About the blog

Dear readers,

Welcome aboard the MBS-Full-time-MBA Student-Blog.

The blog is our attempt to bring across what a day in the life of a full-time MBA student at Mannheim Business School is like. It is a lot of work, study and group-work. It is also a lot of meeting tonnes of interesting people, lots of walking around and fun-times at parties. : )

We welcome you aboard and sincerely hope that you get a feel for the life of a Full-time MBA student at MBS!

In case there are any topics that you would like us to touch upon or if you have any queries, please leave us a comment. We will do our best to address them.

Happy reading!

Cheers,

The MBS blogging team.
Here’s a little something about the bloggers:

1. Fellow-blogger from the Class of 2014

Archery,EvelynName: Ms. Evelyn Archery

Occupation: Market analyst and Process chemist in the precious metals mining segment.

Nationality: South African

Education:
1. MBA participant from Mannheim Business School – Class of 2014
2. 2003-2005 – Master of Science(Chem), University of Stellenbosch

Work-Experience:

I have worked in the platinum mining industry in South Africa over the last 12,5 years. I specialised in base metal and precious metals refining as a process chemist for 7,5 years. Later, spent 5 years in the Commercial area, developing models for commodity analysis of precious metals and market development strategies. I had worked for Anglo American Platinum, the world’s largest producer of platinum. My experiences scan local and international stakeholders across the various industries.

Interests : I love running, hiking, travelling and poetry writing in my spare time. I am a passionate Rotarian who is actively involved in social projects.

2. Fellow-blogger from the Class of 2014

Ramachandran,VivekananthanName: Mr. Vivekananthan Ramachandran

Occupation: Project Lead/IT Analyst at Anblicks Technologies

Nationality: Indian

Education:
1. MBA participant from Mannheim Business School – Class of 2014
2. 2007-2009 – Master of Science(Mech. Engg), University at Buffalo

Work-Experience:

I have worked mostly in the Software Development/IT Industry although my academic background is in Mechanical Engineering. Most of my work has been in the developing in-house software for firms as an outside consultant. I have worked for various clients like Veolia, IBM, Baxter and Baker Hughes and most of my work experience has been in the US.

Interests : I love reading books, both fiction and non-fiction, but have a special affinity for Sci-fi. Right now my target is to complete the Wheel of Time series before I finish MBA.

3. Fellow-blogger from the Class of 2013

Name: Mr. Bikram Shrestha  
Occupation: Software services professional
Nationality: Nepalese

Education:
1. (2003-2007) – Bachelor of Engineering, Major in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Rajasthan, India
2. (2012 -2013) – MBA Full-time, Mannheim Business School

Work-Experience:

I have worked with IBM Corporation for five years as a Project Team Leader in the area of Software Solutions and Services. The projects I worked on belonged to the Telecom and Financial Service Sectors.

4. Fellow-blogger from the Class of 2011

Name: Ms. Anita Visvanath
Occupation: Retail professional, working in purchasing for a leading German retailer.
Nationality: Indian

Education:
1. Full-time MBA graduate from Mannheim Business School – Class of 2011
2. 1996 – 1999 – Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Economics, Advertising) from University of Mumbai, India

Work-Experience:

Post my MBA from Mannheim Business School, I began working in purchasing for one of Germany’s leading retailers. Previously, I have worked with India’s leading firms; Shoppers Stop Ltd., Syntel Ltd. and Tech Mahindra Ltd.  A decade of working in India, Germany and the UK gave me the amazing opportunity to dabble in merchandising, social media, information technology, business analysis and project management.

60 Responses to “About the blog”

  1. Srinivas October 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    Hi Anita,

    Firstly thanks for an informative website!. I too am an IT guy with about 6 yrs of experience and based out @Bangalore. I was planning to apply for MBS for the coming academic year. I wanted to get into touch with you to understand more about the programme and opportunities in general. I would really really appreciate if you can find some time to help me clarify my queries.

    Thanks,
    _Srinivas

    • Anita Visvanath October 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

      Dear Srinivas,

      Thank you for dropping in and for your feedback!

      Its great to know about your interest in Mannheim Business School and my blog. For detailed information on the program and the admissions process, Stefanie Goedker, Admissions Manager at Mannheim Business School, will contact you directly.

      And of course, any queries that I can help with, from a student’s perspective, feel free to email me.

      Good luck with your application! 🙂

      Have a nice day!

      Regards,
      Anita

      • Bhaskar Jyoti Choudhury June 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

        Hi Anita,
        Thanks for your help. I have a query. Mannheim Requires 75% in undergraduate. I am an engineering graduate with 2+ years exp in IT. I will be applying for MBA in 2013. I have 63% in engineering. Am i Eligible for applying in Mannheim? M seriously tensed. Thanks in advance

      • Anita Visvanath August 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

        Thanks for stopping by the blog, Bhaskar.

