UMD: A Globally Connected University
UMD-Spring Break: United Arab Emirates (UAE): Global Immersion Experience (CPSP/HONR)
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.
Budgets are not yet available for spring break 2016 and will be updated in the coming weeks.
|This fee is collected in two installments: 1) $250 non-refundable deposit: Due by October 18th or within 48 hours of acceptance if accepted on or after that date 2) Remainder of program fee: Charged to your UMD account upon course registration and due December 20th.
The program fee includes: $250 deposit, International Health Insurance, tuition, housing, and Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, and pre-departure orientation.
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|Optional activities/ incidental expenses (estimate)||TBD|
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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
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|Admission to this program is on a competitive basis. Applications will be reviewed between the application deadline ("last day to apply") and the decision date shown above. Education Abroad will send admissions notifications on or after the decision date.|