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:

  1. One year program – I wasn’t prepare to spend another 2 years in school. My budget felt the same.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

The quality of the faculty is similar to the student body. You have more information on that in this article as well. Speaking of after class hours, they are all obliged to spend certain amount of time on campus which means you will be able to meet them and ask about any doubts you have. It works both for full time and part time professors.

6) Is the faculty open to discussion and projects outside the classroom?

Very! The school is young and they are aware they need to do a lot of interesting things in order to stand out. Hult Prize was a student initiative, and every year students work on numerous projects that have nothing to do with the curriculum. This is usually done through student clubs, try to find more information about them on Hult’s website.

7) How much class participation is encouraged?

Usually, it’s part of the final degree. Given the cohorts are consisted of 60-70 people it is, at the same time, the only way to stand out and get a good grade. Plus you get to meet the professors, which can be highly beneficial for your career.

8) Is the curriculum challenging and conducive to learning growth or is simple and non challenging and very basic?

This is very individual and based on your experience. If your GMAT is higher than 700 and you have more than 10 years of experience, you might find some things to be trivial. But, on average you get to learn a lot through practical work with people from all around the world.

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?

Unfortunately, I have no information about this. This is a new program and explaining to other people what you can do might be a bit challenging. What I know is that they worked a lot with companies during the year, much more than other programs.

11) How is Hult perceived by the industry in general?

People who’ve heard of it love it. People who haven’t heard of it won’t disqualify you because they haven’t. There are so many schools here in the US and it is really hard to stand out if you are not Harvard or Stanford. What they care is whether you are good at what you do and whether you have picked up the needed skills during studies or not. However, for a school that’s out there for about 10 years, I think Hult did an amazing job when it comes to its reputation.

12) Prospects of foreign nationals getting jobs in current scenario.

Depends on the country. Currently, the US is a bit tough because their visa policy is very strict while the demand is enormous. You really need to work hard throughout the year because OPT leaves you 3 months only to get a job. Though it might sound enough, reality proved us wrong.

13) I have heard that students tend to socialize more within their own ethnic peers and tend to stay within those groups?

Not true. You will spend time with people from the same country simply because you miss your language and jokes, but the school encourages you to work and mingle with everyone. Thus, you will rarely find 2 people from the same country on a team. In the end, one of the biggest assets of Hult is its diversity and spending time with your own ethnic group only is wasting a unique opportunity to have friends from all over the world.

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? 

The school organizes extra courses for people who lack particular skills needed for passing the courses. Last year we had some extra curricular courses in English, Math and Finance.

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)?

My situation was specific as I wanted to study in San Francisco and I was looking for schools in this area. Apart from Hult, I was also considering Berkeley, but it offers 2 year programs only. Students who come to Hult also check out ESADE, Wharton, Babson, HEC, Insead… but Hult was the only one to provide the things I was looking for. Again, this is very individual.

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.

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aman 20991
aman 20991

Sir, I want to know what if a student does not have a academic business background. Will he be able to find a course oriented job in Usa under the specified time of 3 months.

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yns95
yns95

hey i am planning to take admission in hult London for masters of finance will it be the right choice???

natas091418
natas091418

I have a dilemma, I don´t know if it would be better to apply for San Francisco (International Business ) or Boston (International Marketing) Can someone help me? Where is better to live and find a job net and which campus is better? 

Thank you.

John Cs
John Cs

This was the biggest mistake of my life.  Hult's program is absolutely worthless and falls short of its promises in every area. You aren't going to meet any real execs, just no-names who ran multiple failed start ups--failed because they don't know the first think about how to run a business.  And none of the faculty can be bothered to help the students, they'd rather expel you on day one and keep charging you for the full year of study rather that live up to any promise made during recruitment.

StanDamian
StanDamian

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mmma
mmma

What is the difference between HULT MBA program and EMBA program, which one is better and for whom?

Can someone please guide me in that!

riri84
riri84

Hi

I've applied to Hult and just being accpeted. This morning I've started researching and came across numerous compliants about Hult. Is Hult really that bad?

stehaw
stehaw

It is known to everyone that GRE is the most important test to be undertaken if one want to leave abroad countries for studies. So without any doubt it has been started pursuing by almost every students regarding abroad studies. Thanks for sharing this.