        Apologies for the delayed reply. I hope that you are already in touch with the admissions team since they would be able to guide you with specific questions on the admissions criteria. Details on the admissions criteria and the admissions team are at http://www.mannheim-mba.com/admissions.html.

        The admissions criteria are several; the GMAT score, the candidate’s past experience, the entire application package and of course the interviews and case-study. Its the entire package that is taken into account, so even if one doesn’t stand out in one category, not all is lost.

        Good luck!

        Best regards,
        Anita

  2. Balaji Nambi November 21, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Hey Anitha ,

    Nice to read your blog . I am from Mumbai with 3 yrs + exp in Business Development .I am planning to apply for the coming MBS Fulltime MBA . For quite some time I was looking to network with any Indian Student at MBS .

    Can you help me with some information on the BRAND Value or Brand presence of MBS among INDIAN companies .

    Thanks ,
    Balaji

    • Anita Visvanath November 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

      Hello Balaji,

      The full-time MBA program from Mannheim Business School is ranked 26th worldwide in the full-time MBA ranking by The Economist in 2010, for the second time in a row. Mannheim Business School is also the only German institution to be accredited by AACSB International, EQUIS and AMBA.

      As regards the brand-value/ brand-presence of MBS among Indian companies, my personal impression is that MBS is extremely well-renowned amongst Indian companies of German origin, since the Mannheim-MBA is the best MBA program in Germany. Also the awareness of the Mannheim-MBA in India is only growing every year since it is turning out to be a preferred school for several Indian MBA candidates. Furthermore, MBS has an exchange program with IIM-Bangalore; which also adds to its brand-value.

      I am not sure if you speak German, but German is amongst the top3 foreign languages that Indian students choose to learn. In this context, several students and companies automatically connect with MBS when looking for international MBA candidates with a German/ European focus.

      In case you have further questions, please feel free to ask.

      Warm regards,
      Anita

      • HARIPRASATH UDAYAKUMAR January 17, 2012 at 4:43 am #

        Hi Anita,

        It is good to see you do a wonderful support for the prospect students. I have applied for the F T MBA – 2012. It would be great if you could give me some basic pre MBA preparations that .

        I am interested in learning more about the program and the possibilities to get an admission. Can you also give me some pre-MBA preparations that i can do.

        Thanks
        Hariprasath U

      • Anita Visvanath January 24, 2012 at 10:31 am #

        Thanks for stopping by the blog Hari, its always nice to know that its a help in the admissions process. 🙂

        Also, its great to hear about your interest in MBS.

        The 1st interview is usually more of a general, personal interview. Its content tends to be more around getting to know the CV, background, previous work-ex, why the MBA, etc. The case study is usually a business case-study to solve a particular business problem. The expected output is possible solutions that would solve the problem. The 2nd interview usually is based on the solution to understand how one went about solving it. The case topic could be anything, but I suspect popular choices tend to be around market entry for a new product, improving a product’s sales, analysis of a company’s marketing strategy, etc. The solution should be yours; what I mean by that is, although there would be a lot of information on the net, perhaps even some possible answers, do try and use the net only for background information and/or conceptual theories. Make sure your case submission has a logical flow and reads well. Definitely proof-read it and make it interesting for the reader.

        General advice for the interviews- My interviews were over video-chat. The video-call made it far easier for me, instead of just a telephone interview. Just be prepared, rehearse your answers but don’t by-heart them, take the day off from work, book a conference room at a good cyber-cafe, ensure the connection works fine, smile, just be yourself and try and have a conversation. Also, do make sure that you pay close attention to the questions and answer accordingly. Sometimes one is so prepared with some answers that we tend to rattle them off.

        Further, I would suggest that one starts learning German if one would like to live and work in Germany. Though the course is in English and the working language in many companies is English or at least bi-lingual (English and German), its a definite advantage knowing some German when applying for companies here. It also makes it easier to manage everyday since it helps one integrate better.

        Also, I would recommend that one reads up on some topics that one may not be so comfortable in, e.g. Marketing if one has never studied or worked in that field. Since the Mannheim-MBA is a one-year course, there is sometimes not much time to pre-prepare for courses. So a bit of reading helps, you can ask the admissions team for suggested reading material/ books and start reading them.

        I hope these help you. Good luck with your application!

