PLEASE NOTE THAT STUDENTS THAT APPLY TO SEMESTER IN SAN FRANCISCO BY NOVEMBER 1st WILL RECEIVE A $3,000 GRANT.

Semester in San Francisco (Silicon Valley)-SPRING 2020:

Entrepreneurship with Tracks in Entrepreneurship and Finance

(This program is open to all Northeastern students)

Overview

A hands-on experiential program that explores entrepreneurship through the lenses of design thinking —a human-centered approach to innovation that integrates people, technology and business.  Expanded curriculum now offers opportunities to focus on Finance or Entrepreneurship.  Working with their advisors, students have the option to take courses towards an Entrepreneurship Concentration, a Finance Concentration, Entrepreneurship Minor or as open electives in San Francisco.

Extracurricular and Experiential Student Activities

Semester in San Francisco is highly experiential, and encourages a human-centric approach to entrepreneurship. While living in the Bay Area, you’ll experience professional life in San Francisco by working closely with startups, meeting with investors, learning from CEOs, and exploring the industry through unique extracurricular activities. There will be an on-the-ground Program Manager who will coordinate these activities and provide support. As a student in this program, you will have the opportunity to take part in the following—and more:

  • Founder Breakfasts, where company founders will share their experiences in starting companies
  • Tech Treks, including day trips to local companies and startups
  • Pitch Nights, where students in the program can present and discuss their work
  • Social events hosted regularly throughout the semester

WHAT IS SEMESTER IN SAN FRANCISCO?

SEMESTER IN PROGRAM

Make your semester count. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to spend a semester in a new city, earn college credit, and gain hands-on training under the guidance of industry experts. As a Northeastern student you can expand your network by taking advantage of our campuses throughout the U.S. and around the world! Semester In Programs provide hands-on experiential learning while earning credits toward a minor, concentration, and more. Open to all non-graduating Northeastern undergraduates, these programs feature courses taught by expert faculty who will guide and support you both in and out of the classroom. Get ready to spend a semester with peers from all colleges and programs as you immerse yourself in unique experiential opportunities tailored to take advantage of industry hubs around the world.

SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES

The Semester in San Francisco Program encourages a human-centric approach to innovation in the Bay Area. While living in the San Francisco, you’ll experience professional life in this exciting city by working closely with start-ups, meeting with investors and learning from CEOs through the Entrepreneurship program or exploring industry and design thinking approaches through unique extracurricular activities and coursework with our Design Immersion Studio program.

Why consider spending a semester at a regional campus?

Location: You will be in the heart of innovation-driven cities—home to start-ups and mega corporations alike. Experience life at Northeastern as you never have before.

Housing: Off-campus student accommodations arranged with Co-op Connections

Top-Notch Faculty and Academics: You will be connected to incredibly experienced and top-ranked professors, all while learning from industry experts and immediately applying your classroom ideas in the real world. And—you will stay on track for graduation!

Experiential Learning: We tailor your experiential learning for your program of interest, where you will be working closely with in-field industry experts, start-ups, investors, learning from CEOs, and exploring industries through unique extracurricular and experiential activities.*

*Each program is different, please read details below for specifics on your particular program of interest.

DESTINATION
Northeastern undergraduate students can spend a semester immersed in one of the most innovative, exciting, and beautiful cities in the United States. San Francisco and the Silicon Valley have been at the heart of the tech boom for the past decade. In addition to its stunning landscapes, diverse neighborhoods, and iconic structures, San Francisco offers an amazing opportunity to explore how business has further developed the region.

ACCOMMODATIONS
Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

Off-Campus Student Arranged: Each program will have limited housing available at an additional cost for interested students, please contact the Co-Op Connections office for more information.

HOST UNIVERSITY OR ORGANIZATION
Northeastern opened its San Francisco Bay Area location in early 2018. San Francisco is a hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity. Northeastern offers programs that meet Bay Area’s demand for professionals with real-world work experience and top education. Our location is embedded directly with WeWork in San Francisco, a co-working space for global companies to grow and innovate. This provides students the opportunity to build their network and gain industry knowledge directly from market experts and top-notch faculty. Students study in the heart of Bay Area, surrounded by its innovation-driven cities that are home to start-ups and mega corporations alike.

 

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: July 1, 2019
  • Deadline: November 1, 2019
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

While credit amounts vary by program, the Northeastern courses you successfully complete will automatically apply toward the completion of your degree. Through your academics, you will be connected to incredibly experienced and top-ranked professors, all while learning from industry experts and immediately applying your classroom ideas in the real world.

Students take sixteen credits with the following options.  Students work with Lauren DeSantis (l.desantis@northeastern.edu) and their advisors to determine fit and selection. 

