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UVA Commerce: Investing in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities (COMM 4589)
Frankfurt, Germany; London, United Kingdom; Zurich, Switzerland (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
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Housing: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
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Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
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Education Abroad Advisor:
Ryan Hathaway
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UVA Commerce: Investing in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities


This finance course focuses on the challenges and the opportunities of investing in Europe in the face of several macroeconomic headwinds, including Brexit-induced economic union risk, uncertain ECB monetary policies, banking sector stresses, and demographic changes. Through a series of company visits, group discussions, and executive presentations over two weeks in Europe’s three main financial centers of London, Frankfurt, and Zurich, these headwinds will be explored. In a broader context, the historical and cultural aspects of the role of a unified Europe will also be studied.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 5 p.m. in Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 225
Information about all McIntire School of Commerce Global Programs can be found here.


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The course spends two weeks visiting companies in the three financial centers of Europe—London, UK; Frankfurt, Germany; and Zurich, Switzerland. The program begins in London, spending the first week there before traveling to Zurich. The program will conclude in Frankfurt, from which students will depart on May 27. Students must provide their own transportation to and from Europe, but all travel between locations during the program is included in the program fee.

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Syllabus and Itinerary
2017 Summer: COMM 4589 Investing in Europe Syllabus

This 3-credit Global Commerce Immersion course is open to all students, but preference will be given to Commerce students, pre-Commerce students, and those with a background in Economics, Math, Engineering, or Foreign Affairs. Students in the Commerce School can apply these credits toward the Global Commerce Track or as a Commerce elective.

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Patrik Sandås |
Program Director Patrik Sandas is Associate Professor of Finance at the McIntire School of Commerce. His current research focuses on the importance of transparency in securities markets, the interaction between speed and efficiency in securities markets, and how prevalent latency arbitrage is in faster markets. He currently teaches courses in investments and principles of securities trading and has taught courses in trading and markets, market microstructure, corporate finance, econometrics, and empirical methods. Professor Sandås was a research affiliate of the Institute for Financial Research in Stockholm (SIFR) and a Riksbanken Visiting Professor from 2012 to 2016. Before joining the McIntire faculty in 2005, Professor Sandås was on the faculty of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been a visiting economist at the New York Stock Exchange. His paper "How Subprime Borrowers and Mortgage Brokers Shared the Pie" won a best paper award at the Auckland Finance Meeting in 2013.

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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Accessibility IconAccessibility

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.