Live Updates: Coronavirus Impact On Business Schools
What is the impact of coronavirus on business schools? We bring you the latest updates including campus closures, changes to MBA admission requirements, and more
The cost of an MBA degree has increased by 4.7% in the past year despite the pandemic, according to our BusinessBecause Cost of MBA Report 2021
Business schools are reopening their campuses this fall. Find out if you'll need a Covid vaccine before arriving on campus for your MBA
Check out the latest COVID-19 campus updates for US business schools as most schools plan to welcome students back to campus for the fall 2021 semester
Check out the latest COVID-19 campus updates for European business schools as students are welcomed back to campus and schools continue to adopt hybrid teaching
Cost Of MBA Increases In 2021 Despite Covid
The cost of an MBA increased by 4.7% in the past year despite COVID-19—that’s an additional $8,000 to budget for, according to our BusinessBecause Cost of MBA Report 2021 released today.
The average total cost of pursuing a full-time MBA at a top-ranked business school has grown from $168k in 2020 to $176k in 2021.
The cost of an MBA is growing more rapidly outside the United States, with the average total cost of an MBA in Asia growing by 10%, and in Europe by 9.7%, between 2020 and 2021, although US MBA programs remain the most expensive.
An MBA in the USA will set you back over $217k in terms of total estimated cost, compared with $130k in Europe, and $108k in Asia.
“A big driver of that overall cost is the cost of tuition. While some schools froze their MBA tuition fees in 2021, others were forced to increase tuition as revenues suffered elsewhere,” says Marco De Novellis, senior editor of BusinessBecause.
Cost of MBA Report 2021 | Key findings
The annual BusinessBecause Cost of MBA Report, released in partnership with MBA loans company Juno in 2021, breaks down the total cost of MBA programs at the world’s top business schools, covering MBA tuition fees as well as living costs, healthcare, extra fees, and the cost of books and materials.
According to our report:
- MIT Sloan remains the world’s most expensive MBA, with a total cost of $241,984, up by 1.8% compared with 2020.
- NUS Business School offers the most affordable top-ranked MBA, with a total cost of $89,342.
- The total cost of the MBA at HEC Paris increased the most between 2020 and 2021 (by 16.3%), followed by Oxford Saïd (15.6%), and Cambridge Judge (15%).
- Only Virginia Darden saw a decrease in the total cost of its MBA in 2021, down 3.6%.
Why is the cost of an MBA increasing?
Rising tuition fees as well as a less favorable exchange rate against the dollar for non-US schools are the main drivers for the overall MBA cost increase. When calculating cost, we convert all local currency into US$.
The cost of MBA tuition increased by 7.6% on average globally in 2021, with the most significant fee increases made by London Business School and HEC Paris.
HEC Paris increased its tuition fees from €72,500 (September intake) and €69,620 (January intake) to €78,000 and €76,000 respectively.
Business schools that increased their tuition fees in the past year did so in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
As companies cut spending, schools lost revenue from executive education in the past year while they also increased their spending to enable virtual teaching. For some schools, increasing MBA tuition fees is a way to recover from the financial impact of COVID-19.
“MBA programs have tried to do everything they can to try to keep fees affordable—Harvard dispersed another $6 million in financial aid in the past year—but some schools are hurting financially due to COVID,” says David White of MBA admissions consulting firm Menlo Coaching.
Although demand for MBA programs has boomed during the pandemic, that’s unlikely to have influenced schools’ decision to increase fees, according to David.
“There’s no Uber surge pricing for business schools!” he says. “Schools are inherently long-term focused and much of their budget, in the US in particular, comes from contributions from alumni.
“They know that if they charged you 20% more in tuition, you’re not going to donate money back to the school later on.”
In fact, several top US business schools froze tuition fees in 2021—including Harvard, Stanford, and Darden—while Yale was the only school to reduce tuition, according to our report.
Esade Business School in Spain also froze tuition fees in reaction to COVID, says Cristina Olabarría, recruitment and admissions director at Esade.
