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UVA Commerce: Sustainable Practices in France & Denmark (COMM 4569)
Copenhagen, Denmark; Lyon, France (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 15-FEB-2019 25-FEB-2019 11-MAY-2019 25-MAY-2019
NOTE: If accepted to the program, you must commit or decline participation by March 2. Accepted students will need to depart the U.S. on May 10th to arrive in Lyon on May 11th.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd 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:
Subject Area:
Commerce, European Studies, Management
Program Description:
Students in Denmark

UVA Commerce
Sustainable Practices in France & Denmark: Local Solutions to Global Challenges


“Sustainability” implies both environmental and societal goals and actions.  Some global issues are being addressed through multinational cooperation, but many issues are being tackled locally by governments, businesses, and civil society. This course, in France and Denmark in May, examines programs being undertaken by local leaders to address problems in their communities. In France our focus will be on the impact of climate change on food and wine production, especially in France’s famous wine appellations with their carefully constructed legal protections, and the encouragement of traditional markets which in some ways define the French to many people. In addition, we will learn some of the efforts France is making to help people in its former African colonies build up resilience to climate change. Our days in Denmark will be spent studying technologies—Denmark is a world leader in wind turbine technology—and also in their leadership in creating ‘livable cities” and a society that prides itself on becoming more and more sustainable. In both countries we will learn about efforts to deal with Europe’s migrant crisis. Our days will be a blend of discussions and guest lectures, and field trips to progressive corporations, social enterprises, NGO offices, historic sites, etc.

Announcements IconInformation Session

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 5 p.m. in Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 254
Information about all McIntire School of Commerce Global Programs can be found here.


Location IconLocation

The class begins in Lyon, France, on Saturday, May 11, 2019, and will remain there for the first week before moving to Copenhagen, Denmark, for the second week. Students must provide their own transportation to Lyon and from Copenhagen. We will have field trips for both cultural immersion (museums, walking, and bicycle tours), and to visit sustainability projects.

Copen Dockyard Lyon Semester Group Photo

Courses IconCourses

COMM 4569 (3 credits) can be counted as a management concentration class in the McIntire School and will satisfy the International Track Global Commerce Immersion requirement. The course also counts toward the Global Sustainability major and minor. The class is open to all undergraduate students at the University of Virginia; first-year and second-year students are encouraged to apply.

Course objectives include:
1. To learn about global issues and local solutions concerning the sustainability of various environmental resources and social systems.
2. To learn how sustainable lifestyles are being adopted by citizens of France and Denmark
3. To propose ways to transfer some of the ideas learned to local communities in the US or the student’s home country.

2019 Summer: COMM 4569 France & Denmark Itinerary

Faculty IconFaculty

Brad Brown |

Brad Brown is a member of the faculty at the McIntire School of Commerce. He also participates in the Global Development Studies major and the Global Sustainability major and minor. Mr. Brown has taught in international programs in England, Finland, France, Denmark, Lithuania, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. He has led over thirty student short courses abroad in Europe, Central America, and Asia. Mr. Brown's teaching and research interests are in sustainability, social entrepreneurship, business ethics, and strategic management. He has written numerous case studies for classroom use, and has published numerous journal articles, cases, and book chapters.


Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

Students will stay in a hotel in Lyon and a nice hostel in Copenhagen. Students will generally be assigned to 2-person rooms in Lyon and 4-person rooms with en-suite bathrooms in the Copenhagen hostel. Breakfast is included each day. Most lunches are included except for a few days when students have free time to explore on their own. We will provide a “welcome dinner” and several dinners at nice restaurants to sample "local food" and the "New Scandinavian Cuisines," but most other evening meals will be the responsibility of the students.

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.

Lyon 2 Campus

Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. NOTE: This program will include a number of excursions during which the group will be riding bikes for several miles, and sometimes on city roads. For their safety and enjoyment of the program, students should be aware of this component when committing to participate. 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.