        Best regards,
        Anita

  3. Kumar December 3, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    Hi Anita

    Hope your christmas preperations are going well. Actually i was planning to apply for MBS so i thought ill get a clear picture from you.
    I am working with ALSTOM in India and as they have a plant in Mannheim too, i was looking for a move there thru MBS. I work relates to Project management and planning so i thing that would be a bit of a different profile from regular intakes. I have around 3 1/2 yrs of exp. in Hydrocarbon and Power sector in the same function.
    Have few other querries so would be realllly thankfull if could clarify them with you.
    Regards..

    • Anita Visvanath December 9, 2010 at 12:13 am #

      Hi Animay,

      Thank you for dropping by!

      Its great to know about your interest in Mannheim Business School. There are students from varied profiles in our program. The criteria for selection focuses on a good-fit for the program while focusing on diversity.

      I’ll forward your details to the Admissions Manager, who could then help you out with the admissions criteria. Of course, feel free to contact me for any queries that I could help you with from a student-perspective.

      Warm regards,
      Anita

  4. Ricky December 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    Hi Anita,

    I came across your blog by accident and find your capture of the MBA program at Mannheim School of Business to be very useful.

    I am currently at Queen’s University, and am coming to Mannheim in Feb as part of the exchange program! I was wondering if you might be able to provide some insight into housing and travel options – from a student’s perspective.

    Looking forward to coming to Mannheim shortly!

    -Ricky

  5. Sreevatsan February 10, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    Hello Anita,

    This is Sreevatsan from Chennai. I was going through the site for the application process and criteria. I came across your blog and found it to be very interesting and informative. I am planning to apply for 2012 MBA by which time I would have completed 3 years of experience in IT sector. Though not strictly in a Managerial position, my work is related a lot to Management with frequent contact with International people. I did my B.E and passed out in 2008 with 75%. Can you please tell me what you think are my chances for an admit? I can see average age is 29 years for last batch with 5 years work experience. But if I get a 700+ GMAT score and fare very well in the interview will it help? or Is there anything else I can do to boost my chances? Please let me know.

    Thanks a lot for your time.

    – Sreevatsan

  6. monu February 15, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Hi Anita

    What are the job options for someone who does not speak German? (Can learn)

    • Anita Visvanath March 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

      Monu,

      Regarding job prospects, I’d say that depends on the job, industry and the function.

      The knowledge of German is definitely an asset and I would recommend that people who wish to work in Germany learn the language. Of course, companies here are looking for diverse profiles and the official language is English. Most companies that I know of offer German language courses on the company premises. If the official language is German, well, then one needs to very business-fluent, else at least a B1/B2 level would be great.

      Have a nice day!

      Warm regards,
      Anita

  7. Sitanshu February 27, 2011 at 2:52 am #

    hi, I am applying for exec MBA… wanted your reference about MBS. I live in Frankfurt since 2008, working for a bank…can we connect via email / phone??

    • Anita Visvanath March 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

      Thank you for dropping by my blog Sitanshu. Its great to know about your interest in Mannheim Business School. Have you already applied for the program starting this year?

      I’ll also forward your details to the Admissions Manager, who could then help you out with the admissions criteria. Of course, feel free to contact me for any queries that I could help you with from a student-perspective.

      MBS is present at the World MBA Tour in Frankfurt on 14th March. you’ need to register at
      http://tours.qsnetwork.com/index_wmt.php?module=wmt2&page=reg_form&eventid=915 . This would be a great opportunity to meet the MBS admissions team in person for more insights.

      Have a nice day!
      Warm regards,
      Anita

  8. prospective March 16, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Hi Anita,

    Thanks for the initiative, but we would appreciate if you please be a little more transparent about the employemnt scene there, with statistics , if pissible, for Indians studying there. what percent of them get recruited in campus and what percent within 3 months?

    Br
    Kapil

    • Anita Visvanath April 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

      Hello Kapil,

      Thank you for dropping by my blog at https://blog.mannheim-mba.com/ . I am glad that you find it informative and helpful.

      I am not sure whether this is your correct Email Address, perhaps you could send another email ID on which we could send you information.

      Regards,
      Anita

  9. Gaurav May 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Your blog seems a very good insight into college and related activities. Thank you for the effort and time for enlightening us with the information.

    After going thru it, my query regarding my application to MBS goes down to German language.Learning is not an issue but an year is too less to be frequent considering other activities which we will be engrossed with during mba. So will it be a trouble finding career options post mba in Germany (Return on investments is an issue!). I am not very sure if this is going to help us in India. If you can find sometime to help me with my query coz am a bit confused with my selection of B-schools.

    I’ll be obliged 🙂 Many thanks!

    Regards,
    Gaurav

  10. nikhilranjan December 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    hi anita … i wish to apply for mannheim mba … but i had one doubt in my mind .. and i was unable to get it cleared.. some how .. please elaborate on the job prospects after the mannheim mba for us indians …i have just about 3 years of work ex in softwares now.

    i dont know german as of now … but since the official language of the course is english .. can i assume that after graduating job/language will not be a big issue.

    also clarify .. what are the chances of getting a job after mannheim mba in india

    • Anita Visvanath December 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Nikhil.

