Babson Undergraduate SEMESTER in San Francisco
Study in the Tech Entrepreneurial Epicenter
Each semester, Babson offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study at the Babson San Francisco campus, located in the thriving SoMa district. The experience exposes students to the diverse Bay Area business community, ranging from established organizations to the startup scene of Silicon Valley. Students participate in alumni networking events, company treks, and cultural neighborhood tours while earning 16 credits.
Students take four classes: two intermediate liberal arts and two entrepreneurship courses. Fall 2015 courses include:
Silicon Technology Ventures
Silicon Technology Ventures is more than a class; it is an 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)
The CiTE class offers students the opportunity to gain practical industry experience while working with professionals in the business community. This course connects Bay Area organizations with talented Babson students who work as consultants to address a current business challenge.
Golden Cities: The West and Urban America
Students 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
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.
The Consulting in Technology Entrepreneurship meets for face-to-face sessions every week. The remaining three courses meet weekly for sessions with the faculty members via a Telepresence system and monthly for face-to-face sessions.
As part of the experience, students go on academic field trips, cultural excursions, and company treks. Past outings include 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 live in designated Babson housing in downtown San Francisco, within walking distance or a short bus ride from campus. Housing includes primarily double-occupancy rooms. Students who require medical housing accommodations must register with the Office of Disability Services.
The Babson undergraduate tuition and double occupancy room rate apply. Students are responsible for the cost of their own meals and transportation for the duration of the program. A $500 security deposit is required upon program confirmation.
Rising juniors and seniors who meet the following requirements:
- 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.