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From Around the World to the Texas MBA Program

McCombs recently held our annual International Night! For the past 14 years, International Night, hosted by IMBASA (International MBA Student Association) & the MBA+ Leadership Program, has been the largest MBA event of the year, attracting 1000+ attendees.

Texas MBAs from all over the world shared their culture with their classmates through food, dancing, traditional games, and entertainment. Texas MBA students, staff, alumni, and their families took a break from their academic rigors to rediscover the diversity of McCombs.

Meet Some International Texas MBAs

Texas MBA student Danielle FreundDanielle Freund, MBA Class of ’18

What is your hometown country/city?
I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, the largest city in the country, home to more than 12 million people.

Why did you choose the Texas MBA Program?
There were a few factors that made me choose the Texas MBA program. The first was the McCombs brand. It is a top school, with a renowned name and a large alumni network. Also, I was lucky enough to visit most of the schools I applied to and I was able to experience and relate to the collaborative and inclusive culture of McCombs. And last but not least, who doesn’t want to live in Austin? I fell in love with the city from the moment I arrived.

What advice do you have for other international applicants interested in attending McCombs?
My advice for interested international applicants is to visit the school (if possible) and talk to current students to understand a little bit more about the culture and life at McCombs and in Austin. Also, know there are going to be difficulties, but never let that discourage you! The MBA program at McCombs is a unique experience and totally worth it.

Texas MBA student Albert ZhangAlbert Zhang, MBA Class of ’18

What is your hometown country/city?
I come from China and my hometown is Jinan, capital of the Shandong province. Prior to McCombs, I worked in Shanghai, the fantastic financial center of China.

Why did you choose the Texas MBA Program?
The MBA Investment Fund is one the most important reasons why I chose McCombs. And working in the fund for almost a year reconfirms what I thought previously. It (the Fund) is an amazing place with brilliant professor and peers, where I’ve learned how to do equity fundamental analysis and pitch my outcomes to others, and gained plenty of connections with people working in asset management. I found people here extremely friendly. When I reached out to alumni before I made the decision, they all were willing to share with me their experience, and give me their valuable advice. And when I started to look for internships and full-time jobs, I received lots of help from alums as well. You will not feel lonely in this community!

What advice do you have for other international applicants interested in attending McCombs?
I have to admit that these two years are not easy, and sometimes really tough. But this is MBA life, and it helps you adjust well for your future career. As internationals, don’t sell yourself short, because it’s a triumph when you learn a second language and a different culture. Try your best to embrace what you have and try hard to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Texas MBA student JoonHo SungJoonHo Sung, MBA Class of ’18

What is your hometown country/city?
I’m from Seoul, South Korea, which is one of the most dynamic cities in the world.

Why did you choose the Texas MBA Program? 
I decided to leave my safety area to challenge myself and create new ventures. Austin is the perfect city for entrepreneurs. It’s growing rapidly and offered the perfect lifestyle, and McCombs and the University of Texas at Austin fully support this entrepreneurial culture with tons of comprehensive resources. With the best research hub and engineering school, more and more technology companies, and talent coming to this city daily, Austin is the “next Silicon Valley.”  Plus, before working in the software industry, I was a rock musician and film director. Music, film, tech, and startups… How could I skip the Texas MBA and Austin?

What advice do you have for other international applicants interested in attending McCombs?
If you ask “Why McCombs?” to alumni, probably many of them will say “the people.” And this is absolutely true. I met so many nice alumni and staff from McCombs through my application process. We do care about your “goodness” as a whole person before the business professional. Meet and talk with as many people as possible to find a fit for you before making this important life decision. (Especially for us international students!) Everyone has different backgrounds and goals, and definitely there is no program that is perfect for everyone, so do your research.

Texas MBA student Upasana BhattacharyaUpasana Bhattacharya, MBA Class of ’18

What is your hometown country/city?
I was born in India, and raised in Indonesia.

Why did you choose the Texas MBA Program? 
During the application process, I visited the campus, spoke to alumni and current students, and two things stood out: The students seemed balanced – smart and laid-back – and everyone seemed invested in each other’s success. As a current student, I see this play out in alumni engagement as well; McCombs has a strong pay-it-forward culture! I also attended a core strategy class and, thanks to an open-door policy, I was able to chat with a professor in Marketing. Both of these professors taught me in my core semester. It was a deja vu moment for me! I wanted to be in a program where I could learn and evolve but stay true to myself. McCombs was where I felt I could do that, and so far, I haven’t been disappointed!

What advice do you have for other international applicants interested in attending McCombs?
This is a big investment (both time and money), so dig deep to ask yourself what you really want to accomplish and what your career goals are but remember that culture matters too! I knew the culture in McCombs was right for me based on the engagement from current students and alumni even when I was a prospective student with no ties to the school or area. You won’t be graduating with just a brand on your degree but with friends and a network you can reach out to for a lifetime. Austin will be your home-away-from home for two years, so make sure you (and your family, if they are joining you) can see yourself engaging with and building a small, and supportive community here.