      To answer your query, regarding employment opportunities, I’d say they are pretty good for an international student in Germany with an MBA from MBS. Of course, it all depends a lot on the job-market (which is good now, touch wood) and the student’s past experience and where the student wants to go. For e..g if one wants to stay in the same field as before, its surely easier to find a job but changing fields is challenging. But I’d say one should be able to speak relatively good German to work in Germany; just makes it all a whole lot easier.

      The Mannheim MBA is an European MBA and as far as I know, most people work in the same country/ region where they have done their MBA. I really do not have specific information about whether the Mannheim-MBA is well-known in India. But I suppose there would be a higher chance of German firms knowing about the MBA than other firms.

      I have passed on your contact to the Admissions Director who’ll be willing to answer your questions concerning admissions criteria.

      Good luck with your application!

      Best regards,
      Anita

  11. Aditya Malik December 13, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    Hi Anita.

    I am not sure whether this blog is still active or not as i don’t see any recent comments. I would be greatful if you could send the placement statistics with regard to the indian students. I cant seem to find anything through google. May be i am just doing the wrong search… still would be greatful if you could provide me with some information.
    M still very much in the planning phase and currently preparing for gmat and shortlisting my college options. My total Work EX is 6 years with Siemens in India. My int work ex is very small and i have been to germany for a business meeting in karlsruhe for a week.

    • Anita Visvanath December 13, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by my blog, Aditya.

      To answer your query, regarding employment opportunities, I’d say they are pretty good for an international student in Germany with an MBA from MBS. Of course, it all depends a lot on the job-market (which is good now, touch wood) and the student’s past experience and where the student wants to go. For e..g if one wants to stay in the same field as before, its surely easier to find a job but changing fields is challenging. But I’d say one should be able to speak relatively good Germany to work in Germany; just makes it all a whole lot easier.

      As far as I know, most students get placed even before the MBA, or within 3 – 6 months post the MBA. The MBA-rankings usually have some information in the direction of placement statistics. However, it really depends on where the student wants to go. Let me be honest, someone who has already worked for a German firm, and / or in Germany and wants to work in the same function/ industry with minor changes to their previous role has a better chance of getting placed sooner. In contrast to someone who would like to do something different and change function/ industry and is willing to wait it out and search for a company willing to take on someone with relatively less experience in a particular function/ industry. So it all does depend, but overall I can safely say, that if one is actively job-searching and puts their profile out there online/ career fairs, etc. working in Germany post the MBA would work out.

      I have passed on your contact to the Admissions Director who’ll be willing to answer your questions concerning admissions criteria.

      Good luck with your application!
      -Anita

  12. Smriti February 8, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    Hi Anita,

    Thanks for the very informative blog. I am currently working as a Business Analyst in Bangalore and am looking at MBS for 2013. My question is very close to Kapil’s. Can you please share some information about the job prospects after completing the MBA. Also, I am quite keen on Consultancy firms. Does MBS MBA provide enough opportunities for Indians wanting to break into the field?

    Many Thanks,
    Smriti

    • Anita Visvanath February 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by my blog, Smriti its always nice to know that its a help in the admissions process. 🙂

      Regarding your question on the employment opportunities post the MBA, I’d say they are pretty good for an international student in Germany with an MBA from MBS. Of course, it all depends a lot on the job-market (which is good now, touch wood) and the student’s past experience and where the student wants to go. For e..g if one wants to stay in the same field as before, its surely easier to find a job but changing fields is challenging. About consulting in specific, to be fair, the MBA is the ideal stepping stone for consulting. So, yes, post-MBA, the chances to break into consulting are very positive. Germany also has a lot of niche, consulting firms that specialize in particular areas of consulting, along with many international firms. So, its got a strong variety to offer and one should be able to break into consulting.

      Good luck with your application!

      Best regards,
      Anita

  13. Aniket Ambekar March 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Hi Anita,

    It’s great to see a blog on MBS, it really gives the student perspective about the school. I am glad to tell you that I have been admitted to MBS for the Sept. 2012 Full Time MBA course and I m really excited and looking forward to join the school. I had a question about the networking opportunities available at MBS. As it is relatively a new B-School (founded in 2005), what do you feel about the alumni network as the number of alumni would definitely be less compared to other old B-Schools ? Also as I would be moving to Mannheim, can you also please tell how could I get in touch with the existing alumni/current students, in case of some questions ?

    Aniket

    • Anita Visvanath March 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

      Heartiest congratulations, Aniket and welcome to MBS!

