One of the main reasons why people pursue an MBA is to gain access to a diverse and expansive network. Earning an MBA in a foreign country, experts say, can offer students the opportunity to connect with talented professionals from a variety of backgrounds.“

Another option is to study abroad for part of the program, and that may make more sense for those likely to be based in the U.S., but wishing to have international exposure and experience

One big advantage is that you will be able to learn about new cultures, which will help you in future work opportunities,” Max Benz, founder and CEO of – a website that allows people to find employment options that would let them work from wherever they prefer– tells US News. “It also allows you to experience different working styles and how certain companies operate,” adds Benz, who has business-focused bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Technical University of Dresden in Germany. “This can be beneficial for future employers who want employees with global experience.

If you wish to find work in other countries, earning a degree in your target country may be a big advantage – but that depends on the country too:

”Another main draw to international MBA programs, specifically in Europe, is the return on investment. For most B-schools in Europe, MBA programs typically last only one year compared to the two-year requirement in the U.S.

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Some European countries fully cover your tuition, even as an international student from the U.S., when pursuing a grad degree. Others are now introducing “international MBAs” done online from your home country. Clearly, there is a distinct trend to global thinking and leadership.

An advantage for pursuing an international degree in another country is that upon graduation, you may have opportunities to seek local employment leading to a permanent residency visa. This may be one of the few avenues to a residency visa, for many.

(Other paths to residency may be via marriage to a citizen of the country, or if wealthy, by making a direct investment in a business in the target country. Methods to obtain residency vary considerably, by country. For those who have one or both parents born in the foreign country, they may be eligible for a “right of descent” visa. For example, my wife appears eligible for Canadian “Right of descent” citizenship because her Dad was born in Canada, and she could then “sponsor” me for residency, if we wanted to do that.

For most of us, visits to other countries are restricted to a maximum of 90 days per visit, sometimes a maximum of 180 days per year, and working is prohibited.)

By EdwardM