“Our main objective is to continue strengthening our scholarship fund and the financial aid portfolio that we offer to Esade candidates, so the pandemic isn’t an impediment for talented people to be able to study at Esade regardless of their financial situation,” she says.
INSEAD only made a minor increase to its tuition fees of around $1,000. Katy Montgomery, INSEAD’s associate dean of degree programs, says the school kept tuition fairly flat to account for students coming from all over the world, including countries hardest hit by COVID-19.
“Diversity in the classroom is our number one priority and we felt keeping the tuition constant would better enable us to maintain 92 countries represented in our MBA program,” she says.
While the cost of an MBA has increased the most at European business schools, the total cost of a top-ranked MBA in Europe is still relatively low at most schools compared with the US.
MIT Sloan is the world’s most expensive MBA program in terms of overall cost, at close to $242k, followed by NYU Stern and Stanford.
Funding your MBA
While MBAs are expensive, you shouldn’t let the cost of an MBA put you off applying to business school.
“MBA students transform their careers after graduation; start exciting new businesses, land the best jobs, and see their salaries skyrocket. Plus, business schools offer generous scholarships and funding options,” says Marco.
One option for US MBA students is Juno, which uses group buying power to negotiate the best student loan rates possible for MBA participants.
Juno has helped MBA students get more than $300 million in education loans and make savings of up to $15,000 on loan repayments.
Ryan Price, star of the BusinessBecause MBA Newcomer series, who starts his full-time MBA at BYU Marriott School of Business in the fall, says lenders compete for the business of Juno’s large client pool of MBA students.
“Yes, it’s still a student loan that will need to be paid back, but it’s the cheapest option in terms of interest that I could find anywhere for US schools,” he says.
Do You Need A Covid Vaccine To Study An MBA?
Do you need a Covid vaccine to study an MBA? As we begin to see a return to life after Covid, business schools are eager to reopen their doors to students robbed of their in-person learning experience.
In fall 2021, business schools across the globe will need to strike the appropriate balance between classroom teaching and necessary health and safety measures.
In some instances, this could mean an end to fully online learning. However, to keep Covid case rates low on campus, some schools will require you to be fully vaccinated.
Others are opting for a hybrid teaching model of in-person and remote learning, alongside obligations to wear facemasks, take lateral flow tests, and work behind Plexiglass barriers.
Do you need a Covid vaccine to study in the US?
From September, over 350 business school campuses across the US are reopening their doors to students, on the condition that they have both Covid vaccinations.
These schools include Rutgers Business School, MIT Sloan, Wharton, Cornell Johnson, Kogod School of Business, Berkeley's Haas School of Business, and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
These business schools only approve vaccinations that are certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).
Vaccinations approved by the FDA and the WHO include:
You’re only exempt from these requirements on religious or medical grounds.
Other schools like Harvard Business School will also require staff, faculty, and students returning to campus in the fall to be fully vaccinated, while schools like UVA Darden have announced that you’ll no longer need to wear facemasks if you’re fully vaccinated and teaching will return to the classroom. Rowan University is offering vaccinated students up to $1000 towards tuition and housing.
By requiring returning students to be fully vaccinated, the hope is that business schools can prevent the development of new variants and stop a rise in Covid cases on campus. The vaccine rollout program in the US is key to reintroducing and maintaining in person teaching for the new academic year.
Yet there’s been political backlash from some US states. Governors in Florida, Texas, and Arizona have introduced new laws to veto schools that require vaccines as a condition for being on campus. Therefore, business schools in Arizona, Florida, and Alabama do not require you to be vaccinated.
Vaccination laws have also led to confusing requirements for some schools in Texas. Whereas public universities are unable to demand vaccinations, private ones can demand that you have both shots.
What if you’re an international candidate?
If you’re an international candidate starting business school in the fall, you may encounter difficulty meeting the US vaccination requirements, as certain countries are using vaccines not certified by the FDA or WHO.
