Big Ben

May Term in Europe

COMM 4589 GCI: Investing in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities (London, Frankfurt, and Zurich)

This finance course focuses on the challenges and the opportunities of investing in Europe in the face of several macroeconomic headwinds, including Brexit-induced economic union risk, uncertain ECB monetary policies, banking sector stresses, and demographic changes. Through a series of company visits, group discussions, and executive presentations over two weeks in Europe’s three main financial centers of London, Frankfurt, and Zurich, these headwinds will be explored. In a broader context, the historical and cultural aspects of the role of a unified Europe will also be studied. This 3-credit-hour course counts toward the Global Commerce Track or as a McIntire elective. For more information, contact Professor Mike Gallmeyer (

Program Dates

May 11-25, 2019

Who Should Take This Class

This 3-credit GCI course is open to all students, but preference will be given to Commerce students; pre-Commerce students; and those with a background in economics, math, engineering, or foreign affairs.

Information Sessions

Study-abroad fair: Sept. 5, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Newcomb Hall Ballroom

Information session: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 5 p.m., 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 March and April.

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.