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A memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience but with lack of transparency and a very bad career services.
Hoang
Italy, Graduate
Banking
MIB School of Management
4.0/5
Overall
I enrolled in the Master in Insurance & Risk Management (MIRM) program, this is by far my experience:

The most important point if you're a non-European student like me: The program is nice but it's quite unfair towards a non-European student. The career service is abysmal, incompetence and unprofessional, and the worst is that they will take care of the Italians and Europeans student first, and the left-over is for you. Although they advertise a very high percentage of employment (91%) if you plan to use the program as a platform to find internships/jobs in Europe. It's gonna be very tough for you and the chance you land a job in Europe may be less than 10%.

However, if you decide to spend to one year in this program, you will have an unforgettable experience and a chance to learn so much about working/studying in an international environment. The class will generally consist of professionals from around the World, about 10-15 different countries in total. In addition, if you want to have a chance to improve your soft skill and management ability, the program offers the "Leadership Dynamics" program. However, in the event that you happen to be an introvert and technical, mathematical individual, you may find that the intensive leadership dynamics maybe so annoying to you.

In terms of the academic side, you will have the chance to learn a lot about insurance, enterprise risk management, compliance, how a financial services company work in general and a very tiny bit about actuary. This means that the program has no focus at all as it wants to appeal as many students as possible to collect more tuitions. It combines the three main disciplines: quantitative (math, actuary, engineer); qualitative (business writing, law, compliance) and management (business administration) together. Therefore, if you're looking for a chance to enlarge your experience and knowledge across different disciplines, this is for you, if you want to be laser-focus in one discipline, don't choose this program. Also, one plus point you will have the chance to learn about Solvency II, which is very important for the Insurance industry right now.

The teaching is quite bad as some professors are very boring and Italian English is quite sleepy and not so understandable -> will make you fall asleep most of the times during the lectures. However, the reading materials are quite good, some come from the top consulting firms (the big 4, or BBM) and so you can keep them for future reference. 

The program is quite intensive and stressful. Most of the time you won't have time to rest. So be careful. 

Having said all that, the program, in my opinion, is still very very interesting as it enhances your international experience and equips you with knowledge from opposite disciplines, which I think in today world is very useful. One final point, you will create friendships that you don't even think possible before.
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Pros
International environment, a variety of interesting subjects, Trieste is beautiful and peaceful, unforgettable experience, chance to enlarge your network with professional from all around the world
Cons
terrible career service, lack of transparency, a large variety of subjects but has no focus on one particular discipline, uninteresting elective courses, unfair treatment toward non-European students, some lectures are bad at speaking English and boring
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Carla
Other, Roma, Italy
Tourism, Graduate, Independent
MIB School of Management
2.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I have studied in english for YEARS so the language was actually no problem for me...in fact, many of us spoke better english than most teachers...try saying the word "weird" to Valeria Forzano...she will have NO CLUE what it means.
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Carla
Other, Roma, Italy
Tourism, Graduate, Independent
MIB School of Management
1.2/5
Academic
Course recommendations
There is a HUGE problem with this course (actually more than one)...they have a LOT of courses and try to cover ALL of them with in just 3 hours (and I mean 3 hours in total). Hospitality (hotels) have the most number of hours which is insane, the proportion is like 40% of all courses are hospitality 20% general management and then divided the 40% remaining between dozens of courses that they wish to teach but do not succeed. By the end of the course you have listened to soooo many teachers that you don't remember who said what anymore. Some of them don't even speak good english wich makes it really hard to follow. If you are interested in tourism (and not hospitality) forget about this master..it will get you no where...in fact many people in my class had to settle with jobs and internships they didn't want because the school has mainly HOTEL partners and were not able to find other kind of opportunities The exams! They are really unbelievable because no matter how much you study you will only pass them if you are able to find the most hidden answer in the book (I mean, powerpoint slides because we NEVER got any books to study from). All exams are open book, so the questions are really meant not to make you think but to waste time looking for a really really really hidden answer.
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My academic experiences
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Variety of courses
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Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
Oh boy, where to begin? Well, all I have to say is that many of us tried to give feedback (because one thing I must say is that we did meet with the program manager and director very often which was good) and the answer we got was: oh, that is strange, it is the first time someone has said that to us. So if you don't say something that has already been said before, it will be unlikely taken into account.
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aude_isselin
KEDGE Business School, Bordeaux, France
Management Science, Graduate, Erasmus
MIB School of Management
2.5/5
Academic
Course recommendations
The work in this school needs much involvement, which doesn't leav enough time for entertainment. The lessons I studied (Master in Insurance and Risk management) where too "financial!"...
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My academic experiences
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Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
none
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Carla
Other, Roma, Italy
Tourism, Graduate, Independent
MIB School of Management
2.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Yes, I wish someone had given me an honest feedback about the master...their own point of view like I'm doing now...the only person I could get in touch with and get "feed-back" about the program was a past student who was also friend of the program coordinator so maybe the only information I had about the master was a little biased
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In my opinion:
Stay home.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
2
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
I have too many...if they read what I've written I'm sure they'll figure it out. It is a good school but needs lots of improvements!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
1
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
1
Final comments
Trieste is a wonderful city, enjoy it!
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jay
Escola Superior De Enfermagem De Calouste Gulbenkian De Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Tourism, Graduate, Independent
MIB School of Management
1.2/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: With a family
Why?
Its better to know the place and you can get to know more of Italy this way, I guess
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
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Cleanliness
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Personal comments
Searching for apartments in Trieste is a big head ache and the school plays no part in helping you find accomodation except for sending you a list of landlords with contact details, most of which are not updated. Another thing to be very careful about is that LANDLORDS NEVER RETURN YOUR DEPOSIT. They promise you they will and can make all kind of promises but in the end, when the course ends you are in such a hurry to leave and the landlords start acting funny, like not picking calls or saying they have to spend on doing up the apartment and other such BS, in short you are screwed and have to kiss good bye to your deposit. The School does not care a rats ass about this,as they do not play any role in the accomodation seeking process.
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