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  • Locations: Agra, India; Beijing, China; Jaipur, India; Moscow, Russia; New Delhi, India; Shanghai, China; St. Petersburg, Russia; Wellesley, United States; Yiwu, China
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Babson-Sponsored
Language(s) of Instruction: English Only Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.50
Eligible Populations: UG Junior, UG Senior Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Maximum Credits Offered: 18 Academic Highlights: Cultural Studies, Entrepreneurial Studies, Management
Internship Available: No Program Advisor: Andrea Wiley
Service Learning Available: No
Program Description:

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***Students must attend Babson Abroad 101 prior to scheduling an advising appointment. 

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 Russia, India and China 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 for 2-4 weeks in their related country.

Academic Program, 18 credits (courses may vary each year):

LVA 2006: Russia in Modernity: History, Politics, and Culture (4 credits)
MOB 3583: Business Environment in Russia (4 credits)
EPS 3508: Entrepreneurship and New Ventures in China (4 credits)
HSS 2004: Megacities: Globalization and Spaces of Delhi  (2018) / CVA 2004: India: World Religion (2017) (4 credits)
LIB 3603: Encounters With the BRIC : Comparative Analysis in Cross Cultural Contexts (2 credits)

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):

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

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

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) 
*Founded by Nobel Peace Prize 2014 winner Kailash Satyarthi

Business Visits and Guest Lectures (examples):

Menga Group
True Run Media
SOE (Baosteel)
Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Lenta Retail
Baltica Brewery
American Chamber of Commerce
St. Petersburg State University
Imperial Porcelain Factory
Jaipur Rugs
Salaam Balak Trust
Shiv Nadar Foundation & HCL

Program Dates: 

Fall 2019 dates: TBA.
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 tuition rate plus housing double occupancy fee.
*For a more detailed estimated cost budget for the program, please click on the link next to "Budget Sheets" at the top of this page.

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 our page on Application Process & Deadlines for more information. Students interested in the program are encouraged to attend the BRIC Information Session in November for more information on the program and the application process. 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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.