For example, international students receiving the Covaxin in India will have to receive additional Covid vaccinations when arriving in the US. You’ll receive a vaccination on arrival and will then be required to quarantine for two weeks. Second shots will be offered after the elapsed period.
Developing countries have also rolled out their vaccination programs at a much slower rate than places like the US and Europe. Whereas nearly 50 percent of the US population is vaccinated, India and Indonesia have vaccinated just over 5% of their populations. Brazil has vaccinated nearly 15%.
Despite this, admissions consultant and founder of MBA 360 Admissions, Barbara Coward (pictured right), says she’s seen few concerns among international candidates regarding vaccines, adding that students should monitor government policy for more information.
“The process for vaccines and quarantine will depend on the policies of each university,” she notes.
“I wouldn’t assume one policy at one university applies across the board. Each state is different, and I suspect some southern states in the US such as Florida, South Carolina and Texas (with Republican governors) would ease restrictions compared to governors in NY or California.”
What’s the situation like outside the US?
Similar demands do not exist at business schools in the UK and Europe. Instead, most business schools are adopting a wait-and-see approach based on government guidelines.
ESCP Business School’s campuses in Madrid and Turin will continue to endorse a hybrid model of in-person teaching and online learning throughout the fall. Whereas ESCP’s campus in Berlin will remain closed, you can now access its campus in London, on the condition that you provide the school with two negative Covid tests every week.
In France, vaccinated students from green and amber countries must provide evidence of their vaccination status before travelling. Unvaccinated students from green countries will have to supply proof of a negative antigen or PCR test, whereas students from amber countries must also provide a compelling reason for entering France. Borders are currently closed for international students from red countries.
It’s similar in Asia, with most schools yet to announce a clear policy on Covid vaccine requirements for incoming students.
However, schools like NUS Business School in Singapore have previously organized vaccines for graduate students. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is also holding two vaccination days on campus for students and staff to receive their first and second shots before in person activities resume for the new academic year.
The impact of coronavirus on business schools and therefore guidelines issued by schools are constantly changing on a country-by-country basis.
Whether you’re a domestic or international student enrolling in business school this fall, it’s important to keep checking both government and university guidelines for updates on vaccination requirements.
It might be that you need to get your first shot and quarantine on arrival, or you might have to move the date of your second vaccination forward to have permission to arrive on campus for the fall semester.
As stressful as it might be to navigate the return to school, there’s one huge silver lining for students: The joys of in person teaching and pre-pandemic MBA networking are slowly set to return.
COVID-19 Campus Updates For US Business Schools
COVID-19 threw business education into disarray in 2020, as everyone from the M7 business schools—a group of elite business schools in the US—to the rest of the pack shifted teaching online and had to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic.
The majority of business schools in the United States are now planning to welcome students, staff, and faculty back to campus for the fall 2021 semester as they usher in the much anticipated return of in-person teaching.
Safety protocols will remain in place on some campuses, with mask wearing and social distancing not disappearing entirely. Schools are also asking students to get vaccinated before returning to campus, unless exempt.
Here, we highlight the latest COVID-19 campus updates for top business schools in the US. This page is regularly updated with the latest campus reopening plans for MBA students, and more schools will be added as information is released.
COVID-19 Campus Updates: US Business Schools
The M7 business schools
Chicago Booth School of Business
Booth’s Hyde Park and Gleacher campuses are only allowing Illinois residents to be permitted. For the school’s Yuen Campus, only Hong Kong residents will be permitted, and for the London campus at St. Paul’s, only residents of the greater London region are being permitted.
The wider university recently announced plans to resume on-campus activities fully for fall 2021, if the state of the pandemic and the health of the university community allow.
The planned resumption of in-person activities would include Booth’s campuses in Chicago, London, and Hong Kong, in consultation with local health officials in those locations.
All teaching sessions are being recorded so they are available for both students who can attend on campus, and those who have to study remotely.
