On Friday, I got access to NetVestibule which is INSEAD's intranet:
I quickly went through the students that have been admitted so far and I can say that they are all pretty impressive: Most are around 29 years old, all speak many languages, and most do not work in their countries of origin ... INSEAD style I guess :)
248 students have been admitted so far: 49 distinct nationalities including: 3 Moroccans, 13 Canadians, 29 Americans, 4 Mexicans, 1 Peruvian, 6 Brazilians, 2 Argentinians, 3 Spanish, 14 British, 17 French, 3 Japanese, 8 Chinese, 7 Italians.
I have listed the countries that I lived in and some of the countries that I visited as I am looking forward to discussing the amazing places I have seen to learn a bit more about them.
Specifically: Iga Ueno, Himeji, & Miyajima in Japan, Machu Pichu, the Andes & Uros islands in Peru, Maracana and Rio Carnaval in Brazil, the beautiful Buenos Aires in Argentina, China where should I start ... what an amazing beautiful country, the Vatican, Rome, & Florence in Italy etc...
The Intranet is pretty well designed, one can post her/his own mini-bio, resume, interests, hobbies, a picture etc... so one can go through the students and alumni and look for specific things ... There is a message board where one can put an inquiry or info relating to pretty much anything including Housing (which is really what I am focusing on right now).
Speaking of housing, check out this website: http://www.chateaudemontmelian.com/
This is a Chateau where students, I repeat STUDENTS live: Isn't this place just AMAZING?!?
I am personally looking for a place much much closer to campus as I really don't want to drive: I have been doing it for the last 7 years and I am frankly tired of it; I would love to walk/bike for a while even if it is just for one year :)