European business schools are on a roll. Even as they continue to gain international stature in surveys and rankings, studies show they're also attracting more candidates than ever. The most recent report from the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), published in February 2011, found that annual applications to European B-schools have risen 90 percent since 2006, to 85,000.
At the same time, U.S. rivals are losing some appeal. London consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, publisher of the TopMBA
website and organizer of the QS World MBA Tour, finds that the number of international applicants planning to apply to U.S. MBA programs fell 20 percentage points from 2008 to 2010, to 61 percent. In part, this is because most U.S. programs last two years—and are thus more expensive than the one-year programs typical in Europe. But problems obtaining U.S. visas and growing interest among students in global business also played roles.
For this year's Bloomberg Businessweek European B-schools report, we've teamed up with QS to provide a ranking of Europe's top programs and links to detailed information about each of the schools. The data are largely reported by the schools themselves. All translations to dollars are at the interbank rate as of Mar. 18, 2011.
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