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Babson: BRIC -The Cornerstone of the New Global Economy
Agra, India; Beijing, China; Jaipur, India; Moscow, Russia; New Delhi, India; Shanghai, China; St. Petersburg, Russia; Wellesley, United States; Yiwu, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Babson applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Babson-Sponsored
Language of Instruction: English Only Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.70
Eligible Populations: UG Junior, UG Senior Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Maximum Credits Offered: 16 Area of Study(s): Liberal Arts/Business
Internship Available: No Program Advisor: Michelle McCormack
Program Description:

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What is the Babson BRIC program?

The BRIC countries, covering over 25% of the world’s land and accounting for more than 40% of the world’s population, are significant driving forces in today’s global marketplace.  Babson BRIC: The Cornerstone of the New Global Economy is a semester-long, globally comparative and academically rigorous study abroad experience.  Babson students will travel together to three unique sites (St. Petersburg, Russia; Shanghai, China; New Delhi, India) taking courses designed and facilitated by Babson faculty.  Students will combine onsite coursework, meetings with business and academic leaders, and government officials to experience the changing global business landscape.

The BRIC program starts on Babson campus in August for an intensive pre-departure program. The group then continues to China, Russia and India for about a month each. One administrator, the On-Site Coordinator, will travel with the group for the entire semester. Each of the faculty will meet the group for the administration of their course only for 2-4 weeks in their related country.

Academic Program (courses may change):

BRC3603: Encounters With the BRIC : Comparative Analysis in Cross Cultural Contexts – Facilitate by On-Site Coordinator
Credits: 2 (Advanced Liberal Arts)
Description:  This course will provide a theoretical and practical global comparison of the BRIC countries in a cross-cultural context. It will facilitate the development of intercultural competencies and include the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assessment.

BRC2402: Russia in Modernity: History, Politics, and Culture - Professor Brian Seitz (Arts and Humanities)
Credits: 3 (Intermediate Liberal Arts - LVA)
Description:  This course will provide an overview of modern Russian history and politics, but will focus primarily on modern Russian culture as expressed in literature, film, fine arts, and architecture.

BRC3502: Business Environment in Russia - Professor Bill Coyle (Accounting)
Credits: 4 (General Management)
Description:  This course will focus on how history, politics and culture have affected the Russian business culture and environment. This course will include various company visits and business environment analysis.

BRC3501: Entrepreneurship and New Ventures in China - Professor Joel Schulman (Entrepreneurship)
Credits: 4 (Entrepreneurship)
Description:  The course will introduce the process and practices of assessing and shaping entrepreneurial opportunities in China.

BRC2401: Course in India Urban Challenges in a Globalizing State - Professor Stephen Deets (Arts & Humanities)
Credits: 3 (Intermediate Liberal Arts - CVA)
Description:  The guiding framework for this course will be an historical, cultural, social, and political study of public policy issues facing India today, particularly in urban areas.

Cultural Experiences:

The culture and history of each country will be explored in the classroom, but also by visiting important sites and engaging in cultural activities in and around the three cities where the program will be based: St. Petersburg, Russia; Shanghai, China; and Delhi, India.  Each of these cities offers many rich opportunities to learn about the societal forces that have shaped and continue to shape their respective countries.

Academic Field Trips & Cultural Excursions (examples):

China
Shanghai Urban Planning Center
Huangpu River Cruise
Excursion to Beijing including visits to the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City
Excursion to the Great Wall of China
Excursion to Yiwu & Hangzhou

Russia
Museum of Ethnography
Cruiser Aurora Museum
Piskarevskoe Cemetary & Momument to the Defenders of Leningrad
Hermitage Museum
Excursion to Moscow

India
Qutab Minar (early Islamic architecture) & Purna Quila (oldest fort in India)
Teen Murti Marg (Nehru’s home)
National Museum of India
Jama Masjid (principal mosque of Old Delhi) & Chandni Chowk Marketplace
Excursion to Agra, visits to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
Excursion to Jaipur including visit to a Bal Ashram, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA)


Business Visits and Guest Lectures (examples):

China
EMC
Menga Group
True Run Media
SwissNex
SOE (Baosteel)
Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies

Russia
Lenta Retail
Baltica Brewery
Citibank
American Chamber of Commerce
St. Petersburg State University
Imperial Porcelain Factory

India
Jaipur Rugs
McDonald's
Salaam Balak Trust
Shiv Nadar Foundation & HCL

Program Dates: Fall 2014

Fall Semester: 19 August – 21 November 2014 (Program dates are tentative and subject to change without notice)
Each city will include a busy schedule of intensive classroom time, guest lectures, company visits and cultural experiences.  The travel portion of the program will conclude before Thanksgiving, with final academic work to be completed before the end of the traditional semester.  This work will not require a return to the Babson campus in November, but re-entry and debriefing sessions will be held at the beginning of the spring semester at Babson.

Housing and Meals:

Accommodations for the program will include hotels and university student residences.  In most cases, accommodation will be double occupancy.  Students will be charged the Babson College double room occupancy rate. Students will be responsible for most of their meals.  Students can buy meals at the University cafeterias, local Russian, Chinese, and Indian restaurants, or purchase simple meals at their local grocery stores.  St. Petersburg, Shanghai, and New Delhi have a variety of restaurants.  Students can find each city’s diverse urban culture in the many types of eateries if they are willing to look around!

Program Cost:

Babson College Fall semester 2014 tuition rate plus housing double occupancy fee.
*For a more detailed estimated cost budget for the program, please contact the Glavin Office of Multicultural and International Programs.

Application Process:

The BRIC application is due February 1. Please note this is earlier than the general application deadline for Fall semester abroad. Please see the our page on Application Process & Deadlines for more information. The program is limited to a maximum of 26 students and will be competitive based on the completion of a successful application. Interviews may be included.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
 
This program is currently not accepting applications.