May Term in Dominica

COMM 4589 GCI: Social Entrepreneurship in Small Island Developing States

The course focuses on the challenges entrepreneurs face in countries with limited resources, a narrow economy base, limited product and market diversification, low economies of scale, and a high dependency on international trade. It highlights the inescapable need for social ventures for sustainable growth and development. This 3-credit class counts toward the Global Commerce Track  and Entrepreneurship Track for third-/fourth-year McIntire students or as a McIntire elective. 

For more information, contact Professor Bevin Etienne,

Program Dates 

May 2019 TBD

Who Should Take This Class 

This course is open to second-,  third-, or fourth-year UVA undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of major. Students outside of the McIntire School are encouraged to apply.

Information Sessions 

Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 5 p.m., in Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 254

Application Process 

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

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Feb 15. 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., Feb. 15, or may be paid online until 11:59 p.m., Feb 15. 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.

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