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  • Locations: Paraty, Brazil; Rio de Janiero, Brazil; Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: March Break
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Graduate Program Type: Elective Abroad
Language(s) of Instruction: English Eligible Populations: See Eligibility Link Below
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel Academic Highlights: Cultural Studies, Entrepreneurial Studies
Program Advisor: Renee Graham
Program Description:

MOB7526 Doing Business in Brazil

Brazil 2015

Andrew Zacharakis, Professor
John H. Muller Jr. Chair in Entrepreneurship 





Quick Facts


Information Session
Meet the Faculty @ Grad Club Fair

Graduate Electives Abroad Pub Night
Thursday, September 14, 2017
4:00 - 6:00 PM ET
Glavin Office table/Olin Hall

Bob Turner (for a traveling Zach Zacharakis)
Monday, September 18, 2017
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Roger's Pub
Application Deadlines
Application Opens Tuesday, September 5, 2017    9:00 AM ET
Initial Application Deadline Sunday, September 24, 2017   11:59 PM ET
Rolling Application Deadline Monday, October 23, 2017 11:59 PM ET
(Applications reviewed at the end of the month: Sept & Oct)
Rolling Application Deadline Sunday, November 26, 2017 ; 11:59 PM ET
REQUIRED Course Dates
Pre-Travel Friday, March 2, 2018
6:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
Location TBD
Travel Friday, March 16, 2018 -
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Post-Travel Journal and Final Paper due mid April, 2018


Sao Paulo
Rio de Janiero


Open to students who are half way through their graduate program*, have completed pre-requisite requirements, and are in good academic and social standing with the college. *For specific eligibility information, by program, click HERE.

Financial Considerations

Program Fee: $2,200
Airfare: $1,300 (estimate to/from BOS)
Tuition: Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2017-2018 credit rate.  Elective Abroad course is 3 credits. 
Additional Expenses: See financial considerations, below.

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Program Overview

Brazil 2

Course Information

This course provides a strong overview of business in Brazil.  It can be considered a capstone course for your MBA program.  You’ll compare and contrast business in the U.S. and your home country to business practices in Brazil.  The course concludes with an opportunity evaluation and analysis using frameworks you’ve learned in your other MBA courses.
This class can be applied to the Entrepreneurship concentration.

Course Syllabus

2018 Syllabus (includes sample itinerary): Syllabus 2018.doc

Faculty Course Presentation (Brainshark) click here

Information Reception

If you are unable to attend the reception in September, or would like to review course information, the PPT slides are available here: Info Slides 2017_Brazil.pptx

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Program Details


3 credits (tuition is a separate charge from the program fee)


Sao Paulo
Rio de Janiero


Open to students who are half way through their graduate program*, have completed pre-requisite requirements, and are in good academic and social standing with the college. *For specific eligibility information, by program, click HERE.

Course Pre-Requisites

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Housing, Transportation, Meals & accommodations due to a disability


Students will stay in 3-4 star hotel accommodations (double rooms) in Sao Paulo, Parati and Rio de Janeiro. The program fee covers the cost of a double occupancy room.  Students may request a single room and pay an additional single supplement fee of $400.


The program fee includes airport transfers, daily coach bus transportation and ground transportation between cities. Students should also expect to pay for individual transportation around the city for personal excursions. Students are responsible for booking their own international flight AFTER the course has been confirmed to run (i.e. participant minimum has been reached). A recommended international itinerary will be provided to registered students for planning purposes, the cost of which is not included in the program fee. 

Arrival Airport Code

GRU (arrival)
GIG (departure)


Breakfast will be provided at the hotel, and is included in the program fee. The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner, closing dinner. Students are responsible for paying for most lunches and dinners on their own.
Students with food allergies/intolerance or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact the Program Manager prior to committing to the course, to discuss any questions or concerns.

Accommodations Due to a Disability

Students requesting accommodations due to a disability for an Elective Abroad should complete and submit the Elective Abroad Accommodation Request Form by the course deposit deadline. The Office of Accessibility Resources will send a letter to the Elective Abroad Program Manager and faculty verifying the accommodations approved at Babson College. It is very important that accommodations are arranged ahead of time. Not all accommodations existing at Babson College can be available at Elective Abroad locations.


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Financial Considerations

Financial Summary

Program Fee (based on double occupancy) $2,200
Tuition Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2017-2018 credit rate. Elective Abroad courses are 3 credits. 
Financial Aid & Grant Information Contact SFS for more information
Billable subtotal:   $2,200 (plus 3 tuition credits)
Airfare (Individual-estimate to/from BOS) $1,300
Estimated Additional Meals* $400
Estimated Incidentals* $170
Visa (if applicable)** See notes below
Non-billable subtotal:   $1,870
Total:   $4,070 plus 3 tuition credits
(double room)

Program Fee and Airfare

Program fee includes: Accommodations, breakfast, ground transportation, program planned meals and cultural excursions. 
Program fee DOES NOT included: Tuition, international flight, single room supplement (additional $400), visa costs, additional meals and personal expenses.
The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.

Tuition, Financial Aid and Grant Information

Tuition will be paid to SFS. To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.

Additional Expenses

*Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on historical Per Diem Rates and a moderate budget.  These are estimates , however, expenses will vary with individual spending.

**All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Brazil before committing to the course.  Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.

Cancellation Policy

All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad cancellation policy. Please review this policy to understand financial obligations.
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Faculty Information

Andrew Zacharakis is The John H. Muller, Jr. Chair in Entrepreneurship. He is also the Director of the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. His writings and research focus on two major areas of entrepreneurship: the venture capital decision-making process, and entrepreneurial growth strategies.

Zacharakis is the author of five books, Entrepreneurship, 3rd Edition (with Bygrave), The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship, 4th Edition (with Bygrave),Business Plans that Work, 2nd Edition  (with Timmons and Spinelli), How to Raise Capital (with Timmons and Spinelli), and Entrepreneurship: The Engine of Growth, Volume 2 (with Spinelli).
His research has been published in numerous academic journals including: the Journal of Business Venturing;Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice; Academy of Management Executive; Journal of Management; the Journal of International Business Studies; and Frontiers of Entrepreneurial Research. Moreover, his article, “Differing perceptions of new venture failure: A matched exploratory study of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs”, was selected as the best article published by Journal of Small Business Management in 1999.

Zacharakis is on the Advisory Board for the Journal of Small Business Management and also serves on the editorial review boards for Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Management  Studies, and Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Ventures.His dissertation, the Venture Capital Investment Decision, received the Heizer Certificate of Distinction (1995) from the Academy of Management for outstanding research in the field of new enterprise development.

Professor Zacharakis has taught seminars at leading companies, including Dassault, Merck, Intel, and Met Life. He has also taught executives, students, and professors worldwide in such countries as Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates. Zacharakis is a consultant to entrepreneurs and small business start-ups and ventures.
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Contact Information

Program Manager Faculty
Renée Graham     Professor Andrew Zacharakis
(781)239-4536 (781)239-4497

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This program is currently not accepting applications.