Summer in Silicon Valley

UPDATED MARCH 29, 2021: Summer in Silicon Valley WILL take place as scheduled this summer. Notre Dame-California programs are not a part of NDI. Apply here.

Watch the Silicon Valley Semester virtual info session above or view the Google Slides presentation here.

The next live online info session is Monday, April 12, at 6:00 PM EDT. Add to your calendar or join via Zoom.

Summer in Silicon Valley is a new immersive 6-week, in-person off-campus study program for undergraduate students in all areas of study based in Silicon Valley, the global center for technological innovation and home to the most dynamic and exciting tech corporations and startups. Summer in Silicon Valley participants will live and study in Palo Alto, CA, which is the center - and original birthplace - of Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. The program runs from June 14 - July 23, 2021, and is open to students from across the University, including all Colleges, all majors, and all classes.

The program offers students the exciting opportunity to study on location in Silicon Valley with Notre Dame faculty, peers, and our immense alumni network. Summer in Silicon Valley courses and experiences are aligned with critical skills in high demand across Silicon Valley and global technology-based industries. The program provides an integrated experience that will help prepare students for non-computational careers in tech. Summer in Silicon Valley will focus primarily on these areas:

Silicon Valley-Based Courses

  • The program offers a unique course curriculum well-aligned with Silicon Valley. Students enroll in 2 of the following 3 courses:

  • ITAO 34680   Product Management (3 credits)

  • PHIL 24448     Tech & Innovation Ethics (3 credits)

  • DESN 24203   Design Thinking (3 credits)

Networking and Career Development

  • Summer in Silicon Valley students will meet and interact with engaged Notre Dame alumni in California who are invested in their success and eager to mentor future tech innovators and leaders. The Summer in Silicon Valley program emphasizes the importance of relationships in Silicon Valley, and students are provided opportunities to cultivate and build those relationships for professional development.

Experiencing California and the Bay Area

  • Students will live and work in the heart of Silicon Valley with easy access to San Francisco and San Jose (and their many attractions). On days when students are not attending classes, they will participate in site visits to well known Bay area companies like Google, LinkedIn and Tesla, as well as startups and VC firms. Students will be exposed to the natural beauty of the Bay Area, Monterey, Muir Woods, Half Moon Bay, Twin Peaks, etc. There will also be opportunities to engage with the Palo Alto and Menlo Park communities on volunteer and faith-based activities.