Last updated: 31 August 2020
In this time of global uncertainty, our hearts go out to you and your loved ones. We understand that you may have many questions or feel concerned in regards to studying at INSEAD.
I would like to reassure you that we are fully committed to ensuring the safety of our students, candidates and the entire INSEAD community worldwide.
On this page we have outlined the measures we are taking to enable safe learning, as well as safe application procedures for all current and prospective students.
Stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you at INSEAD!
Associate Dean, INSEAD Degree Programmes
Let's make it happen!
We are excited to bring people back together on our campuses following our temporary closure due to COVID-19. The health, safety and wellbeing of our community remains our top priority as we do so. It is up to each of us to ensure that we welcome our classmates, professors and colleagues back in the safest possible way. Thank you for playing your part!
Using these four pillars, we are developing measures to safeguard the health of our constituents as much as possible.
We will continuously review and re-evaluate these to use the best and most effective prevention practices as new information and developments emerge.
Returning to Campus
Wear your mask
Respect social distancing
Avoid physical contact
Wash your hands
Clean as you go
Download contact tracing app
We are committed to providing a safe environment for our community by adhering to and often going above and beyond local government regulations. We also have the flexibility to close our campuses and move activities online should the crisis escalate again.
We have reduced the number of entry points to one on our Asia Campus and San Francisco Hub and one per building on our Europe Campus. The building where our Middle East Campus is located has reduced the number of entrances to one at ground-floor level.
Our Asia Campus is equipped with a SafeEntry kiosk to register visitors and measure temperatures.
Temperature screenings are also in place at the entrance to our Middle East Campus building and on a voluntary basis at our San Francisco Hub.
Masks are mandatory to enter any of our campuses or locations and must be worn at all times – whether indoors or outdoors. The only exception is when sitting at the restaurant or – for the Europe Campus only – when in your private office, in which meetings cannot take place. We will provide all employees and Degree Programme students with a welcome kit on your return to campus, which will contain four reusable masks.
Social distancing is in place on all campuses/locations and is clearly marked throughout.
One-way systems are in place for safe circulation.
The capacity of the Prayer Room on our Middle East Campus has been reduced to 30%. Users must bring their own prayer mat. The ablution area and prayer room will be sterilised after use.
Hand sanitiser and disinfectant is available throughout our campuses/locations to ensure everyone plays their part in maintaining a clean and hygienic learning and working environment. This ranges from hand sanitiser dispensers to disinfectant wipes in meeting rooms and amphis.
The frequency of cleaning has been increased.
Air conditioning systems have been disinfected and filters are regularly cleaned or replaced. Adjustments have also been made to increase the amount of fresh air in-take.
Social distancing is promoted in dining and coffee break areas.
On the Europe and Asia Campus takeaway is available and the restaurant has reduced capacity and food options.
There are no coffee break deliveries in meeting rooms and offices.
Buffet meals are replaced with served pre-packed meals depending on requirements.
Students/participants and employees are encouraged to use their own cups and water bottles. This also supports our #SDGsmart commitment.
The Fitness Centres on our Europe and Asia Campuses are open with restrictions in place.
On the Asia Campus, a booking system will be available. We will share further details about this here soon.
On our Europe Campus, group classes are suspended until further notice. A limited number of members may access and use the gym equipment at any one time. The changing areas and showers are closed. Forest runners and users of the municipal football and rugby pitches should make alternative arrangements to dress and shower.
Increased cleaning is in place in the Fitness Centres on both campuses.
INSEAD Hotels on our Europe Campus and INSEAD Residences on our Asia Campus cannot accept guests at this time. Our booking agents can support our community with alternative options.
If you are taking a taxi to our Europe Campus please take note of the following, as per local government guidelines:
- There may be a maximum two passengers per car, excluding the driver, with no front passenger.
- Masks are obligatory for the passengers and the driver.
- If the car is fitted with a partition wall, the driver is exempt from wearing a mask.
- Hand sanitiser is available in cars.
- The car will be ventilated and disinfected after each customer.
Employees handling deliveries wear PPE to receive parcels, mail, and other deliveries.
Personal packages should not be delivered to campus.
Food deliveries are not accepted
Teleworking is to remain the norm for the majority of staff in line with government regulations/advice and to ensure low campus density. Only those who need to be on site to carry out their work should go to campus. We will continue to keep our faculty and staff informed as the situation develops.
Can I Apply Without a GMAT, GRE, EA, or TOEFL?
For INSEAD Master Programmes, if you submit your application without a test, it will remain incomplete and will not be reviewed until we receive your test results.
GMAT Online Exam
GMAC has opened registrations for its GMAT Online exam, an interim alternative to the test centre version. They have appointments available for test dates from April 20, 2020 and through to December 31, 2020.
For more information about the GMAT Online exam, including registration instructions, please visit the GMAC website.
GRE at Home
GRE Test at Home can now be taken anywhere in the world with the exception of Mainland China and Iran.
To register for at-home testing, please visit the GRE website.
TOEFL at Home
ETS is offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test. To register for at-home testing, please visit the TOEFL website.
TOEFL has also launched an exclusive testing solution for Mainland China with registrations opening 15 May 2020.
The Executive Assessment is now available online in most locations with the exception of Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Slovenia due to regulatory and local data privacy rules. Appointment dates are available beginning May 5, 2020.
To learn more about the EA Online, visit the GMAC EA page.
Applies to Executive MBA Programmes Only
The INSEAD Assessment is now available online. Once you have submitted your application, your admissions officer will share available assessment dates with you.
Have the Application Deadlines Been Extended?
We understand that you may be facing a number of challenges during this time, and that it may be taking longer than usual to prepare a complete application. In response, we are extending some application deadlines and have also moved the application interviews fully online.
Visit the following pages for the most up-to-date information:
- Master in Management
- Global Executive MBA
- Executive Master in Finance
- Executive Master in Change
- Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA
Connect with Us
INSEAD hosts over 500 events per year – online, on our campuses and in cities all over the world. Many of our applicants attend multiple events throughout their exploration and application journey. While physical events have temporarily been suspended, we have moved many of our event formats online:
These webinars cover a wide variety of useful topics, including general information, student panel discussions, admissions presentations, detailed introduction to the INSEAD Career Development Centre and alumni sharing sessions. You will have the chance to post questions and have them answered in real-time by our panelists.
One-to-One Personal Consultations / Country-specific Spotlights
These sessions enable you to schedule a one-to-one meeting in person with a representative from the recruitment team to discuss your professional experience, career trajectory, and suitability for your programme of interest. Please submit your CV in advance.
If you are further along in your journey towards an INSEAD programme, an Application Workshop will provide you guidance on the actual application process, as well as admissions requirements. During the workshop you will be able to ask any questions and discuss in detail best practices for essay preparation, testing, the INSEAD language policy (if applicable), and all other aspects of the INSEAD admissions process.
View our calendar of events hosted online, scheduled to cater to different time zones:
INSEAD is the Business School for the World
Our mission is to bring together people, cultures and ideas and develop responsible leaders who transform business and society.
Reshaping the Future
Hear from students, clients, alumni, staff and faculty about the INSEAD response to COVID-19. Our global community making global impact.
Together, we are a force for good, reshaping the future!
Visit the INSEAD COVID-19 Response page for the latest INSEAD institutional updates. INSEAD is also hosting a series of webinars where our professors, participants, alumni and staff explore the human cost of this pandemic, the growing economic impact and the business implications of COVID-19. The webinars are free of charge for the INSEAD community and recordings of each webinar will be shared on our website and social media after the events.