Hult International Business School – Q&A Review
Though I graduated 3 months ago, I am still getting a lot of emails regarding the quality of Hult and its programs. Unfortunately, after graduation, I was occupied with job search and then work and replying turned into a highly time-consuming activity that I couldn’t find time for. Since lots of questions were very similar I decided to just take out all of them and give the answers in the form of a blog post. Thus I would save some time but still provide you with the answers and hopefully help in deciding about your next school. Here is the outcome, and in case you don’t find much needed answers here, feel free to ping me in the comments section below.
1) What do you think about Hult as a university? I’ve read several reviews on the internet saying that is not as good as it seems, that they accept also students with very low gpa and gmat and that in the US is not a very well known uni and companies don’t even know about it. What has been your experience?
I love the experience, and you can read more about it here. It is not perfect for sure and it has yet to be improved. But, I would lie if I said it didn’t contribute to my personal development. It’s totally opposite. This year in the US help me mature faster and understand how global economies function. Now when I have a job, I can also brag about the fact I have friends all over the world that I can ask for advice in case my company wants to work in their country. This is a huge thing and takes years to some people to realize.
It is not perfect though, and I wrote more about its downsides as well. Here is an excerpt that tackles the GPA/GMAT related question
Simple math will show that if a school wants more students, from the decreasing student pool, it will need to work harder (sales and marketing) or to lower the admission bar. Both of these are happening and this is not Hult specific. This means, that you will be exposed to working with 10-20% of people who probably do not deserve to be there. And this is not fun, especially when the language barrier is high.
As mentioned none of these is Hult specific, but rather a trend that most of schools experience. Focus on the rest of the group that you can learn and benefit from, and those 10-20% won’t ruin your overall experience
2) Is it the right place for investing a huge amount for studies (in terms of returns)?
Not sure there is such thing as the right place. There is a place good enough and Hult can be that if you know how to get the most of it. I particularly loved these three things:
- One year program – I wasn’t prepare to spend another 2 years in school. My budget felt the same.
- Global Exposure – the school is highly international. In one year I worked with people from more than 40 countries. Some of them were brilliant, some of them not. I learned from the both and now I can say I understand the world more than most of business people do.
- Location, location, location – Instead of studying in a college campus in the middle of nowhere you get to study in the most relevant cities in the world. What comes with that is huge industry exposure that you won’t get while studying in those small places. San Francisco itself was for me a reason strong enough to come to study at Hult. It’s the center of the tech industry and you get a chance to play with cutting edge technology months in advance.
I agree that the school is not cheap, but it is an investment in your growth, and that’s usually the best way to spend money.
3) What kind of Career support Hult gives?
There is a Career Services department at every campus that helps students get a job. They are at the same time in charge of the career portal where companies who have been working with school publish their job vacancies. At the same time, students are obliged to take the Professional career development course that gives them more info on the ways they should approach the job market. It’s a 101 job search course that covers topics from writing a resume to salary negotiation. For this purpose, there are several career coaches that help students decide their future path. They are really trying hard to help the students but, based on experience, I think there is much more to be done in this sense.
4) If everything is fine which campus I should choose to get job quickly?
This is a tough one. Choose the industry you like and than choose a campus accordingly. If you are into tech, my warmest recommendation goes to San Francisco. I believe London is much better if you are into finance, and New York for consulting.
5) How would you rate the faculty? Are they visiting faculty or full time. Will they be available for after class doubts etc.
6) Is the faculty open to discussion and projects outside the classroom?
7) How much class participation is encouraged?
8) Is the curriculum challenging and conducive to learning growth or is simple and non challenging and very basic?
9) What are the placement prospects for people with <2 years of experience after the Masters course?
Similarly to the question 4 it depends on many factors. If you are hard working and focus on personal development instead of just partying there won’t be a problem for you to get a job. But, keep in mind that some of the campuses are very industry specific and that you might not be able to get a job in the field you want. I already mentioned SF and the tech industry, the same goes to other cities. Do a proper research before choosing the campus.
10) How is the opinion about Msc programs in the United States in terms of employment?
11) How is Hult perceived by the industry in general?
12) Prospects of foreign nationals getting jobs in current scenario.
13) I have heard that students tend to socialize more within their own ethnic peers and tend to stay within those groups?
