This 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 US. The scope of the course is, by design, broad. The program will consist 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 in the program 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 cultural experiences, including The Desert Safari in the Arabian Desert, visits to the top of Burj Khalifa (in Dubai), Masder 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 hopefully enable the participant 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.
There will be info sessions for all Global Commerce Immersion J-term programs in the fall semester. Date, time, and location TBA.
The class will meet in Delhi. Students will make various visits to companies and cultural sites around Delhi, in addition to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. The group will fly to Mumbai for two days of company visits, and then on to Dubai for the remainder of the course. While staying in Dubai the class will also make a day trip to Abu Dhabi.
Consumption and Innovation in India and the UAE (2019 syllabus for reference)
COMM 4589; 3 credits
- Develop a better understanding of the business environment in India (specifically New Delhi and Mumbai) and UAE (Dubai)
- Explore how culture and socio-economic factors influence the business environment
- Enhance skills in analyzing economic and non-economic factors that affect innovations and consumption in different national environments
- Learn about information technology, consulting, human resources, manufacturing, etc. in the two countries
- Gain an appreciation of challenges and joys of working with professionals in UAE and India
This Global Commerce Immersion course is broad in scope, and it surveys a number of issues and industries relevant to understanding innovation and consumption patterns in India and the UAE. The course counts toward the Global Commerce Track or as a Commerce elective. Furthermore, this course is not limited to McIntire students. Students outside of Commerce should consult with the program director before applying.
Information about all McIntire School of Commerce Global Programs can be found here.
Dr. Suprateek “Supra” Sarker | email@example.com
Prof. Sarker, Professor of Commerce (Information Technology), McIntire School of Commerce, is the faculty member leading the program. He has worked in India, Singapore, Denmark, Finland, UK, Germany, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Switzerland. An important theme in his research has been global issues related to Information Systems, which he has explored in the contexts of China, India, Denmark, Norway, Finland, the UK, and the US. He has also served as the Interim Director of the International Business Institute at Washington State University, where he was previously employed. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science & Engineering, MBA, M.S., and Ph.D. in Information Systems. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Jyvaskyla University in Finland, in August 2016.
Accommodation and Meals
Housing during the program will be in centrally-located hotels in Delhi, Mumbai, and Dubai. Breakfast is included at the hotels each morning of the program.
Cost and Financial Aid
The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders and students of many other nationalities will need a visa to enter India (US passport holders will not need one to enter the UAE). Begin researching entry requirements (which may include visa documents, vaccines, and/or other requirements) based on the passport you hold; if accepted into the program, you will need to act quickly. Your Education Abroad Advisor will provide instructions for the Indian visa after commitment.
Note that students of Pakistani origin (not just citizenship) should contact the Education Abroad Advisor for this program as soon as possible as Indian visa processing may take longer for these individuals. Students of Chinese origin should also contact the Education Abroad Advisor. Non-US passport holders should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.