Babson Undergraduate Semester in San Francisco
Define Your Difference on the West Coast
Each semester, Babson offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study at Babson’s campus in San Francisco, where they can learn from and network with the Bay Area business community, from established organizations to the startup world of Silicon Valley. Students participate in company visits, networking events, and neighborhood and cultural tours while earning 16 credits.
The program runs for one semester, fall or spring. The fall 2015 semester starts with move-in on August 25 and orientation from August 26 to 28.
Students will take four courses (16 credits): two intermediate liberal arts courses and two entrepreneurship courses. Fall 2015 courses are to be determined. Spring 2015 courses include the following.
Silicon Technology Ventures
Professor: Jim Poss
Silicon Technology Ventures is more than a class; it is a hands-on, experiential learning opportunity that blends classroom learning, simulations, assignments, and field experiences to gain valuable real-world insights into starting and growing technology businesses.
Consulting in Technology Entrepreneurship (CiTE)
Professor: Allan Cohen
Babson students are always finding ways to understand what the current climate is for starting a business. The San Francisco/Silicon Valley area is one region where startups are ubiquitous and largely driven by new technology, new social media, and new digital solutions.
The Modern American City
Professor: Paul Schmitz
Students will examine the rise and development of the modern American metropolis in a period of dynamic growth and intense cultural change. Using a range of historical, literary, and cultural sources, the class will investigate how cities have served as catalysts for the nation’s economic, political, and social development.
The West as Frontier in the American Imagination
Professor: Katrin Fischer
Students investigate the myths, realities, and hopes associated with the American West: that ever-moving frontier of the mind and body where visions of American national identity are invented and celebrated, contested and reimagined.
As part of the experience, students will go on academic field trips and cultural excursions as well as business visits. Past trips have included outings to Alcatraz, Golden Gate Park, the Castro, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, Muir Woods, and San Francisco Giants games. Students have visited companies such as Square, Google, Inflection, Woodside Capital, 500 Startups, Nature Box, Taylor Stitch, and Virool.
Students will live in designated Babson housing in the SoMa district of downtown San Francisco, within walking distance of or a short bus ride from the campus. Housing includes primarily double-occupancy rooms. Students who require medical housing accommodations must register with the Office of Disability Services by February 20, 2015.
The Babson undergraduate tuition and double-occupancy room rate will apply. Students are responsible for the cost of their own meals and transportation to and from San Francisco and within the city. A $500 security deposit is required upon program confirmation.
Rising juniors and seniors who meet the following eligibility requirements for Babson’s Education Abroad program may apply.
- A minimum 2.70 cumulative Babson grade point average at the time of application
- Good academic and judicial standing at the time of application through day of departure
- Successful completion of three semesters at Babson College by the time of student’s departure
- For G.A.P. students, the summer term counts toward one of the three required semesters.
- For transfer students, applicants must have completed two semesters at Babson College in addition to any credits they have transferred from previous institutions of higher education.
- A completed application submitted by the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.
The deadline to apply is midnight Sunday, February 22. Students will be notified by Monday, March 2.
The selective program is limited to 25 students. Only those who have submitted a complete application will be considered.
Contact Eiko Tsukamoto, assistant director, San Francisco Undergraduate Program.