At HBS, breakthrough moments can happen any time: in a late-night discussion among peers, during a journey along India's east coast, in service to a neighborhood nonprofit—or simply while relaxing in a Spangler lounge or competing on the tennis court. While formal education is concentrated within academics, the transformation of potential into leadership is realized through every aspect of the HBS experience. To explore student life here is to investigate multiple ways to learn, to connect, to lead.

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“I'm originally from Mexico, but I've been living in New York for the past five years.”

Being prepared to lead means being prepared for a multilingual, multicultural and international environment. Just as leadership is nurtured in the HBS classroom, so too is our collective engagement with a diverse world. We not only welcome, but embrace, a student body enriched by individuals who reflect many nationalities, cultures, interests, and points of view. Our sections are not merely representative of HBS as a whole, but of the world at large; each learning team encourages individual contributions while reinforcing our personal responsibility for the well-being of the larger community.

The core of our participatory learning model, the case method, continually reinforces our students' ability to absorb multiple perspectives while synthesizing their own viewpoints. In addition, the MBA experience offers numerous pathways for collective engagement, including:

  • Student clubs representing more than eighty cultures and interests
  • Career treks and global immersion experiences to business and cultural centers around the world