      As you have mentioned, the number of alumni is definitely relative to the size of the program and the age of the school. Having said that, the MBS alumni network is surely growing and getting stronger with new events and networking opportunites getting added each year. These events are spread out over spring-summer and autumn-winter, so there is a good mix of students that one gets to meet. Besides, we also get the opportunity to network with the students from other MBA-programs (Executive) and the visiting exchange students. And being a smaller program helps one to make closer connections than perhaps in a very large network.

      Please ask your contact in the admissions team for alumni contacts who can guide you.

      Good luck with your preps for MBS!

      Best regards,
      Anita

  14. Arnav August 17, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Hi Anita
    I am a fresher. Just completed my engineering from NMIMS Mumbai with a cgpa of 3.47/4 and currently working at Accenture.
    Ill be applying in a year after giving my GMAT.
    1) What are my chances of getting into the university ?
    2) What about the job prospect ?
    3) what is the total expense ?

    I’m genuinely interested, is there any way to get in touch with you.?
    Thankyou

    • Anita Visvanath September 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by the blog, Arnav.

      1. The admissions criteria are several; the GMAT score, the candidate’s past experience, the entire application package and of course the interviews and case-study. Details on the admissions criteria and the admissions team are at http://www.mannheim-mba.com/admissions.html.

      2. To answer your question regarding employment opportunities, I’d say its an opportune time for an international student in Germany with an MBA from MBS. MBS is the best business school in Germany and among the leading schools in Europe and the world. Details at http://www.mannheim-business-school.com/mbs-key-facts/rankings.html. Of course, it all depends a lot on the job-market (which is pretty good now, touch wood) and the student’s past experience and where the student wants to go. However, I would suggest you be as clear as possible on your reasons to do an MBA – want to change industry, would like to change function, want more international experience, etc. and then take it from there.

      3. The course fees are € 33,000. Details are at http://www.mannheim-mba.com/admissions/fees.html.

      For living expenses, [ Disclaimer – this is a very personal estimate 🙂 ], according to me, one should budget between 800 and 1100 euros per month, so that’s an average of 12,000 euros for the entire year. This would include rent, food, travel, career fairs, winter wear purchases, among others. I used to live in the student apartments and my basic living expenses, and not including career fairs, etc. the expenses would come to between €600 and 750. However, career fairs, travelling for them, travelling for interviews, trips with friends, phone rentals, insurance/ loan payments, emergencies etc. are the other important aspects and I would recommend another €3000 – 4000 euros for them.

      Good luck!

      Best regards,
      Anita

      • Rev March 2, 2013 at 6:56 am #

        Hello Anita,

        Thanks for the information on your blog. I find it very helpful !

        I would like to know whether it’s possible to take a loan from Germany . Also which places would you recommend for students to rent apartments there?

      • -Bikram Shrestha- March 18, 2013 at 1:08 am #

        Dear Rev,

        Thank you for stopping by the blog.
        I would recommend you to get in touch with Admission Management about finance options in Germany. I am sure they would provide you detail information.
        You may rent an apartment in Mannheim city area. You may also choose somewhere around and use public transport system to travel. MBS also assists/facilitates students with apartment. You might get further information during admission process.

        regards
        Bikram Shrestha

  15. Nishant August 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    Dear Anita,

    Its good to hear your experience from this German University. I currently Live in Kenya and am thinking about going for an MBA Programme. My main focus would be to work in German while doing the MBA Programme. Can you do that? Can you work while enrolled in an MBA Programme? And Again on Job Opportunities. I am a qualified Accountant. What would be the job prospects for me after I finish my MBA especially If I dont speak German.

    In Germany do they give permission to work after completing an MBA? How does it all work out ?

    Please do let me know. And How much does it cost? Any scholarships?

    • Anita Visvanath September 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by the blog, Nishant.

      1. Based on your comment, I figure that the non-full-time MBA formats would be better suited to your needs. Details of all the MBA programs offered by MBS can be found at http://www.mannheim-business-school.com/programs.html. I did the full-time MBA and it’s not possible to work during the full-time MBA since the courses take place during the week from 9a.m. to 6p.m. I would suggest you fill up the form at https://www.mannheim-business-school.com/contact/contact-form.html and the school would be able to help you choose the right MBA format suiting your needs. The costs of the MBA, applicable scholarships etc. would then depend on the course that you choose.

      2. To answer your question regarding employment opportunities, I’d say its an opportune time for an international student in Germany with an MBA from MBS. Of course, it all depends a lot on the job-market (which is pretty good now, touch wood) and the student’s past experience and where the student wants to go. For e.g. if one wants to stay in the same field as before, its surely easier to find a job but changing fields is challenging. But I’d say one should be able to speak relatively good Germany to work in Germany; just makes it all a whole lot easier.

