UMD: A Globally Connected University

UMD-Winter: United Arab Emirates (UAE): Finance and Markets in the New World (BMGT)

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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EA Advisor: 
Rachel McCloud
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A colorful city with a mountain
The course will explore the finance, business and financial market landscape of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, two of the most successful emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Dubai is leading in tech, finance, and innovation, continuously evolving to a future-forward hub for business. Students will gain insight into key financial and market issues in the UAE within the greater context of Islamic and regional finance and financial institutions .Dubai is leading the way in tech, finance and innovation, continuously evolving this future-forward hub for businesses. Visit to Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) is the financial heart of the MEASA region. Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE, and is home to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, to a Formula One circuit, and to the Ferrari World among others.

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.

The course is open to UMD freshmen through seniors and all majors are welcome 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:

  • TBD

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

Students will stay in shared accommodations in hotels. 

All cost information represents costs for Winter 2024.

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
Financial Policies

*This program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International ScholarshipOnline applications will open in mid-August and are due Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 11:59pm PT.

Application Fee $25
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $700
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 $55
Tuition -
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 -
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
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Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) -
Course Materials -
Optional Activities/incidental expenses -
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) -

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

Questions should be directed to Julie Pavlovsky or the Center for Global Business.
As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities (subject to change):
  • Visit to Dubai International Finance Centre
  • Day tour of Dubai
  • Day tour of Abu Dhabi 
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi visit
  • Dubai Desert Safari and traditional BBQ at Bedouin Camp
  • Welcome and Goodbye Dinner
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2024 10/01/2023 10/11/2023 01/09/2024 01/20/2024