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TechTrek Chicago

May 13, 2018, midnight - May 18, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Location: Chicago, IL

What is TechTrek Chicago?

TechTrek Chicago is the iSchool’s newest immersion experience in the rapidly growing Midwest entrepreneurship scene.

Chicago is unlike any city you’ve explored before! The city’s culture is strongly focused in community building and social responsibility in comparison with the hustle of Silicon Valley and the bustle of New York City.

It is home to promising startups like GrubHub, Peapod,, Groupon, Uptake, MATTER, and Basecamp, as well as more established firms like Walgreens and Boeing. Chicago (and its surrounding cities) also host offices for Salesforce, Google, Yelp, Uber, Linkedin, CareerBuilder, Orbitz, Redbox, Motorola, and many more.

This immersion trip introduces students to what it’s like to live and work in Chicago. Learn more about this emerging tech hub by applying to TechTrek Chicago right now.

This program is open to students from all majors, all schools and colleges, and all degree programs. Students must enroll for three undergraduate or graduate credits.


$600 per student. All interested students should apply, regardless of their ability to pay. The iSchool will work to make this program accessible to all who want to attend.


This trip must be taken as a credit-bearing course (3 credits), IDS 460: Immersion Experience.


Please direct any questions to Julie Walas, Director of Alumni & Student Engagement at

Admissions Information

TechTrek Chicago is a competitive program with limited space.

To be considered for admission, you should have, at the time of application, a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. In addition to GPA, we place a strong emphasis on your Experiential Learning statement, to be submitted as part of this application. We are also asking for applicants to submit a short video describing what they envision as the ideal company or organization to visit on this trip. These details are all contained in the application.

Students who participate in this program are expected to not only represent themselves well, but also act as strong ambassadors for Syracuse University. In order for this opportunity to be made available to future students, current students must work to ensure that we are invited back to the companies who host us during this event.

Admissions decisions are based on a full review of the application file, including the transcript, resume, the Experiential Learning statement, short video, and any disciplinary records. Once admitted to the program, you must remain a student in good standing (academic and judicial) to stay eligible to participate in this program.


Applications for TechTrek Chicago are now closed.

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