Each semester, Babson offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study in San Francisco at Babson’s campus, located in the SOMA district. The city of San Francisco provides the opportunity to learn and network with the broader business community from established organizations to the startup world of Silicon Valley. Students will participate in company visits, networking events, and neighborhood and cultural tours while earning 18 credits. Study in the epicenter of tech entrepreneurship!
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About the UG Semester in San Francisco
Students will take five courses: two intermediate liberal arts courses, two entrepreneurship courses, and one design thinking class.
Silicon Technology Ventures (EPS 4520)
Professor: Mary Gale
Silicon Technology Ventures is a hands-on, experiential learning opportunity that blends classroom learning, simulations, assignments, and field experiences to gain valuable real-world insights into starting and growing technology businesses.
Consulting in Technology Entrepreneurship (EPS 4505)
Professor: Allan Cohen
The CiTE course offers students the opportunity to gain practical industry experience while working with professionals in this business community. This course connects San Francisco-area organizations with talented Babson students who work as consultants to address a current business challenge.
Golden Cities: The West and Urban America (HSS 2007)
Professor: Paul Schmitz
Throughout American history, cities have fostered economic innovation, cultural creativity, and ethnic diversity. This course will examine how cities have driven America’s economic, cultural, and social development. It will pay particular attention to the distinctive role of the urban West in American society. Students will thus analyze how San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the Silicon Valley have revolutionized American society-- serving as centers of culture, image-making, and economic development while welcoming fortune-seekers, entrepreneurs, immigrants, artists, intellectuals, and bohemians. The class will also discuss how these cities have symbolized anxieties about social change—especially in regards to issues of community, morality, race, and identity.
Revolutionary Stages and Stages of Revolution: Theatre, Politics, and Performances in the City by the Bay (LVA 2002)
Professor: Beth Wynstra
This course will examine theater performance focused on, inspired by, or born in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. We will study a wide variety of plays and discuss how and why the City by the Bay serves as the ideal setting, subject, performance locale, and, sometimes, character in the works. As we study what San Francisco means in a theatrical context, we will come to understand how performance created here has had a powerful and long-lasting influence on theater both in the United States and around the world.
Design and Systems Thinking (DES 3600)
Over the past two decades, a combination of changes in political, technological and cultural arenas have dramatically increased the need for companies, organizations, and individuals to innovate. Thus, a deep and detailed understanding of the underlying emotions and aspirations of the users that design thinking helps to develop is critical for success. Systems understanding is another important skill set as the world becomes a more interconnected place and problems have grown in complexity and require consideration of various stakeholders.
The program runs during the spring semester.
As part of the experience, students will go on academic field trips and cultural excursions as well as company treks. Past trips have included trips to Alcatraz, Golden Gate Park, Castro, Haight/Ashbury, Chinatown, Muir Wood, and San Francisco Giants games. Students have visited the following companies: Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Intel, Yelp, Square, Inflection, Woodside Capital, 500 Startups, Nature Box, Virool and more.
Students will live in designated Babson housing in downtown San Francisco, within walking distance or a short bus ride from the campus. Housing will include primarily double occupancy rooms. Students will be responsible for their own meals throughout the program. Students that require medical housing accommodations must register with the Office of Accessibility Resources.
The Babson undergraduate tuition and double occupancy room rate will apply. Food throughout the duration of the program and transportation to and from San Francisco and within the city are the responsibility of the student.
Second semester sophomores, juniors and seniors must meet the following requirements (priority is given to junior and senior applicants):
- have a minimum 2.50 cumulative Babson grade point average (GPA) at the time of application;
- be in good academic and judicial standing at the time of application and remain in good standing prior to departure;
- have successfully completed three semesters at Babson College by the time of student’s departure;
- For GAP students, the summer term counts towards one of the three required semesters.
- For Transfer students, applicants must have completed two semesters at Babson College in addition to any credits they have transferred from previous institutions of higher education.
- submit a completed application by the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.
Contact Eiko Tsukamoto, Senior Assistant Director, San Francisco Programs: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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