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Every year, high-performing MBA students fly abroad to spend a term in a partner school of the AIM International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). Under ISEP, you can choose to study in any of 30+ prestigious learning institutions in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas, and experience their learning and research environment. Students from the partner schools likewise spend a term at AIM, adding to the diversity of cultures, insights, and interaction on campus.

AMERICAS USA Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
University of San Diego
Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina
Pepperdine University
Canada Schulich School of Business, York University
McGill University
Venezuela Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion (IESA)
Mexico IPADE
AUSTRALIA Australia Melbourne Business School
EUROPE France EDHEC Business School
Burgundy School of Business
Audencia Nantes School of Management
Switzerland University of St. Gallen
Denmark Copenhagen Business School
Germany University of Cologne
EBS Business School
WHU (Otto Beisheim School of Management)
University of Mannheim
Italy Universitá Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
Belgium Louvain School of Management
Austria Management Center Innsbruck
Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration
Norway Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration
Poland Warsaw School of Economics
ASIA Singapore National University of Singapore
Japan Keio University
Nagoya University of Commerce and Business
Korea Yonsei University School of Business

 

Information for Outbound Students

If you make it to the top 40% in the MBA class, then you are eligible to go on exchange in an ISEP partner school. If you get selected and you choose to avail of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, then you will spend the last term of the program (August/September until December) abroad. You will be given credit for the subjects you take in the partner school.

AIM will help you acquire the necessary visa. You need not pay additional tuition fees at the partner school. However, you will have to bear the other costs of studying abroad, such as airfare, accommodation, and health insurance.

Information for Inbound Students

AIM has opened its doors to students from partner institutes since the Iaunch of ISEP in 1994. Here is general information to help you prepare for your stay at AIM.

Location. AIM is located at 123 Paseo de Roxas Makati City, Metro Manila, in the heart of the Philippines’ central business district. Makati is a safe, clean city. You will find yourself within walking distance of malls [LINK TO myayala.com] that offer complete, world-class dining, shopping, theater, and recreational experiences.

Areas of Study. At AIM, you can take courses in the following areas: Marketing, Finance, Operations, Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Economics, and IT. For course list and descriptions, please go to www.wsgsb.aim.edu.

Qualifications for Exchange. To become an exchange student at AIM, you must be in the senior year of your school’s MBA program and must have two years of full-time work experience. The language of instruction at AIM is English. If you are not a native speaker of English, then you must have English language proficiency equivalent to a 600/250 TOEFL score.

Learning Methodology. AIM uses the case method, which means you are expected to participate actively in extemporaneous discussion. For most courses, class participation accounts for more than 50% of the total grade. You may also be asked to perform field research and be sent to corporate internships. Management games and simulations are likewise used. The AIM culture emphasizes analysis of facts, exploration of alternative courses of action, and real-life managerial decision-making. To pass a course, you must attend at least 80% of the total sessions.

Calendar of Activities. To view the schedule and dates to watch for in the upcoming exchange program, please click here.

Campus Facilities. AIM has amphitheater-type caserooms with modern audiovisual and multimedia equipment. The entire AIM campus has broadband and WiFi connections. The library is open from 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM. The cafeteria serves local, international, and vegetarian food. The campus also has a gym, a swimming pool, and a business hotel.

Housing. Upon arrival, you may stay at the AIM Conference Center while you find accommodations. Email lclavodecomer@aim.edu for inquiries. AIM has a dormitory, but you must reserve ahead. A suite with two rooms and common study area is occupied by six students. The monthly dorm fee is US$300. You need to send $100 reservation fee. Dorm inquiries may be sent to coopdorm@aim.edu. Outside the campus, you will find many pension houses, apartments, and studio-type rooms within walking distance. Their monthly rents range from $400 to $600. Student Services can help you look for suitable housing outside AIM. If you are married and you want to bring your family, you are advised to arrive at least one month ahead of them.

Sightseeing. Makati is adjacent to the old city of Manila, where you can find colonial-era enclaves likes Intramuros and Chinatown, and watch performances at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Metro Manila has many parks, museums, malls, and concerts. It is an hour’s flight from tourist destinations like Boracay, Palawan, Cebu, Davao, Bohol, and Cagayan de Oro, which are ideal for beach-combing, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, surfing, and whitewater rafting. You may also take a drive to sites like Sagada, Banaue, Baguio, Laguna, Batangas, and Cagayan Valley, where you can do spelunking, trekking, hiking, and mountain climbing.

Visa. Please read the Pre-arrival Information for Overseas Students in the ISEP Fact Sheet.

Banking. You are advised to carry cash or traveler’s checks in US dollar. Most banks require a minimum balance of US$500-1,000 for bank accounts and hold all traveler’s check deposits for approximately 45 days. Thus, opening a bank account for a short stay is not advisable. You may instead get the money wired. It will cost only as much as the bank charges in your country.

Estimated Expenses (excluding travel)

Item Estimated Cost (US$)
Academic fee/case materials 280.00
Housing ($500 x 4 months) 2,000.00
Meals (high estimate of $600 x 4 months) 2,400.00
Personal and incidental allowances 500.00
Visa extension fee 135.00
Total 5,315.00

Weather. Philippine weather is generally warm. Temperatures range from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius. June to November is monsoon season.

Attire. Classroom attire is informal and casual. You may wear pants, polo shirts, and sneakers. But shorts, tank tops, and slippers are prohibited in the classroom and administrative offices. The air-conditioning may be cold, so bring a light jacket or sweater. Prepare a business suit for meetings and interviews. AIM has a gym and swimming pool, so bring sportswear and swimsuits. Also be ready with an umbrella.

Equipment. Please bring a laptop for class projects, emailing, and surfing. Electricity is available in both 220 and 110 volts at 60 cycles.

Registration. Please prepare the case materials fee in foreign currency or Philippine peso upon registration, which will take place shortly before classes start. Foreign currency payments are converted using the prevailing bank rates.

Contact Person. If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Horacio M. Borromeo, Dean of the AIM W. SyCip Graduate School of Business, at gsb_dean@aim.edu.