MBA ENPC vs HULT


kaiser

Hello,

I have been looking at MBA programmes and have a hard time deciding between two programmes: ENPC in Brussels/Paris and HULT in London with a possibility to rotate to Dubai, Shanghai, San Francisco, Boston, New York.

About me: I am fluent in English, though not a native speaker. Also, I do speak some French (A2 level), my GMAT is 620 and I have a 5 years work experience in IT consulting.
I am looking for a MBA that allows me to check out innovation management and maybe get into starting my own company. I also would like to check for potential to move into something else than IT. Also, I would like to get as much international exposure as possible - the chance to also learn a new language would be most welcome.

I am not looking for a two year programme, which is one of the reasons I am looking at the two programmes HULT/ENPC in more detail currently. Also, I should mention that I am looking for 2016 currently - thus any other options would be most welcome.

Now after reading a bit about the two MBAs (and finding tons of info here on the forums), I started a pro/con list on them:

HULT:
+ global rotation programme (great international exposure)
+ London as home campus offers great career opportunities
+ good rankings (compared with ENPC)
- somewhat negative reputation on some forums (mostly older posts though)
- expensive

ENPC:
+ good faculty (visiting professors from top schools)
+ possibility for me to improve my French
+ strong focus on innovation/entrepreneurship
- almost never shown in rankings
- lacking career services (probably only with a focus on France, somewhat limiting if one is not fluent in French)

What do you think about the two programmes in comparison? Which would you pick and why? What are other pros/cons for the respective programmes?

Thank you

Hello,

I have been looking at MBA programmes and have a hard time deciding between two programmes: ENPC in Brussels/Paris and HULT in London with a possibility to rotate to Dubai, Shanghai, San Francisco, Boston, New York.

About me: I am fluent in English, though not a native speaker. Also, I do speak some French (A2 level), my GMAT is 620 and I have a 5 years work experience in IT consulting.
I am looking for a MBA that allows me to check out innovation management and maybe get into starting my own company. I also would like to check for potential to move into something else than IT. Also, I would like to get as much international exposure as possible - the chance to also learn a new language would be most welcome.

I am not looking for a two year programme, which is one of the reasons I am looking at the two programmes HULT/ENPC in more detail currently. Also, I should mention that I am looking for 2016 currently - thus any other options would be most welcome.

Now after reading a bit about the two MBAs (and finding tons of info here on the forums), I started a pro/con list on them:

HULT:
+ global rotation programme (great international exposure)
+ London as home campus offers great career opportunities
+ good rankings (compared with ENPC)
- somewhat negative reputation on some forums (mostly older posts though)
- expensive

ENPC:
+ good faculty (visiting professors from top schools)
+ possibility for me to improve my French
+ strong focus on innovation/entrepreneurship
- almost never shown in rankings
- lacking career services (probably only with a focus on France, somewhat limiting if one is not fluent in French)

What do you think about the two programmes in comparison? Which would you pick and why? What are other pros/cons for the respective programmes?

Thank you
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Duncan

I just cannot accept that these are the two best options available to you. If you want to become an entrepreneur, who do careers services matter?

I am interested that you think Hult has good careers opportunities.

I just cannot accept that these are the two best options available to you. If you want to become an entrepreneur, who do careers services matter?

I am interested that you think Hult has good careers opportunities.
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mba hipste...

Just curious - why are you only looking at these programs? Maybe Hult could be a safety school, if you could spend some of the next year to work on your GMAT score and try for other schools that better fit your profile.

A program like the 12-month MBA at HEC Paris might be more appropriate for your profile.

You might also want to check out ESMT in Berlin, I have heard the city's good for entrepreneurs.

Just curious - why are you only looking at these programs? Maybe Hult could be a safety school, if you could spend some of the next year to work on your GMAT score and try for other schools that better fit your profile.

A program like the 12-month MBA at HEC Paris might be more appropriate for your profile.

You might also want to check out ESMT in Berlin, I have heard the city's good for entrepreneurs.
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kaiser

Thanks for the replies.

@Duncan: Why do I think HULT has good career opportunities?
My statement of this should not be mistaken for an absolute one. Obviously there are other schools with better career opportunities. What I meant is that for me personally (fluent in English but not fluent in French) and in comparison to Solvay/ENPC, HULT will likely have better possibilities.
I feel that I would have a much wider selection of possible jobs graduating e.g. with HULT in London than with Solvay/ENPC in Brussels/Paris as I expect that most job opportunities that I can get in touch with at the latter will require me to be fluent in French. I doubt getting from an A2 level up to C1 in one year is really possible.

@mba hipster: How did I end up with looking into those two schools in more detail?
Well, I am also looking at other school, of course. It is just that so far these happened to be two school that I looked into a bit more, because they both are MBAs that will have me leaving at two different cities during the course of study by default and are still only one year in length. Two things that I would like alot for my MBA.

@both of you regarding the innovation/entrepreneur mentioning:
- yes, if I was dead set on wanting to become an entrepreneur, I would not have to care the least bit about career services. Well, I am not that set really:)
My idea is to get some good feeling through the MBA on what it would mean to start my own shop. However, if during the courses I find that I would rather not go for it and pursue a corporate career, I do want to have good chances for that as well. Hence the question about career services.

Do you guys have any specific things/knowledge noteworthy about the two MBAs to share?

Thanks

Thanks for the replies.

@Duncan: Why do I think HULT has good career opportunities?
My statement of this should not be mistaken for an absolute one. Obviously there are other schools with better career opportunities. What I meant is that for me personally (fluent in English but not fluent in French) and in comparison to Solvay/ENPC, HULT will likely have better possibilities.
I feel that I would have a much wider selection of possible jobs graduating e.g. with HULT in London than with Solvay/ENPC in Brussels/Paris as I expect that most job opportunities that I can get in touch with at the latter will require me to be fluent in French. I doubt getting from an A2 level up to C1 in one year is really possible.

@mba hipster: How did I end up with looking into those two schools in more detail?
Well, I am also looking at other school, of course. It is just that so far these happened to be two school that I looked into a bit more, because they both are MBAs that will have me leaving at two different cities during the course of study by default and are still only one year in length. Two things that I would like alot for my MBA.

@both of you regarding the innovation/entrepreneur mentioning:
- yes, if I was dead set on wanting to become an entrepreneur, I would not have to care the least bit about career services. Well, I am not that set really:)
My idea is to get some good feeling through the MBA on what it would mean to start my own shop. However, if during the courses I find that I would rather not go for it and pursue a corporate career, I do want to have good chances for that as well. Hence the question about career services.

Do you guys have any specific things/knowledge noteworthy about the two MBAs to share?

Thanks
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Duncan

Honestly, these are not strong choices but I would pick ENPC over Hult. At least ENPC has a solid brand and some relationships with employers. If you put the effort in, you can get from A2 to B1 before you start, and up to C1 by the end. The Hult brand could go anywhere...

Honestly, these are not strong choices but I would pick ENPC over Hult. At least ENPC has a solid brand and some relationships with employers. If you put the effort in, you can get from A2 to B1 before you start, and up to C1 by the end. The Hult brand could go anywhere...
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