Harvard Business School
A memo from June 3rd, 2021, confirms that all remaining coronavirus restrictions in the state of Massachusetts, and the cities of Boston and Cambridge, have been lifted. Masks will continue to be mandatory on public and private transportation systems, in health care facilities, and in some other settings.
Individuals are encouraged to continue wearing masks and maintain social distancing until they are fully vaccinated. Generally, though, the state of emergency will be lifted, and all signals are to get vaccinated and resume pre-pandemic activities.
Across Harvard, some restrictions remain regardless of vaccination status. Masks and physical distancing will continue to be required indoors, there are capacity limits on gatherings, and weekly testing will be expected for faculty and staff coming to campus more than four hours per week on a regular basis.
The plan is for full in-person classes to resume for the fall 2021 semester. Vaccines will be required for all faculty, staff, and students by the fall, with exceptions granted for medical or religious reasons.
Kellogg School of Management
Kellogg is continuing its in-person instruction—which began in July 2020—this quarter. Full-time and Evening & Weekend MBA students will be offered in-person classes, and there will be virtual options for those who cannot join in person because of health, safety or travel restrictions.
From June 1st, 2021, Evening & Weekend MBA students travelling from outside of Illinois will also be eligible to participate in in-person instruction.
The school’s Executive MBA students are being offered a hybrid teaching model on the Evanston and Miami campuses, which includes all students who reside in the US, as well as international students traveling from countries permitted by the US State Department and the CDC.
Full health and safety protocols are in place, such as social distancing, mask wearing, and enhanced cleaning. There is also a testing system in place, including contact tracing for any positive cases.
The wider university at Northwestern will require COVID-19 vaccination for all students attending from fall 2021.
From fall 2021, there will be in-person classes at MIT Sloan School of Management.
All students enrolled or enrolling in fall classes must be vaccinated before semester begins, unless they have an approved exemption.
Faculty and staff working on campus, and certain contractors and others working on campus or accessing MIT facilities, must have had their vaccination by July 30th, 2021.
Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB)
Stanford GSB is operating a hybrid model as it transitions back to in-person teaching. A new MSX class arrives in July 2021, and MBA students are returning to campus in the fall. The school is still finalizing detailed plans for the new academic year based on evolving public health directives.
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania is planning for the full resumption of in-person teaching, research, and university operations for the fall semester 2021, in line with plans set by the wider university.
All students set to be on campus for the new academic year fall 2021 are required to get vaccinated, unless exempt for medical or religious reasons.
All current faculty, staff, and post-doctoral trainees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than August 1st, 2021.
Those not fully vaccinated will be required to continue to participate in daily symptom checks on PennOpen Pass, and partake in weekly Penn Cares screening testing, as well as to continue to wear masks indoors.
Other US Business Schools
Cornell anticipates that classes will return to in-person for the fall semester and the start of the new academic year in 2021. The school requires COVID-19 vaccination for all students planning on attending campus.
Cornell announced on May 18th, 2021, that it will accept all vaccines approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Medical Association, and the World Health Organization.
Students are expected to be vaccinated as soon after their arrival as possible and will be eligible for vaccination locally. The school encourages incoming international students still awaiting their vaccination to arrive as early as possible to allow for vaccination before teaching commences on August 8th, 2021.
Fuqua School of Business
Things are looking up at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
“The situation on campus is improving almost daily as we are seeing vaccination rates steadily increase,” explains Russ Morgan, senior associate dean for full-time programs at Fuqua. “That has allowed us to increasingly provide connectivity across our community members and we have recently completed several in-person celebrations with our Daytime MBA graduates. With that has come a refreshing energy and optimism about the upcoming academic year.”
A hybrid model has been in place for the academic year 2020/2021, and in-person, co-curricular activities have all been virtual.
But for the upcoming academic year starting fall 2021, the plan is for Fuqua School of Business to return to as normal an operating environment as possible.
“When students arrive on campus in the new academic year, we will return to operating 100 percent in person. Because some incoming students may be challenged with immigration issues, we will be working with impacted individuals to ensure they have access to classes until they are able to join their program on campus,” Russ explains.
