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Education Abroad Program Types

Babson offers four distinct types of education abroad programs to our students.  Please note, all program types may not be available for all students.

Exchange Programs

Participants take courses at a foreign institution alongside students from the host country.  Proficiency in the host language may be required, though there are many universities around the world in which the language of instruction is English. Students will earn Babson credit for their work.  Exchange programs are available in many academic disciplines, though some may be restricted to a specific department or school.  The number of placements in each exchange is predetermined and limited.  As such, enrollment may be competitive. Student exchange is a fundamental and important part of foreign diplomacy. Babson students studying abroad on exchange allow for an international exchange student to experience Babson College.

Babson-Sponsored Programs

Participants enroll directly in one or more Babson courses offered on the program, and will be in class with other Babson students.  Participants will pay Babson tuition according to their classification and degree level, and may also pay a program fee which may include accommodation, meals, local transportation, program related excursions, airfare, and other expenses.  Primarily offered during the summer and winter sessions as well as spring (March) break, Babson Electives Abroad (formerly known as Offshore Courses) focus on a certain academic discipline with students earning Babson course credit and grades, and incorporates excursions and field trips to give students the opportunity to explore and learn about their host country.

University Study Programs

Similar to Exchange programs, participants take courses at a foreign institution alongside students from the host country.  Proficiency in the host language may be required, though there are many universities around the world in which the language of instruction is English. Students will earn Babson credit for their work.  Support and services for these programs are provided exclusively by the foreign institution. 

Co-Sponsored Programs

These programs are offered by universities or study abroad organizations that have an affiliation agreement with Babson.  Students participating on Co-Sponsored programs may be taking courses with students from the host country, or only with other American or international students.  Many Co-Sponsored programs provide additional support assistance with accommodations as well as dedicated on-site staff, in-country orientations, insurance, overnight excursions, and local field trips as part of a comprehensive program package developed specifically for study abroad participants.