Global Learning Opportunity (GLO) in the UAE 2014

06N:235 EXA Seminar in International Business: Going & Growing Global in the UAE


The UAE trip will include a visit to two of the Emirates: Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Dubai is the seventh most visited city in the world and a hub for international trade, with one of the world’s largest ports and a state-of-the-art transportation infrastructure. It benefits from being one of the most business-friendly places in the region. The early success of Dubai’s economy was mainly attributable to its significant oil industry. The city now has thriving real estate and construction, financial services, information technology and tourism sectors and is home to many multinational companies.

You will also have the chance to visit Abu Dhabi, the capital and home to important financial institutions and government entities. One of the world's largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services, technology and tourism.

Experience Arabian culture and hospitality, learn how Islam influences business practices, and even ride a camel! To read about last year’s trip, check out this student blog.


Program Dates in the UAE

Saturday, January 4 to Saturday, January 11, 2014 (Depart U.S. on Friday, January 3)

Mandatory class session:
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 10am-4pm, in Iowa City, Room C435 Pomerantz Center

How to Apply

  • To apply for the GLO, complete and submit the online application form.

    NOTE: you will need your passport information to complete the online application form. The form should take about 10 minutes to complete and must be finished in its entirety to submit.

  • Provide a clear photocopy or scan of your passport photo page (upload while submitting the online application, email to or drop it by C432 PC).
  • Non-US citizens must also provide a clear photocopy or scan of their US visa page; additional documents for a visa may also be required.


    The application deadline is Wednesday, September 18, at 5 p.m.

    The program is also open to PM students and is limited to 30 students, so sign up now!

Program Fee Information

The Full-time MBA Program will subsidizethe $2,400 program fee for GLO. However, if you withdraw on or after October 1st, you will be penalized the entire program fee amount ($2400) given our requirement to prepay the vendor (see details below).

The program fee includes:

  • Hotel accommodation (double occupancy)*
  • Visa/reciprocity fees and processing if necessary
  • Professional visits and speakers
  • Classroom space
  • Group airport/hotel transfers in country (available in prescribed time window)
  • Internal travel (Dubai to Abu Dhabi and return by bus or train)
  • Bi-lingual group tour manager
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • Transportation to all professional visits
  • Scheduled excursions and cultural activities
  • Some meals (including all breakfasts and welcome and farewell meals)
  • Supplemental health insurance and assistance for international travel (CISI)

*a single-room supplement will be charged for those individuals who want a single room.



Please direct any questions to Jill Tomkins, MBA Global Learning and Student Services Coordinator, Tippie School of Management, at 319-335-2686 or