Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Facts about my life at INSEAD in Singapore
Some facts about my life at INSEAD in Singapore:
- 5 periods of approximately 2 months each (P1-P5)
- 2 intakes per year (September and January)
- Appr. 150 students in the Singapore intake and 300 at the Fontainebleau one (900 per year)
- Total students at Singapore campus is about 300 ('fresh' intake and 'seniors' combined)
13.5 core courses (P1=5, P2=6, P3=2.5)
- Minimum 10 and maximum 12 elective courses (advised: P3=3, P4=4, P5=3)
- Core courses: classes with 75 students in an amphi (=lecture room)
- Elective courses: classes with maximum 48 students in an amphi
- Average percentage of grade determined by participation in class: core=20%, elective=20% to 50%
- About 80 electives to chose from
- Weekdays: 8-16 hours per day (including classes)
- Weekends: 3-6 hours per day
- Average of 3 different courses taught per day
- Duration of 1 course is 1.5 hours; 15 minutes break between courses
- Heritage View apartment complex or Dover Parkview apartment complex
2 or 3 bedroom apartments
- Costs (furnished): S$2000 per month for 2 bedroom apartment (=appr EUR 1000), S$2500 per month for 3 bedroom apartment
- Almost all apartments hired a maid for cleaning and ironing (appr S$40 per week)
- Available at complex (Heritage View): 4 swimming pools, 2 BBQ spots, 1 gym, tennis courts
- From apartment to INSEAD: 7 minutes walk
- All other: taxi (a taxi ride to the city center lasts about 15 minutes and will cost you S$6)
- Trips made by students in last 3 months: Indonesia (Bali, Bintang), Thailand (Bangkok, Phuket, Ciang Mai), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Melakka, several islands for diving), Cambodia, Vietnam, Phillipines, Japan
- Food court (S$4 per meal)
- INSEAD: lunch and diner (S$5 per meal)
- Restaurants (S$15-25 per meal)
- Home cooking: hardly
- 30-33 degrees Celsius every day
- It rains on average 30 minutes a day (some days more)
Party and relaxation
- Average of 3 night per week of having drinks and going out
- 3 official parties organized per period
- 1 major party per half year (Winter Ball is happening at 26th of November)
- 2 national weeks per period (week full of activities organized by students from that country)
- 2 national days per period (same as weeks, but shorter (duh))
- organized sports: basketball, soccer, rugby, tennis, dance classes (Latin American / Ballroom, Salsa, Belly dancing) and plenty of individual sports
- Average of 3 evening lectures per week (presentations by companies, presentations about industries, presentations by global leaders and entrepreneurs)
- Organized by Career Management Services: cv sessions, self-assessment, industry seminars, etc
That should do it for now. If anyone wants to know some other / more specific stuff, just drop me a comment. I like comments :)
What would you say are your favourite subjects, and what would you say about the diversity of teh people in Singapore vs. Fonty?
Love the blog, keep up the good work.
I am a fan of your blog... I would like to know whether is there any major in the MBA program or the electives determine the major.
Also, I aspire to settle down in Spore, what are the chances of getting a job in Spore....mail me please :) at firstname.lastname@example.org
keep up the good work.
About a job in Singapore: I don't know. I don't think it will be very difficult.
Just chatted with Vikas and few of his colleagues of Dec 05 Class.....and found that job in spore is not so difficult as you have said....
Pitching in for the Dec 07 class...
Other campuses, like LBS are said to be better for girls.
What do you think?
Was accepted both to INSEAD and Wharton (dual degree program)..which came out to be a diffucult choice to make. Both are told to be great schools.
From the other- financial:-) hand,since INSEAD has a 10 month intensive program it cost almost 2.2 times less that Wharton.
What do you think? which school to go to? Did anybody faced this situation before and what was the choice done? what were the implications?
Please can you let me know your email address as I have some queries regarding finances required for the MBA program.