The Financial Times has a nice article about the increase in relative attractiveness of European business schools as compared to their American counterparts. (Roughly one third of US MBA programs experienced a hike in application volumes in 2017 as opposed to two thirds of European MBA programs.) The article cites the shorter program durations as well as the European b-schools’ increased diversity as the main reasons behind this phenomenon.
The article (linked above) is well written and we’re certainly not going to take any issue with the shorter durations and increased diversity. We would, however, like to ensure applicants considering career changes fully understand the value of a summer internship. We would also like to add that it’s often easiest to find a first post-MBA job near the school and a poor local economy could hinder that job search.