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  • Locations: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates; Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2019 03/18/2019
Rolling Admission 01/01/2020 01/12/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: Business
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Fall
Eligibility Restrictions: LCB Students Only Minimum GPA: 2.75
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Charles Matthews Program Advisor: Lee Armstrong
Program Description:


Program Overview

UAE 18FS at Grand MosqueGiven the increasing strategic importance of the Middle East in general and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)  and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in particular, the UAE is a must visit for globally minded students, including business, engineering, arts & sciences and more. 
This course focuses on three key learning outcomes:
1) an increased awareness of this vital world region economically, culturally, and politically;
2) an exposure to the rich cultural heritage and the dynamic business and commercial environments of the UAE and MENA region; and
3) an appreciation for and heightened understanding of the MENA region in general and the vital role of the UAE in particular.  

Through class sessions given by leading experts in business, economics, history, culture, and more, as well as site visits to local businesses, cultural, and historic venues, students are provided an unparalleled opportunity to experience the UAE from multiple perspectives.  Highlights of the student study abroad to the may UAE include: class sessions covering the history, business, cultural, and economic climate of the UAE and MENA region; tours of Dubai including the Jumerirah Beach, Dubai Museum, and the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building); company briefings and tours; visit to the UAE University main campus in Al-Ain, including the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum; visit to Abu Dhabi with briefings by the US Commercial Services from the US Embassy, visit to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, and more.  (All visits, tours, etc. are subject to change). The UAE is unique study abroad destination, providing insights to multiple cultures and meeting great people in a country spanning ancient traditions to the most modern architecture.

Sample Itinerary
Wednesday Depart Cincinnati, evening flight to Dubai
Thursday PM arrive Dubai
Friday AM: Class: History of the UAE
PM: Tour of Dubai, Jumeireh Beach
Saturday AM: Company Visit
PM: Company Visit, Technology Industry
Sunday AM: Class: Tourism Development
PM: Tour of Mall of the Emirates
Monday AM: Company Visit, Technology Industry
PM: Travel to Al Ain
UAEU campus tour and orientation
Tuesday AM: Class: Industry of the UAE
PM: Cultural Activities
Wednesday AM: Transfer to Abu Dhabi
PM: Cultural Activities, Visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Thursday AM: Visit at Falcon Hospital
PM: Company Visit, Healthcare Industry
Friday AM: Consulate Visit
PM: Cultural Visit, Bedouin Village
Saturday AM: Travel to Dubai, Company Visit
Farewell Lunch
PM: Travel to Airport
Sunday  Return to Cincinnati

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United Arab Emirates: Dubai, Al-Ain, Abu-Dhabi 
LCB UAE 17FSThe United Arab Emirates is made up of 7 emirates, each with its own character and allure. Dubai is the most well known of the UAE cities with its skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands, city-sized malls, indoor ski slopes, and beach resorts.  An hour's drive south is oil-rich Abu Dhabi, the country's capital. Al-Ain is the home to UAE University and is famous for its bustling camel souk.  

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Who Can Participate?Rachel with camel

Undergraduate students, prerequisites include MKTG2080, INTB3080, OM3080, MGMT3080. 

Student Spotlight: Rachel Davidson

"The UAE is a remarkable place, it is innovative and on the brink of becoming the top emerging economy and market. They do everything bigger and better and have a strong sense of pride when it comes to their government and country. The UAE is a melting pot of a lot of different ethnicities and cultures. Everything is built to perfection and the highest standards possible."  Read more about Rachel's experience here.

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Academic Program and Course Information

Course Registration:  INTB5023, Study Abroad United Arab Emirates, 3 credits, Fall Semester, Prof. Charles Matthews. 
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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FacultyChuck with camel

Charles H. Matthews, PhD
Distinguished Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Founder, UC Center for Entrepreneurship

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Living Arrangements

Modest business hotels. Participants will share double rooms. 

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Getting There

Group flight round trip Cincinnati - Dubai.  Students may opt out of the group flight and purchase their own airline ticket.  Students should not purchase a plane ticket until they have committed to the program, enrolled in the appropriate course, and received instructions from the International Programs Office. 

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Program Costs

View a cost breakdown for the United Arab Emirates program here.  All students will receive scholarships from UC International and Lindner College of Business. 

Note that both the program charges and the UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill for the Fall 2019 Semester.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process and enroll in INTB5023.  Scholarships are posted after all students register for the course connected to the study abroad experience.

This program has been awarded a UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International requires a minimum 2.0 GPA to receive this funding.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see the State Department's passport page for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access visa information is the US Department of State’s country information page  

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose to third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of StateCenters for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:

  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

LCB International Programs Dr. Charles H. Matthews
203 Carl Lindner Hall 510 Carl Lindner Hall
tel: 513-556-2968 tel: 513-556-7123

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This program is currently not accepting applications.