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  • Locations: hangzhou, China; Shanghai, China
  • 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
Program Description:

MSM 6110-02 Global Entrepreneurship Experience - China

China Shanghai

Amir Reza, Vice Provost
Dean, Babson Academy & Global Education

Important Dates

Glavin Office Submission Deadlines

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 13, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
LOGISTICS Session: Getting Ready to Travel Friday, December 7, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: TBD
Babson College Closed for Winter Holidays Saturday, December 21, 2019 - Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Course Travel Travel Dates: Arrive in Shanghai: Friday, January 3, 2020 
                       Depart from Shanghai: Saturday, January 11, 2020

Course Dates: Friday, January 3 - Friday, January 11, 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

Entrepreneurship is occurring in developed as well as in emerging markets, across both commercial and social sectors, and in communist as well as democratic political systems. Even though,  the U.S. is still ranked #1 in Entrepreneurship, the gap is rapidly narrowing. In fact, in places like China, the speed of entrepreneurial growth is outpacing the traditional entrepreneurial hotbeds like Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston.

As the world becomes increasingly global, this course hopes to (1) encourage students to consider exploring entrepreneurial activities outside the domestic setting, (2) prepare them to see through a different set of lenses in order to better and more accurately identify vast global opportunities, (3) equip them with various skills to better meet and tackle complex global challenges. 

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 China. For that reason, students with limited or no experience/travel in China 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


Shanghai & Hangzhou, China


  • Students will be staying in 3-4 star hotels in Shanghai & Hangzhou 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: PVG (Shanghai Pudong International Airport)
  • Departure Airport Code: PVG (Shanghai Pudong 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 moderate amount of walking.



  • 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 their 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 China before committing to the course. Students are responsible for applying for and securing their visa to China. 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

Amir Reza updated  

Professor Amir Reza 

Amir Reza began his career in international education 20 years ago at the University of Maine working with ESL students. He has held numerous positions in academic affairs, student affairs, and international education during the past 18 years at Babson College. He is currently Vice Provost for International & Multicultural Education responsible for providing leadership for collaborative advancement of the college’s internationalization and efforts designed to create a more inclusive campus for students. In this role he oversees several areas of the college including international student & scholar services, education abroad, faculty-led electives abroad, multicultural programs, multi-faith programs, and service learning.

Dr. Reza has served on regional leadership boards for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences on international education. He has also served on the international advisory board of Tongji University, Shanghai, China, and CIEE Entrepreneurship Lab in Berlin, Germany. In addition, he has provided consulting on pedagogy and curriculum development for the intercultural and international higher education graduate program at Lesley University. His research focus is on student learning outcomes of higher education internationalization, and in particular intercultural development.

Reza earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Maine. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration at Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education.


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

Lorien Romito  

Lorien Romito

Lorien Romito, Senior Director, International Education oversees education abroad, short-term faculty-led programs, and international student and scholar services at Babson College. She has worked in the field of international education for over 15 years.

Romito previously served as the Director, Education Abroad at Babson. Prior to Babson, she worked at Endicott College, Saint Mary’s College of California, and Intrax Cultural Exchange. Additionally, she has worked at an international charter school in Louisiana and taught English abroad in Costa Rica.

Romito is a founding member and serves on the board of directors of Lessons from Abroad, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting returned study abroad students. She has presented, nationally and internationally, at the Association for American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U); NAFSA: Association of International Educators; Career Integration; CIEE: Council On International Educational Exchange; Diversity Abroad; and The Forum on Education Abroad conferences.

She earned her MA in international education from the SIT Graduate Institute and her BA in international affairs and Spanish from the University of New Hampshire.