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COMM 5110 GCI: 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 learning about sustainability reporting will begin with sessions on Grounds, where they will be exposed to and discuss issues around sustainability and reporting with experts in the field. Their understanding will be enhanced by experiences in Brussels and Amsterdam (and surrounding areas), as there exists more sophisticated initiatives, standards, and legislation surrounding sustainability reporting in Western Europe as compared with other localities. While in country, students will visit with beer makers, chocolatiers, port authorities, Big 4 professional services firms, and policy makers. Intertwined with professional experiences, the program will include cultural experiences and visits. This 3-credit course counts toward the Global Commerce Track, toward the Accounting concentration, and as a McIntire elective. For more information contact, Professor Andrea Roberts ( or Professor Jennifer Winchel (

Program Dates

Spring semester on-Grounds classes: TBD
Travel dates: March 8-13, 2020

Who Should Take This Class

This course is open to all UVA undergraduates, regardless of major.

Information Sessions 

Monday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. in Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 256 or
Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m. in Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 256

Application Process 

An online application is available soon on the ISO website after students review the online Education Abroad Workshop information session.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Nov. 1. Once admission is approved, students will attend several orientation sessions during the months of November and December.

A $90 application fee must be paid in person by cash or check at the International Studies Office in Minor Hall no later than 5 p.m., Nov. 1, or may be paid online until 11:59 p.m., Nov. 1. Online payments made on the deadline day will be marked as received the following day.


There are many ways for students to be able to fund their programs abroad. All undergraduate Commerce students who apply to any GCI course are eligible to submit a separate application for need-based McIntire private scholarships, provided by McIntire alumni and companies committed to making these types of global experiences possible. McIntire undergraduate applicants will be sent a link directly via email to the scholarship application for these McIntire scholarships within a few days after the application deadline. Decisions are made quickly, and students will be notified of their McIntire scholarship decision before the deadline for committing to the program. McIntire scholarships range from $500 to half the total billable cost of the GCI course.

In addition, the UVA International Studies Office suggests many other sources of funding for your education abroad through local, national, and international opportunities.