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San Francisco & Silicon Valley - Scholarships available!

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Exploring Social Innovation (ESI)

Program Dates: February 6 - 16, 2019

Open to: University students & professionals from Asia

Application Deadlines: Round 1 - Nov. 18 | Round 2 - Dec. 2

Want to be energized and prepared to tackle the world's challenges? Learn to turn problems into opportunities, generate innovative ideas and create great collaborations beyond borders!

Come on ESI to immerse in Silicon Valley's social innovation scene through dynamic workshops in San Francisco and Stanford, inspiring company visits, and joining a life-long global community!

Design-Thinking for Social Innovation (DSI)

Dates: March 21 - 30, 2019

Open to: Japanese university students

Application Deadlines: Round 1 - Dec. 2 | Round 2 - Jan. 7

Students from Stanford and Japanese universities will dive deep into the process of creating innovative solutions and experience working together across cultures. In teams, participants will apply design-thinking to a real-world project with an education-focused partner organization.

If you want to see what it’s really like to work intensively a US-Japan team and how to use the design-thinking process in real life, this is the program for you!

See program websites for details about scholarship and application process

About Us

VIA provides innovative experiential learning programs in Asia and the United States that promote cross-cultural understanding, build partnerships, and offer transformative experiences for our participants and the communities they serve.