Dubai, United Arab Emirates: International Business Studies

Winter break: Graduate BUSINESS PRacticum

Villanova University

Villanova School of Business

International Business Studies: Dubai International Practicum

Dubai, UAE

Program Status: **Closed**

Application Deadline: 4 October 2019 

2019-20 Program Information

Predeparture Class Meetings (Mandatory): Fridays 6 and 13 December from 6:00 - 9:00 pm Bartley Hall Room 3010

Program Travel Dates (Tentative): 29 December, 2019 - 11 January, 2020

2010 - 2011 Dubai Program Blog 2012-2013 Dubai Program Blog 2015-2016 Dubai Program Blog 2016-17 Dubai Photos
 2011 - 2012 Dubai Program Blog 2013-2014 Dubai Program Blog List of Past Participants of the Dubai Immersion Course 2010-2019 Information Session Slide Deck

Program (Sample Program: 2018-19)

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 seminars (in English) taught by the Industry Leaders and Faculty at the American University in the Emirates as well as with site visits and cultural immersion 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. The course and activities cost includes 3-credits course tuition, airfare, lodging, excursions, most meals, and local transportation during the program activities.

Program Travel Dates (Tentative)

Outbound: 29 December, 2019 - Inbound: 11 January, 2020


Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Program Enrollment Status

Contact Faculty Program Director at

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Program Itinerary and Important Program Dates - Winter 2019/2020

Fridays 6 and 13 December 2019 Mandatory VU Pre-Departure Coursework & Orientation (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Ethnic Dinners will be served on both days
29 December 2019 Bus Transfer: VU Campus to JFK
Depart JFK: Group Flight Information
30 December 2019 Arrive Dubai: Group Flight Pick-Up at DXB -
Bus Transfer: DXB to Hotel
31 December 2019 - 9 January 2020 Program
1, 3, and 10 January 2020 Free Days
11 January 2020 Bus Transfer: Hotel to DXB
Depart Dubai: Group Flight Information
11 January 2020 Arrive JFK
Bus Transfer:
JFK to VU Campus
Monday 20 January 2020 Due Date for Study Papers - Hard and Soft Copies


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Faculty Program Director

Dr. Sohail Chaudhry
Department of Management and Operations/International Business
Villanova School of Business
Bartley Hall 3076
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Course and Activities Cost and Payment Information

2019-20 Course and Activities Fees(1, 2, 3, 4): $8,500

The program cost includes  3 Credits Course Tuition, Airfare, Double Room Occupancy, Daily Breakfast, Most Lunches and Several Dinners, Wireless Internet, Excursions, and Airport Pick-up/Drop-off for students on the group flight.

Program Payment information available at Office of Education Abroad (Web link will be available here)

1 All listed fees are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until sufficient students are registered. Also, VU reserves the right to cancel the course if the required number of applications have not been completed by the deadline. In the event a program is canceled, all deposits will be refunded to the student account minus any expenses incurred for programming purposes.

2 The program cost is tentative as it may change based on the the fuel/tax charges levied by the carrier at the time of ticketing.

3 If you do not hold a USA Citizenship, then you will need a UAE Visa before leaving USA. The UAE Visa fee is not included in the program cost. Details of the UAE are at The host institution or the hotel will sponsor the participant's Visa and the cost associated with this service needs to be settled directly with the sponsor. The cost was USD $250 during 2016-17.

4 On prior approval of the Program Director and the Office of Education Abroad, it is possible for a spouse to accompany the participant on the Dubai program. However, it should be noted that the spouse can only participate in the cultural aspects of the program. The participant will be billed the associated cost to their VU student account for the various cultural activities including transportation at the conclusion of the program by the Bursar. Furthermore, the spouse will need to provide additional information to the Office of Education Abroad in order to be considered for their participation in the program.

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Passport Portal Application Form

Available at Office of Education Abroad's Dubai web site here or direct web link to the Passport Portal here

The Dubai Immersion course registration process is by completing and submitting the Application Form which is accessible through the Office of Education Abroad Passport Portal no later than 4 October 2019. Admission in the program is based on rolling admissions for the first 32 applications and the program may fill prior to 4 October 2019. 

