The finance question is a big one as well, with out a doubt. The simple answer is to look at it as a long-term investment. With this perspective, it's not really that much money and has a huge potential payoff. When considering schools in Europe, or anywhere for that matter, you can also save a significant amount by attending a one-year program vs. two-year. There are several great ones (IMD, INSEAD, etc.) just make sure that they fit with your plans. I'm a career changer myself, and I feel that it is important for me to attend a two-year program to facilitate the change. The most important difference is the internship opportunity you get with two-year programs. LBS is, in my opinion, the top two-year program in Europe (be sure to check out their new online brochure that’s got a ton of info and great videos embedded, found here: http://www.london.edu/mba/programmes13668.html ) so if you’re switching careers too, then definitely check it out along with IESE in Barcelona.
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