INSEAD vs. DUKE Fuqua MBA

Hey Everyone, I got accepted from both INSEAD and Duke Fuqua. Which b-school should I choose? A bit background of myself:
-Turkish guy with 5.5 years of 2nd tier management consulting experience with strong quant skills
-My post-MBA plans are: Work for an I-Bank as an associate in M&A, live in Europe/US (totally indifferent), and in the long run work for a PE firm
-Apart from the opportunity cost of studying one more year in Duke Fuqua, financially the cost of attendance is more or less the same for both schools (I have a scholarship from Fuqua)

Any comment is highly appreciated.

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May 13, 2019 - 5:06pm

Interestingly, I spent last week at the AIGAC conference (Assn of International Graduate Admissions Consultants) and visited Fuqua as well as Darden, Georgetown and UNC. Darden explicitly stated that they have recruiters who can't fill spots for IB. I suspect it is a result of the market being so strong in the US that IB analysts are choosing to stay in the job market rather than going back to get an MBA. I'm sure that Darden isn't the only top US school experiencing this.

Fuqua's MSTEM certificate (which 80% of international students in the class of 2019 pursued) will give you an OPT extension so you can stay in the US longer after you graduate. I'm not sure that graduating from INSEAD opens any doors for you to work in the US.

Just some things to consider.

Wishing you the best with your decision. Both are fantastic programs!

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