ISM students and alumni represent more than 130 countries throughout the world. View testimonials by country, program, or a combination of both. You can also browse through the testimonials further down this page.

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The flexibility that ISM offers is truly unparalleled. The ability to seamlessly transition between regular lectures and distance-based e-learning is yet another advantage.

The culture at ISM facilitates success by motivating students while providing the individual support they may need.

I've been able to study with 18 different nationalities in a group of 20 students. The diversity of opinions and perspectives is truly remarkable.

Going through ISM, and the contacts that I made, gave me the opportunity to get my dream job with my dream company in London. This definitely would not have happened if I had not finished my MBA at ISM.

The small class sizes help us connect to the professors.

I found it very helpful that you can break your coursework into manageable amounts so you can really focus on the coursework, but also continue to have a normal work and family life.

The entrepreneurship course I took at ISM was pivotal. The professor was able to create a shift in the how we viewed innovation and entrepreneurship.

If you want international exposure and practical learning, and you don't want to interrupt your work while you study, then ISM is the place to be.

ISM offers flexibility without compromising the quality of the academic experience.

Studying at ISM is a great way to learn, see the world, and expand your international network.

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I have tremendously enjoyed my academic experience at ISM and can truly recommend it to all those hard working business minded individuals who have the drive for success and achievements.

The ISM allowed me to conduct research at Governmental level namely in the fields of OPCW and CSDP that might not be available in other academic institutions and for...

The PHD program at ISM is highly distinguished. In general, course structure, subject matter, and materials of the DBA courses are very contemporary and cover critical issues. More specifically, the finance courses that I completed whether in Paris or on-line were both interesting and challenging. the assignments, mainly of on-line courses, were...

Annette Templeton, PhD Candidate from the USA

"I feel that this is such an international experience. Now I'm making personal friends from countries ranging from Egypt to Singapore to Portugal to Nigeria and because we are sharing so much of our professional experiences, we are developing professionally as well. We are sharing not just problems and finishing papers for class, we are actually...

Between my teaching schedule with both daytime and evening classes, my family, and the frequent travel I do leading study abroad programs, I needed a PhD program with maximum flexibility. Living in Los Angeles, of course I had plenty of schools I could choose from. But it was a much better use of my time to fly to classes every couple months and finish...

I found the participants, at the ISM NY Program at St. John's University, an inspirational network of future leaders and self-investors. The professors and students, gathered under one roof for several weeks, provided a world class learning environment. The entire time spent in NY was - in the words of Shakespeare - "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

Grace Chew, PhD Candidate from Singapore

The decision to start a doctoral program was not easy. However, I enjoyed the study and travelling to China, Paris, New York and Brazil to mingle with all the high quality cohorts and lecturers.

The decision to enroll in the ISM PhD in Business Administration was an interesting journey for me. I started to look for a suitable program in 2012. I...

I thoroughly enjoyed the Advanced Corporate Strategy seminar. Professor Weber was truly inspiring and he made this seminar interesting and motivating. His style of teaching brought out the best in the students, and the classroom format was an excellent mix of lectures, discussion, case studies and student presentations.

The materials covered in the...

Kimberly Reeve, PhD Candidate from the USA

I knew that I didn’t want to leave my work for an extended amount of time. One of the things that I value about ISM is their flexibility in allowing us to essentially have the condensed modules where you're on site for three to four days at a time to take a course. I found it very helpful that you can break your coursework into manageable amounts so...

After years of taking care of my family, I wanted to go back to school to earn my PhD and begin teaching. I wanted to be at an International School, to learn both locally and internationally.

I looked into many options, however, ISM was different. Matthew Werner, ISM Executive Director, took an interest in me, as person, and not as just another...

Merit Al-Sayed, PhD Candidate from Jordan

Networking with other ISM students with a high-international profiles helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel. They reminded me of why I came to study management in the first place. The mentorship and support from all ISM members, staff and faculty helped me to find my place at ISM and to reaffirm my commitment to a career in business...

I have a great deal of appreciation for the experience studying in the ISM PhD program provides me. The professors and students coming from all over the world are an invaluable resource to my professional and personal growth. I am particularly impressed by the New York summer session at St. John's University, where I had the opportunity to study at an...

Olivia Choi, PhD Candidate from Canada

Strength and diversity across international markets should be the school’s mission statement --helping students really become students of the world.

Having worked in the financial industry for eight years and taught business statistics at University of Hong Kong for another six years, I find the ISM PhD program an ideal platform to further my...

As the Chief Executive Officer of my business, it is not possible for me to abandon my work and do a full-time PhD course. ISM offered me a perfect match in terms of flexibility. In addition to flexibility, the quality aspect of the course is remarkable. The contents covered were very helpful for my application in the business world. The professors...

