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What If I Am An International Applicant? Answers To Top 8 Frequently Asked Questions

by Personal MBA Coach, Apr 10, 2023

Each year, international applicants ask Personal MBA Coach how being international affects their chances of success. The short answer is, ‘It depends’. There are some countries from which many applicants apply to US business schools. If you are applying from one of these regions, it may be a bit harder to differentiate yourself as an applicant.

However, if you are an applicant from a country where applying to US business school is less common, your odds of success can actually be higher.


As Personal MBA Coach founder, Scott Edinburgh recently shared in US News & World Reports, many programs are actually struggling to recruit students from China given the lockdowns and test center availability “So an applicant from China looking to apply now in Round 3 would have an advantage over a typical year.”

To help you succeed as an international candidate, Personal MBA Coach has answered your frequently asked questions. Find out which schools accept the highest % of international applicants, how to manage your Visa concerns, what to do if your GPA is not on a 4.0 scale and more!

Are you an international candidate seeking guidance throughout the application process? Find out more about our Comprehensive Packages.

About Personal MBA Coach:

Founded by a Wharton MBA and MIT Sloan graduate who sits on the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants Board of Directors, Personal MBA Coach has been guiding clients for 16 years and is consistently ranked #1 or #2 by leading sources including Poets&Quants.

We help clients with all aspects of the MBA application process including early planning, GMAT/GRE/EA tutoring, application strategy, school selection, essay editing, and mock interviews. Our team includes former M7 admissions directors and former M7 admissions interviewers.

Last cycle, our clients earned more than $6.5M in scholarships!