WIEP: The San Francisco Bay Area Tech Sector

Information and Application

Program Information and Expectations

Students will be selected to participate in this short-term course through a competitive application process. Applicants must be in good academic standing. Freshmen are not eligible to apply for the course, and preference will be given to sophomore and junior applicants.  This course must be taken for a letter grade.

Professor Sonny Tambe will serve as the course faculty member and Lee Kramer, Director of Student Life, will serve as the course staff director. They will be in residence with the students throughout the program. Please note that students are subject to Penn’s disciplinary guidelines while on a Wharton-sponsored program.

Course Requirements

Participants will be required to attend two pre-travel classes, which will provide an introduction to the tech sector and the San Francisco Bay Area. Students will conduct research and prepare case studies that they will present at the second pre-trip session. Attendance and participation are part of the grade for the course. Required readings will be assigned.

While on the travel portion of the program, students will be required to attend all scheduled lectures, business site visits, networking events, and cultural tours. A paper will be due approximately one month after travel is completed.

Business-Site Visits

Through site visits and meetings with senior managers and alumni, students will gain an understanding of the tech sector in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Cultural Events and Excursions

Students will have opportunities to explore San Francisco and the Bay Area. Several events and excursions will be scheduled as part of the program (and are included in the package price).

Program Deadlines, Fees, and Logistics

Program Dates and Deadlines

Completed Application Due Extended Deadline: Sunday, October 13
Notification of Students Friday, November 1
Payment Due Spring 2020 bursar bill
Pre-Trip Class 1
November 22, 12-3pm
Pre-Trip Class 2
December 6, 12-3pm
Travel Dates January 6-11, 2020*

* The program will officially end the evening of January 10; students will need to check out by the morning of January 11.

Fee Information and Payment Schedule

The program fee for the course is $600.

This fee covers course supplies, most meals, lodging for the duration of the program, ground transportation, business site visits, cultural excursions, and fees for services.

The fee does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Some meals
  • Personal phone, email, laundry
  • Health insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Incidental expenses not included in the fee (snacks, outside entertainment, etc.)

Payment will be included on the spring 2020 bursar bill.

Financial Assistance

Thanks to generous support from alumni, financial assistance is available for WIEP. Please check the box on the application if you would like to be considered for financial assistance. We will notify you about your financial assistance upon admittance to the program.

Travel Logistics

Airline Tickets: You are responsible for booking and paying for your airfare to/from San Francisco. You must arrive at the hotel in San Francisco by 2:00 p.m. on January 6. The program will conclude on January 10. You may fly out that evening or on the 11th. Please note that you must check-out of the hotel the morning of January 11.

Accommodations: Living arrangements in San Francisco will be made for all participants. Rooms will be double occupancy. Note that students will need to check out of the hotel the morning of the January 11.

Insurance: All participants must show proof of current health insurance coverage before departing on the program.

Ground Transportation: Participants will travel by private coach to all business and cultural sites.

Meals: Please contact Lee Kramer if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies.

Cancellation Policy

The Wharton School reserves the right to cancel the course for any reason before the departure date. Participants will be notified as soon as possible in the case of trip cancellation.

If the Wharton School cancels the program for any reason before the date of departure, all monies received will be refunded.

Please note: If a participant cancels prior to November 10, 2019, 50 percent of the payment will be refunded. On or after November 10, 2019, the entire payment is non-refundable.

The application deadline has passed.

Program Contact Information

Lee I. Kramer, Director, Student Life
Wharton Undergraduate Division