Your responses to the essay questions provide the best opportunity to be creative and tell us about yourself. We would like to get to know you and to find out what motivates you. The essays are not meant to be academic articles or business memos, but rather your personal stories. The essays sections is a critical part of our evaluation process. As such, we advise you to spend a significant amount of time on your application essays.

INSEAD Job Essays:

INSEAD Job Essay 1. Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/ products and results achieved. (250 words maximum)

INSEAD Job Essay 2. Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. If you were to remain with your present employer, what would be your next step in terms of position? (250 words maximum)

INSEAD Job Essay 3. (additional essay – applicable if you are currently unemployed) If you are currently not working, what are you doing and what do you plan to do until you start the MBA programme? (250 words maximum)

INSEAD Motivation Essays:

INSEAD Personal Essay 1. Give a candid description of yourself, stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors, which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (600 words maximum) 

INSEAD Personal Essay 2. Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date (if possible specify one personal and one professional), explaining why you view them as such. (400 words maximum)

INSEAD Personal Essay 3. Describe a situation taken from your personal or professional life where you failed. Discuss what you learned. (400 words maximum)

INSEAD Personal Essay 4. Please choose one of the following two essay topics:

a) Have you ever experienced culture shock? What insights did you gain? (250 words maximum)

b) Describe the ways in which a foreigner in your country might experience culture shock. (250 words maximum)

INSEAD Personal Essay 5.

a) Discuss your short and long term career goals. (300 words maximum)

b) How will studying at INSEAD help you achieve your vision? (250 words maximum)

INSEAD Optional Essay. Is there anything that you have not mentioned in the above essays that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? (350 words maximum)

INSEAD Personal Reapplicant Essay. In case of reapplication, please provide an update on any new aspects of your professional, international, academic or personal profile that would not have been included in your previous application. Please also explain your motivation for re-applying to INSEAD. (400 words maximum)

INSEAD Application Deadlines 2013 – 2014

Jan 2014 intake Round 1 (3 Apr 2013), Round 2 (12 Jun 2013), Round 3 (7 Aug 2013)

Sep 2014 intake Round 1 (2 Oct 2013), Round 2 (27 Nov 2013), Round 3 (5 Mar 2014)

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