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UVA Commerce: Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the "Start-up Nation" in Israel
Jerusalem, Israel; Tel Aviv, Israel (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Spring Embedded
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Spring Embedded
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Embedded 2018 01-NOV-2017
10-NOV-2017 30-JAN-2018 20-MAR-2018
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by November 15. Travel to Israel will take place March 3-11. Note: students will depart the US on March 2nd to arrive on March 3rd.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Margaret Walter
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Commerce, Information Technology
Program Description:

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. Students will travel to three cities within Israel: Tel Aviv, Be'er Sheva, and Jerusalem, 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 Dead Sea is also included.

This three-credit course counts toward the IT Concentration, Global Commerce Track, Entrepreneurship track and the Entrepreneurship minor. It is open to second-, third-, and fourth-year undergraduates and M.S. in Accounting graduate students.


Program Dates:
On-Grounds Dates: January 30-February 27th, March 20th

Travel Dates: March 3 - 11, 2018

Information Sessions
Tuesday, September 19 & Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 5pm in Rouss-Robertson 225

Syllabus/Tentative Itinerary

Jaffa and Tel Aviv

Program Director & Staff
Professor Saonee Sarker, saonee@virginia.edu, is a Professor of Commerce and she teaches a wide range of courses, including telecommunications and networking, emergent technologies, IS for managers and systems analysis and design.

Assistant Dean of Student Life and Global Programs Chris Elliott, cwe@virginia.edu.


Dead Sea

Please refer to the "Budget Sheets" link in the information header of this page for a breakdown of tuition, program, and travel costs.

Passport and Visa Information
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 meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.

Health Information
Diseases, Hepatitis A in particular, are a concern. All travelers should consult with their doctor and the CDC webpage to see which vaccines are recommended. Students considering attending the program should also review the UVA International Travel Clinic website for important information and appointment deadlines.

Accessibility Statement
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.

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

This program is currently not accepting applications.