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  • Locations: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Program Terms: January Term
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  • Restrictions: St. Thomas applicants only
  • Program Cost: January Term
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Final Application Deadline Decision Timeline Start Date End Date
January Term 2023 09/19/2022 12/31/2022 01/14/2023 01/23/2023
Program Description:
As the business world slowly emerges from the grips of the pandemic and begins to face the new post-pandemic reality; the Opus College of Business is excited to bring a unique opportunity to our MBA students. We are pleased to offer Doing Business in Dubai, a study abroad class in Dubai during the January 2023 term. This class allows our MBA students to understand the state of global business in 2023 and beyond and what it takes to succeed in such an environment, and at the same time, helps them fulfill their global study requirement.

Dubai is one of the most hyper-connected, pro-business hubs in Asia that offers a seamless, business-friendly, forward-looking ecosystem that businesses need for accelerated growth. It is thus no surprise that many global and regional companies have a strong presence in Dubai and the World Bank has recognized Dubai as #1 destination to do business in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

As we get ready to travel the world again, this class offers you an opportunity to visit Dubai in January 2023 and participate in a knowledge-packed, immersive, on-site, global learning experience. What’s more, taking this class allows you to earn three credits toward your degree within a short span of ten days. 

The global business environment is inherently complex. As the world slowly emerges from the grips of the pandemic, it faces new business realities that are full of previously unseen challenges and unprecedented new opportunities. As global business managers, it is imperative that we understand how the world beyond our boundaries is navigating the new realities and getting ready to handle the new challenges and opportunities that have arisen over the past two years.

Doing Business in Dubai- a short-term, on-site study abroad class in Dubai- is a perfect opportunity for UST graduate business students to gain that understanding. This class allows us to engage with global business managers operating in one of Asia’s most important business hubs and learn from them what it takes to do business in today’s hyperconnected and competitive global world. This class offers a deeply immersive and interactive academic experience that allows you learn first-hand the strategic and tactical frameworks today’s global managers are developing anew, reinventing, and implementing.

Through participating in a variety of carefully crafted activities such as company visits, inter-cultural learning opportunities, an experiential learning project, as well as various embedded cultural engagements, you will walk away each day with a renewed understanding of the richness and complexity of the world beyond our boundaries.

Course Objectives: 
This  immersive experience will allow students to:
  1. Learn to analyze and critically evaluate post-pandemic marketing and related business challenges and opportunities in Dubai
  2. Gain knowledge about the business environment in the middle east and understand how the political, economic, socio-cultural, and technological (PEST) elements affect business environment 
  3. Learn how global and local firms develop and implement customized strategic frameworks and marketing strategies for local and regional markets
  4. Learn to make marketing/business decisions in developed global markets
Refund Dates:
15% of Program Fees non-refundable           Thursday, October 20th, 2022
50% of Program Fees non-refundable           Monday, November 14th, 2022
Full-program costs due, no refunds               Wednesday, December 14th, 2022