What is 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/Malaysia to analyzing plays and their social context in London to consulting with startup businesses in Israel. Graduate 3-credit course content includes exploring the entrepreneurial ecosystem in 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. Note: Please stay tuned for the updated 2020-2021 manual.