Ram Ramachandran, PhD Candidate from the USA

My due diligence before selecting ISM included talking to several alumni and current students. There was a resounding endorsement for the program curriculum and faculty members. Since joining my PhD program, I have found the validations to be absolutely true. ISM administration ensured that the onboarding process was smooth and were easily accessible...

The first thing that impressed me about ISM was the prompt and professional responses from the staff and administration. I work in academia as a program director and yet it was a daunting prospect for me personally to think about the process for making application, interviewing and starting courses in a PhD program. I had explored a number of options...

I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to study at ISM and continue my postgraduate studies. My DBA program gave me the chance to be one of those successful candidates and establish a good friendship with many students.

ISM is the best school to offer an intensive international program that helped me gained valuable field experience...

ISM has a unique position as a practitioner oriented doctoral program that is international in scope, in its faculty and in its student body, with flexibility in courses at different times in different cities that make the learning stimulating and doable for a busy executive. I enjoyed immensely the Shanghai courses and professors and left thinking I...

I have been a student of the International School of Management for approximately 5 years and have recently graduated from the DBA program. The school’s teaching methods are excellent and my instructors were knowledgeable, encouraging and patient. The unique program philosophy has allowed me to learn and make progress towards my personal and...

Deseye Umurhohwo, DBA Candidate from Nigeria

One of the best decisions I made in 2015 was to enroll in the DBA program at ISM. I realized this after attending four courses in Paris.  Some of the courses I have taken have changed my thinking and added so much value to both my professional and personal life. ISM is a life-changing institution, and the support provided by the staff is...

ISM was my first and best business school selection to pursue my DBA degree. The knowledge, study materials, and academic supervision all were above the academic standards. Relating what I learned to my work enhanced the work performance and I experienced more management techniques to implement. ISM environment is like my family. Thanks to ISM.

I found the Change Management seminar with Prof. Smits excellent. I recently attended a change management program at Erasmus University and was therefore able to compare the two programs. The Erasmus program was very focused on a specific change methodology, where I felt the ISM program focused on the broader dynamic of change. I found some of the...

I enrolled in ISM's DBA program with the explicit intention of teaching full-time at the university level. I was both pleased and impressed with the academic rigor of the program. This experience included work with both New York and Paris based faculty.

Importantly, I found the faculty and staff universally supportive of my goal to join the academic...

I chose the ISM DBA program because of its enrollment standards, flexible program, and the intense focus on international business. Not only could the curriculum fit my schedule, but attending class with other classmates from around the world helped form relationships that will last long after the program.

 

 

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Sthu Zungu-Noel, DBA Candidate from South Africa

My experience at ISM has been truly wonderful. Three features of the school have been major highlights for me: the diversity of the student body, the flexibility of the program and the cutting edge faculty.

Since enrolling in the DBA program, I have met so many people and made new friends with different backgrounds from all over the world who work...

Troy C. Troublefield, DBA Alumnus from the USA

The best part of being at ISM is the ability to converse and collaborate with people from all over the world. Though the education is world class, ISM's best attribute is its ability to bring together people from all walks of life to learn from and grow with one another in an enriching and creative learning environment. ISM has given me an experience...

What I liked from the very first was the flexibility of the program, and how easy it was to integrate myself with the curriculum and the students. There’s an atmosphere in class, where we’re working in our different groups, that makes me think we are being prepared to work well in the real world.

There’s an openness to discuss what interests us...

Ana Carolina Jimenez, MBA Alumnus from the USA

One unique thing about ISM is the personal relationship you are able to build with the students, professors and administrative staff. Everyone uniquely cares about your success. Earning my degree at ISM gave me the opportunity to continue to develop professionally, as well as make true friends through this journey.

I started by MBA program with ISM...

I started working at 21 in order to acquire a certain experience in business and management to use when it came time to found my own company. Since the very beginning of my career, I have worked alongside American companies, but I wanted to get some experience inside one of them, so I joined WRQ.

After four years there, I understood that the...

The IEMBA enabled me to get into upper management. I chose ISM because I could compress the IEMBA, spend time with a wide range of people from diverse cultures and business experiences, and live in Paris (one of the most fantastic cities in the world). The MBA gave me the confidence that I could match anyone and make the cut anywhere—from there I have...

Chris Mactaggart, MBA Alumnus from the USA

Going through ISM and the contacts that I made gave me the opportunity to get my dream job with my dream company in London. This definitely would not have happened if I had not finished my MBA at ISM.

My experience at ISM was incredible. I'd just finished my first year in Paris and was trying to decide whether to stay and enjoy the city of lights...

This last year doing the MBA at ISM was one of the best and greatest experiences for me. It exceeded all my expectations on a professional and personal level. The professors, students and staff were like a family to us. Today I look back in retrospect and appreciate the value added to my life from this enriching experience. I would definitely recommend...

Eliane Mouawad, MBA Alumnus from the Lebanon

My aim behind the ISM MBA program was to reach a leadership role, which I have achieved in my new position at GlassView as European Account Manager. I would have never attained this professional maturity without the diverse and rich MBA program at ISM.

