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January Term: UVA World of Investing & International Relations
Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Johannesburg, South Africa; Vaalwater, South Africa (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: January
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets January
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January 2018 01-OCT-2017
05-OCT-2017 01-JAN-2018 14-JAN-2018
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by October 15.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
3rd year, 4th year 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:
Ryan Hathaway
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
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Program Description:

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the world of investing and associated political, cultural, and entrepreneurial underpinnings of the global financial system. With unique classroom settings that span Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia, this class is the first of its kind. As such, the purview of our instruction will not be confined to a single subject matter or geography. Instead, World of Investing and International Relations will uniquely combine the instruction of finance and entrepreneurship within the context of politics and history. Conducted like a graduate school seminar, this course will combine the theoretical with the practical: students will steep themselves in the seminal works of investing and politics and apply these principles in interactive sessions with investors, start-up entrepreneurs, foreign ministers and US ambassadors, and leading journalists in South Africa, Abu Dhabi, and Hong Kong. We will also spend time visiting relevant historical sites in the countries we visit, including a visit to a desert camp and a safari reserve to understand the business side of wildlife conservation. In today’s age, the interests of future generations depends upon the exceptional leadership of business and political leaders. We will meet with these very individuals to understand how they influence the forces that shape our world.

The program will begin in Johannesburg, South Africa, and also spend time at the Shambala Game Reserve. From there the group will travel to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and the final stop will be in Hong Kong.

Students will be housed in double rooms in centrally located hotels or lodges in each location. Breakfast is included each day.



World of Investing & International Relations
(COMM 4589; 3 credits)

NOTE: This application is only available to those students who already completed an internal application process through McIntire

Course Information

This course is designed for students with a strong interest in international finance and foreign affairs but not necessarily limited to students with those degrees. Only 8-10 students will be admitted into this course. Due to a very generous charitable donation and the creation of a new endowment program, travel and lodging expenses are fully covered. Students will only be expected to cover the tuition for a standard 3-credit January term course, with some need-based scholarships available.

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page.

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.

Dave Burke is the Chief Executive Officer and a Managing Director of Makena Capital Management. A founder of the firm, Dave is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, and the Management and Investment Committees and is responsible for overseeing Makena's investment and operational activities.
Mark Brzezinski, a Managing Director, leads Makena’s sustainability efforts and assists in responding to the growing demand for environmentally and socially responsible investment portfolios. Prior to joining Makena, Mark served as the United States Ambassador to Sweden from 2011 to 2015
Kia Ghorashi is responsible for supporting portfolio management and manager selection for Makena’s Listed Equity and Venture Capital investments.

This program is currently not accepting applications.