The global nature of the program is a greater constant in London, of course, with as many as 59 languages spoken in a single class.
Sometimes, class discussions are hard to follow because of it.
The buildings are closely clustered around the area of campus known as the “Wharton Quad,” a great meeting place and hub for students. Huntsman Hall, is home to both the undergraduate and graduate divisions of Wharton.
It represents the single largest addition of academic space on the Penn campus in more than half a century.
It leads to more fragmentation as there’s often not enough critical mass to start something.” Culture: London and Wharton are big-city schools with all the advantages and disadvantages that come with being in active, dynamic cities.
Typically, schools in large urban settings tend to have more intense and competitive cultures.Surprisingly, students say the cultures blend together well.“The key personal characteristics of people here are open-mindedness and a decision to work with people from other backgrounds,” says Simpson.It’s a big contrast to Wharton, which can lay claim to some of the best facilities in the world.The B-school campus is composed of seven buildings on and off Locust Walk, the brick-lined pedestrian thoroughfare at the heart of Penn.In comparison to London, Wharton has one significant disadvantage for MBA students: it has one of the largest undergraduate business and executive educations programs in the world, with 2,621 undergrads and 9,000 executives attending seminars and longer programs. There’s also the downside of London, a much larger city than Philly, and the unusual level of flexibility at London Business School.“At LBS, second years can go on exchange to a huge range of schools; they can also take an entire course in a single “block week” rather than spreading it out over 12 weeks, freeing them to go traveling,” explains Edmans, the Wharton finance professor now teaching at London.It’s easier to escape school in a big city than it is in a college town or rural setting.Still, the smaller size of the London program and the smaller space in which all the action occurs helps to foster a great deal of collaboration on campus.You can waive out of the core courses if you have prior experience in the subject and move onto more advanced coursework.Only three courses can’t be waived at Wharton: business ethics, leadership, and communications.