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current student
current student

Don't waste your time or your money. It's not worth it. The school is set on expanding too quickly and has not taken into account the effect it will have on its students. We have been given poor instructors, a horrible curriculum, and policies that have not been updated to reflect a larger student base. Students looking to come to the U.S. would receive a much better education at literally thousands of other U.S. schools. The experience thus far has been awful and if given the chance again, I would pick another school. I do not feel as though I have learned very much due to the low standard of teachers and the awful curriculum set in place by the administration. For an International Business School, the school does not focus nearly enough on the international aspects of its classes. The school promised us so much more than we have been given thus far and has not been a fraction of what it promised it was when I was looking to enroll. I am a current student and this is the opinion that is widely held by myself and the majority of the other students in my program. Trust me, don't waste your time here and look to go somewhere else if you're interested in coming to the U.S. for graduate school.

shruti2412
shruti2412

Does Hult accept students in the last leg of the application process. What are the chances of acceptance on application in April?

John Cs
John Cs

@shruti2412 Very high, since they let in anyone dumb enough to give them money for a worthless education.

John Cs
John Cs

@ShanRose I think you're wrong if you think this is a good program.

busylife
busylife

I can tell you on authority that Hult is not a school worth the money. I advise you look for a better school that considers your GPA and give offerings that would be beneficial to you as a student. Hult is a "Businesslike"  school. All they care about is the money. There is absolutely no quality in this school. They don't care about the student's welfare neither do they care if you make it or not. Spending this amount on fees would be the worse mistake of your life. Going to Hult has been the worse decision of my life

usman A M
usman A M

@busylife I totally don't agree with you.

Are you a current student or an Alumni?


I can't believe you say all this misleading and terrible things. The MBA is what you make of it and if you think you will come and get a fancy MBA certificate and sit on top of the world, You are mistaking. I conversated with 2 Havard graduates yesterday in san francisco and they were amazed how much iv learnt in a shorter period of time than they did.


Plus in a global village world we live in today, Communication, team management  and Inter personal skills are equally as important to knowledge on finance and marketing. these are skills you learn throughout your Hult Study.


Hult has an excellent faculty in all 3 campuses iv rotated to. the Prof are some of the best in world and have taught in other prestigious Business Schools including Havard, Wharton and Insead and they are noted to having a diverse student body. in my class of 35 students in Mod A, we were from 28 different countries.


You did not prepare yourself for the MBA, you were one of those people who wanted an MBA certificate and see where the wind will blow you too and ended up disappointed, for the wind will only blow you to where you planned to go.


I have so much value from Hult Experience and zoo many more students do.


Usman A M

umohammed2014@student.hult.edu

NicholasMacDonaldWu
NicholasMacDonaldWu

@busylife

If this was an honest answer, you'd be willing to put your name by it. 


I wasn't entirely satisfied by Hult, but no more or less than I would have been by any other business school that I could have gone to (given I probably couldn't have gotten into Wharton, Columbia, or U of C). Hardly the worst thing I could have done, and I view it as a lifelong investment in my network and professional education. If you're just doing it for the certificate, you're doing it wrong.

HammadTahir
HammadTahir

Hello,

I applied to Hult for the undergraduate program and in response the school gave an unconditional acceptance. It Means doesn't matter what grades I score in my A'levels, the school is ready to take me in. Now I'm not a kid with a beautiful mind, I'm just an average student. Therefore, its very weird as a lot of schools and colleges don't give unconditional offers that easily. So I was wondering that you can help me decide whether Hult is a good place to spend a lot of money or not.

Because its going to be my first time in college and its important for me to get that college life experience with great education.

You're feedback would be of great help.

Regards,

Hammad

John Cs
John Cs

@HammadTahir Don't bother with Hult.  Anyone who's ready to accept you that readily, isn't exclusive enough. (Ironically, the only thing Hult actually teaches you).

jacgarcia
jacgarcia

Hello, I recently was accepted to make an MBA at HULT LONDON CAMPUS  and as i was making my research i also got worried about some bad comments people say about this school and the scam they represent.   So i would really like to know if its worth the money i will spend on it  (ROI).  Also another doubt i have is regarding the Shangahi campus if it would be a good idea to shift my base campus from LONDON to SHANGHAI.


Hope you can send me your feedback.


Best Regards

Jorge

usman A M
usman A M

@jacgarcia . How you doing.

Im a current Hult MBA student due to graduate in August 2014. i started in Dubai then rotated to New York and now I'm in San francisco.


London campus and the guys i met from London in both New york and francisco are really great guys and girls and they really fun to be with.


