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  • Locations: Arusha, Tanzania; Karatu, Tanzania
  • 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 Advisor: Alexandra Nesbeda
Program Description:

MSM 6110-03 Global Entrepreneurship Experience - Tanzania

MSEL Tanzania 2018

Cheryl Kirschner, Senior Lecturer
Academic Affairs/Accounting & Law

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 6, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Logistics Session #3: Getting Ready to Travel Friday, December 13, 2019
Time TBD
Babson College Closed for Winter Holidays Saturday, December 21, 2019 - Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Course Travel Arrive: Sunday, January 5, 2020
Depart: Monday, January 13, 2020

Course dates: Monday, January 6 - Monday, January 13, 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 combines traditional classroom work with experiential learning to provide students with an introduction to the culture, history, society and business climate of Tanzania, with an emphasis on poverty-related, educational, business, political and societal challenges currently facing Tanzania and ways to address these challenges.  Students will begin the course preparing for and attending pre-departure classes here at Babson designed to provide a basic understanding of the Social, Environmental, Economic Responsibility and Sustainability context in modern-day Tanzania before leaving on an 8-day in-country experience.  The pre-trip phase will consider, in particular, the causes and effects of colonialism, poverty and poverty alleviation and issues relating to access to fresh water.  Students will consider approaches to economic and business development in the post-colonial period, including the effects of community and government programs and policies.  Students will also consider the ways in which writers and artists have responded to and influenced Tanzania today.

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 Tanzania. For that reason, students with limited or no experience in sub-Saharan Africa 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


Arusha & Karatu, Tanzania


  • Students will be staying in 3-4 star hotels in Arusha and Karatu 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: JRO (Kilimanjaro International Airport)
  • Departure Airport Code: JRO (Kilimanjaro International Airport)

Local Transportation

The program includes the following transportation: safari vehicle / bus. Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation in their free time.


Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation around the city and to do significant 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 on their own.
  • 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.

Babson BELA

  • The Babson BELA program is offered in partnership with the Ganako School in Karatu, Tanzania. As part of the experience, volunteers teach the Babson BELA program to over 100 youth who travel to the Ganako School. In addition, volunteers will have the unique opportunity to participate in a short Safari led by world-renowned provider Thomson Safari. The BELA service experience has been scheduled so that MSEL’s will be back in Arusha to begin the academic course.
  • There are limited spaced available for MSEL’s, so please apply early. The application deadline is Monday, October 7, 2019.
  • For more information and to apply visit the Service Immersion website.

Thomson Safaris Excursions

  • Students wishing to book independent travel through Thomson Safaris should contact and pay Thomson Safaris staff directly:
  • Sample excursions from 2019 include:
    • Pre-Safari Extension Option 1 – Extra Night in Arusha plus Full day of Wildlife Viewing in Arusha National Park
      • $550 per person based on a minimum of two guests. $60 Single accommodations
    • Pre-Safari Extension Option 2 – Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Trek (Dates 12/30/18 to 1/6/2019)
      • $4,290 per person, plus $300 TZ Value Added Tax. $410 Single accommodations
    • Post-Safari Extension Option 3 – Zanzibar Three Night, Four Day Package
      • $1,520 per person based on a minimum of two guests. $410 Single accommodations
    • Post-Safari Extension Option 4 – Serengeti Wildlife Three Night, Four Day Extension with Olduvai Gorge
      • $2,750 per person based on a minimum of two guests. $250 Single accommodations

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 Tanzania before committing to the course.
    • All students are required to secure their own visa (if applicable) prior to course travel.
    • Additional information and support materials will be provided by the Global Entrepreneurship Experience Program Manager.
  • Additional meals: $300 (estimate)
    • Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on the amounts spent by course faculty and administrators on the 2019 program.
  • Incidentals, personal expenses and supplemental travel: $160 (estimate)

Contact Information

Lead Faculty

C. Kirschner  

Professor Cheryl Kirschner 

Cheryl Kirschner is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Babson College. She received a B.A. from the University of Rochester in English and Political Science and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. At Babson, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Business Law and International Business Law. She was awarded the Babson College Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and is involved in curriculum development and revision. She also serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Babson Case Publishing Center. The Academy of Legal Studies in Business awarded her the Best International Case prize in 2008 for her best-selling case, Zidane's Last Red Card. She recently co-authored a textbook, The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business: An Integrated Approach, by Ferrera, Alexander, Wiggins, Kirschner and Darrow, c. 2014 Wolters Kluwer. She co-teaches Babson's offshore course to South Africa, where, in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch, students from both colleges teach entrepreneurship to underserved populations in the Cape Town area.


Program Manager

Alex Nesbeda  

Alex Nesbeda 

Alex Nesbeda, Senior Program Manager for the Short-Term Programs team, manages the programming for Electives Abroad & Away, International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience for the undergraduate and graduate student populations. She is the program manager for undergraduate Electives Abroad in Japan, Germany, Uruguay/Argentina, and Israel; the undergraduate Elective Away in Manhattan; the graduate Elective Abroad in Italy; and the MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience in Tanzania. She also handles the risk management for the Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship (ADE) program.


Course Administrator

Donna Sosnowski  

Donna Sosnowski 

Donna is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Management Division at Babson College, where she teaches Organizational Behavior and also serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Center for Career Development. Donna Sosnowski has led and set the strategic direction of Human Resources in diverse large and small corporate environments. Her career spans more than two decades and includes work with Fortune 500 companies and start up companies across a broad spectrum of industries. Her experience includes publicly and privately held organizations in consumer products and services, manufacturing, financial services, consulting and the hospitality industry.




Hi from Tanzania! My name is Yulio Stobbe, and I am here on the MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience. We visited the Gongali Model Office where Dr. Hilonga, an entrepreneur, is fighting to solve the crisis of access to clean water in Tanzania. Having suffered from diseases caused by the lack of clean water himself during his childhood, he made it his life goal to solve this problem. With enormous effort and dedication he succeeded in studying chemical engineering abroad, graduating with honors as a PhD in South Korea. Dr. Hilonga returned to Tanzania and started this company, which manufactures nanofilters able to clean Tanzania’s common contaminated water by implementing a filter with integrated nanotechnology. Dr. Hilongo’s life goal is to become a millionaire. A millionaire not measured in millions of dollars but in millions of African lifes impacted. #Babson #BabsonAbroad #BabsonElectivesAbroad #BabsonGlavinOffice #Tanzania #MSELClassOf2018 #NanoFilter #GongaliModel

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People with disabilities often have severe difficulties finding a job in Tanzania. Shanga is a company founded in Arusha which employs more than 70 people with a wide range of disabilities. The company’s main objective is to give an opportunity to disabled people from Arusha to be creative, further develop their talents and keep learning new skills along the way. Employees at Shanga create beautiful products by implementing the techniques learned at Shangas workshops, which include weaving, glass blowing, paper making and metal working. The vast majority of products manufactured at Shanga are made out of recycled materials which are mainly provided by Arusha's community. #Babson #BabsonAbroad #BabsonElectivesAbroad #MSELClassOf2018 #BabsonGlavinOffice #Tanzania

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