Perhaps not surprisingly, our advice on non U.S. business schools varies according to your nationality and post business school career goals.


You should only consider studying abroad if you don't think you will spend your whole career in the U.S. where less name recognition and smaller alumni networks will not help you nearly as much as the American schools. Additionally, if you are not a dual citizen of the European Union, potential EU employers may shy away from you.

Asians Who Want to Return to Asia

While you can certainly gain a lot from studying in the States or in Europe and gain valuable exposure to the American or European business models, we strongly believe the Indian School of Business (ISB) is worthy of its hype. We are also acutely aware that many Asian employers still place a premium value on the American, and to a slightly lesser extent the European, MBA. Hence, the Asian campuses of American and European schools may also represent good fits.


There are some very strong business schools in Europe that we believe will only continue to grow in prestige. Three of these top schools, INSEAD, ESADE and IMD, offer one-year programs. If you do not believe you will need a summer internship to assist you with your post business school career goals, these programs may be ideal for you. We also believe EU companies will continue to recognize and value the American MBA degree.


Many Canadians do complete their MBAs in the States but the Canadian employers have taken increasing notice of the fine programs available at Ivey, McGill, Queens and Rotman. With the exception of Ivey's international focus, the Canadian schools have sadly still not attracted much attention from non-Canadian recruiters.

Those who Wish to Work in the US after Business School Graduation

The prestigious name recognition and alumni networks of the American business schools will give you the very best chance of future career success in the States.

International Business Schools Admissions Criteria

As we've stated before, these and all rankings are subjective. Nonetheless, these represent our top 15 international (non US) business schools. We've alphabetized them in order to downplay the immaterial differences that inevitably creep up when they are listed numerically.

Business School Average
Average Years
Work Experience
ESADE 670 6.1
HEC Paris 690 6
IE N/A 5
IESE 655 4
IMD 670 7
Indian School of Business (ISB) N/A 5
London Business School 690 5
McGill N/A 4-5
Oxford (Said) 690 5
Queens 650 N/A
Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus) 622 6
University of Toronto (Rotman) 674 4
University of Western Ontario (Ivey) 645 5
York (Schulich) 640 N/A