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  • Locations: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Program Terms: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2019 01/12/2019

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: English (ENG), Honors College (UHC), Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)
Minimum Required GPA: 2 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Internship or Service Learning: None College Designation: COAL
Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Fall
Program Description:


This course will expose students to a culture and environment very different from Springfield, Missouri.  The objectives include discovering and investigating the culture, communication practices, and culture of the Middle East, specifically United Arab Emirates; the dominant religion of the area - Islam; the higher education initiatives of the UAE; and UAE’s reach for modernity while trying to retain its traditions and culture. The course is designed to increase appreciation and respect for Arab people and culture.

Program Fee: $4,300

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • In Country Transportation
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • Transportation to/from designated airport
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Meals
  • Ground transportation for personal trips
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered*:
  • IDS 297 (3) 
  • UHC 350 (3)
  • ENG 575 (3)
  • ENG 684 (3)
*Student must meet all pre-requisites for a requested course

Maximum Credit Hours: 3

Leslie Seawright

Rhonda Stanton


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
TBD Overview of trip and introduction to the Middle East and UAE.
TBD Discussion of readings on the history of the UAE and the region.
Discussion of politics and the ruling family of the UAE.
TBD Discussion of Gulf and Arab culture and assigned readings.
Cultural differences of UAE verses other Gulf and non-Gulf Arab countries.  Discussion of Islam and its impact on culture.
TBD Discussion of the multicultural and multilingual environment in UAE and the Gulf, expat and local experience will be discussed along with experiences of business communication in the Gulf.
TBD Pre-Departure Meeting 
Discussion of travel etiquette to UEA including cultural customs, dress, tipping, greetings, and other relevant topics.
Program Itinerary   
January 3 Depart Springfield or Kansas City for Dubai.
January 4 Travel day to Dubai.
January 5 City tour including several sights such as the Palace of Sheikh Mohammad and the Rashid Palace, Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum, and Buri Khalifa-- the tallest building in the world. Followed by classroom time.
January 6 Travel to the Sharjah Emirate.
Tour the Islamic Museum and remaining historic houses and visit the Al-Qasba'a Creek, King Faisal Grand Mosque, and the Pearl Monument. Visit Sharjah University and Blue Souk then return to Dubai.
January 7 Travel to Abu Dhabi.
Visit the Abu-Dhabi Falcon Hospital and Museum to learn about falconry, an integral part of UAE's heritage. 
Visit Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the largest in the UAE followed by a meeting and Dinner with Abu Dhabi University students
January 8 Visit Louvre Abu Dhabi, Tour the historic villages of Abu Dhabi and the Heritage Museum.
Overnight in a desert camp including dinner, breakfast, and a tanoora dance (traditional dance) along with henna painting and camel ride.
January 9 Travel from Abu Dhabi to Dubai.
Explore the Mall of the Emirates with an indoor ski slope and an optional penguin encounter.
January 10 Visit Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding followed by a meal provided at SMCCU in a traditional wind tower house in the Al Fahidi neighborhood.
Afternoon classroom time.
Evening Dhow Cruise with Buffet Dinner at Dubai Creek.
January 11 Morning classroom time at he Jumeirah Islamic Learning Center.
Evening farewell dinner at a local Indian restaurant.
January 12 Depart for Springfield/ Kansas City, MO
Post-Program Meetings Topic
TBD Reflection projects and journal due. Class discussion and dinner

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.

The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!

Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students.  Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.

Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad.  Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad.  Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.


Billing & Procedures

  • Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
  • The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline.  This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee. 
  • The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
    • Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
  • MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
  • Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
  • If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf.
  • When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.