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  • Locations: San Francisco CA, United States
  • Program Terms: Trimester 2, Trimester 3
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point Credit Type: Postgraduate, Undergraduate
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law OS Help Available: Yes
Program Type: Internship GCP Points: 30
Program Description:

Program Overview


Program dates: 26 Nov - 7 Dec 2018 (Session 1)
Click here for Session 2 (3 Dec - 14 Dec 2018).

8 x $1,000 travel grants available to domestic and international students! Grants apply for both sessions and will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.
Attend an information to find out more! Register here.
The Hacker Exchange connects forward-thinking entrepreneurs to the vibrant and innovative culture of Silicon Valley. Over two inspiring weeks, you’ll join a select cohort of tertiary students to learn from world-class thought leaders, and work hands-on in a Silicon Valley start-up environment. Working from Covo - one of the freshest co-working spaces in the Valley, you'll have direct access to one of the most sought-after mentors in Silicon Valley, and make unforgettable connections with investors, accelerators, founders and professionals from both Australia and the USA.
Week 1: Learn how Silicon Valley became what it is today and demystify its inner workings. We’ll cover lean startup, product design, prototyping and customer intimacy, and tour some inspiring companies. By the end of this week, you’ll know how to build a truly scalable startup business model, and understand what investors look for in fundable startups. Previous 'Week 1' highlights included touring Atlassian and Zendesk, ‘Google Launchpad’ workshop, building iOS and Android image recognition apps, Q&A with a VC.
Week 2: Discover the art and science of growth hacking and cutting edge marketing strategies for your startup. Learn how to structure your pitch deck and practice pitching to Silicon Valley investors. Get an intimate insight to what’s trending in Silicon Valley and how you can stay ahead of the curve. Previous ‘Week 2’ highlights included visiting Stanford University, Eventbrite and Y Combinator, Growth Hacking workshop, all day Pitch coaching, Q&A with a startup CTO.

To begin your application, click on the 'Apply Now' button and complete the application questionnaire. Once you've submitted your questionnaire, we will be in touch with the next steps of the application process.
Note: If you are viewing this page from a mobile phone, please click on the drop-down menu to find out more about credit information, program location and program cost and funding. For further enquiries, please email




Location Profile

Location Profile
About Silicon ValleyDowntown

Silicon Valley is located on the shores surrounding San Francisco bay in Northern California. This industrial region got its nickname for being the largest manufacturer of computer silicon chip. Silicon Valley is famous for the production and innovation of electronics and software, with the headquarters of giant high-tech companies such as Google, Apple, HP and Cisco.

Fun facts:
  • The average annual salary in Silicon Valley is approximately USD$100,000.
  • The first tech company in Silicon Valley was Shockley Semiconductor founded in 1956.

About San Francisco

Imagine, a perfect 24 degree summers day riding your vintage cruiser across the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge to the beautiful coastal town of Sausalito. Enjoying fish and chips, a local wine and a delicious, refreshing ice-cream, sounds faultless, doesn’t it?

San Francisco is a vibrant yet elegant Victorian city thriving with lively nightlife, endless shopping and mouth-watering food and wine from local suppliers in the Napa Valley and Sonoma. From getting a corn-dog and enjoying the carousel of Pier 39 to exploring the eerie history at the notorious Alcatraz Prison to the vintage cable cars crawling the city – San Francisco has infinite must-see attractions in which you’ll be begging not to leave.

Fun facts:
  • San Francisco's Chinatown is the second largest outside of Asia and is the oldest in North America.
  • The city's cable cars are the only National Historical Monument that can move.


Credit Information

Credit Information

This program has been approved for the following units:

  • APE201 - Individual Professional Project
  • APE202 - Team Professional Project
  • MWL204 - Global Business Experience
  • MWL702 - Business Practicum
Please note that applicants must have a minimum WAM of 50 to be eligible for this program.


Cost and Funding

Cost and Funding


The program cost is AUD$4950. Due to high demand, The Hacker Exchange require a $500 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance to confirm your spot, and the remainder is payable in full four weeks before departure. This cost is in addition to the unit fee that will be paid to Deakin University.

Program fee includes:
  • Accommodation at a centrally-located hostel, rated 4-stars on TripAdvisor. You'll stay in comfortable dorms, with privacy curtains, central kitchen, lounge and outdoor area. Single/Twin Share accommodation upgrades are available upon request.
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Farewell Lunch
  • Hacker Exchange mentor meetup
  • Co-working space access
  • Educational tours of accelerators and tech companies
  • Internal transportation (excluding airport pickup/drop-off)
  • At least 3x lunches, 3x dinners/social events
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Deakin University will provide you with free travel insurance for the duration of the program, plus 10 days of leisure travel.
The Program fee does not Include:
  • Airfares 
  • Passport and visa Costs
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals that are not included in the program fee


Deakin Abroad is pleased to give away 8 x $1,000 travel grants! These grants apply to both sessions and will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Domestic and international students are eligible for this grant. Please note that grant recipients must undertake the program for credit.

Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth Government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. You can borrow up to $6,665 and the loan amount will be added to your HECS debt. You are encouraged to read the OS-HELP webpage to determine whether you are eligible.

Youth Allowance and Austudy

If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas, as long you have a full-time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy. Once you have been accepted into the program, please email to request for a confirmation letter.

This program is currently not accepting applications.