UMD: A Globally Connected University

UMD-Spring Break: United Arab Emirates (UAE): Global Immersion Experience (CPSP/HONR)

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Terms offered: 
Spring Break
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UAE CPSP class

Dubai is frequently listed as the fastest growing city in the world, and it has become a major financial center, a premier trading center of the Arabian Gulf and a popular tourist destination. A rising economic power, Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, is poised to become a major new economic superpower that will soon wield enormous influence across both developing and developed worlds. Abu Dhabi is the richest city in the world.

This program is intended to provide you with a general understanding of doing business in the United Arab Emirates, including comparative business practices and culture in a world region of great significance to global commerce. In the course, you will explore topics of culture, history, government, economic development and social development. You will also examine themes of business and politics of the UAE, the challenges of doing business in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the political economic restructuring of the state, and the impact of government policies on businesses in the UAE.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

All UMD students are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • CPSP379B: Global Immersion Experience in the UAE
  • HONR349V: Global Immersion Experience in the UAE

    The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

    These courses are approved for the Cultural Competence and Scholarship in Practice General Education requirements.

    You will be required to attend two pre-departure meetings to prepare for the program.

    You will be housed in shared accommodations in hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

    Costs for spring break 2018 will be updated shortly. 

    Application Fee $50
    Billable Costs
    Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
    Education Abroad Fee $500
    This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
    International Health Insurance TBD
    Tuition TBD
    This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
    Housing Fee TBD
    This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
    Out-of-pocket Costs
    Meals (estimate) TBD
    Visa TBD
    Passport TBD
    Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) TBD
    Course Materials TBD
    Optional Activities/incidental expenses TBD
    Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) TBD

    NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

    Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

    PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

    Dr. Mark Wellman, a Distinguished Tyser Teaching Fellow, is a faculty member in the Department of Management and Organization at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and he serves as director of the College Park Scholars Business, Society and Economy (BSE) program. Dr. Wellman is recognized for his innovative courses and his memorable, relevant experiences outside of the classroom. He is the recipient of many honors, including the prestigious University of Maryland Brit Kirwan Award and the Outstanding Faculty Educator Award.

    For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

    As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

    • Guest lectures by leading businesses. Previously visited companies include Nakeel, DIFC, ADIA, Emirates Airways, Mubadalah, Frajah Leisure, Jumeriah Group, among others.
    • A collaborative project with local students from the University of Sharjah
    • Cultural engagements such as a presentation at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding
    • Participation in a desert safari
    Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
    Spring Break 2018 10/15/2017 10/11/2017 03/16/2018 03/25/2018