tl;dr: Yes but.
It seems like every day there’s more bad news coming out of the US.
This country has not been made great over the last four years. If anything, the opposite is happening. 🙁
We could rant for days on social issues, but in the realm of MBA admissions only, let’s talk about the situation with immigration and America’s current stance towards citizens of other countries, and how that impacts the education sector, and you, as a potential applicant for an MBA program in the U.S.
We know there’s a lot of you out there. We have seen sky-high ex-U.S. interest in our content in the last few months. Today’s post is for you international Brave Supplicants.
If you were to focus only on the media and what you see in proclamations and policies coming out of the government, it would seem that America *hates* immigrants and foreigners. Just this week, another policy was enacted to prevent people from coming here and limiting options for those seeking to come work in the US.
Then, you hear that these policies and restrictions have prevented students who were accepted into the Class of 2022 programs at top American business schools from getting to the U.S. to start their education (setting aside the entire coronavirus chaos completely for the moment). Some schools have now responded by offering these blocked international students an open seat in next year’s MBA class.
Then there’s the question of whether these forced shufflings will mean that the current admissions season will have fewer openings for international candidates trying for the Class of 2023, since a portion of seats are already allocated to students who were supposed to be starting this year.
In such an environment, are you wondering if it’s even worth it to try for an American MBA?
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We said up above that it seems that America hates foreigners. That is TOTALLY not the case when you talk to actual Americans (at least, the ones not attending a rally for the current occupant of the Oval Office, and for the record, most Americans don’t attend such rallies). Most Americans are decent people who don’t harbor hatred for anyone. You wouldn’t know it based on what we’re seeing in the media or how policies are being enacted, but it’s true.
If you’re nervous about coming to school in the U.S. because you’re unsure of what it would be like to be in this country as a foreigner, then we understand that concern but it’s unfounded.
And, if you’re concerned about your chances of getting admitted to an American business school in this uncertain climate, we understand that concern, too, and it may have more merit. 🙁
It’s a weird time. We would never, ever, suggest someone not pursue their dreams of higher ed and career advancement, but a careful strategy will need to be employed in this time. We’re here to help you with that if we can!!!
Tell us what you think.