Duke in Silicon Valley

Duke in Silicon Valley

May 24 to June 23, 2017

* See the Program Schedule page for a more detailed itinerary, including information regarding travel to and from the program site.

Duke University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center and Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO), in conjunction with Duke’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and Pratt School of Engineering, offer a four-week, one-course program in northern California’s Silicon Valley. Situating students in the nation’s hub for innovative enterprise, the program is designed to give them an intensive course experience in the creation of a new venture, both commercial and social.

Students will tour research facilities and company headquarters throughout the Bay Area and interact with the founders and leaders of the country’s most innovative companies. These visits give students an opportunity to observe the process of building new enterprises up close, inspiring them in their own ventures.




*I&E 271A/ ECON 281A/ MMS

Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise (SS). 

*Relation to I&E Certificate: This course satisfies either the gateway or elective course requirement for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate program.

In this Duke In Silicon Valley course, students will develop an understanding of the resources, skills, and planning required to launch a new product or service. Through lectures, case studies, and visiting talks, the course addresses critical factors such as: competition and competitive advantage, financing requirements, barriers to entry, corporate culture, product positioning, customer identification, and market segmentation. While the theory of new venture development will provide an underpinning, the class will focus on learning through practical examples. Worth one Duke credit.

No prior coursework is required and program is open to all majors.



Please note that there is no meal plan for this program though occasional lunches may be provided during field trips to local companies/start-ups.


Student accommodations will be in furnished apartments (four students per apartment unit) offered through the Oakwood housing company in Mountain View, near major technology companies and office parks—this property's central location in the Valley provides easy access to the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

Students who are not enrolled in the Duke in Silicon Valley program will not be permitted to share housing with enrolled students.


Summer 2017

May 24: students check in to their Mountain View housing in the Valley
June 23: Students must check out of their student housing


Summer 2016

All costs are subject to change.

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $3,291.00 $3,291.00
Program Fee $5,000.00 $5,000.00
Transcript Fee N/A $40.00
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) TBD TBD


Included in Program Fee

  • Accommodations
  • Program-sponsored activities and excursions
  • Orientation program
  • Internet usage

Not Included in Program Fee

Use the following list to assist with budgeting for expenses outside the program fee. This list contains common examples but should not be considered exhaustive. 

The program fee does not include: 

  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation to/from program site
  • Local transportation
  • On-site accident and health insurance policy
  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • Visa (if needed)
  • Mobile phone
  • Laundry
  • Independent travel and entertainment
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Incidentals

Personal Spending

Personal expenses can fluctuate greatly depending upon habits and preferences of the individual. It’s also wise to budget for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies. On average, previous students suggest the amount between $___ - $___ for personal spending. 

Payment Due Dates

Step 1: Within 2 weeks of acceptance to the program, submit the Summer Participation Agreement found in your MyGlobalEd application to confirm your enrollment. A parent/guardian’s co-signature is required. This form takes the place of a deposit.

NOTE: If you withdraw after March 31, you will be charged a cancellation fee of $1,500 for this 1-credit program.  

Step 2: Summer invoices will be sent via email to your Duke email address and home email address. Remit payment to the Bursar per due date and address indicated on your online statement. All financial arrangements involving Duke University must be completed prior to departure for the program.

Duke Bursar’s Office

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving financial aid are eligible for aid for this program (work-study funds must be converted to loans). Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid and the Bursar. Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information. 

Duke Financial Aid Office

Duke Bursar’s Office


For information on this program, please contact the Global Education Office:

Global Education Office for Undergraduates
Smith Warehouse
Bay 6, 2nd Floor
114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Box 90057
Durham, NC 27708-0057
Tel: 919-684-2174, Fax: 919-684-3083


Apply Now

Students applying to the Duke in Silicon Valley summer 2017 program should submit the following to the Global Education Office. Applications must be submitted no later than February 1, 2017. Final admittance decisions will be made shortly after the February 1st deadline. 

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended.
  3. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program
  4. Academic letter of recommendation (one)

Please note applicants will have to do an interview with the Program Director prior to admittance decisions.

Non-Duke Applicants: Non-Duke students must be degree-seeking students in good standing at an accredited college or university. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in study abroad on Duke’s programs.

In order to transfer credit for the courses, they must consult their advisor and/or registrar.


GEO policy for graduating seniors who wish to apply for a Duke summer study abroad/away program:

Students must be active, matriculated students in order to participate in any Duke-in summer programs, including Duke’s domestic summer programs. All program courses must be taken for graded credit. If seniors plan to graduate in May of the year they plan to study abroad in the summer, they will not be eligible to participate on any of our summer programs unless they receive approval from their academic dean at Duke to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended.

Non-Duke students planning to graduate in May in the year they plan to study abroad in the summer must provide approval to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended from the appropriate official at their home institution. Such approval must be furnished in writing to GEO before the student will be allowed to participate in the summer program. This approval may be sent via email to the appropriate program assistant at GEO. 

Duke students who defer their graduation to participate in study abroad/away should consult with their financial aid advisor in the Duke Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid to determine whether they are eligible for a summer aid package and/or a GEO summer scholarship.