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January Term in India & UAE

COMM 4529 GCI: 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 (India in South Asia and United Arab Emirates in the Middle East) 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. Students will be exposed to relevant elements of innovation and consumption cultures of India and the UAE and to trends in the IT/BPO sectors, sustainable energy technologies, consulting, human resources, manufacturing, and domestic consumptions on selected products. An enduring theme will be to learn about developing and maintaining professional relationships with firms/personnel from India and the UAE. Intertwined with the professional experiences, the program will feature the cultural experiences, including visits to the top of Burj Khalifa (in Dubai), Masdar City and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Abu Dhabi), Taj Mahal (in Agra), and Old Delhi and the many sights, sounds, and tastes of Dubai and New Delhi. This rich mix of experiences will enable participants to appreciate the past, present, and in some cases, visions of the future of the two countries, and to reflect on their potential for creating value in the global economy.

This 3-credit class counts toward the Global Commerce Track and for third-/fourth-year McIntire students or as a McIntire elective. For more information, contact Professor Suprateek (“Supra”) Sarker (

Program Dates

Jan. 1-11, 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
Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m. in Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 256

Application Process 

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

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 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., Oct. 1, or may be paid online until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 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.

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