Babson Electives Abroad & Away

Electives Abroad & Away at Babson are short-term courses that combine classroom instruction on the Babson campus with company site visits, cultural excursions, and hands-on experiences domestically and 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, ranging from exploring political thought of ancient Greece to consulting with startups in Spain. These elective courses are offered to students during academic breaks in August, January, March, and May.

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Fall 2023

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LAW Atlanta: Law, Ethics & Leadership in Sports Business || Travel »

Visit Atlanta and the Arthur M. Blank Sports + Entertainment businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and PGA TOUR Superstore, and meet with organization leaders to learn how they navigate legal, ethical and management issues in sports businesses.  See how sports business leaders can use the principles of entrepreneurial leadership to address challenges in ways that build a strong company culture and further their team and business success while also being good neighbors to their communities and forces for good in society at large.  We are the A.  #RiseUp.

A person holding a stethoscope to a small globe

OIM Brazil: Global Health Innovation Lab || Travel »

From the beaches of Joao Pessoa to the technologically advancing clinics of Campina Grande and Porto Digital in Recife, work in student teams to ideate, test, and implement health innovations in Brazil. Visit clinics and hospitals, enjoy historical and cultural sites, and work with faculty and students from the Unifacisa, founded by the family of Dr. Diego Gadelha, MBA '22. Continue your projects through the fall, concluding with a bi-continental final presentation with industry leaders.

Winter 2024

International Consulting || Travel »

Work on a consulting project focused on an international start up or portfolio company's business issue. Your consulting team will travel to the client company location to commence the consulting engagement. Learn about the local culture, economy, and historical and current business trends in preparation for your in-person client meetings and to conduct in country primary research during the pre-travel academic sessions. Receive guidance from the faculty advisor, meet weekly with the client, conduct primary and secondary research, analyze the data collected, and virtually present the findings and recommendations to the client.

Picture of Big Ben in London

LIT London Theater: Plays, Performances, and Politics || Travel »

Study drama and performance and their social and political contexts in the theater capital of the world. This course involves an immersive experience of play attendance, performance workshops, and class discussion, and takes a critical and close examination of the social and political issues implicitly and explicitly articulated in the text and performance of the plays. The course involves a combination of close reading of play texts, careful analysis of performances and their socio-political context, and engaged participation in acting workshops and tours.

Spring 2024

City view of Malaysia

HIS Malaysia/Thailand: Virtuous Capitalism in Malaysia and Thailand || Travel »

How do Malaysians and Thais think about business ethics and how do they act in order to achieve it? How do approaches to business ethics in our own countries differ from Malaysians' and Thais'? In this course, we will ask if Malaysia and Thailand have anything to teach our countries. We will focus on three Asian faiths and cultural traditions, visit 3 socially responsible companies, and aim to understand what qualities those 3 Asian traditions share which may distinguish them generally from Western traditions in business ethics.

Street in Madrid

EPS Spain: Innovation Ecosystems of Spain || Travel »

Business Environment in Spain is a study abroad course designed to introduce Babson students to the diverse Spanish economy with emphasis on the regional innovation ecosystems of Madrid and Barcelona. It examines the challenges that Spain has faced in recovering from the global financial crisis of 2008 as well as the global COVID-19 pandemic. It involves a multidisciplinary orientation at Babson followed by a 10-day study tour to Madrid and Barcelona. Students will meet on-site with executives from some of the top startup and multinational organizations in Spain.

Summer 2024

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

MOB Irish Journey: Creative Ecosystem in Ireland || Travel»

Come travel across the countryside, city streets and seashore of Ireland to immerse in creativity and innovation in action! Immerse yourself into the creative processes, systems, cultural norms and institutions that have led Ireland to forge the reputation as one of the most innovative economies in the world. Interact with Irish entrepreneurs, business executives, artists, athletes and historians to strive to understand the ways in which creativity and innovation occur, flourish and extend far beyond the boundaries of this relatively small nation.

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EPS Made in Japan: Culture & Opportunities || Travel »

Take an in-depth look and experience Japan's culture, in other words, its institutional environment (i.e., formal and informal rules of the game). You will have opportunities to examine this through various dimensions that constitute the diversity and complexity of the country's cultural/institutional environment today. Also, practice Entrepreneurial Thought and Action within the cultural/institutional environment in Japan. You will work in teams to conduct observations, identify problems and opportunities, design an entrepreneurial initiative, and assess its impact (including stakeholder analysis) and feasibility in various contexts/perspectives.


EPS London: Entrepreneurship New Ventures in Fashion || Travel  »

Welcome to Fashion London - a world leader in Fashion Trends and Creativity! Explore this Fashion capital past, present, and future trend-setting designs, meet with British Fashion companies and leaders in sustainable fashion. The course is designed for students who have a strong interest in entrepreneurship, fashion, innovation, fashion technology, or design and wish to participate in a dynamic cross-cultural learning experience.

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