|Restrictions:||U.Va. applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Class Status:||2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student||Minimum GPA Requirement:||2.5|
|Open to Non-UVa Students:||No||Housing:||Hotel|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Credit Type:||Direct Credit|
|Program Type:||Faculty led||Tuition Payments Made To:||UVA|
|Education Abroad Advisor:||Kathleen McLaren-Hawking||Application Fee:||Yes|
|Study Abroad Administrative Fee:||No||Subject Area:||Global Studies, Public Policy and Administration, Social Entrepreneurship|
UVA in Dominica
The course focuses on the challenges entrepreneurs face in countries with limited resources, a narrow economy base, limited product and market diversification, low economies of scale and a high dependency on international trade. It highlights the inescapable need for social ventures for sustainable growth and development.
The course takes place in Dominica, which is an island located between Guadeloupe and Martinique. Dominica is a small island developing state (SIDS).
This 3-credit-course presents how local resources and policy are used to promote social entrepreneurship to sustain growth and economic activity. Although Dominica and the Caribbean region offer an abundance of renewable resources such as wind and sun, the development of these resources for energy has been limited to non-existent.This is a multi-disciplinary experience blending field visits to offer students exposure to a diversity of local enterprises with an emphasis on those with successful and innovative social components. Visits will include organic farms, ocean fishing cooperatives, local manufacturing facilities (coffee, tea, essential oils, etc.), sustainable tourism, and cargo transportation. In addition to site visits, guest lectures will be offered by Dominican social entrepreneurs as well as government officials.
Students will not only learn from numerous live case studies but will also be invited to help problem solve and use critical thinking skills to explore alternative approaches in addressing local challenges with entrepreneurs and government representatives.
Social Entrepreneurship in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Dominica
(PPOL 4550 or PPOL 5550 or COMM 4589; 3 credits)
Bevin Etienne | email@example.com
Professor Bevin teaches entrepreneurship at the Batten and McIntire Schools. His spring course (PPOL 4720) focuses on open source technology and how it can address most of the critical problems facing society such as sustainability, inequality, the cost of technology, and open access to knowledge.Originally from Dominica, Professor Bevin has always been very interested in supporting, promoting and developing social ventures in Dominica and the wider Caribbean region. In 2002, he founded a renewable energy company called the Dominica Sustainable Energy Corporation to research and develop renewable energy resources in Dominica.
Accommodation and Meals
Students will be housed at Exotica Cottages located at Gommier Stewart, Giraudel in the foot hills of Morne Anglais, Dominica. The green ecocentric facility offers great views of the mountains and ocean. It also features a restaurant that specializes in local cuisine using produce of an on-site organic farm.
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. All students must consult http://dominica.gov.dm/ for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
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.