There’ll be in-person orientation, and student events will return to campus. A major factor in bringing students back to campus, Russ says, is Duke’s decision to require all students to be vaccinated.
Mask wearing will also continue, as will surveillance COVID-19 testing.
At American University’s Kogod School of Business the majority of summer 2021 classes will be held online.
The school plans to offer in-person teaching when the new academic year begins in fall 2021. All students, faculty, and staff will be required to have been vaccinated prior to being on campus.
Haas School of Business
From July 12th staff are expected to return to campus at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, in preparation for the fall 2021 semester, beginning on August 8th.
The school is planning for in-person teaching to resume at the start of the new academic year. It anticipates that some public health measures will still be required.
Classes with enrollments of 200 or more students will continue to be delivered remotely during the fall semester, although most courses will not have an ‘all-remote’ option. A limited number of remote teaching options are being made available to support the needs of international students who may be delayed entering the US. All students, staff, and faculty returning to campus will be required to get vaccinated, unless exempt.
Louisiana State University
Louisiana State University’s Ourso College of Business is planning for a fully in-person teaching schedule for fall 2021. The school is also encouraging students who plan to be on campus to get vaccinated before the new academic year.
McDonough School of Business
MBA summer classes are being offered as hybrid this summer, and the rest are online. Faculty determined their mode of instruction this summer. The school's Executive Masters in Leadership is currently being taught in person.
McDonough School of Business is planning to resume in-person teaching for it's Executive MBA and MiM programs from fall 2021.
All undergraduate, graduate, and professional students planning to return to the Georgetown McDonough campus for the fall 2021 semester will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless exempt.
The school will help students who have not been vaccinated or who have received a vaccine that has not been authorized by the FDA or WHO to get an authorized vaccine on campus upon arrival.
The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is continuing to offer a mix of remote, hybrid, and a few fully in-person classes to undergraduate and graduate students throughout the spring and summer terms.
Campus is open to faculty, staff, and students, and co-curricular experiences will be offered in remote, hybrid, and in-person formats consistent with the latest public health protocols.
The school plans a return to full in-person teaching for the fall 2021 semester, and students should plan to be back on campus for the start of the new academic year. The school is strongly recommending students get vaccinated—there’s a mandatory requirement for vaccination for any student living on campus.
For international students, the school will continue to monitor international travel restrictions, and will provide a hybrid model of teaching for students unable to attend.
NYU Stern School of Business has reduced campus capacity and placed a cap on classroom attendance. Two meters physical distancing is required in classrooms, and large events have been postponed.
As a result, the school has adopted its teaching method, and classes are currently following one of the following two formats.
Each class session will either meet in person, on campus, but in each session half of the students will be present in class and half will be online. There is a combination of synchronous and asynchronous classes. Or roughly half of the class sessions will be in person, and roughly half will be online. In each case, all of the students will be in the same format (in person or online) for each class session.
All students who plan on returning to NYU’s campuses in the US must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Students, faculty, and employees who have been vaccinated must upload proof of vaccination status.
Students must upload proof of vaccination by July 19, 2021.
TCU Neeley School of Business
At TCU Neeley, administration, faculty, and staff are all currently back on campus. The school is currently operating under a hybrid model of teaching for summer courses, but will return to campus completely in fall 2021.
Dartmouth Tuck School of Business is planning a full in-person teaching schedule for the fall 2021 semester.
The school requires all students who will be on campus for the new academic year to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine that has received full approval or emergency use authorization by the FDA, or full approval or emergency use listing by the World Health Organization. The College will offer medical and religious exemptions.
Yale School of Management (SoM)
Yale SoM will be open and ready for in-person learning again in fall 2021. Accommodations may be made for some students to attend virtually in the first term of the fall semester, due to uneven COVID-19 restrictions in other countries, but it is the school’s goal that all students be in-residence by the end of the first term.
