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May Term in Nepal

COMM 4559 GCI: Social Innovation in Nepal

Nepal is an incredible place, with eight of the world's 14 tallest mountains, enterprising and generous people, yet one of the least developed economies and challenged infrastructure. 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. The course meets for seven weeks in late spring, mostly after spring recess (1.5 credits), to develop a better understanding of the Nepalese context broadly and the project work specifically, followed by two weeks in Nepal (additional 1.5 credits) with the social innovation project partners. This 3-credit-hour course counts toward the Global Commerce Track or as a McIntire elective. This course is co-taught with the Curry School of Education & Human Development (EDHS3400, 3420). For more information, contact Assistant Dean Chris Elliott ( or Professor Melissa Levy (

Visit the GCI: Nepal course page on the International Studies Office website for more information, including a course budget.

Program Dates

Spring semester on-Grounds classes: Feb. 28, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24

This GCI course will travel to Nepal from May 10-22, 2020

Who Should Take This Class

This GCI course (total of 3 credits) is open to all UVA students.

Information Sessions

Information session: Friday, Nov. 1, from 3 to 4 p.m., Ruffner Hall, Room 302

Application Process

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

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the course is filled for Spring 2020.  If space remains available, applications are finally due by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 1. 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.

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