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  • Locations: San Francisco, United States
  • Program Terms: Spring, Summer, Winter
  • Restrictions: RMIT applicants only
  • Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

    All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.
Dates / Deadlines:

Exchange Program (Semester/Year) applicants: Scroll down to the Program Description to view exchange application deadlines.

All other programs: There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Key Experience Criteria
Key Experience Criteria
RMIT schools: Any compatible discipline Program type: Global Work
About your Experience

Hacker Exchange BannerProgram Details:

  • Host Organisation: Hacker Exchange
  • Program Dates:
    • 25 June - 6 July 2018
    • 2 - 13 July 2018
    • 26 November - 7 December 2018
    • 3 - 14 December 2018
The Hacker Exchange connects forward-thinking students to the vibrant and innovative culture of Silicon Valley. Over two inspiring weeks, you’ll join a select cohort of 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 Silicon Valley - over the course of two weeks, you'll get your hands dirty solving real business problems for a local start-up or working on your own idea. You'll also have direct access to some of the most sought-after mentors in Silicon Valley, and make unforgettable connections with investors, accelerators, founders and like-minded students from both Melbourne and San Francisco.

In week 1, you'll learn about how Silicon Valley became what it is today and demystify the culture of its inner workings. You'll cover product design, prototyping, customer intimacy and tour some inspiring companies. By the end of the week, you'll know how to build a truly scalable start-up business model and understand what investors look for in fundable start-ups.

In week 2, you'll visit Facebook in Menlo Park, CADiscover 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.

For more information about the program, please see here.

This program is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

Academic Credit:
Business students can gain up to 12 credit points towards your degree by enrolling into one of the following courses:
  • BUSM4471 - Business Internship (undergraduate)
  • BUSM4483 - Business Internship (postgraduate)
If you are not a Business student or you would like to seek alternate credit, please check with your program coordinator.
If you're eligible for credit, we recommend that you get the approval in the form of a study plan.

Program Cost:
The approximate cost of this program is AU$4950. This cost includes the following:
  • Accommodation
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Farewell Lunch
  • Mentor Meetup
  • Internal Transportation (including airport pickup/drop-off)
  • 3 Lunches
  • 3 Dinners/Social Events
  • Continental Breakfast Daily
  • Educational Tours
Additional Costs to Consider, but not limited to:
  • Tuition Fees
  • Airfare
  • Health Insurance (if applicable)
  • Personal Expenditure
  • Visa (if applicable)
Travel Insurance:
Students on approved overseas activities receive complimentary travel insurance (policy number: 41443), although you may require additional cover depending on your circumstances.

For more detailed information, please refer here.

Application/Registration Process:
  1. Apply directly to Hacker Exchange for the November and December intakes by 2 September 2018.
  2. Successful applicants must register through this page by 1 October 2018. You will need to complete the following:
    • Outbound Student Mobility: General Information
    • Short Term Mobility: General Information
      • Please submit your acceptance letter from Hacker Exchange.
      • If you are receiving alternate credit, please submit a study plan.
There may be alternative ways to fund your trip. Please check the Scholarships website and Global Experience website for funding options.

For general inquiries, please contact
For program inquiries, please contact Hacker Exchange at
For credit related inquiries, please contact your program coordinator.
  • College of Business students, please refer here.

Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.