This article was last updated June 24th 2021
COVID-19 Campus Updates For European Business Schools
The coronavirus pandemic hit Europe hard, but as we begin to exit what for many of us has been a third lockdown, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Many business schools have welcomed students back to campus, and more plan to do so by fall 2021.
Schools have largely maintained a hybrid model of teaching, with students splitting their time between the physical and virtual classrooms. That seems to be the plan for most schools going forward.
Here, we highlight the latest COVID-19 campus updates for Europe’s top business schools. This page is regularly updated with the latest campus reopening plans for MBA students, and more schools will be added as updates are released.
COVID-19 Campus Updates: Europe
Business Schools with Multiple Campuses
ESCP Business School
- Berlin campus
As of May 20th, restrictions have been gradually loosened in Berlin. However, classes at ESCP remain online, with students not yet allowed to return to campus due to current restrictions from the Berlin Senate—according to a statement on ESCP’s website.
From June 10th the school’s campus library has been open for on-site use. Students can book a table to work, browse the library, and ask questions at the help desk.
A negative test result is required to work or study on-site. As is wearing a mask through your entire stay on campus. The rest of the campus remains closed.
- London campus
From May 17th COVID-19 restrictions in England eased further. This allowed for the restart of in-person teaching at higher education institutions.
In-person teaching has resumed on ESCP’s London campus, along with student access to campus services.
Students returning to campus are expected to self-test for COVID-19 twice weekly. This applies to students who are safely in England and able to travel to campus.
There are still measures in place in England meaning if international students are travelling from a ‘green’, ‘amber’, or ‘red’ listed country, they will have to complete the necessary quarantine period upon arrival and provide a negative COVID-19 test.
There are remote campus services available for those who cannot attend in-person.
- Madrid campus
ESCP developed a new teaching model to adapt to the demands of the pandemic: Adaptive Model Blended Learning. The model is a hybrid methodology, and is flexible to allow the school to transition between fully in-person, fully online, or blended learning, depending on the circumstances.
The school is currently using a hybrid model of teaching. Recruiting events are also still mostly virtual, as are student events—although a few have started happening in person.
- Turin campus
This year ESCP’s Turin campus is offering a hybrid teaching format to students, with a part of the school’s lessons held online and a part of them in class.
For the next academic year, the school is planning to continue with this hybrid method, with most of the lessons held onsite with some asynchronous online classes.
The expectation is that student events will also be in person, but ESCP is ready to switch them online if needed.
The same applies for recruiting events, which have been organized online during 2020/2021. These can be in-person for students living near Turin and online for international students and candidates.
UK Business Schools
Alliance Manchester Business School
The Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) campus is open with COVID-19-secure measures in place.
The school’s full-time MBA students have returned to campus for a hybrid model of teaching. There’s some face-to-face lectures while other sessions remain online.
Upcoming Global Part-Time MBA workshops scheduled for July will continue to take place online due to ongoing travel restrictions. Students who live locally will have the option to attend the virtual workshops on campus in small, socially distanced groups.
From September 2021, Alliance Manchester Business School plans to welcome the new full-time MBA class to campus for their three-week induction period, core modules, and not-for-profit project. There will also be frequent socials and MBA+ and careers activities.
The school also hopes to reintroduce face-to-face teaching for the Global Part-Time MBA September workshops. Due to the highly international composition of the cohort though, the school is closely monitoring government travel advice.
AMBS is delivering Executive Education Open Programmes on campus in line with current government advice relating to social distancing.
Cambridge Judge Business School
At Cambridge Judge Business School all student events are currently online, and the school’s campus visit program is suspended.
In line with government guidance from Monday May 17th, university students have been allowed to return to in-person teaching. For students on courses where teaching would normally be taking place at this point in the academic year, in-person small-group University and College teaching can resume.
There is a hybrid teaching model in place, in which the MBA will be delivered in person complemented by a wide range of digital resources and preparatory study. This will continue to be used for the incoming students in fall 2021—there is also no delay to the start of the new academic year.