      3. Yes, obtaining a work-permit in Germany works out quite well once you have a job-contract. Post my MBA in Sept 2010, the international students from our class got an extension on the visa for upto a year, that let us search for a job. So even if one is looking for something very specific, one can invest time after the MBA searching for their dream-job.

      Hope this helps.

      Good luck!

      Best regards,
      Anita

  16. aniket narayan September 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    hi anita
    I m from bangalore n i m thinking to just apply for mbs to do mba of 1 year.i dont hve any work experience coz i m a fresher but i m going to write gmat xam soon. So could please tell me that m i eligible or not for mbs

    • Anita Visvanath September 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by the blog, Aniket. Its great to hear about your interest in an MBA from Mannheim Business School.

      You can find information on the admissions criteria under http://www.mannheim-mba.com/admissions.html, according to which one would need ‘at least 3 years of postgraduate working experience’. Please contact the admissions manager; contact details at the link above for further information specific to your eligibility.

      Good luck!

      Best regards,
      Anita

      • aniket narayan September 8, 2012 at 12:07 am #

        Thanx a lot anita for replying to my query.

  17. Harshavardhan.A September 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Hi Anita,
    Could you please help in getting information on difference between MBA and Business Informatics ?

    I heard Business informatics subject is quite growing quick and jobs are avaiable widely..!!
    And how maanheim is rated in this course ? fees structure ? job Culture ? , will i get a good job after completing the degree in Germany and coming back to India
    and i am able to interact in German to an extent.

    I completed my B.tech with 70% aggreagate and have work experience around 15 months.
    waiting for your valuable comments. Thanks in advance.

  18. selva December 16, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Hi anita!!

    This is selva from coimbatore,tamil nadu…I wish to do MBA in germany MBS….i got placed in infosys after completing my engineering in 2012..i plan to do MBA after 2 yrs of experience…does MBS accept students with 2yrs of experience??? whats the GMAT score required?? is IELTS only for MS?? I have german language skill….have completed 2 levels from goethe and ll hopefully complete the remaining…whats the total expenditure(approximately…Including all like tyuition fees,travel,accomodation,career fairs etc.) if one wants to do MBA from MBS.how should i prepare myself??? what else do they expect?? and above all how is it for you in germany…and then is there any scholarships available for students???

    expecting your reply….keep up your good work….thanks in adavance…

    • -Bikram Shrestha- February 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

      Dear Selva,

      Thank you for dropping by the blog. You seems to have a good background and profile. There are chances of scholarships but it depends on lot other things. However, you could apply for it. I would pass your information to admission team and they would get back to you with specific information.

      I hope I was able to help you with some information.

      Regards
      Bikram Shrestha

  19. bibs January 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    really knowledgeable topic.i am really like it.

  20. kavitha April 29, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Hi Anitha: One small question: WHen is the right time(deadline for filling the application) to apply for the FT course in MBA. I am yet to take GMAT and TOEFL. If i know the Dates, i can plan accordingly.

    Reg,
    Kavitha

  21. Anshul May 8, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    Hi Anita,
    I am working in Alstom @ bangalore and has a experience of 3 years in Rail Automation.could you please provide detail statistics about campus recruitment and employment scenariao within three months of graduation,Also please put some light on options availaible for financing study at MBS.

    Regards
    Anshul

    • Anita Visvanath May 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      Hi Anshul,

      Thank you for stopping by the blog.

      According to me, most students do get placed within 3-6 months of graduation. Further, Germany is actively looking for international students and the MBA is only growing in stature here. So its a rather good time for an international student in the job market. Please contact the admissions team for exact details about the employment statistics etc.

      For financing the tuition fees, MBS had a tie-up with a local bank that offered us student loans for a certain percentage of the tuition fees. I personally found this option the easiest and very price-effective. One could also apply for scholarships from the school; the earlier one applies, the better. Do ask the admissions team about current financing options.

      Good luck!

      Best regards,
      Anita

  22. Sridhar May 15, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Hello Anita ,

    This is Sridhar from Hyderabad, India. I have done MS in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University ,which I graduated with 3.75 GPA. As a part of my Masters I also did a Certification in Statistics. Currently, I am working in India with a Supply Chain Software Development Firm. After my Masters I have more than four and half years of work Experience. I am planning to give my GMAT in the next three months. Even at my Bachelors I graduated with 81%. So, I was wondering what are my chances of getting into the university. Also I am looking for Scholarship, so can you please tell me what could form a key piece of the application for the Scholarships? One more question I have is regarding the Work Visa post MBA, do we get some time from a Visa perspective post MBA to actually find work ? Appreciate your time.

