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  • Locations: San Francisco, United States
  • Program Terms: Spring Semester
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  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Babson-Sponsored
Language(s) of Instruction: English Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.50
Eligible Populations: Junior, Second Semester Sophomore, Senior Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, Hotel/Hostel, Independent Living
Maximum Credits Offered: 16 Academic Highlights: Cultural Studies, Entrepreneurial Studies
Program Advisor: Andrea Wiley
Program Description:



Program Overview

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 16 credits. Study in the epicenter of tech entrepreneurship! 

Check out these great links to get a feel for the San Francisco experience!
Video of the Spring 18 Semester
Recap of the Spring 17 Semester
SF Campus Tour Video 



Students will take four courses: two intermediate liberal arts courses + two entrepreneurship courses. 
Silicon Valley Tech Ventures (EPS 4520) 
Instructor: Randall Ussery 
This course focuses on the process of applying ET&A and using action and reflection to better understand how technological innovation impacts business and venture creation.  Our primary goal will be to develop an understanding of the key components of successful technology-based entrepreneurship.  In addition to focusing on the action steps for developing a venture, we will also examine the concepts of design thinking, funding, and entrepreneurial ecosystems.  The course is based in San Francisco, the epicenter of technology companies.  This context offers a unique opportunity to gain a more experiential understanding of technology-based entrepreneurship.

Consulting in Technology Entrepreneurship (EPS 4505) 
Instructor: 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)
Instructor: 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) 
Instructor: 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.


The program runs during the spring semester.

Additional Programming

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 that participate in the Semester in San Francisco program are responsible for evaluating and securing their own housing for the duration of the program. All students are ultimately responsible to find housing that meets their needs and expectations. Upon admittance to the program, students will receive further information regarding housing. 

Program Costs

Students will be responsible for the Babson undergraduate semester tuition. Housing, food, and transportation to and from San Francisco and within the city will vary and are the responsibility of the student.

Program Eligibility

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 Andrea Wiley, Senior Advisor in the Glavin Office:

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This program is currently not accepting applications.