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Top 10 Countries For Business School Candidates

We list the top business school destinations for MBA and masters students, and they tell you why

Wed Sep 25 2019

Choosing where in the world to study at business school is tricky. There are many options out there and each country has its own visa policies and roster of top business schools. So it helps to hear from candidates who’ve done it themselves.

Top Countries For Business School Candidates is our in-depth report into the state of the business school market, which we put together with our partners at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

The report shows the best countries for business school candidates, breaking where business school candidates want to study down by type of program, the citizenship of the candidate, and whether they’re a millennial or Generation Z.

Here, we highlight the top 10 most popular countries from the report as a whole.

And, for each country, we recorded a video blog with an international business school student who tells you why they chose to study there, the pros, and the cons.

Top 10 Most Popular Countries For Business School Candidates

10. Hong Kong*

% of candidates who most want to study there: 1.7%

% change in last 10 years: +1.7%

9. Spain 

% of candidates who most want to study there: 1.8%

% change in last 10 years: +0.8%

8. India

% of candidates who most want to study there: 1.9%

% change in last 10 years: -0.7%

7. Singapore

% of candidates who most want to study there: 2.4%

% change in last 10 years: +0.8%

6. Netherlands

% of candidates who most want to study there: 2.5%

% change in last 10 years: +0.7%

5. Germany

% of candidates who most want to study there: 3.3%

% change in the last 10 years: +2.5%

4. France

% of candidates who most want to study there: 4.8%

% change in the last 10 years: +2.2%

3. Canada

% of candidates who most want to study there: 8.5%

% change in the last 10 years: +4.4%

2. United Kingdom 

% of candidates who most want to study there: 9.5%

% change in last 10 years: +3.3%

1. United States

% of candidates who most want to study there: 52.6%

% change in last 10 years: -15.8%

Check out the full report:


*Hong Kong is referred to as a country in this report. Officially, Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.

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Concordia University: John Molson School of Business




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Educational advancement

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My growth

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Communications and Culture Studies

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Significant advancements

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Master of Quality Systems Engineering

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Amber Lee



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The Communication program at Concordia University will prepare you for the future. The program is divided in two blocks: one more theoretical, from which you learn the concept of communications through the perspective of philosophy, history and social studies; another completely hands-on in which you learn how to produce media choosing from three streams; sound, moving images, intermedia. What I love about the communication program at Concordia is that the teachers are clever, up to date, and exited about putting the future in the hands of students. Not only there is so much to learn in the communication program, but there are also so many opportunities!




On Campus

Concordia is best

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Entrepreneurship and Marketing

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Integrated Student Life

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Study review

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In general, I love my university. It's a true representation of diversity, with students from all around the world. The system is incredibly organized, with everything functioning seamlessly, from the structure to the services.




On Campus

Great range of classes - Political Science program

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