Iliana Bobova is an international education and career development consultant. She has over fifteen years of experience in the Admissions Office of an Executive MBA programme of an American university in Europe and consulting practice in international education. She is a graduate of a Management of Higher Education course of Harvard University, and has an academic background and professional experience in HR development.
She is a GCDF certified career counsellor, a former board member of the adviser’s professional section of the European Association of International Education, a contributor to NAFSA: Association of International Educators conferences and an active OSEAS-Europe member. She has published articles in various publications internationally specialised in education and management.
Currently, she is Head of Admissions Consulting at Advent Group. Students she advised or coached over the years were admitted and awarded scholarships for their MBA or Master’s studies in leading universities and business schools in Europe and North America.
Plunging into academic studies for a Master’s degree is as exciting as it is challenging. Acquiring new and specialized knowledge is a demanding task if you are studying in your native language, and learning in a foreign language classroom just adds to the complexity. That is why universities around the world need to make sure your Academic English is good enough, so that language alone is not a barrier during your studies in Master’s degree programs taught in English.
The MBA admissions decision all applicants dream of is “admitted” or “admitted with a scholarship”. However, the letter informing you of the AdComs decision can bring you news of a different type, such as “waitlisted”, “conditionally admitted” or “declined admission”. Always aiming for the best, you should come up with a winning strategy for each scenario.
Managers aspiring to EMBA studies usually have an impressive professional path behind them and even more ahead of them, and don’t need lecturing about what it takes to succeed. Still, for those who have come this far and are striving to make a difference through EMBA studies, three things are worth noting.
Learning how to study for GMAT and exams such as ACCA or CFA efficiently is important. However, being aware of the ways in which exam preparation can impact other everyday aspects of our lives is also part of the deal.