After 4 October 2019, inquire about the availability of participation in the program via email to the Faculty Program Director

A non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due within two weeks from the receipt of the acceptance letter. Final payment is due as advised in the acceptance letter.

A separate service charge of $50 is charged by the Bursar for the processing of the payment for students who are not registered during the Fall semester.

For 2019-20, the Bursar will electronically invoice your student account (V-Bill) beginning on Monday, October 7, 2019. The balance in the full amount must be received October 25, 2019.

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Academic Requirements and Availability

Good Academic Standing.

Favorable Letter of Recommendation (For non-VU participants only)

No language proficiency is required.

No Prerequisites.

Open to newly admitted students in the Flex, Fast Track, JD/MBA Graduate Programs.


Available to students enrolled in all Graduate Programs in the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University.

Available to a limited number of students enrolled in MBA Programs at other US-based Universities. Contact Faculty Program Director for additional information and requirements.

Available to a limited number of students in other Graduate Programs at Villanova University. Contact Faculty Program Director for additional Information and requirements.

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Course Offering

MBA 8523 International Business Studies: Dubai International Practicum - 3 credits
Seminars at AUE in Dubai include the following topics but are not restricted to: Culture and Religion in the Gulf, Economic Policies of GCC countries, Business Negotiation in the Gulf, Marketing Strategies in the Gulf region, Asset Management, Real Estate, Tourism Industry, and Financial Centers and Islamic Banking in the Gulf region.

The MBA 8523 course is a 3-Credit Multidisciplinary Elective and counts towards the International Business Specialization. Check with the VSB Graduate Office for the additional details.

There may also be a session at the US Consulate in Dubai on US Export Policy in the GCC.

A visit to the College of Business Administration at Abu Dhabi University may be planned during the visit to Abu Dhabi.

Note: Accepted students will be automatically enrolled by the Villanova University's Office of Education Abroad in MBA 8523 designated course for this program.

Business and Industrial Visits

During the previous years, the students visited Al-Rawabi Dairy, Dubai Chamber, Dubai Courts, Dubai Financial Market (DFM), Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Lamprell plc (An Oil Rig building, upgrade, and refurbishment company), DuCab (Dubai Cable), DUBAL (Dubai Aluminium Company), US Consulate Dubai,   and The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. A similar program is planned for this year.

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Cultural Activities

Cultural activities for the students during the previous years for this program included a trip to the Heritage Village, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Yas Hotel, Emirates Palace, Ferrari World, and Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Museums and Souks, Dubai City Tour, and Desert Safari and Desert Party with Camel rides and Henna as well as visits to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding in the Bastakiya - Historical Town Center, Welcome Dinner at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, A Visit to Global Village, 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 or a private room with the view of the The World Islands at the Burj Al-Arab. A similar program is planned for this year.

A New Year Eve celebration will be planned at the Atlantis The Palm


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Housing, Meals, and Transportation

In Dubai, during the past few years, the students have resided in a 2-Bedroom Apartment Hotel (Abidos Dubailand) with quad occupancy in close proximity to host institution. The apartment includes a large living/dining room, 2.5 bathrooms, fully equiped kitchen with a washing machine, among other amenities. There is a rooftop swimming pool, steam room, a well equiped excercise room, among other facilities. There is a supermarket and a pharmacy located on the outside of the hotel facility. The same residency will be provided if possible.

Housing and most meals of different ethnicities are included with the program fee. Students will travel predominantly by bus that will be provided for transportation by the host institution 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 the host institution and/or the hotel. Language is not a problem on the host institution campus as English is widely spoken. Even off campus, students will be able to converse with local people in English throughout the GCC region.

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Important Travel Information Links

Useful Business Links About UAE

Useful Official Sites About Dubai

Useful Cultural Links About Dubai

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NOTICE: Villanova University reserve the right to modify or cancel the program if circumstances warrant.

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