Entrepreneurship Track (Concentration & Minor):
  • ENTR 2301 - Innovation : 4 hours (NUPath Attribute: Creative Expression/Innovation-EI)
  • ENTR 3330 - Lean Design & Development for Entrepreneurs : 4 hours
  • ENTR 3520 - Impact Investing & Social Finance : 4 hours
  • ENTR 4501 - Business Planning for Technology Ventures : 4 hours
Finance Track (Concentration ONLY):
  • ENTR 2301 - Innovation : 4 hours (NUPath Attribute: Creative Expression/Innovation-EI)
  • FINA 4610 - Entrepreneurial Finance, Innovation Valuation, & Private Equity : 4 hours
  • ENTR3520 - Impact Investing & Social Finance : 4 hours
  • ENTR 4501 - Business Planning for Technology Ventures : 4 hours
Additional Course Offerings-(Pass/Fail Open Elective Credit - DOES NOT COUNT TOWARDS CONCENTRATION):
  • BUSN 4993 - Directed Study Internship Opportunities/Venture Research : (Domestic Students Only)
  • ENTR 5000 - XN Project : (International Students Only)
Online Course Options-Business Core:
  • FINA 2201 - Financial Management
  • MKTG 2209 - Introduction to Marketing
  • MISM 2301 - Management Information Systems
Online Course Options-NUPath:
  • ND - Pending Spring 2020 Course Offerings
  • DD - Pending Spring 2020 Course Offerings
  • ENGW 3315 - Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Cost

Program Fee: $1500
  • These immersive programs are highly experiential and encourage a human-centric approach to education. You’ll explore the cities, meet the people and visit the institutions that are at the forefront of sustainability, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Connect with working professionals and your peers by attending:

    • Founder Breakfasts, where company founders will share their experiences in starting companies
    • Tech Treks, including day trips to local startups and companies like Tesla
    • Pitch Nights, where students in the program can present and discuss their work
    • Social events hosted regularly throughout the semester, like a trip to tour Alcatraz or attending a Seattle Mariner’s baseball game.
Estimated Roundtrip Flight Cost: $500
Additional Estimated Expenses: $4,000
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program:  $2,500 on meals and $1,500 on incidentals for the semester.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2020
  • Deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Extension: April 1, 2020
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

While credit amounts vary by program, the Northeastern courses you successfully complete will automatically apply toward the completion of your degree. Through your academics, you will be connected to incredibly experienced and top-ranked professors, all while learning from industry experts and immediately applying your classroom ideas in the real world.

Evaluated Courses
Policies & Procedures
Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Program: $500
  • Students will be charged 25% of Northeastern semester tuition for those who enroll in courses that are equivalent to .1 to 5.9 Northeastern credits. Students will be charged 50% of Northeastern semester tuition for those who enroll in courses that are equivalent to 6.0 to 8.9 Northeastern credits.  On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this range, then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by Northeastern University’s Student Financial Services website.

    AWARD AVAILABLE: $2,000 to offset travel and housing costs if you apply before April 1, 2019!

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2020
  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Extension: August 1, 2020
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

  • Entrepreneurship Track: TBD
  • Finance Track: TBD

o    Additional Offerings:

  • BUSN4993: XN/Internship Opportunities/Venture Research

*final schedule subject to change

Evaluated Courses
Policies & Procedures
Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Program Fee: $1,000
  • $500 deposit is required when applying for this program which will be deducted from the program fee.

    These immersive programs are highly experiential and encourage a human-centric approach to education. You’ll explore the cities, meet the people and visit the institutions that are at the forefront of sustainability, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Connect with working professionals and your peers by attending:

    • Founder Breakfasts, where company founders will share their experiences in starting companies
    • Tech Treks, including day trips to local startups and companies like Tesla
    • Pitch Nights, where students in the program can present and discuss their work
    • Social events hosted regularly throughout the semester, like a trip to tour Alcatraz or attending a Seattle Mariner’s baseball game.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Destination

Northeastern undergraduate students can spend a semester immersed in one of the most innovative, exciting, and beautiful cities in the United States. San Francisco and the Silicon Valley have been at the heart of the tech boom for the past decade. In addition to its stunning landscapes, diverse neighborhoods, and iconic structures, San Francisco offers an amazing opportunity to explore how business has further developed the region.

Accommodations

Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution’s or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

  • Off-Campus Student Arranged: Each program will have limited housing available at an additional cost for interested students, please contact the Co-Op Connections office for more information.

Host University or Organization

Northeastern opened its San Francisco Bay Area location in early 2018. San Francisco is a hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity. Northeastern offers programs that meet Bay Area’s demand for professionals with real-world work experience and top education. Our location is embedded directly with WeWork in San Francisco, a co-working space for global companies to grow and innovate. This provides students the opportunity to build their network and gain industry knowledge directly from market experts and top-notch faculty. Students study in the heart of Bay Area, surrounded by its innovation-driven cities that are home to start-ups and mega corporations alike.

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