Study Abroad in January Term 2013
Any student planning to participate in a January Term study abroad course must watch the Education Abroad Workshop before being able to apply to the program.
UVa January Term in Argentina
Argentina - Program Brochure
COMM 4270: Information Tech Practicum 
SYS 2054/SYS 3054:
System Case Studies in Argentina
Ryan Nelson, Director CMIT
Bill Scherer, Professor
This course focuses on the application of engineering and business concepts, analysis and design methodologies, modeling techniques, and interdisciplinary teamwork to real world cases in Mendoza, Argentina. A primary area of emphasis will be developing deeper intercultural competence through the real world cases with Argentine clients. In addition, students will gain experience and skills with identifying system goals, formulating requirements and performance metrics, creating and evaluating alternative solutions, and presenting recommendations to clients.
UVa January Term in Bangladesh
Bangladesh - Program Brochure
COMM 4825/GDS 4825:
Development Practice: Social Enterprises
in Bangladesh 
R. Brad Brown, Associate Professor
The focus of this program will be on the key role that NGOs can play in economic development. Bangladesh has several of the largest and most successful NGOs in the world including Grameen Bank and BRAC. Their expertise and operations include micro-banking, health care, and poverty reduction through social enterprises and other job-creating initiatives. Today, BRAC is the world's largest southern NGO and employs more than 100,000, the majority of whom are women. It reaches more than 110 million people with development interventions in Asia and Africa. BRAC University, one of many BRAC institutions, will be the host institution for this program.
UVa January Term in Belize
Belize - Program Brochure
BIOL 3665/EVSC 3665: Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Belize 
Fred Diehl, Associate Professor
David Smith, Professor
This January Term program introduces students to some of the varied organisms and ecosystems of Belize, including fresh water, marine and terrestrial examples. Special emphasis will be placed on the interactions of the components and on the conservation of the specific ecosystems. Study and field work will focus on 5 major sites in Belize; 3 chosen for their ecological uniqueness and 2 because of their cultural value as well as their ecological characteristics and conservation potential. We will integrate basic knowledge, underlying principles, major concepts, implications and applications at each site.
UVa January Term in Berlin
Berlin - Program Brochure
GETR 2770: Berlin and the Geography of Memory 
Chad Wellmon, Professor
In this January Term program, students will experience Berlin as a geographical and spatial prism of the long, troubled and exciting history of Germany. Instead of proceeding through this history and culture chronologically, this course will allow specific urban sites and places to guide students through Germany's past, present and future. Walking tours, readings and discussions will take students through the architectural, cultural and urban history of Berlin and modern Europe. Loaded with our own maps, cultural histories, plays, pod-casts and architectural guides, students won't just read about German cultural history, they will walk through it and touch it. While reading about the Soviet take-over of Berlin, they will walk through the re-constructed Reichstag. While reading Primo Levi's If This is a Man, his account of Auschwitz, they willl walk the ruins of the Buchenwald concentration camp. After reading Brecht's Threepenny Opera, they will tour the theater he founded and watch a performance. They will discuss the 1936 Olympics and the rise of Nazi Germany, while visiting Olympiastadion and walking through the ruins of the SS and Gestapo Headquarters.
UVa January Term in India
India - Program Brochure
COMM 4825: Consumers and Markets in India
Amar Cheema, Associate Professor
Consumers and Markets in India is a research-oriented course in the Marketing concentration curriculum that blends relevant classroom discussions, executive presentations, company visits, and market research. This course explores aspects of consumer behavior and marketing strategies as they apply to the Indian market. We will focus on (a) how foreign multinational firms approach the Indian marketplace, (b) specific characteristics of Indian consumer segments, and (c) strategies adopted by "home-grown" Indian firms to effectively compete in India and across the world. These topics and other marketing-related issues will be studied as a part of "commerce in context" as the class experiences different aspects of Indian culture and society.
UVa January Term in Ireland
Ireland - Program Brochure
ENSP 3200: An Irish Sense of Place: Literature, Language, Music, and the Arts 
Elizabeth Fowler, Associate Professor
Victor Luftig, Associate Professor and Director, Center for the Liberal Arts
Irish art, in all forms, has long responded to various senses of place--to the beauty and challenges of the environment, to colonial rule and its legacy, and to competing senses of how the island might best be imagined or mapped. This undergraduate course offers a two-week introduction to English-language literature, as well as music and art, written in Ireland from medieval times to the present. It explores real places around Galway and Dublin together with poetry, prose, and plays that imagine, represent, or shape those places. We will discuss classic works by authors such as St. Patrick, Spenser, Yeats, Joyce, and Kavanagh, as well as new work by living writers such as Seamus Heaney and Eavan Boland.
