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Babson Undergraduate Semester in San Francisco – Apply for Fall 2015

Spend the semester in sunny San Francisco!

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.


Students will take four courses (16 credits): two intermediate liberal arts courses, two entrepreneurship courses. The specific courses are to be determined. Past semester courses were as follows:

Silicon Technology Ventures Professor: Jim Poss Silicon Technology Ventures is a hands-on, experiential learning opportunity that blends classroom learning, simulations, assignments, and field experiences to gain valuable real-world insights into starting and growing technology businesses.

Consulting in Technology Entrepreneurship (CiTE) Professor: 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.

The Modern American City Professor: Paul Schmitz Students will examine the rise and development of the modern American metropolis in a period of dynamic growth and intense cultural change. Using a range of historical, literary, and cultural sources, the class will investigate how cities have served as catalysts for the nation’s economic, political, and social development.

The West as Frontier in the American Imagination Professor: Katrin Fischer Students investigate the myths, realities, and hopes associated with the American West: that ever-moving frontier of the mind and body where visions of American national identity are invented and celebrated, contested and reimagined.


The program runs for one semester, spring or fall. The fall ’15 semester starts with move-in on August 25 and orientation from August 26-28.

Additional Programming

As part of the experience, students will go on academic field trips and cultural excursions as well as business visits. 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: Square, Google, Inflection, Woodside Capital, 500 Startups, Nature Box, Taylor Stitch, Virool and more.


Students will live in designated Babson housing in downtown San Francisco, within walking distance or a short bus ride from the campus. Housing will include primarily double occupancy rooms. Students will be responsible for their own meals throughout the program. Students that require medical housing accommodations must register with the Office of Disability Services by February 20th 2015.

Program Costs

The Babson undergraduate tuition and double occupancy room rate will apply. Food throughout the duration of the program and transportation to and from San Francisco and within the city are the responsibility of the student. A $500 security deposit is required upon program confirmation.

Program Eligibility

Rising juniors and seniors who meet Babson’s Education Abroad eligibility requirements:

  • have a minimum 2.70 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.

Application Process

The deadline to apply is midnight Sunday, February 22. Students will be notified by Monday, March 2. The program is limited to a maximum of 25 students and will be competitive based on the completion of a successful application. Apply now.

Attend an Info Session:
Thursday, February 12, 5:00-6:00 PM, Tomasso Hall Classroom 209
Tuesday, February 17, 5:00-6:00 PM, Tomasso Hall Classroom 209


Contact Eiko Tsukamoto, Assistant Director, SF Undergraduate Program.


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