers options in this area of study.

One thing I've noticed about people talking about getting a master of business administration is that they tend to use the phrase "next step". For many people stuck in middle management roles, that's exactly what an MBA is.

Let's say that you've earned a degree in finance, business information systems, marketing, or what have you. Over the last five years or so, you've moved beyond what you learned in the classroom, gaining valuable practical experience and perhaps being promoted once or twice. Where do you go from there, though?

Getting an MBA can set the stage for further career development, which may well be difficult or impossible without this respected degree. The basic idea is that it teaches you all the business know-how a top-flight manager can be expected to have in one single package. These skills would otherwise take years to learn if they were not combined in this way.

In addition, MBA instructors are highly knowledgeable themselves and are often drawn from the world of business rather than academia. This is an important point: MBA candidates are not only expected to learn formulas and systems but to think for themselves. Instructors encourage them to apply (and if necessary, adapt) their knowledge to situations they may well encounter when in positions of authority.

Due to the high demand for this course, just getting in the door is already a challenge. The top schools all have acceptance rates below 50%, with a few admitting fewer than one in five applicants. Some common entry requirements include a four-year bachelor's degree with a fair to strong GPA, at least two years of experience in a suitable role, and passing a fairly challenging written test. Personal interviews and recommendations also play a major role.

Most MBA students, as you'd expect, come from a business background. The course is, however, open to anyone who has completed a qualifying bachelor's degree. The foundational subjects like marketing, accounting, and business law can all be picked up within the first year even by students who've had little exposure to them before. Individuals from all kinds of industries and specializations are therefore pursuing MBAs to boost their earning potential and make a move to managerial roles.

Full-time MBAs generally run for two years, while part-time courses can take longer to complete. Some universities offer a condensed, highly intensive one-year option - in this case, MBA stands for Marriage Breakup Association. Master of Business Administration courses may have a general focus, though an increasing number of specialized degrees are devoted to hospitality, business analytics, international business, and other fields.

Admissions information.

The college admissions process in the US has become a race to the bottom as students compete with their peers for a single spot in a liberal arts college, convinced by parents and guidance counselors that their survival rests on playing a musical instrument or varsity sport. Many smart kids don’t do well on standardized tests. This doesn’t limit them as much when looking outside of the US, as many colleges in Europe do not require standardized tests. Many countries see entry into universities as a right, rather than a privilege, so admission standards are not as stringent.

How to study in Europe.

When you also factor in the many problems with US higher education, it is imprudent not to consider other possibilities. It is true there are many excellent schools in the United States—I don’t think anyone would argue that. There are some that have managed to look at applicants as people, and not just a checklist of achievements. Some even have reasonable tuition rates, and/or professors that actively teach and have highly engaged students. Despite this, I have yet to find a school in the United States that addresses all of these issues: allows students to opt out of the rat race the admissions process has become, have reasonable tuition, AND have positive results around the educational experience and post-graduation outcomes. Not every school in Europe provides all this either, but the schools listed in our database do.

How to find English-taught degrees.

Finding these programs is burdensome, difficult, and confusing, especially with institutional websites in foreign languages... We know that making the decision to study abroad can be difficult, so we want to make it easy for you. We scoured the continent for vetted programs and made them available to thousands of families looking to leave the US and find a better life in Europe. We found over 11,200 degrees, 870 universities, 550 cities, and 32 European countries to choose from. Europe offers an impressive range of educational opportunities!

We have gathered all of the information you need to know about studying in Europe – from the different types of schools available to how to get housing and everything in between. Our database helps you find these programs quickly and easily, helping you contextualize the many benefits and options around higher education in Europe.

You will be able to find programs and courses that suit your interests and needs, taught in English by experienced professors in state-of-the-art facilities. Search our database of English-taught European bachelor's and master's programs and get started on your journey to Europe today.

Travel the world while you get your degree.

Travel opportunities abound when attending college in Europe. For example, Lille, a city in northern France with multiple universities, is close to major cities such as Brussels, London, and Paris via high-speed rail. Air travel, especially with the rise of affordable airlines like Ryanair, EasyJet, and Transavia, can be comparable in price to rail travel, so many more destinations open up for short-term travel.

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Typical savings against a private university in the US.
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All inclusive of tuition, living, food, books, health insurance, travel expenses, as well as hidden fees. Compiled with data from students and the official websites from KU Leuven, UNC, and Duke.

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