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  • Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Nepal landscape

UVA Commerce: Nepal: Social Innovation


Join us for this unique cross-disciplinary course between the McIntire School of Commerce and the Curry School of Education and Human Development, traveling to Nepal in May. Immerse yourself in the social challenges facing Nepal through hands-on, collaborative projects with local social innovators eager to effectuate lasting social impact relevant to youth, entrepreneurship, and economic development. We approach this work not with external solutions to longstanding local problems, but with an intention to learn with and from local partners in Nepal.

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This program will not run in 2021; information for future years will be published when available.


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The course begins with seven weeks on Grounds at UVA, followed by two weeks of immersion in Nepal. Students will learn from public and private sector leaders in the capital city of Kathmandu and then travel to the Nepali city of Pokhara to continue social innovation work with their project partners. The course concludes with a two-day trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area to Ghandruk, a Gurung settlement in the Himalayan Mountains.

Nepal scenery Nepal

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This course is open to all undergraduate and graduate students with instructor permission. Students will first enroll in the Social Innovation in Nepal: Pre-departure (1.5 credits) course at UVA, meeting on seven Fridays during the Spring semester (Feb28, Mar20-Apr24). This pre-requisite course will prepare students for the project work and remaining 1.5 credits offered in Nepal. Students in the Commerce School can apply credits toward the Global Commerce Track or a Commerce elective. Students in the Youth and Social Innovation (YSI) Major can apply credits to the YSI Innovation Focus Area.

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Chris Elliott |

Chris Elliott is the Assistant Dean for Global Affairs at the McIntire School of Commerce and Director of McIntire’s Center for Global Commerce.

Melissa Levy | 
Melissa Levy is the Program Area Director of the Youth and Social Innovation (YSI) Major and an Assistant Professor in the Curry School of Education and Human Development, teaching service learning and core courses in YSI.


Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

Students will stay in a combination of hotels, guest houses, and a final overnight in a monastery compound in the Kathmandu Valley, with breakfast included each day 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.


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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 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 consult the immigration websites for each country for 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.