Global Commerce Immersion Courses

Our Global Commerce Immersion (GCI) courses combine on-Grounds coursework with a short-term study-abroad experience. These programs take place over January term, spring break, or May term, and in most cases are open to all University of Virginia students.

2019-2020 Courses

GCI’s are 3-credit courses taught by McIntire faculty and open to Commerce students and other UVA majors.  Course formats offer regional travel and either project-based work or executive briefings with industry experts.

The courses are subject to change.

January Term
Argentina
Argentina

COMM 4293: IT Project Practicum in Argentina (Mendoza)

You'll be part of an international consulting team that will propose solutions to real-world challenges experienced by winemaking companies in Mendoza, Argentina. You'll work with a team to analyze business problems, identify goals and requirements, evaluate alternative solutions, and present recommendations to clients.

Program Start

Dec. 29, 2019

Program End

Jan 8, 2020

Hong Kong and Singapore
Hong Kong and Singapore

COMM 4589: Asian Financial Capitals: Hong Kong and Singapore

This course examines the role of Hong Kong and Singapore as Asian financial capitals through a series of onsite visits to financial firms, lectures, and executive presentations. 

Program Start

Dec. 29, 2019

Program End

Jan. 10, 2020

Kenya
Kenya

COMM 4589: Conservation Finance in Kenya

We are in the midst of a conservation crisis. Nature’s ability to provide valuable ecosystem services to humankind is declining, and existing sources of funding are not enough to stem the tide of losses. This course provides students with the opportunity to learn about ways to raise and manage financial capital in support of environmental conservation activities. 

Program Start

Jan. 1, 2020

Program End

Jan. 11, 2020

India and UAE
India and UAE

COMM 4529: Innovation and Consumption in India and the UAE

The course offers a short but immersive experience to students interested in learning about the nature of innovations and the consumption preferences in two countries that are important business partners of the West, including the United States. The program consists of informative visits, focusing on innovations and/or consumption patterns, with local entrepreneurial firms, global/multinational firms, and when possible, government agencies.

Program Start

Jan. 1, 2020

Program End

Jan. 11, 2020

Spring Break
Belgium & Netherlands
Belgium & Netherlands

COMM 5110: Sustainability Reporting and Assurance in Western Europe

In this course, students will gain a new perspective into sustainability: the measurement, reporting, and assurance of sustainability measures. Students will enhance their understanding through experiences in Brussels and Amsterdam, where there are more sophisticated initiatives, standards, and legislation surrounding sustainability reporting. While in country, students will visit with beer makers, chocolatiers, port authorities, Big Four professional services firms, and policy makers.

Program Start

March 8, 2020

Program End

March 13, 2020

Israel
Israel

COMM 4529: Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Israel

This course blends relevant classroom discussions, case analysis, company visits, and “business plan pitches” in front of potential investors to better understand and explore the landscape of tech innovation in Israel. Students will travel to three cities: Tel Aviv, Be'er Sheva, and Jerusalem, which are not only the epicenter of startups in the nation, but also steeped in centuries of history and culture, bringing a uniquely Israeli context to business environments.

Program Start

March 7, 2020

Program End

March 14, 2020

May Term
Australia
Australia

COMM 4589: Doing Business Down Under

This course offers an intensive survey of the cultural, economic, and geographic characteristics of Australia. The focus will be on the interdependence among these factors and analyzing what implications they have for doing business in this part of the world. A primary area of emphasis will be on the application of business strategy and systems concepts, business modeling techniques, and design thinking.

Program Start

May 9, 2020

Program End

May 23, 2020

Denmark
Denmark

COMM 4569: Sustainability in Denmark: Local Solutions to Global Challenges

This course is an intensive examination of how progressive countries like Denmark are working toward sustainability through a variety of interconnected programs. We will see what local leaders are doing to address problems in their communities, particularly in four areas: green energy, food security, sustainable transportation, and creating “livable cities.”

Program Start

May 9, 2020

Program End

May 23, 2020

Nepal
Nepal

COMM 4559 GCI: Social Innovation in Nepal

Nepal is facing acute leadership and innovation crises, much of which focuses now on the role of youth as the next generation of Nepalese leaders. This course places students on project consultation teams working directly with local social innovators in Nepal focused on social challenges facing the country, from social enterprises to environmental sustainability, to youth engagement and economic development.

Program Start

May 10, 2020

Program End

May 22, 2020

Learn More

Students interested in participating in a GCI (including UVA students not enrolled at McIntire) should schedule an appointment with a Global Programs Adviser to learn more. 

Program advisers’ offices are located in Robertson Hall, Suite 163.