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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


14 Aug 2018 519 Book icon 3 mins Share

Do all B-schools abroad accept GRE scores?

A common question on every aspiring international business student’s mind: Can I apply to B-schools abroad with my GRE score? If yes, which schools should I apply to?

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Doodle Nandi

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Do all B-schools abroad accept GRE scores

The GRE stands for Graduate Requirement Exam and is a common admission test to be taken by all students who wish to study for a postgraduate course in the USA. The GRE does not apply to students of law. 

But, GRE is not restricted to getting admissions in universities abroad, to study postgraduate courses. It is also a key criterion for admissions in many reputable business schools worldwide.

A vast majority of business students head towards studying MBA because it’s considered to be the ‘golden key’ to further enhance their career in business sectors. The GRE exam is a good substitute for GMAT, which is considered to be the primary choice for studying MBA. 

However, there are some students who can’t either afford to study GMAT or they don’t qualify it due to lack of specific skills. For such students, GRE is an alternative route to study business abroad because several business schools acknowledge good candidates with good GRE scores, and accept them into different business programmes.

The GMAT exam cost is around $250 around the world, which could be expensive for some groups of students.

Also, GMAT is considered to be more difficult than GRE, especially the math section. Many students find the math section in GMAT to be challenging. Therefore, they opt for GRE. Likewise, some students find the GRE verbal section to be tougher and they feel comfortable with GMAT. So you must ask yourself what works for you – is it GMAT or GRE?

Know the difference between GRE and GMAT

How to figure it out!

We’ve mentioned this in our earlier article that if you want to figure out which test – GMAT or GRE – suits you, you must ask yourself what you are good at. In order to reach that conclusion, you must ponder over the following questions:

  1. Am I a problem solver?
  2. Am I a right-brained person, and therefore more creative? Or am I an analytical person?
  3. Do I like mathematics or does it scare me to death?
  4. Will I be able to afford my GMAT exam cost?

As per the Educational Testing Service (ETS), there are over hundreds of institutes abroad that accept both GRE and GMAT for admissions into their business programmes. Almost every state in the USA has universities accepting GRE scores. Moreover, in other parts of the world, such as Canada, the UK, France and Singapore, international students with GRE scores can apply to study business programmes.

B-schools abroad that accept GRE

American business schools were among the first that started accepting GRE scores from international students.

  • Columbia Business School
  • Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

In Canada, there are several B-schools, among which a few accept GRE scores

  • University of Western Ontario
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management

In the UK, some of the B-schools that accept GRE scores include

  • University of Cambridge – Judge Business School
  • Cranfield University

European countries are no longer lagging behind drawing not only tourists from various corners of the world, but also international students from various fields in equal numbers. Countries like Italy, France and Spain have been successful in establishing themselves as famous study abroad destinations.

These countries have good policies in pertinence to education, medicine, science, engineering, business and technology.

Also, may international students find that countries like France are affordable, with a benefit of other options like post-study stay and employment. In France, the government steps forward to support public institutions financially and international students academically.

Some of the B-schools in Europe that accept GRE scores

  • HEC Paris
  • IESE Business School

Cost of studying and living

In France, the cost of studying a postgraduate degree averages around 300Eur/year. The living cost in France depends on each person’s lifestyle, and it varies based on the location too. Also, the towns and cities of France are not only grand and beautiful to live in, but also abundant in various necessary things that one needs to live his/her life.

Unlike other countries, where you might struggle to find ethnic Indian cuisines to gorge on, France offers plenty of options for Indian people.

In other countries like Canada, postgraduate business studies could cost you around CA$20,500. Student accommodation costs vary, depending on the type that you choose.

Given that you have a lot of options in your hand now, take your time to finalise one destination that is ideal for you and that fits into your economic conditions. Choose a B-school abroad that will offer excellent exposure to you and take your degree and your career to a broad level.  

Preparing for GRE?

Purvi Agarwal Purvi Agarwal,
IDP Expert
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