UVa January Term in Italy
Italy - Program Brochure
ITTR 3758: Love Affair with Tuscany: Utopias and Beyond 
Adrienne Ward, Associate Professor
Enrico Cesaretti, Associate Professor
People have been fantasizing about Tuscany for centuries. This program offers students the chance to investigate those fantasies, by reading travelers' accounts as well as texts by Italians themselves, in combination with a close-up view of Tuscany and its renowned capital Florence. We will explore "la bella Toscana" through many sets of eyes, starting with English visitors to Tuscany on the famous Grand Tour in the 18th century, and ending with American travelers today. We'll compare these views with visions of Tuscany by native Italians and Tuscans. Along the way, we'll explore intercultural issues such as national identity, otherness, travel, and tourism.
ENGN 3559: London, The Theatrical City 
John O'Brien, Associate Professor
Victoria Olwell, Assistant Professor
Britain has the longest and richest theatrical tradition in Europe, a tradition that famously orients itself around the drama produced during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I, and the achievement of that era's most supple and profound playwright, William Shakespeare. In modern terms, that legacy has been upheld by playwrights like Edward Bond, Caryll Churchill, and Tom Stoppard. "The British Theater, Past and Present" will take students to London to experience at first hand the richness of that tradition.
UVa January Term Engineering in Panama
Panama - Program Brochure
STS 2500: The Path Across the SEAS: Panama Canal Case Study 
Edward Berger, Associate Dean
This course will focus on teaching students to be sociotechnical analysts, using the Panama Canal Expansion project as a case study. Sociotechnical analysts are capable of understanding complex networks of people, policies, systems and structures, focusing especially on the interface between people and the natural/engineered world. Engineering innovation, huge-scale project management, and massive infrastructure construction and management will be considered in the context of Panama - a modern, business-oriented culture blessed with abundant natural resources, yet surrounded by (and in many ways part of) the emerging world. (Pre-req: STS1500)
UVa January Term in Paris
Paris - Program Brochure
FRTR 2553/FREN 3553:
Making Paris Modern: A Secret History of the City of Lights 
Ari Blatt, Assistant Professor
In this J-Term study abroad course, students will consider the ghosts of history that haunt, yet continue to shape, the spaces and places of France's majestic capital city. For Paris is like a massive palimpsest, made up of multiple layers of memories. Our itinerary will include a number of places that reveal traces of these layers and provide a deeper, more complete, and decidedly more panoramic understanding of the city. We will begin by learning why central Paris looks the way it does today. Over the course of two weeks we will study what made Paris a modern metropolis - what Walter Benjamin referred to as the "capital city of the 19th century" - how it flourished, at times struggled, and eventually evolved over the course of the 20th, and how it continues to renew itself at the dawn of the 21st.
UVa January Term in Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis - Program Brochure
West Indies Health Care: Disaster Preparedness, St. Kitts and Nevis 
GNUR 5500: Comparative Health Systems 
INST 1500: West Indies Healthcare 
PHS 5810: West Indies Healthcare: Disaster Preparedness, St. Kitts and Nevis 
PHS 2559: Topics in Public Health 
Marcus L. Martin, MD, Professor
The participants in this course held in the West Indies, will study the fundamentals of emergency care and disaster preparedness through exploration of existing preparedness infrastructures in St. Kitts and Nevis.
This course may be of interest to any UVA undergraduate student (all majors including premed and nursing students) and is an unparalleled opportunity to learn from distinguished UVA faculty, and St. Kitts Nursing and Medical School faculty and healthcare providers. The course integrates UVA students in a non-traditional learning environment within the community, and at health professions schools. The course will include assessment of planning, prevention, mitigation, response and recovery relating to all types of hazards. Students will also learn elements of basic life support, some elements of advanced cardiac and trauma life support, and personal safety and disaster preparedness tips. Upon completion of this course, students will be eligible for CPR and first aid certification. Participants will interact with high ranking health system officials from St. Kitts and Nevis