14) I actually kind of suck at accounts and economics, however i will definitely brush up both the topics before i go to any college, will the level taught be understandable or go over my head?
15) Which other schools were u considering before going ahead with Hult and which other schools do you suggest to look at for Master courses (management/international business)?
16) I am looking out for a one year course work (in USA) which gives more emphasis on practical exposure and skill enhancement so that I can land into a better prospective career. So does HULT provide that kind of exposure in one year time frame?
It does, but at the same time it is expected of you to work hard and build a network of contacts that is going to help you land a job. Hult is very practical (or experiential if you like) and the campuses are based in the big industry centers which gives you an opportunity for doing an internship and then turning it into a full time job. This is probably the most efficient way to get a job in the US.
17) How is the guest faculty exposure in HULT? Or do the Industry speakers visit the campus often? If yes, can you please provide few names?
We, at San Francisco, had lots of successful people doing guest lectures at our school. Once a year there is a premium event when some of the industry leaders comes and does a keynote. Last year, San Francisco campus hosted Biz Stone, a cofounder of Twitter.
18) What are the job prospects in USA specifically after MBA from HULT , as most have their apprehensions to it because HULT is fairly new college?
I mentioned the situation in the previous article and it is probably the best thing I could say about this:
The economic crisis in 2008 made lots of people who were fired enroll in business schools and, today, market is flooded with MSCs, MBAs and people with similar titles. On top of that, I’ve heard many people whining how grad schools are not good enough to help them stay in the US. But, look at the bigger picture. It’s not just the school but also your individual skills. Migrating to the US today is probably hardest since it has become a country. More and more people are coming to pursue the American dream, while its economy is not anymore as strong as it used to be.
Is it possible to get a job after graduating from Hult? Yes! Is it going to be easy? Probably not. And it has very little to do with Hult. Unless you are coming from Stanford or Harvard you won’t be entitled to get a job one day after graduation. Even in their case this is not true. People from all over the world want to come and work here and if you want to succeed in that goal you need to work harder than many do. Thus – study hard, network harder and don’t be shy to show what you have got. If you do it that way, Hult is just going to help you to get through all of this easier.
19) This is an unfair query but since it is one of the factor deciding my destination of study, can you please let me have your views perse which campus Boston or San Francisco is a better one to opt in USA…and why?
Tough one. These two cities are unbelieveably similar. Both of them are academic centers that foster entrepreneurship and innovation. However, at this moment, San Francisco seems to be a better choice as it is the capital of tech industry and the number of companies started here every day is quite impressive. You should keep in mind this is a very biased answer as I have never looked for a job in Boston.
20) I got this call from HULT to submit my application early to avail scholarship. Can you guide me regarding Scholarships at HULT?
Scholarships are the best way to make the whole experience less painful. I had the opportunity to talk to at least 30 potential Hult students who had same dilemmas as most of you do, and the ones with higher scholarship are those who applied earlier. If you apply in November or December, you will be able to get at least $3.000 of scholarship. Later in the selection process there is less and less grants for talented students and it gets harder to stand out so you might lose this opportunity. Since I applied in January I was lucky enough to get Future Leaders scholarship of the same value. If you combine a high GMAT score and an early application I am pretty sure you can make this number quite higher. Lastly, it’s an open secret that all business schools are open to negotiation, so don’t be shy to ask for more, in the worst case you won’t get it.
21) As I’ll have to apply for an education loan is it advisable to apply to Hult?
I was in a similar situation and I decided to go for Sallie Mae, it’s not the cheapest one but it helped me survive the year and they work with international students. Wells Fargo is also an option and I know that Hult has been working with GoEd but only for MBA students.
Hopefully I managed to address all of your concerns but feel free to add more questions in the comments area. Going to a not-so-known school can be a huge pain. Luckily Hult is gaining lots of traction lately and I hope this blog is also helping you in making the final choice. Personally, I really enjoyed Hult and have never regretted the decision to come here and study at this school. I have complained a lot, and thought some things could be better but regardless of that it made a huge difference in my life. It might not the best school in the world, but it has its own perks and is worth giving a chance. Try to make the whole experience less painful by applying for scholarships and getting prepared for everything that is going to happen during that year. No one is entitled for a job anymore, the market is very competitive and you have to work hard in order to stand out. No business school will help you if you don’t. But if you do, you’ll realize that great things are just around the corner.