Study Tours

The California International Business University is proud to offer graduate students study tours that provide a continuing forum for practical experiences blending industry, academic outreach, and professional lectures.  The annual San Francisco Bay Area / Silicon Valley Study Tour through the California International Business School provides our graduate level students with a practically based and immersive learning experience in the entrepreneurial centers of Northern California.

Led by Entrepreneurship program professor, Brian Hawkins, who has more than 20 years experience as both an entrepreneur and university instructor.  The experience includes instructive visits such as: a premier winery in Sonoma County, a clean technology company, a tech industry start-up incubator, computer, web and telecoms companies, as well as financial, hospitality, and retail organizations in San Francisco.  The companies featured define California’s diverse global economy.

The San Francisco Bay Area / Silicon Valley Study Tour is the culmination of ideas and concepts related to entrepreneurship and start-up for those searching for a path in information technology, computer software, marketing, fashion and other careers focused on lifestyle and innovation.  Silicon Valley and the Bay Area provide an ideal backdrop for this program that brings students out of the classroom and into the workplace to learn from industry experts, augmenting the value of their practical studies for targeted recruiters and employers.

Topical Focus

  • Start-Up Incubation – Co-Working & Incubator Spaces e.g. Plug & Play Tech Center
  • Retailing – Lifestyle, Clothing, Accessories e.g. Taylor Stitch, Banana Republic
  • Hospitality –Restaurants, Food & Beverage e.g. Farm, 15 Romolo
  • Food & Beverage – Four Barrel Coffee, Blue Bottle Coffee, Buy-Rite Creamery & Market
  • Trade & Investment – Consular & Industry Business Organizations e.g. Consulate of The Netherlands, Made in SF, San Jose Chamber of Commerce
  • Financial Services – e.g. Wells Fargo
  • Tech, Hardware, Software & Telecoms – e.g. Apple, Intel, Intuit, Nokia