The 16-week semester program offers a full load of four courses and is right for students who are excited to commit an extended period of time immersed in place-based learning, networking, collaborating, and building. The semester is designed for tech-curious students with no technical background to become proficient in advanced interface design and dynamic web application programming. From week 1, students will be challenged to think computationally, create a foundational understanding of technology, and develop a curiosity to explore relevant concepts.

In addition, the curriculum interweaves a humanities course that will contextualize and question the role of technology in our society. We’ll explore, comment on, critique, or celebrate the impact of tech via the lens of justice, ethics, and community not only in the classroom but also in our surroundings in San Francisco. We’ll visit tech companies, network with professionals, and build a career toolkit specifically designed to launch students into a variety of roles in tech.

Come explore the tech industry with us!

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“I am really glad that I decided to join Adjacent this past semester. I learned amazing skills, grew as an individual in ways I couldn’t imagine and met some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. I think that when I will be looking back in my life in 5 years, I will consider this experience one of the most influential of my life. This program really opened my eyes and made me see that I can truly do anything I want to.”

Christos Kuompotis, Davidson College ’23, Undecided


“I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and everything I’ve learned thus far. Would I recommend this to everyone? YES! This has hands down been my best semester at Davidson thus far. Between what I learned, how I learned, and the possibilities left to learn, every expectation was met and blown out of proportion.”

Jaelyn Taylor, Davidson College ’22, Digital & Computational Studies


“Through our collaboration with Adjacent I have seen students combine their interests from art to sustainability to politics with technology and create powerful projects in a short period of time. Students walk away with more competence and confidence to access internships and jobs in tech, and many of those students didn’t know how to or didn’t think they could before this program.”

Owen Mundy, Visiting Associate Professor of Digital Studies at Davidson College

Live in the world's innovation hub

Live in downtown San Francisco

Commute within a 10 minute walk

Visit tech companies like LinkedIn, Slack, Remind, and more

Explore city sights on evenings, weekends and holiday breaks



DIG 245: Critical Web Design

Conceptualize, design, and program websites using HTML/CSS and execute interactive projects that are both culturally-relevant and technically sophisticated.


CSC 108: Explorations in Computer Science

Learn the basics of computer science and structured programming by creating projects such as multi-page websites, browser extensions, interactive games, and more.


English 234: Beyond the Single Story

Explore the relationship between human and non-human worlds through fiction and venture beyond the “single story.” (JEC)


CIS 125: Praticum

Engage in project-based experiences that, through critical reflection, connect prior academic content and tech-adjacent skills  to social needs.

Tuition & Admission Requirements

There is no additional cost to tuition to do this program. Your tuition and financial aid cover the full cost of the program, which includes meals, housing, materials.  You’ll be responsible for your local transportation and personal expenses during your time in San Francisco. 

All students are encouraged to apply and complete the interview process. This program will select for students interested in technology and who will be comfortable in and motivated by an intensive, highly collaborative, and self-motivated learning experience.

Selection into this program is not guaranteed.