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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile; Vina del Mar, Chile
  • Program Terms: Winter Session
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Session 2021 09/27/2020 10/02/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Graduate Program Type: MSEL Programs
Eligible Populations: MSEL
Program Description:

MSM 6110-01 Global Entrepreneurship Experience - Chile

Chile MSEL 2018

Matt Allen, Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship
Faculty Director, Institute for Family Entrepreneurship

Important Dates

Glavin Office Submission Deadlines/Office Hours

Lottery Application Opens

Friday, September 13, 2019, 12:00 PM ET

Lottery Application Closes

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 11:59 PM ET

Placement Notifications Sent

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
Glavin Office Hours: Commitment Deliverables Thursday, September 26, 2019
11:30 - 12:30 PM
Location: Olin Cafe

Thursday, October 3, 2019
11:30 - 12:30 PM
Location: Olin Cafe

Commitment Deliverables DUE

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 11:59 PM ET
Glavin Office Hours: Logistics & Flight Submissions Thursday, October 10, 2019
11:30 - 12:30 PM
Location: Olin Cafe

Thursday, October 17, 2019
11:30 - 12:30 PM
Location: Olin Cafe
Flight Submissions & Reimbursement Forms DUE Sunday, October 27, 2019, 11:59 PM ET

Mandatory Course Dates

No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.

Introduction Session Friday, September 13, 2019
10:00 - 11:00 AM
LOGISTICS Session: Overview Monday, October 7, 2019
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Academic Session #1 Friday, October 25, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Academic Session #2 Friday, November 15, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Academic Session #3 Friday, December 6, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
LOGISTICS Session: Getting Ready to Travel Friday, December 13, 2019
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Babson College Closed for Winter Holidays Saturday, December 21, 2019 - Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Course Travel Travel Dates: Arrive in Santiago: Saturday, January 4, 2020 
                       Depart from Santiago: Saturday, January 11, 2020

Course Dates: Saturday, January 4 - Friday, January 10, 2020

Final Deliverable Due

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 11:59 PM  ET

Academic Session #4: Wrap-Up Friday, January 31, 2020
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Academic Overview

Course Description

This course is focused on understanding the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Latin America, specifically Chile. Through a variety of visits with businesses, entrepreneurs, government organizations and other institutions, participants will be exposed to various aspects of the business/entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chile.

Participants will benefit from hands-on, active learning rather than classroom lecture in order to form their own views about how entrepreneurship works in Chile. In addition to the variety of scheduled visits, plenty of available “free” time will be built into the schedule so that participants have the opportunity to explore and learn on their own. The 'in country' portion of the course will end with a visit to the dynamic port city of Valparaiso and the resort city of Vina del Mar.  


Course Information

Course Type

MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience

Course Eligibility

MSEL Students Only

Student must be, and remain, in good academic standing with the college for duration of the course.

Student must be in good standing with the Office of Community Standards by time of travel.
Location Eligibility This course is intended as an introductory level course in Latin America.  For that reason, students with limited or no travel/experience in Latin American countries ARE eligible.  
Pre-requisites N/A

Course Documents

[Course Syllabus]  |  [Sample Schedule]  |  [Information Session Materials]

Academic Accommodations

Students requesting accommodations due to a disability should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.

Course Logistics


Santiago & Vina del Mar, Chile


  • Students will be staying in 3-4 star hotels in Santiago & Vina del Mar during the course, in double occupancy rooms.
  • Students interested in requesting housing accommodations on the Global Entrepreneurship Experience, should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.


International Flight

Students will be responsible for booking their own transportation to/from Chile. Students will be reimbursed for their flights, up to a designated amount, conditional to the timely and complete submission of flight reimbursement forms (flight stipulations and deadlines apply). Additional travel will be at the student's expense.  

  • Arrival Airport Code: SCL (Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport)
  • Departure Airport Code: SCL (Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport)

Local Transportation

The program includes the following ground transportation: metro and coach bus. Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation used during their free time.


The itinerary for this course includes a 'ropes' course which involves low level exertion; additionally a moderate amount of walking is expected for daily activities.



  • Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
  • Several group lunches and dinners will be provided by the program. Students are responsible for paying for the remainder of their lunches and dinners.
  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact the Global Entrepreneurship Experience Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.

Independent Travel

Planning Independent Travel

  • Students planning independent travel before or after the course must plan travel so as not to miss any portion of the course. This includes planning for flight delays, insufficient layovers and arrival/departure times too close to the course start or end date/time. 
  • Exceptions will not be granted for students to arrive late to, or leave early from, the course.
  • Expenses associated with independent travel outside of the course itinerary are the student's responsibility.

Financial Considerations

What is covered by tuition?

  • International airfare
    • Note: Students will be reimbursed for their flights (up to a designated amount) as long as their flight reimbursement forms are submitted by the deadline. Additional travel will be at the student's expense.  
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Ground transportation
  • Program planned meals and cultural excursions. 

What is not covered by tuition?

  • Visa costs: Varies depending on nationality
    • All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Chile before committing to the course. Students are responsible for applying for and securing their visa via the Boston Chilean Consulate General. Additional information and support materials will be provided by the Global Entrepreneurship Experience Program Manager.
  • Additional meals and incidentals: $600 (estimate)
    • Incidental and additional meals (lunches and dinners) estimates are based on the amounts spent by course faculty and administrators on the 2019 program.

Contact Information

Lead Faculty

Matt Allen  

Professor Matt Allen 

Matt R. Allen is an Associate Professor in the Entrepreneurship Division, Faculty Director for the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship, and Academic Director for the Global Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Project. His expertise is in the effective management of human capital within entrepreneurial environments, especially family enterprises. He teaches entrepreneurship and family entrepreneurship courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, Professor Allen has been involved in executive education programs across the world with a special interest in Latin America. In addition to programs in the U.S., he has worked with executive students from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. His research interests focus on the performance implications of leadership and effective management in entrepreneurial organizations. His research has appeared in publications such as; Personnel Psychology, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Strategic Organization.

In addition to working with his father (Ray H. Allen & Associates) as an accountant and consultant to family businesses and other privately held organizations, he has held positions in corporate finance at IBM and Hewlett Packard.

He earned his B.A. from the University of Utah, M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and Ph.D. from Cornell University.


Program Manager

Renee Graham  

Renée Graham 

Renée Graham, Assistant Director of the Short-Term Programs Team, manages the programming for Electives Abroad & Away, the International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience. She manages the 2019/20 undergraduate Electives Abroad courses to the UAE, Thailand/Malaysia and England, as well as the graduate Electives Abroad courses in Hong Kong, Brazil and Sweden. Renée's MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience program responsibilites this year are in Chile and China. In the Fall you will also see Renee court side as an assistant coach for the Babson women’s volleyball team.


Course Administrator

Alia McAdams  

Alia McAdams

Alia works in the Office of Graduate Academic Services as a Program Coordinator/ Academic Advisor. Within this role, she supports graduate students and faculty in as they navigate the curriculums. Outside of work, she volunteers with organizations geared towards alleviating poverty and other societal challenges. Alia earned her M.Ed. in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina and her B.S. in human development and family studies from the University of Rhode Island. She is currently an MBA candidate in the Evening MBA program at Babson College.