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

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Understanding the Technology and Business Eco-System in San Francisco

Los Angeles

Donna Stoddard, Associate Professor
History & Society

Paul Schmitz, Lecturer
History & Society

March Break 2021

San Francisco, California

Important Dates

Information Session

Information Session Date



Application Deadlines

Application Opens


Initial Application Deadline


Rolling Application Opens


Rolling Application Deadline (to fill open slots)


Mandatory Course Dates

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



Pre-Departure Class #1


Pre-Departure Class #2


Pre-Departure Class #3TBD


Course Travel: TBD
Course Dates: TBD


Final Deliverable due:TBD

Academic Overview

Course Description



Course Information

Course Type

Advanced Liberal Arts


 4 credits


First Year, Sophomore, Junior

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

Student must be in good standing with the Office of Community Standards by time of travel.


RHT1000 Rhetoric I
RHT1001 Rhetoric II
AHS1000 AHS Foundation
ONE intermediate liberal arts course (HSS/LVA/CVA)

Course Documents

Draft Syllabus & Proposed Itinerary 2020  |  Information Session Slides

Academic Accommodations

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

Course Logistics


San Francisco California


  • Students will be staying in 3-4 star hotel in San Francisco during the course in double occupancy rooms.
  • Students are housed in double rooms based on the same gender/gender identity.
  • Students interested in requesting housing accommodations on an Elective Abroad/Away, should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.


Travel to/from SFO (Included in Program Fee)

Transportation costs to/from San Francisco are included in the program fee. Once the course is confirmed, students will booked on a group flight by the Glavin Office.

For arrivals/departures to San Francisco, the group will be booked on flights:

  • Arrival: SFO
  • Departure: SFO

Local Transportation

The program fee includes ground transportation to complete scheduled course programming.


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.
  • The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner, group dinner, and farewell dinner.
  • Students are responsible for paying for most lunches and dinners on their own.
  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.
Electives Abroad Cost Elements

Estimated Total Cost: $TBD + Tuition (4 credits)

Program Fee: $TBD

  • Included: Accommodations, breakfast, program planned meals, and cultural excursions.
  • Not included: Tuition, transportation to/from NYC/Manhattan, additional meals, and personal expenses. 
  • Payment: The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office. Tuition will be billed from and paid to Student Financial Services.
  • Cancellation Policy: All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad/Away cancellation policy. Please review this policy carefully to understand any additional financial obligations.

Babson Tuition: 4-Credits

  • Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is included in the fall/spring semester flat rate tuition charge (up to 20 credits)
    To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.

Travel & Meals: $TBD

  • Estimated Additional Meals: $TBD
  • Estimated Incidentals: $TBD
    • Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on estimates.
    • Expenses may be higher or lower depending on student's meal preferences.

Grants & Scholarships

Contact Information

Lead Faculty

Donna Stoddard  

Professor Donna Stoddard

Donna Stoddard is Associate Professor and Chair of the Technology, Operations and Information Management (TOIM) Division at Babson College. Dr. Stoddard teaches undergraduate, graduate, and executive education courses related to management information systems and business strategy. Before joining the Babson faculty, Dr. Stoddard was on the faculty at Harvard Business School where she taught in the MBA and executive education programs. She is a graduate of Creighton University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Harvard Business School where she received her BS, MBA and DBA, respectively. Dr. Stoddard has explored how small and large companies leverage enterprise systems to improve communication and collaboration. She completed a study which documented the "State of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) in Massachusetts". In addition, she is conducting research related to digital government, electronic commerce, managing the IT infrastructure and IT business innovation. Dr. Stoddard has written a number of cases and articles on reengineering and the impact of information technology on the structure and strategy of the firm. Dr. Stoddard's articles have been published in such journals as Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, MIS Quarterly and Journal of MIS.


Lead Faculty

Paul Schmitz  

Professor Paul Schmitz

Paul Schmitz received his Ph.D. in American and New England Studies from Boston University in 2006. He has been a member of the History and Society Division at Babson College since the fall of 2006 and has taught courses on the Modern American City, the History and Culture of American Business, and Immigration and Race. His research focuses on issues of ethnic identity within the Italian and immigrant communities of New York City. Prof. Schmitz has also taught in the Babson Undergraduate Semester in San Francisco Program and served as the BUS-SF Program's faculty director.


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 2020/21 undergraduate Electives Abroad courses to the Netherlands/Portugal, Spain and England and Away courses to Califorina (Los Angeles and San Francisco). Renée has programming responsibility for the graduate Electives Abroad course in Sweden and MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience programs in Chile and China. In the Fall you will also see Renée court side as an assistant coach for the Babson women’s volleyball team.



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