Shanghai campus probably has the best Architecture and the really really good professors. the Dean from the Shanghai campus was our prof in Dubai, he taught us management communications. he's one the best iv had till today.


So rotating to shanghai will be a wonderful experience. there are a lot of Dubai students that rotated to shanghai. most of the students in Shaghai are europeans as the Hult has some issues admitting chinese students (Some Govt law of some sort).


But I'm telling you Hult Int'l is a life changing experience from in class studies, to real life consulting projects for multi billion $$ corporations, to the friends you make from all over the world and to job oppurtunities.


I highly recommend Hult MBA.


Usman A M

umohammed2014@student.hult.edu

apacker137
apacker137

Hello,


I've been accepted into the MIB program for Hult for Fall 2014. I am in the middle of deciding between San Francisco and Shanghai as my home campus. Do you have any insight on the comparison between these two? Also, since doing more research I have read terrible things about Hult and naturally it has me pretty worried, how well are you introduced to potential hiring companies? Is it worth the money to go here or should I pursue a degree at a more reputable school that will get me a better job?


Thanks!

naveenbingi9
naveenbingi9

Thank You so much for replying. I may probably give the GMAT, TOEFL and look for other universities as well. Once again, thanks a ton for all the information you shared with us.

naveenbingi9
naveenbingi9

Also, they aren't asking for a GMAT or TOEFL scores, that really scares me about the quality of the School, I also feel the Visa interview wouuldn't be smooth without these scores while applying to US importantly. Awaiting the answers for these questions. Thank You!

eniax
eniax moderator

@naveenbingi9 I've hear about it but I cannot be 100% sure that is the truth. I've been asked for TOEFL scores and all of the people I know were asked for GMAT. But I applied in February, and even if I failed the test there was still a chance for me to pass it. Might be that they are not so restrictive if you apply later. But, since I've been asked for TOEFL during my interview I believe there's a certain risk if you don't have it.


Also, I know one example where a friend of mine didn't have time to do TOEFL but she was assesed form EF guys (parent company) who are also accredited to give language certificates. Her English was really good and that's probably why they did so.

naveenbingi9
naveenbingi9

I've a question, Is San Fransisco campus a better choice for MIM program?

eniax
eniax moderator

@naveenbingi9 I think that's pretty much the same. SF has 3 cohorts now so it might be better from the networking standpoint.

naveenbingi9
naveenbingi9

Thank You so much bro. You've answered all the questions in my mind. Absolutely, great help!!!!!!

kwalk2528
kwalk2528

I just got accepted for their MIB for Fall 2014 in San Francisco. How many days a week are classes and for how long? Ever have classes on weekends?


blueberries
blueberries

@kwalk2528 @siddhanth @eniax

Actually, is the undergraduate program new? When did Hult started it?

How about the curriculums there?

I was curious about religions issues. Are there any?

I hope not. All of the alumni I encountered were Master programs graduates. Ive never make any contact with undergraduate students there...i wish anyone would be able to provide us with their contact informations.


Thanks.

eniax
eniax moderator

@kwalk2528 depends on the program and module Mod A and B are usually busy, so you have to be at school at least 4 days a week. Don't remember if we had some things on weekends, if we did it was probably due to some holidays.

siddhanth
siddhanth

@eniax @kwalk2528  

hello.

HULT didnt ask for any GMAT or tOEFL from me. however they conducted some computer adaptive test for me which was i think useless in my perspective because it was damn easy and it doesnt had any standard. so i am really bothered about it.  also they are noe asking to deposit some amount of money in lacs as a confirmation deposit. i am really scared if they come as some fraud on cheat later on after taking the deposit.


plss help me.

thank you.

kwalk2528
kwalk2528

@siddhanth @eniax @kwalk2528  


The MIB program (which I got accepted into) did not require a GMAT/GRE score. Some other programs do require the GMAT though. I got the chance to visit the Hult campus in Cambridge (where I live now) and talk to the staff and administrative people and they are really nice. Universities nowadays are so corporate and they are extremely business driven, they are out to make a buck first, teach students second. I did pay the $2,500 deposit to "secure my seat" at the San Francisco campus because I have confidence in the school after actually visiting the campus and meeting the people there. If you want to go to Hult, do not worry about getting cheated/scammed. They are credible. I live in Boston now and can't wait to move out to San Francisco in several months to start my MIB.

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