ISM was a major player in my previous couple of years as it has allowed me to broaden my views...

I'm based in Nairobi, but I work with many business people in French-speaking Africa, so I decided to learn French while I pursued an Executive MBA in English and ISM has allowed me to do that. I am coming to understand French culture even as I am studying international business practices in my native English. Having studied in the UK, I do appreciate...

Emmanuel Igah, IEMBA Alumnus from Nigeria/France

ISM’s International MBA program is an excellent career booster.

After my initial professional experience in academia and research, I wanted to re-orient my career towards entrepreneurship and the business world. I made contact with several institutions offering international MBA programs in Europe and North America. My discussions with ISM...

When they think about going to business school, most people think of going to America, but I spoke English and wanted to learn a new language, so I looked at Europe, and found ISM.

When they think about going to business school, most people think of going to America, but I spoke English and wanted to learn a new language, so I looked at Europe, and...

As a business owner you tend to forget about your own development as your time is mostly spend on developing others and the business in general. When I took the decision to invest in myself and do a MBA, ISM immediately appealed to me, despite the large choice of schools out there.

The small and personal community, the very international...

I saw the ISM website and I found out that the school was really everything I was looking for. It’s international, for one thing. It’s also based in Paris, which is an enormous business center. I had already lived in a couple other European countries, and I decided I wanted to know France and learn French. What I like are the seminars. You really learn...

ISM offers an incredibly open and flexible curriculum for professionals who don’t have the time to take a sabbatical from their careers. The school makes education available to a certain group of very busy people. Add to that the fact that it’s quite international and you’ll understand why I chose ISM. My experience here has been incredibly positive...

James Cody Fox, MBA Student from the USA

So far, I have had the opportunity to study with and learn from students and professors from six continents who come from a variety of different countries and cultures. Learning side-by-side with these individuals has already given me tools to successfully improve my global perspective and expand my network to different corners of the...

Jennifer Morrison MBA student from Canada

There are small class sizes so you really do get a lot of one-on-one interaction, which I think is really beneficial. All of the professors have been more than willing to accommodate assignments to make sure that your experience is very individualized to what you are looking to get out of the program.

I began my full-time MBA with ISM in April...

Johannes Schwarzer, MBA alumnus from Germany

The full-time MBA at ISM allowed me to study in a program that was truly international, often with more than ten different nationalities in a small group of students. We received intense face-to-face classes and had the opportunity to work in international teams to develop new strategies or solve complex business tasks.

While working as a Sales...

I had experience as a marketer and a team leader in a software company, but I felt my experience was limited. A manager needs a lot of skills, and some of them are learned most quickly in the classroom: that’s why I wanted an MBA. The great thing about ISM is the varied curriculum. It covers the latest topics. The case studies give you an insight into...

I selected the IEMBA program predominantly because of the flexibility it allows me in continuing to work while attending school, as well as the diversity in the course offerings which aligns well with past and present professional responsibilities.

As an American, who has lived and worked overseas for the past 15 years, I have learned how important...

What struck me about ISM’s MBA, as opposed to my BBA program, was its emphasis on professional rather than academic thinking. I wanted to know professionals in the field of export/import and get experience there. I enrolled and it was really like a dream—I got the tools I was looking for. Of course I needed to work hard, but the professors awakened in...

I enrolled at ISM because I wanted a broader and more holistic approach to international business. That’s what I found, but I learned a lot more than that: I now understand the difference between a good manager and a great one, and what it takes to really motivate people. The most striking lesson I’ve learned is about organizational change and the...

My first priority was to study an American curriculum for my MBA. Secondly I wanted to study in France. I’ve always considered France to be such a melting pot, and Paris such an international center. So I was flipping through the Economist and I saw ISM’s ad. I go to their website and I find they have so many different student profiles! That’s really...

An International Executive MBA is indispensable to me as I have a degree in International Politics and, despite having gained 10 years of important work experience in Italy and abroad, in both non-profit and profit multinationals, I feel there are significant economic and managerial skills that will allow me to navigate more complex and global...

At ISM, the aspect I appreciate the most is the diversity of the program: students coming from different cultures, countries and educational backgrounds. What is more, the choice of candidates is excellent. Even if it seems that we are all so different at first sight, we have something in common: the willingness and the curiosity to learn and the...

I needed an executive program with a flexible schedule that would allow me to study in Paris. I’d always felt that an MBA would really improve my ability to manage, even though it’s not a degree that ship captains usually get. It’s taught me a great deal about cross-cultural management, about handling people, and about the nuts and bolts of...

I decided to invest in earning an MBA to take my career to the next level and chose ISM in Paris. My time at ISM was a great experience and overall the best year of my life so far. As for my career development, I am now working at an international development organization called the Rural Development Institute in Seattle. The job is in line with my...

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