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Jaffa Tel Aviv

Spring Break in Israel

COMM 4529: GCI: Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Israel

This course blends relevant classroom discussions, case analysis, company visits, and “business plan pitches” in front of potential investors to better understand and explore the landscape of tech innovation in Israel. Participants will 1) understand what is facilitating this enormous startup culture and fostering the development of such technological innovation in the tiny geographic footprint in Israel; 2) learn how to create and develop business plans; and 3) gain experience on how to take a technology innovation developed in one part of the world and attempt to market, sell, and develop in another part of the world. Students will travel to three cities within Israel: Tel Aviv, Be'er Sheva, and Jerusalem, which are not only the epicenter of startups in the nation, but also steeped in centuries of history and culture, bringing a uniquely Israeli context to business environments. An excursion to the Dead Sea is also included. For more information, contact Professor Saonee Sarker (

Program Dates 

Spring semester on-Grounds classes: TBD
Travel: March 7-14, 2020 

Who Should Take This Class 

This course is open to second-, third-, and fourth-year undergraduates and M.S. in Accounting graduate students.

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 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 fund their programs abroad. First, your student financial aid travels with you, and students are encouraged to discuss options with Student Financial Services. 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 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.

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