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Transition to General Management

Be equipped with the knowledge, tools and confidence you need to step up to general management. For Senior Functional Managers with 8 years of management experience.

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Application Process and Practical Information

Accommodations and Facilities

Your dedicated programme coordinator will be in touch around 8 weeks prior to your programme start date to communicate information about accommodation.

The approximate cost of on-campus accommodation in Fontainebleau is €850 per week, in Singapore S$1540 per week, and in Abu Dhabi AED 6300 per week.

For more information on accommodation on Fontainebleau campus click here

For more information on accommodation on Singapore campus click here. 

For more information on accommodation on Abu Dhabi campus click here.

Programme Fee

The programme fee covers tuition, course materials, lunches on working days as well as the opening and closing dinners. It does not include travel, accommodation and other incidentals.

Participants will have to settle accommodation expenses and other incidentals before the end of the programme.


We encourage you to check directly with your embassy to determine whether you need an entry visa for the country where the programme will be held.

Additional Incidentals

We have put together a document that details some of the additional expenses that you may incur while on a programme at INSEAD. Please note that this is for your reference only, as further information will be given to you at the time of your registration.

Obtain Company Sponsorship

Taking an Executive Education programme is an important investment in your development. As a participant, you want to be in the most suitable programme with the best impact and your company needs to view it as an investment worth making. Therefore, you sometimes need to build a ‘business case’ to clearly outline why the programme is appropriate. You may need to demonstrate the value and benefits of INSEAD’s Executive Education programmes for your organisation, your department, your team and yourself.

Click here to find out how you can make the case to enrol on an Executive Education programme at INSEAD.

Payment Terms

For admitted participants and depending on the programme, an invoice will be sent to the person indicated on the application form as from 4 months before the beginning of the programme.

Payment is due on receipt of the invoice and should be received before the course starts. Further payment details are given on the invoice.

Any queries regarding invoice matters for programmes on the Fontainebleau campus may be directed to [email protected].

Any queries regarding invoice matters for programmes on the Asia and Abu Dhabi campuses may be directed to the Admissions Team at [email protected].

Steps for the Application Process

  1. Contact an expert advisor for programme information and for guidance through the process
  2. Submit your complete application form
  3. Receive acceptance notification email by the Admissions Team
  4. Make payment for the programme upon receipt of the invoice

Before submitting your application, please ensure that all relevant documents have been included so that your application is complete.

  • Session you are applying for
  • Exact company name, contact and address for invoicing (if applicable)
  • Objectives in attending the programme
  • VAT number (for countries in the EU)
  • CV and updated employment record
  • Company application form (when requested)
  • Candidate and sponsor's signatures

On-Campus Facilities

Both Fontainebleau and Singapore campuses have:

  • A Research & Learning Hub with books, periodicals and online access to business and management issues
  • A restaurant in which lunches are served buffet-style, with a wide variety allowing you to select dishes according to taste and dietary requirements
  • A health and fitness centre on the Fontainebleau campus and within easy access of the Singapore campus
  • A bookshop selling a wide variety of business books, international newspapers and magazines, stationery, basic toiletries, postcards, maps and souvenirs

Our Abu Dhabi Campus, centrally located in downtown Abu Dhabi, is INSEAD’s regional hub to the Middle East.

  • Five-star catering is supplied at the Centre during each programme, allowing participants to choose from a wide selection of local and international delicacies, and to mingle with one another in the dining room
  • Our Research & Learning Hub is a comfortable and quiet space for studying, housing the latest INSEAD books as well as a small collection of textbooks, general business books, and reference and guide books
  • Participants are housed in nearby hotels, which generally fulfil their health and fitness facility needs, in addition to shops which cater for everyday requirements

Application Process and Policies

A complete application form must be submitted to the Executive Education Open-Enrolment Admissions and Customer support team.

An application is only considered complete if it has been signed by all the relevant parties:

  1. The applicant
  2. Sponsor(s), if applying through your employer

The Admissions Committee reviews all applications to ensure that each participant fulfils the requirements and any pre-requisite request for the programme. The Admissions Team will then confirm if you are accepted onto the programme.

Should you not be admitted onto your chosen programme, a follow-up conversation between you and the programme advisor is conducted to determine which other programme might be suitable or relevant.

What does the admissions process involve?

Places on the programmes are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis, taking into consideration the applicant's level, objectives and the diversity of the classes. We recommend that you submit your completed application as early as possible, preferably six weeks prior to programme commencement. The Admissions Committee will review your application and advise you on the outcome as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about which programme may best suit your objectives or for any additional information. 

Some Open Programmes also involve an interview with the programme director as part of the application process. The programme advisor and admissions committee will be able to advise if an interview is necessary when you submit your application.


What is the INSEAD Certificate in Global Management?

The INSEAD Certificate in Global Management is a formal recognition of your commitment to continuous learning and professional development and can be completed over a four-year period. You will be taught by world-class thought leaders in their fields and will be exposed to cutting-edge research and the latest trends. For more information, please click here.

Are there any language requirements?

All our Open Programmes are taught in English and participants should be able to exchange complex views, listen and learn through the medium of English.


Why should I choose INSEAD above other business schools?

We think our diversity is our distinguishing feature. INSEAD is probably the only school where you will find 30 nationalities in the same class. And it is certainly the only school where no nationality will predominate. Our faculty are among the best (and most diverse) in the world too. 

Two modules of two weeks seems like a big commitment – can I afford so much time away?

In fact, you need these two modules to gain the distance required for reflection on your work and yourself. Our faculty also need that time to cover the ambitious curriculum. More importantly you need these two modules to go through the uniquely INSEAD process of 'unlearning' and then 'relearning' about business from an entirely different angle. The programme runs four times a year to accommodate even the most hectic schedule.

Why should I do a General Management Programme?

INSEAD’s world-class, comprehensive business leadership General Management Programmes will equip you with the skills, knowledge and the confidence to achieve a successful transition on your journey to becoming a great business leader. Created and delivered by some of the world’s best faculty, each one of these programmes will challenge assumptions and enhance leadership skills, delivering a broader vision to both you and your organisation. Depending on your level and experience, we offer the Advanced Management Programme, Transition to General Management, Management Acceleration Programme and the Leading Business Transformation in Asia programme.

Why is diversity so important?

The obvious answer is that business is more international than ever before. But the more subtle answer to this question is even more convincing. With so many different national and cultural perspectives to learn from, you really will start to see things differently. By challenging your old assumptions, you will become aware of new possibilities and start to understand how very different people think.

Can I choose to participate in more than one location?

Recognising the needs and diverse locations of many senior executives, the Transition to General Management programme allows participants to complete their two modules of two weeks on either the Fontainebleau (France) campus, or Fontainebleau and Singapore campuses. Alternatively, we now offer the programme in Fontainebleau and San Francisco. 

How do I know that this General Management programme is right for me?

It is all about the amount of experience you have and the stage you are at in your career. Transition to General Management participants generally have extensive management experience (eight to ten years), and are making the transition from functional to general management. If you would like to compare the Transition to General Management programme with the other general management options, take a look at our easy-to-use table. We also strongly encourage you to get in touch with Frédérique Arlaux to discuss the various options in relation to your specific needs and abilities.  

What does the coaching involve?

With the support of clinically trained coaches from INSEAD’s Global Leadership Centre, you will receive 360° feedback from colleagues, friends and family – and above all your fellow participants. INSEAD’s unique group coaching approach will help you to build on your strengths and address your weaknesses, enabling you not only to motivate others but to spearhead change.