Business Innovation in America

Location: Los Angeles and San Francisco, United States of America

24 June - 4 July 2019

Eligible students: All undergraduate and postgraduate students
Applications close date: 5 April 2019


This tour aims to familiarise students with the issues, debates and processes of working and doing business in America and their possible impact on Australia. It investigates innovative practices and business issues in the US, visiting areas such as Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach to look at how innovation is conducted in America and the tolerance to risk. In addition, the study tour visits social impact hubs to investigate the role of social impact in America. Students develop an appreciation and understanding of approaches towards doing innovative business and networking in America.

Why go on this study tour?

Get an insight into American business culture and experience first-hand how the US manages global commercialisation. During this two-week tour, you will make industry and business visits around the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas to Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial companies like Intel Corporation, ORACLE, Uber, Twitter, SAP, Silicon Beach or Beats and other global companies like Nasty Gal, Neustar Market Share, Karbon, The Walt Disney Company to learn about US-Australian trade relations.

Academic information

Unit Code Elective:
Can this unit be taken as an elective by students in any Swinburne degree?
INB30001 (undergraduate)


INB70004 (postgraduate) Yes


Program cost to be announced at the information sessions

Program cost includes: Additional expenses to consider (not included in program cost):
Internal flight from LA to San Francisco
Ground transport
Industry visits
Travel insurance

International airfares
ESTA Visa (USD 14)
Food and incidentals
Tuition fee

The following types of fee help and funding are available to help eligible students with the costs towards this program:

  • OS Help Loan of up to $8,149 (as at 2019)

Eligibility and selection criteria

Students must have permission from their relevant course director and must have completed at least 150 credit points for undergraduate and 50 credit points for postgraduate.

Information sessions

To learn more about this program, please attend one of the following sessions:

Monday 11 March 2019 12:00pm AGSE301, Hawthorn campus
Thursday 14 March 2019 5:30pm AGSE301, Hawthorn campus


Julian Vieceli
Academic Tour Leader
Phone: 03 9214 5335
Email: or