    Thanks
    Sridhar.

    • Anita Visvanath May 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      Hi Sridhar,

      Thank you for stopping by the blog.

      Its great to hear about your interest in MBS. The admissions criteria are available at http://www.mannheim-mba.com/full-time-mba/admissions.html .

      According to me, no single criteria stands out during the admissions process. Its usually the entire package that makes a difference. Having said, that prior international exposure always helps.

      In terms of scholarships, I would think that the earlier one applies, the better. Usually scholarships are much lesser in any MBA program compared to MS programs.

      And finally, in terms of the work-visa, until last year, the student-visa was extended for another year, to help one find a job. Further with a job contract, students can apply for the work permit themselves, without any sponsor needed.

      Hope this helps. I will pass on your contact to the admissions team. Good luck!

      Best regards,
      Anita

      • Sridhar June 1, 2013 at 6:08 am #

        Hello Anita,

        Thanks for the response. This really helps. I will ping you back in case I have more specific questions.

        Thanks
        Sridhar.

  23. Kiran August 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Hi, Anita.

    Here is my profile, please let me know if I have a better chance of getting through MBS

    GMAT Score: 610
    Experience: 8+
    Education : Engineering in Electrical and Electronics, NITK
    International work exp: 6months in USA and less than a month in Sweden.
    Is IELTS score required while applying or can it be taken when the application is under process?

  24. Kiran CK August 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Hi, Anita.

    Here is my profile, please let me know what are my chances of getting through.

    GMAT Score: 610
    Experience: 8+
    Education : Engineering in Electrical and Electronics, NITK
    International work exp: 6months in USA and less than a month in Sweden.
    Is IELTS score required while applying or can it be taken when the application is under process?

    • Anita Visvanath August 24, 2013 at 11:09 am #

      Hi Kiran,

      Its great to hear about your interest in MBS.

      At first glance, I would think your profile lends itself to an application and I would apply. However, for more details, the admissions team would be best able to help you with it.

      The IELTS score, as far as I know is needed while applying.

      Let me forward your details to admissions and they will get back to you.

      Good luck!

      Best regards,
      Anita

  25. Dilip Garga October 23, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Hi Anita,

    It is fantastic of you and the team to put together this helpful blog. I am, also, one of people preparing to apply for the Mannheim MBA. While the course website is quite robust while directing a prospective student through the process, I was wondering if you could share exactly how went about the admission process.

    As of now, I have only taken my GMAT and would like to understand how you planned life after your GMAT attempt. If you could, by some way, create a roadmap of how you applied to Mannheim then it will be the best thing anybody applying from India could use.

    Thank you again for taking time out and sharing your MBA experience.

    Dilip

    • Anita Visvanath October 31, 2013 at 6:55 am #

      Hi Dilip,

      Thank you for stopping by the blog. Its great to hear about your interest in MBS.

      The best thing you can do now is to apply as early as possible. For me personally, I checked the TOEFL requirements, took the TOEFL and started the process of obtaining references and writing drafts to the questions in the admissions form in parallel.

      Make sure you are aware of the admissions deadlines and set them as the deadline and work backwards from there.

      If possible, I would suggest visiting the campus in person by setting up an appointment in advance.

      I will pass on your contact to the admissions team in any case.

      Good luck!

      Best regards,
      Anita

  26. Pramod November 29, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    Hi Anita,

    I am planning to apply to MBA for 2014. I have 9 years of experience in IT and want to continue in IT after MBA. Could you please provide some information on job opportunities after MBA in Germany.I could not find the employment report on MBS website. Also for how long one gets the work permit after completion of course?

    Thanks,

    Pramod

    • Anita Visvanath December 3, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

      Hi Pramod,

      Thanks for stopping by the blog.

      To answer your query, regarding employment opportunities, I’d say they are pretty good for an international student in Germany with an MBA from MBS. Of course, it all depends a lot on the job-market (which is good now, touch wood) and the student’s past experience and where the student wants to go. For e..g if one wants to stay in the same field as before, as you seem to want to do, its surely easier to find a job but changing fields is challenging. Besides, Germany, as far as I know has a significant demand for IT professionals. But I’d say one should be able to speak relatively good Germany to work in Germany; just makes it all a whole lot easier.

      The duration of the work permit depends on the job contract. If the contract is open-ended, then one could get a permit for up to 3 years and then extend it later. Else its limited to the duration of the job contract.

      I have passed on your contact to the Admissions Director who’ll be willing to answer your questions concerning admissions criteria.

      Good luck with your application!
      -Anita

  27. Mayank March 5, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    Hi Anita / Bikram,

    Great Blog !!! Appreciate it… 🙂

    I have secured admission in MBS for Fall 2014 and have a few questions.

