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The Thunderbird School of Global Management

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityD Faculty AccessibilityF
Useful SchoolworkD+ Excess CompetitionC
Academic SuccessC- Creativity/ InnovationC+
Individual ValueD- University Resource UseD+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyC FriendlinessC
Campus MaintenanceC Social LifeB-
Surrounding CityB- Extra CurricularsD-
SafetyA-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Condescending

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He cares more about Faculty Accessibility than the average student.
Date: Mar 12 2011
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I graduated from Thunderbird in 1992. I came with a Liberal Arts Degree with a high GPA. I had international business experience before I attended, and I waived out of the language requirement (I speak Japanese). Here are my thoughts on the value of my Thunderbird experience.

You will not learn much here. You will gain very few, if any, practical, employable skills in international business.

For instance, you will not learn enough accounting to pass the Bookkeeper's exam. You will learn nothing about the formation of basic contracts, their enforcement and remedies for breach, nor especially what to avoid. But, that's o.k., because you will not really learn how to put together and price an international sales offer in the first place.

You will learn nothing useful about insurance or international insurance, or the rules and mechanics of Letters of Credit, nor about U.S. government export programs, nor how to become a licensed customs broker.

You will learn nothing about the areas int'l trade in which the U.S. is still competitive, those in which you are likely to find a job, such as food im/exporting, clothing im/exporting, physical commodities im/exporting. You will not know what a freight forwarder does. In fact, you will likely not learn know how to move anything through U.S. Customs at all.

You will learn nothing practical about international licensing agreements, or anything about truck, rail, air or ship chartering or broking.

Also, you will not learn nearly enough about the language, religion, culture or politics of any country in which you would like to live and work, unless, of course, you are a foreign national with a native fluency in at least one language other than English and probably have an undergraduate degree in a technical field.

However, if you do choose to go here, you will probably end up going to another graduate program before settling into your career. You will have to. I went to law school as many ex-Thunderbirds do. In the meantime, you will have acquired a great deal of debt. Further, you will probably be stuck in an unsatisfying job, unrelated to international business, disappointed that you went to Thunderbird.

My opinions of Thunderbird is quite dated. However, if you are considering attending Thunderbird, you would be well advised to ascertain whether Thunderbird can give you the skills you need to achieve your international business education goals.

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