A. Admission criteria
Question: Do I need to provide a GMAT score? Will this help my candidacy?
Answer: SIMBA does not require a GMAT score. However, if you already have an original GMAT score, feel free to attach it to the Application File as supplementary information.
Question: Do I need to provide a TOEFL or other English tests scores? Will this help my candidacy?
Answer: TOEFL or any other official English test are good indication of your English Level. However, SIMBA tests the English level of the candidates through their essays in the application file and during the personal interview. If you already have an original score of an English test, you can attach it to the application file as supplementary information. However, the only tests that count for SIMBA applications are the essays and the interview.
Question: I have 3 years' College degree; can I still apply to SIMBA?
Answer: Yes, but you will need to provide proofs of having at least 5 years of working experience at professional level.
Question: I have 2 years college degree; can I still apply to SIMBA?
Answer: Yes, but you'll need to provide proofs of having at least 7 years of working experience.
Question: In general, what is SIMBA policy regarding university degree and working Experience?
Answer: As a rule of thumb, the admission policy is as follows:
Bachelor and higher + minimum of 3 years of working experience
3 years college degree + 5 years of working experience
2 years college degree + 7 years of working experience.
Question: What if I have no academic degree?
Answer: you can still apply to SIMBA, but you'll need to have at least 15 years of working experience at a managerial level and a proven track record as a business person.
Question: Does my major influence my chances to be admitted to SIMBA? What if I majored in arts or literature?
Answer: Your university major has no impact on our admission decision. Quite to the contrary, SIMBA welcome good candidates from all fields in order to make the learning experience as multicultural and enriching as possible.
Question: Is there a minimum age for applying to SIMBA?
Answer: It is generally considered that under the age of 26 one might be too young for an MBA Programme. On the other hand, the minimum required qualifications are of a bachelor degree + minimum 3 years of working experience - anyone living up to these criteria may apply. The final decision will be made upon the overall impression of the application file and the interview.
Question: My written English is fine but my oral English is not as good. Does it matter?
Answer: All classes are given in English only, class discussions and oral presentations are in English only. So, yes, your Oral English does matter. However, whether or not your spoken English skills are sufficient or not will be tested during the interview. If proficiency in English is the only obstacle to your admission, we suggest the following: either take intensive spoken English classes before the beginning of the academic year and join SIMBA this year, or take regular spoken English training during the whole year and join SIMBA the following academic year.
B. The curriculum
Question: What is the difference between a Study Trip and the Exchange Programme?
Answer: A study trip is a Module given abroad. It lasts generally one week. The Exchange Programme, on the other hand, enables SIMBA Participants to take up to 4 modules at any of the ENPC MBA Network programmes (Paris, Edinburgh, Casablanca). The Exchange Programme generally lasts 1 to 2 months abroad, between April and June.
Question: If I wish to participate in the Exchange Programme, will I have to pay for it?
Answer: You do not have to pay for the classes - Exchange Programmes are free of charges to all members of the ENPC MBA Network and are included in your tuition fees. However, you will need to pay for transportation, accommodation and the living expenses.
Question: I have been away from academic environment for quite a while now. I might need some refreshment of my academic skills like writing essays, etc. What can be done for me?
Answer: At the beginning of the curriculum introductory modules are given to all participants including 'Oral presentation skills' and 'Written presentation skills'. Both are aimed at acquainting all participants with SIMBA norms of written and oral presentations.
Question: I have no background in accounting and/or finance and/or statistics, do I still have a chance to be admitted and if yes how could I follow the classes?
Answer: Prior training or background in either of these subjects is not an issue with SIMBA. The introductory Modules of SIMBA include 'Basics of Calculus and statistics'; Introduction to Accounting'.
Question: What are my chances of being admitted?
Answer: If you meet SIMBA criteria and your personal interview is positive, the likelihood of admittance is high. However, SIMBA deliberately choose to limit the number of Participant per class to 50 maximum. We do highly recommend you send your complete application file as soon as possible so as to secure your chance to be among the first to be interviewed.
Question: What degree do I obtain at SIMBA?
Answer: You will receive an MBA degree from The ENPC MBA, which is also officially admitted by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
C. Financial aspects
Question: What is the real cost of SIMBA Programme?
Answer: The total cost is composed of the tuition fees (as per our homepage), the cost of books (approximately 3000 RMB for the whole curriculum) and the cost of optional Study Trips.
Question: How can I pay the registration fee?
Answer: Chinese applicants can pay the registration fee in cash or by bank transfer. International applicants can pay by bank transfer only. Remember: your application file is only considered complete once you have provided all the needed documents and paid the registration fee.
Question: Do I have to pay the full tuition fees at the beginning of my studies in one installment?
Answer: No, you pay in 3 installments. The first - 10% of the tuition - is to be paid upon your admission. The second - 45% of the tuition - is to be paid within one month after the beginning of classes and the remaining 45% - is to be paid before 15th July,2015.