The Wharton-INSEAD Exchange Program

The Wharton-INSEAD Alliance joins the resources of two world leaders in management education and creates global access to unparalleled business knowledge for students, faculty, and executives worldwide.

Structure of the INSEAD MBA Program

Policies for Wharton Students

Selection of Wharton students for the INSEAD exchange will be governed by Wharton’s policies for international exchange programs. Preference will be given to students with strong academic records.Students at each school will pay their own travel, housing, and all incidental expenses incurred during the exchange visit.

  • Wharton students in good academic standing will be eligible for the exchange.
  • For Wharton students, the exchange credits will count towards the 19cu MBA course requirement.
  • Students on summer exchanges after conclusion of their second year at Wharton must successfully complete 19 credit units before leaving for INSEAD.
  • Students will not pay extra tuition for the exchange program as long as they stay within their allotted credit limits (21 credit units).
  • Exchange credits may not be used to meet Wharton’s fixed or flex core requirement. To count exchange credits towards a major, the student must obtain prior approval from the appropriate faculty advisor at Wharton.
  • The credit equivalence between the two programs is: 1 Wharton cu = 1.5 INSEAD cu.
  • Wharton students must take a minimum of 3 INSEAD courses ( i.e., 2 Wharton cu) and a maximum of 6 INSEAD courses (up to 4 Wharton cu) during each period (quarter) on the exchange.
  • Students may visit either of the two INSEAD campuses for either one or two INSEAD periods. Periods 4 and 5 of the INSEAD calendar offer the best selection of electives.
  • Wharton students are eligible to take any INSEAD elective courses.
  • The academic calendars of the two schools allow Wharton students to study at INSEAD during either quarter of both the Fall and Spring semesters plus during Wharton’s Summer Session I.

Other Policies

  • Exchange students will have access to Career Management Services at the host school on par with home students during the exchange period only.
  • Exchange students will be treated on par with home students (at a comparable stage in the program) with respect to registration priority for courses.
  • Students at each school will pay their own travel, housing, and all incidental expenses incurred during the exchange visit.