Oman/UAE: Language, Culture and Business in Oman and Dubai

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All Majors

Ibri, Oman & Dubai, United Arab Emirates — This program will introduce students to the language, culture and business practices of Oman and the UAE (Dubai). Oman and the UAE are Middle Eastern countries known for their peacefulness, modernity, hospitality and openness. As members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, they share many features of global economic development, but have also retained their traditional heritage and character. Students will be immersed in Arabic culture and language, contrasting the modern and traditional aspects of the Middle East. They will also experience how business is done in these two Middle Eastern countries and how traditional culture influences business and the business environment.

When can I go?

July 12 - August 14, 2018 (5 weeks)

Where will I live?

Students will live in apartments and hotels.

Who is eligible to participate?

This program is open to all majors, but does require a minimum 2.0 GPA. 

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2018 Program): February 1, 2018

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

What credits will I receive?

Students will register for a total of 6 credits: 

ARA 180: Spoken and Written Arabic in the Gulf (3 credits) OR 

ARA 285: Colloquial and Media Arabic (3 credits) OR

ARA 386: Arabic through Culture and Customs (3 credits) AND 

BUS 301: International Business and Culture in Oman and Dubai (3 credits) 

*Issues friendly (Students can fulfill their entire Issues requirement on this program) 

Students can also fulfill World Perspectives

Language of instruction: Arabic and English 

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $4,483

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Most meals
  • Field trips and entrance fees
  • All ground transportation
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition ($3,150)
  • Personal expenses ($500)
  • Passport ($140)
  • ISIC card (Optional) ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $8,301

Financial Aid

To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

Financial Aid FAQs


FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

SEIDMAN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP (Award varies):  Apply online using GVSU MyScholarships:

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships:

Visit for additional information on grants and scholarships.

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director:

Sebastian Maisel
Middle East Studies 

B-2-234 Mackinac Hall


All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.