All students of the business school are required to follow the health and safety protocols in place, pending further government changes. These include mask wearing, social distancing, checking your temperature on entering the building, and following the one-way system that is in place.
London Business School
London Business School is open for students and staff. The fresh air supply is on in lecture theatres, and the additional units that recirculate air are turned off for safety.
Students, participants, staff, and faculty can collect free, at-home, lateral flow antigen testing kits from the school—the same tests that are available online or for collection from local pharmacies or test centers. Students attending lectures on campus are expected to self-test twice per week.
You must wear a face covering while in any indoor space on campus except single person offices. Face coverings may only be removed while eating or drinking or in spaces where social distancing can be followed.
The school’s current lecture theatre occupancy is set at 50% capacity, and faculty are wearing personal protective visors while teaching. Lecture theatres are cleaned before each teaching session, and for those who can’t attend classes in person, Zoom is being used for virtual teaching.
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Business Schools in France / Monaco
Since September 2020, the French government has authorized in-person teaching at universities, with strict regulations including social distancing and mandatory mask wearing.
HEC Paris has since offered students a blended learning format consisting of in-person courses with reduced capacity, and online teaching. Students who do not wish to attend any in-person courses are offered the possibility of attending remotely.
All career fairs will remain virtual until the end of 2021. There is a possibility that smaller student/recruiter events might take place in person before then.
With the progressive deployment of the vaccination campaign, the school expects courses to fully return to normal in September 2021, with full classroom capacity. Though should that not be possible, the model already deployed will guarantee academic continuity.
If borders are open in September 2021, and it is safe to do so, the school plans to also resume full academic and research activities in person and on campus.
EDHEC Business School’s Lille and Nice campuses are open. Wearing a mask is required at all times on campus, and the required health and safety measures are in place on site—hand sanitizing stations, social distancing, and temperature checks, for example.
Classes are in person, and the school plans to keep this in place for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year. The plan is for students to be able to benefit from the full range of on-campus services, including career support, catering, sports facilities, and student life.
International University of Monaco
For the 2020-2021 academic year the International University of Monaco set up a new teaching method that allowed students to safely be on campus. On campus and classroom capacity has been reduced, and mask wearing is mandatory across the premises.
The new model of onsite/online teaching has become the norm. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the school plans to continue with this teaching method, with learning being split 80% on-site and 20% online.
Business Schools in Denmark
Restrictions are being reduced to normal or to a basic level at all Danish educational institutions.
From June 14th, all buildings will reopen with admission and opening hours as normal. Students are no longer required to use face masks or shields. The one-to-two meter social distancing requirement is being removed, and physical attendance for staff on campus will be increased to 50%.
Then from August 1st, students are no longer required to produce a negative test result as a requirement for campus access. CBS will no longer provide a testing facility for staff and students, and all staff may return to campus.
Business Schools in Germany
ESMT Berlin welcomed its first group of students back to campus in April 2021.
The school is currently teaching a mix of hybrid and face-to-face classes. Half of the class is face-to-face, and the other half join online. To make this happen, ESMT invested over $600K to ensure lecture halls are able to deliver an optimum learning experience whether you are in the room or remote.
Health and safety measures in place include testing, mandatory masks, social distancing, cleaning schedules, and contact tracing.
For the new academic year starting in fall 2021, the school currently plans to operate with the same hybrid model of teaching, so students can choose the option they prefer.
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
Since May 14th, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management has been offering students an elective model of teaching, where they choose whether to attend classes from campus or online.
Students can be on campus only if they provide a negative test no older than 48 hours, and face coverings are mandatory across all public areas of campus.
HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management launched HHL Promise, the school’s commitment to reopening campus for students enrolling in fall 2021. The school intends to open campus and have in-person lectures.
Social distancing and hygiene measures will be followed. Students are expected to wear mandatory face coverings, regularly wash hands, and use hand sanitizer.
