Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Going Down? - Part 2

Yesterday's post noted issues of potential decreased attractiveness for international applicants to study in the U.S. The B-School at Berkeley has come up with a partial solution:

From Poets&QuantsThe STEM wave continues. The latest school to join the movement to craft or recognize MBA curricula as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs — thereby allowing international students to work in the United States for up to 36 months post-MBA — is a big one: UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, which announced the change last week (November 14) for all three of its MBA programs. The move is retroactive to December 2018.

The change means international students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible to apply for an extension of up to 24 months during the year they are currently allowed to work in the U.S. after earning their degree. However, as Haas makes clear, approval to extend Optional Practical Training (OPT) will still depend on the training plans that employers and individual MBA grads submit.
“I think it’s a great step for us,” Peter Johnson, assistant dean of the full-time MBA program and admissions, tells Poets&Quants. “It more accurately identifies what is happening in the program and the curriculum. An additional side benefit is that it makes our students eligible to apply for the OPT extension. I think will be a great thing for many of our students.”...
Yours truly has info that a similar process is underway at UCLA. It probably will also occur at other campuses and for whatever programs may qualify.

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