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.
Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
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
Pre-Departure Meeting Dates
Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
History of the UAE
Culture of the UAE
Communication in the Gulf
Depart Springfield for Dubai
City tour, Jumeirah mosque tour with lecture, Al Fahidi Fort tour, and Dubai Museum. Cultural dinner with musicians and artists.
City tour, visit tallest building in the world and expert history lecture.
Visit the Islamic Museum and historic remaining houses. Visit the Al-Qasba'a Creek, King Faisal Grand Mosque, and the Pearl Monument, and the Blue Souk. Tour of Sharjah University and expert lecture on higher education in the Gulf.
Visit Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai butterfly Garden. Group discussion in afternoon of Dubai's economic development and travel industry.
Visit the Heritage Village and attend expert lecture on traditional life before oil in Abu Dhabi. Tour and expert lecture on Islam at Sheikh Zayed Mosque.
Visit and have lecture at NYU- Abu Dhabi. Explore Louvre Abu Dhabi. Tour Falcon hospital and museum.
Visit the largest camel market in the Middle East. Tour the Fortress Museum, which contains archaeological findings of the UAE's ancient settlements. Visit the Jebel Hafeet, the highest mountain in the UAE.
Afternoon journal writing and group discussion/reflection. Evening farewell dinner.
Depart for Springfield, MO
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.