Hybrid study options will be available for international students who can’t yet make it to Germany. If the situation changes before the new academic year, the school is also prepared to begin with online courses during the first few weeks of the semester, opening when it’s safe to do so.
WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management
Teaching is taking place mostly in hybrid form at WHU. BSc and MSc students are currently not on campus as term is over and it’s internship season.
The school’s EMBA conducted two hybrid modules in May 2021, welcoming the first students back to campus. Since June 7th, the school’s full-time and part-time MBA programs have also been offered in hybrid form.
For both campuses in Düsseldorf and Vallendar, state regulations allow students to join classes in person again based on a strict hygiene concept implemented by the school. That includes social distancing, capacity limits for classrooms, hygiene regulations, and testing.
Where regulations allow, WHU has started organizing events in hybrid form or in-person. The majority of events are still taking place online though.
The expectation is that from September 2021, when the new term begins, larger events will be able to be held on campus. Should everything be safe, BSc and MSc students will return to campus for the new academic year.
All classes should take place in person again, with a hybrid model continuing to be used where necessary.
Business Schools in Italy
MIP Politecnico di Milano
MIP is starting a lot of programs online in fall 2021 before shifting students to on-campus teaching. The International Masters in Big Data and the Full-Time MBA start online at the end of September 2021. The school’s International Masters in Sustainability, and International Masters in Cybersecurity Management start online at the start of October 2021.
There are a suite of business master’s programs then resuming on campus at MIP later in the fall. They include the fintech, finance, and digital innovation program, the financial risk management masters, and the international masters in big data—all starting on campus October 2021.
The school’s international masters in sustainability, cybersecurity management masters, and full-time MBA are set to resume on campus at the start of November 2021.
The Career Development Center will continue to operate virtually, providing students with virtual career fairs, remote consultancy projects, online career workshops and company presentations, and one-to-one consultancy.
Italy began to reopen from May 18th 2021, and an update on MIP’s website confirms the Lombardy region has been designated a white zone from June 21st 2021. That means curfew has been lifted, and movement is allowed between white and yellow regions with no restrictions.
Face coverings must still be worn in all public spaces, outdoors and indoors, and on public transport. Social distancing is also still in place.
SDA Bocconi School of Management
In compliance with safety and health rules, SDA Bocconi is using a hybrid teaching model. The school is open, and Master’s and Executive Open Programs students are splitting their time between the classroom and online.
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ESADE Business School
Esade Business School has invested over $3 million in its facilities and systems to guarantee students the same standard of education across all delivery methods: fully in-person, hybrid, or 100% online.
“If something has become clear in the field of university education during this crisis, it is the need to combine different methodologies to develop and strengthen the essential knowledge and skills of every professional,” explains Joan Rodon, vice dean for faculty and research at Esade.
The school is recognized by SGS—the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company—as a completely safe space against COVID-19. All classrooms are set up to deliver in-person and virtual teaching. Cleaning and disinfection are carried out daily.
From fall 2021, the school plans to combine online and face-to-face teaching and provide students with more control over their own learning, giving them the option to learn online or on campus, depending on their safety preference.
IE Business School’s campus has been open since July 2020. The school has since developed a comprehensive action plan that involves daily testing of all IE community members, and each classroom being closely monitored for COVID-19 outbreaks.
The school expects all programs to start on their expected dates, and don’t foresee any delays to the new academic year in 2021.
Besides face-to-face teaching, the school’s new Liquid Learning method allows students to follow their studies remotely if circumstances require them to do so.
IESE Business School
IESE Business School is running in-person classes at reduced capacity on its Barcelona campus. All students who are unable to return to the classroom for health reasons or because of travel restrictions can continue with online classes.
The school has also created an online platform for campus access. Students complete a simple questionnaire, and a QR code attached to the platform is used to access campus buildings.
Temperature control cameras have been installed at the campus entrance, and all used rooms are fully disinfected at the end of each day. Standard COVID-19 health and safety regulations are in place across campus.
This article was last updated Monday June 21st 2021