We’re Bringing McCombs to a City Near You!

Texas MBA alumni & staff are hosting events in Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco this fall.

These Texas MBA Roadshows are your opportunity to learn about the Texas Full-Time MBA Program, attend presentations from MBA Career Management and Admissions, and network with Texas MBA alumni — all in a city near you. These events are packed with in-depth information about experiential learning at McCombs, the application process, MBA student life, global opportunities, career resources, and more.

Register now below.

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Register Now: Texas Full-Time MBA Program Summer & Fall Events!

It’s almost time for the 2017-2018 application season! Where’s the best place to start if you plan to apply? Meet the Texas Full-Time MBA Program at one of our many events this summer and fall to learn more and ask any questions you may have.

Whether you’re looking to visit us on campus in Austin, or meet up with us in a city near you, there are plenty of opportunities for you to learn about the value proposition of an MBA,  what it’s like to be a Texas MBA student, life in Austin, and how you can put together your best application. Register Now!

The 2017 Tour Event Season

Our admissions staff and alumni will be traveling around the globe for the next several months to meet you and answer your questions. Visit our tour events page for event details and registration information. Events will be confirmed and added throughout the season, so be sure to check back periodically.


Visit Us on Campus in Austin.

Join us for an info session on campus in Austin to take an in-depth look into what sets the Texas Full-Time MBA Program apart from the competition. Information sessions are your opportunity to hear a program overview, visit our campus, and  ask any questions you may have about the application process.


Register for a Texas MBA Coffee Chat in Your City!

Our students will be across the United States this summer for amazing internship opportunities. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet a student for coffee in your city and learn firsthand what sets our program apart from the rest. These informal meetings will be taking place in a variety of cities so students can directly address your questions.




We encourage you to stay in touch and we look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions, please send us an email. See you soon!

2015 Texas MBA Women’s & Diversity Forum Events

This past weekend, the Full-Time Texas MBA program hosted their annual Women’s Forum at the McCombs School of Business here at UT-Austin. This is always an exciting McCombs event and this year’s attendance was strong! 83 potential MBAs had the TX womenopportunity to interact with McCombs faculty and staff, alumni, and current students during a number of information sessions and networking receptions, allowing them to learn more about all aspects of the program and begin to picture themselves as Texas MBAs.

Professor Srinivasan of the Texas MBA program

Texas MBA Program Professor, Raji Srinivasan

“It was a wonderful and large group of women, who
were excited to learn about the Texas MBA program, the University of Texas at Austin, and Austin! There was animated discussion about the challenges of coming back to school, especially for women, and issues related to career switching. I enjoyed speaking to them and learning about their career goals and aspirations. This is a great group of prospective MBA students and I look forward to seeing many of them in the fall of next year.”

– Professor Raji Srinivasan


A Global Perspective.

The 2015 Texas MBA Diversity Forum was also this month, on November 14th. McCombs hosted 88 attendees from all over the world and these future MBAs had the opportunity to get to know program staff, faculty, alumni, current students, and each other for a first-hand look at the Texas MBA program.

Highlights from this year included a “Why McCombs?” presentation from Assistant Dean, Tina Mabley, in which she discussed what makes McCombs and the city of Austin stand out, from innovative culture, to beautiful outdoor spaces and a thriving arts and music scene. Attendees also learned about our dynamic student life through interactions with members of McCombs student organizations.

If you were not able to attend our Women’s or Diversity Forums this year, check out some of the other events happening on campus this season. We hope to see you soon!

Working Professional & Executive 2015 Women’s Forum Recap

Texas MBA Women's Forum - Welcome sign and table

The Texas MBA recently held its annual Women’s Forums for all Working Professional and Executive MBA Programs in Dallas, Houston, and Austin! Faculty, staff, alumni, and current students from the Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas MBA at Houston, Texas Evening MBA, and Texas Executive MBA programs hosted around 60 prospective women MBAs for a day of information sessions and networking receptions.

Women attendees at information session - 2015 women's forum

Texas MBA at Houston Women’s Forum, Career Presentation

These events give prospective women MBAs the opportunity to discover all aspects of the Texas MBA program and how they can unlock their potential and develop as business leaders. Women’s Forum attendees had the opportunity to hear an overview of the Texas MBA program and connect with women in the program to learn about their experiences.

A highlight of the event was a talk from premier professional development coaches, Valerie Savage.
Valerie is a seasoned executive with 30 years of financial, strategic, operational and investor relations experience as an executive and consultant for private and public companies. Her session at the Women’s Forum demonstrated how to identify and articulate unique credentials to help position professionals for a successful career.

Choosing to pursue an MBA presents unique challenges for women, especially working professionals. The Women’s Forums provided realistic insight into the program, life as an MBA, and opportunities for candid discussion with former and current students.

If you were not able to attend the Women’s Forum this year, check out some of the other events happening on campus. We hope to see you soon!

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