Business Education Bridge Program
Preparing students for the advanced global classroom.
Our Business Education Bridge Program helps prepare sponsored students for admission to MBA and PhD programs in the United States. This immersion program requires a commitment from students similar to that required from prospective degree programs to ensure students are prepared for the admissions process, the educational experience, and, ultimately, their careers.
In our intensive holistic process, students spend an average of 25 hours each week in the classroom, with a minimum of 3 hours of additional weekly programming.
The length of the program is tailored to the skill level of the entering student. The program is comprised of:
An advisor: Students receive focused, personalized attention from an advisor. The advisor and student work together on goal setting and establishing an actionable development plan for their course of study. The advisor closely monitors the studentís progress toward the set goals.
Intensive English: Working with the IU Intensive English Program (IEP), students take 4 to 5 hours of English language training five days a week, progressing through an increasingly challenging curriculum. Placement is based upon a preadmission TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score. We start with TOEFL preparation so students can achieve the needed scores for admission and successfully navigate the admissions interview. After successfully taking the TOEFL exam, the focus shifts to language development to assist in the classroom and team environment.
GMAT Preparation: Students receive 40 hours of individual and small group GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) instruction with special attention given to opportunities for improvement, as identified in an initial GMAT exam taken prior to the student's arrival.
Coach for English Language Acquisition: In addition to formal training, each Bridge student is assigned a graduate student from the IU Department of Second Language Studies. The students meet one-on-one for at least 1.5 hours each week in a variety of settings such as coffee shops, bookstores, or restaurants, to help with pronunciation development, and cross-cultural communication. Students will gain confidence from having conversations in a variety of common settings.
MBA/PhD Prep Coach: Students work with a Kelley MBA or PhD student for 1.5 hours each week. At first, time is spent researching programs to help narrow down where the Bridge student will apply. Then, students work on resume, interview, and application preparation. After applications are submitted, the prep coach helps prepare the Bridge student for the first semester of enrollment.
Program Networking: Students have the opportunity to learn more about American business and culture in a relaxed setting through a series of small gatherings with business professionals from the Bloomington community. Throughout the course of the Bridge Program, students are exposed to a wide cross-section of the local business community, with care taken to include professionals from the studentís area of interest.
Targeted Workshops: Workshops are scheduled to assist students in increasing skills which will benefit them during their enrollment. Skill-specific workshops include:
- Library Resources
- Time Management
- Statistics and Calculus Refreshers
- Presentation Skills
- Case Analysis
- American Business Culture
- Group/Team Learning and Collaboration
- Business Reading List
While we work with students to aid them in putting together the strongest application possible, it should be understood that admission is ultimately dependent on the dedication and performance of the student and we offer no guarantees.
To learn more, contact IIB[at] indiana [dot] edu.