Teach an Elective Abroad

What is an Elective Abroad?

Teach an Elective Abroad

Babson Electives Abroad are short-term courses that combine classroom instruction on the Babson campus with company site visits, cultural excursions, and hands-on experiences abroad. Led by Babson faculty, these courses also include in-country lectures given by partner school faculty and distinguished guest speakers. The academic content for these courses is diverse and specialized, based on research areas and expertise. Undergraduate 4-credit course offering content ranges from corporate social responsibility in Thailand/Laos to analyzing plays and their social context in London to consulting with startup businesses in Paris. Graduate 3-credit course content includes exploring the entrepreneurial ecosystems in Singapore and Hong Kong, entrepreneurial innovation and technological applications in Sweden, and an in-depth look at how business is done in Japan.

Electives Abroad can be offered during fall semester (undergraduate only with Thanksgiving week travel), winter session, March break, summer first session, summer second session, or full summer session. Course travel typically runs for 1-3 weeks, however other time frames are possible. The majority of courses meet several times on campus or online before and after going abroad, and the group size ranges from 15-26 students.

Close collaboration between the faculty member and the Glavin Office program manager is required to ensure a successful and safe international academic experience for the students. Once a proposal is approved, a Glavin Office program manager works with the faculty to set a program budget and student program fee, recruit students, manage student application/acceptance process, collect and process student payments, register students, handle in-country logistical planning, administer external client invoices/payments, and collect student evaluations. This allows the faculty to focus on the academic content and development of the program, which includes creating and maintaining a Blackboard course site, planning and leading pre-departure academic sessions, as well as, organizing in-country lectures and corporate visits.

What Electives Abroad Are Currently Offered?

If you are interested in learning more about the current Elective Abroad course offerings at Babson, visit our course offering page.

How Can I Teach an Elective Abroad?

Whether you are interested in proposing a new Elective Abroad or resubmitting a proposal for a Previously Run Elective Abroad, we encourage you to begin by reading Section One: Proposal Process in the Electives Abroad Faculty Manual (pdf).

New Electives Abroad

For faculty members interested in creating innovative courses with an overseas component for undergraduate and graduate students, the Glavin Office provides the administrative support and guidance. Faculty members interested in proposing a course should meet with their department chair to review their course proposal and receive approval. Once submitted, all submissions are reviewed, evaluated, and approved by the appropriate Dean’s office, the Electives Abroad team, the vice provost, Multicultural & International Education, as well as the Advisory Committee on Education Abroad for their innovative approaches and curricular fit for the intended student population.

How Do I Submit a Proposal for a New Elective Abroad?

  1. Review the Elective Abroad Faculty Manual – Section One: Proposal Process
  2. Begin working on your course proposal using the Online New Course Proposal Form
  3. Meet with your Department Chair to review the course proposal process and receive approval
  4. Meet with Elise Beaudin to discuss your proposal
  5. Finalize your course proposal and submit it along with a tentative itinerary and draft syllabus by February 15 for the following academic year (i.e. due February 15, 2018, for AY 2018-2019).

NOTE: The submission deadline is the same for all Babson Electives Abroad for any given year. Although this due date may appear to be early, we need to receive proposals by this date in order to have adequate time to properly develop and market all new programs.

If you would like to discuss your proposed program prior to submitting a proposal application please email Elise Beaudin or call 781-239-4482.

Previously Run Electives Abroad

Faculty who have proposed and coordinated Babson Elective Abroad in previous years may propose their program for another session. Faculty members must receive approval from their department chair prior to submitting the online form. Once submitted, all submissions are reviewed, evaluated, and approved by the appropriate Dean’s office, the Electives Abroad team, the vice provost, Multicultural & International Education, as well as the Advisory Committee on Education Abroad for their innovative approaches and curricular fit for the intended student population.

How Do I Submit a Proposal for a Previously-Run Elective Abroad?

  1. Review the Elective Abroad Faculty Manual – Section One: Proposal Process
  2. Meet with your program manager to discuss any changes you would like to make to your previously run Elective Abroad
  3. Begin working on your course proposal using the Previously Run Babson Electives Abroad Proposal Form
  4. Meet with your department chair to review the course proposal process and receive approval
  5. Finalize your course proposal and submit it along with a tentative itinerary and draft syllabus by February 15 for the following academic year (i.e. due February 15, 2018, for AY 2018-2019).

NOTE: The submission deadline is the same for all Babson Electives Abroad for any given year. Although this due date may appear to be early, we need to receive proposals by this date in order to have adequate time to properly develop and market all new programs.

If you would like to discuss your proposed program prior to submitting a proposal application please email Elise Beaudin or call 781-239-4482.

Questions

If you have questions please email Elise Beaudin or call 781-239-4482.