    Regarding the exchange programs, are they worth it? I just started learning German and hopefully will be having a level 1 or 2 before coming there. I was planning to take up one semester at a partner school to experience a different culture as well. The downside would be to leave Germany during that time and take a break from German and your peer group. Any suggestions?

    Also I was curious to know about the level of entrepreneurship activities on the campus. I have several years of international education and work experience along with a start up experience. I may plan to chart out some venture post my MBA. Does the university have some support structure for such students? Do some VC’s visit the university for ideas and funding?

    I am in touch with the Gabriele Silver as well regarding these questions but a first hand experience of an alumni will be handy as well… 🙂

    Any information on above questions will be really appreciated.


    Thanks and Regards
    Mayank

    • Anita Visvanath March 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

      Hi Mayank,

      First off, congrats on getting admitted into MBS!

      Regarding the exchange programs, it depends on what you are looking for. I, personally found the German track perfect for me, since I wanted to work in Germany post the MBA and found that moving too much in one year would be a lot of coordination. However, several of my friends went abroad for a term or two and they loved it and integrated very well back into the program.

      We have an MBS Entrepreneurship Club and a Mannheim Business Angels club. Both student/alumni-run clubs foster entrepreneurship and are great networks for like-minded people. The Business Angels Club invests seed capital into start-up companies. More details at: http://enc.mannheim-business-school.com/ and http://www.mannheim-business-angels.com/

      Good luck with everything and hope to catch up at one of the MBS events.

      Best regards,
      Anita

  28. Pranjal January 3, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

    Hello Anita,

    I have Read each and every reply you have typed above there and i am thankful for the same.My query is there is any leverage or exemption in tution fees in MBS as a part of scholarships and second thing is what are the chances of getting a job in IT project management post mba. And chances of getting a job in different country …is there any foreign companies is coming for placement.

    Is MBS is preferring very good acedemics ???as such i have around 70 percentage in all 10 , 12 and graduation.What are my chances of getting selected in MBS. I have got GMAT score of 690.

    Thanks in Advance and All the Best For the Future.

    Best Regards,
    Pranjal

    • Anita Visvanath January 10, 2015 at 11:04 pm #

      Hi Pranjal,

      Thank you for stopping by the blog.

      There are scholarships available. Please check details at http://www.mannheim-mba.com/full-time-mba/admissions/funding-scholarships.html.
      It would be advisable to apply early to avail of scholarships. Please email the admissions team for queries regarding admission criteria.

      There is a dedicated career services team that helps develop contacts with the industry, by arranging company visits, company presentations on campus and the company project (Term IV). There is also a career fair on campus. As part of the course curriculum, we also have guest lecturers from companies. There are also business forums held during the year. All these provide several useful networking opportunities.

      However, the attitude to career placements in MBA schools in Europe is two-pronged, where the student also needs to be very active, a bit unlike the IIT/IIM career placements approach.

      Regarding employment opportunities, I’d say they are pretty good for an international student in Germany with an MBA from MBS. Of course, it all depends a lot on the job-market (which is good now, touch wood) and the student’s past experience and where the student wants to go. For e.g. if one wants to stay in the same field as before, it’s surely easier to find a job but changing fields is challenging. But I’d say one should be able to speak relatively good Germany to work in Germany; just makes it all a whole lot easier.

      Good luck with your application.

      Best regards,
      Anita

  29. bishesh.naik@outlook.com February 26, 2015 at 6:10 am #

    Hi All,

    My name is Bishesh and I am from India, currently I am working in HP in India and have 2+ years of work experience in SAP BASIS.I have completed by Engineering in Electrical and Electronics stream and I would like to appear for GMAT in a couple of months. I have also enrolled myself in German language classes and hopefully will complete A1 and A2 certification in due time. I have 64% in my bachelors , but have been involved with NGO,s and have various participation certificates in various fields. Also I have attended training in various companies during my bachelors. My question was as I have completed all my education until now in English language, do I need to appear for TOEFL exams. Also what are my chances for getting admitted into MBS.

    Thanks a ton in advance! 🙂

    • Anita Visvanath March 1, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

      Hi Bishesh,

      Thank you for stopping by the blog.

      Yes, you would need to take the TOFEL. Please refer to the link http://www.mannheim-mba.com/full-time-mba/faq.html for the most current information. It would be hard to judge your chances for admission since the application package comprises of several elements; graduation degree, work-experience, internationality, GMAT score and the various interviews and application documents.

      Please contact the admissions manager Ms. Gabriele Silver (Details on the FAQ page) for information specific to your profile.

      Good luck!

      Best regards,
      Anita

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