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  • Locations: Be'er Sheva, Israel; Haifa, Israel; Jerusalem, Israel; Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Program Terms: Spring Embedded
  • Restrictions: UVA applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Embedded
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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UVA Commerce GCI: Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the "Start-Up Nation" in Israel COMM 4529


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 start-up 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.

Information about all McIntire School of Commerce Global Programs can be found here.

Location IconLocation

Students will travel to four cities within Israel: Jerusalem, Be'er Sheva, Tel Aviv, and Haifa, which are not only the epicenter of startups in that nation, but also steeped in centuries of history and culture, bringing a uniquely Israeli context to business environments. An excursion to the Negev Desert is also included, to include floating in the Dead Sea, visiting the ancient city of Masada, and camel rides. The program also includes an overnight visit to a Bedouin desert camp.

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Courses IconCourses

This three-credit course counts toward the IT Concentration, Global Commerce Track, Entrepreneurship track and the Entrepreneurship minor. It is open to all undergraduates, regardless of major, and M.S. in Accounting graduate students.

Program Dates
On-Grounds Dates: TBC
Travel Dates: March 6 - 14, 2020

Information about all McIntire School of Commerce Global Programs can be found here.

Faculty IconFaculty

Saonee Sarker |

Professor of Commerce, Professor Sarker teaches a wide range of courses, including telecommunications and networking, emergent technologies, IS for managers and systems analysis and design.

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

In Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, students will share double rooms in centrally-located hotels convenient to restaurants, entertainment, historical, and cultural sites. Breakfast is included.

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.


Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. Students with limited mobility or specific medical needs should be aware that the program includes an overnight camping in the desert. 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 IconPassport 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 will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should research visa and entry requirements, and 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 Info IconHealth 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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.