MBA International Business Program in Dubai

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
American University in the Emirates (AUE)


Thursday, 26 December 2013 - Saturday, 11 January, 2014
Please note: The program dates may change by +/- 1 day depending on the availability of seats and departure airport for the group flight.

Application deadline: Friday, September 13, 2013.

After Friday, September 13, 2013, inquire about the availability of participation in the program via email to the Faculty Program Coordinator, contact info on the right.


This 3-week program for MBA students includes an introduction to business, culture, and society in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) Region. Through courses (in English) taught by the Faculty and Industry Leaders at the American University in the Emirates and with site visits in Dubai and the surrounding Emirates, students are introduced to the Economic Policies, Business Practices, Finance and Islamic Banking, Dubai Stock Exchange, and Marketing Strategies of the GCC.

Additional Academic Requirements

Must be an MBA student in good academic standing.
*A few spaces are available to non-Villanova University MBA students.

No language proficiency required.
No prerequisites required.

Housing and Meals

In Dubai, students will reside in double room occupancy residency at a nearby hotel in close proximity to AUE campus located in Academic City. Housing and most meals of different ethnicities are included with the program fee.


Planned site meetings and visits include Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Department of Economic Development, Jebel Ali Free Zone & The Palm, DUBAL -Dubai Aluminium Company, Dubai Stock Exchange, and a Petrochemical Company.

Cultural activities for the students during the previous two years for this program have included a trip to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Yas Hotel, and Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, Dubai City Tour, and Desert Safari and Desert Party with Camel rides and Henna as well as visits to Bastakiya Dubai – Historical Town Center, Welcome Dinner at Kan Zaman in the Shindagha Heritage Village on Dubai Creek, Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Atop Burj Khalifa (Tallest building in the World. MI-4:, New Year's Eve Celebration at Atlantis The Palm, a Dhow Cruise on Dubai Creek, Farewell Dinner at Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Tea /Refreshments at the Skyview Bar of the Burj Al-Arab.

Additional Information

Students will travel predominantly by bus that will be provided for transportation by AUE for all program related trips while in Dubai. For personal travel in Dubai, metered taxis are readily available at very reasonable rates to and from AUE and/or the hotel. Language is not a problem on the AUE campus as English is widely spoken. Even off campus, students will be able to converse with local people in English throughout the GCC region.


It is recommended that all students have an up-to-date tetanus booster and the hepatitis A series of 2 shots, as well as the hepatitis B series. Please contact your personal physician to make arrangements and verify your immunization history. Additional information can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


By signing the Villanova University Release Form, you are agreeing to the fact that you have health insurance coverage while in Dubai. If your current policy does not cover you in Dubai, please follow this link to the student handbook and scroll to page 10 for insurance provider suggestions:

* StudentHandbook.pdf
International Studies Student Handbook
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Faculty Program Coordinator

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Dr. Sohail Chaudhry
Department of Management and Operations/International Business
Villanova School of Business
Bartley 3076


Application can be found on the Forms website.

Payment Information

After September 13, 2013, inquire about the availability of participation in the program via email to: Dr. Sohail Chaudhry; the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due within two weeks of receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program.

2013-14 Fee: $5,850
Includes: tuition, double room residency, daily breakfast, most lunches and some dinners, wireless internet, excursions, and airport pickup and drop-off for students on group flight. Airfare included. Dr. Chaudhry will have a group flight option available in mid-late September. The group flight will be coordinated by Dr. Chaudhry.

Course Offerings

MBA 8523: International Business Studies- Dubai International Practicum - 3 credits

Lectures at AUE include the following topics: Culture and Religion in the Gulf, Economic Policies of GCC countries, Business Negotiation in the Gulf, Marketing Strategies in the Gulf region, and Financial Centers and Islamic Banking in the Gulf region.

Note: Students will be enrolled by the Office of International Studies in MBA 8523 course for this program.

Important Web Resources

Valuable travel and related information about Dubai and the United Arab Emirates can be found at the web sites below.

US Consulate Dubai:

US Embassy Abu Dhabi:

US Department of State:

UAE Embassy Washington DC: