International students flock to US university to unlock potential – and ‘invent the future’ – Maura Herson

Maura Herson, Director of the MBA Program at MIT Sloan

From Business Vision

MIT has a worldwide reputation, and international students make up 34-40 percent of the Sloan School of Management’s MBA Programme.

MIT Sloan, based in Boston, values diversity and strives to provide a supportive environment for its global citizens. Its mission is to develop principled and innovative leaders who will improve the world, and enrich the learning experience of all students.

The MBA Programme conducts around 50 “Sloan on the Road” events each year to share admissions information and encourage qualified applicants, and its efforts – combined with MIT’s reputation – continue to pay off.

The US remains a popular destination for international graduate students. In the MBA Class of 2019, 48 percent of international students will be from Asia or the Middle East, 22 percent from South or Central America, 16 percent from Europe, nine percent from Canada and Mexico, three percent from Oceania, and two percent from Africa.

MIT has applications from India, China, Korea, Japan, South-east Asia and Central and South America, all regions where it has active alumni promotion.


Its toughest competition comes from Europe, with strong programmes in the UK and the EU. For European citizens, the education model of a five-year undergraduate/graduate degree programme and a subsidised national education system, can make going to the US a daunting proposition.

Once students have enrolled in the MBA programme, adapting to life in the US isn’t always easy. The good news for new settlers is that Boston is a cosmopolitan city, with colleges, universities and companies with diverse workforces. MIT Sloan is also more “international” than it appears on paper, as many US students have previously lived, studied, or worked abroad.

That said, international students still need to get used to a new culture and language. Students from China, for example, may not be accustomed to raising their hand to speak in class, but classroom contribution is required as part of the grade at MIT Sloan. The institute offers a week-long pre-orientation session to all students to help them get used to the American style of teaching.

During this time, senior staff members, such as Senior Associate Dean Jake Cohen, share their experiences as international students. He reminds them that assimilation takes time – and that MIT will help with resources for personal and academic support.

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Maura Herson is the Director of the MBA Program at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

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