Dubai Study Abroad (December 13 - 23, 2013) Winter Break

View our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for additional information.

  1. Program Description
  2. Travel Dates and Locations
  3. Program Costs
  4. What is Included
  5. Eligibility
  6. Courses Offered
  7. Tentative Itinerary
  8. Financial Aid
  9. Program Director Contact
  10. Program Due Dates
  11. Refund Policy
  12. On Campus Meetings
  13. Scholarships
  14. Travel Visas
  15. Application / Enrollment Information
Program Description

This study abroad program is conducted within the context of management and international business courses offered by the College of Business, and offers the unique opportunity for a limited number of students to gain knowledge about conducting business in another culture/foreign environment, and to obtain specific in-country experiences regarding international business and management opportunities in foreign countries.

Travel Dates and Locations

The program will travel from December 13 - 23, 2013 to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Although the travel dates take place during Winter Break, the course will count for the Spring 2014 Term.

Program Costs

The cost of this trip is $3,280 program fee + $610.77 instructional fee (per class) + $175 Study Abroad Fee (includes international medical insurance). Please note that an initial registration fee of $1,000.00 is due when enrolling

The registration fee can be paid with any major credit card. We cannot accept checks or money orders. Additionally, we cannot add the initial registration fee to a student's Panthersoft account. The registration fee will be deducted from the program fee.

What's Included

The program fee includes round-trip international airfare, hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy), ground transportation (as indicated on the itinerary), entry to cultural and business visits, and daily breakfast.

Students will be responsible for any and all personal and/or additional expenses including (but not exclusive to), travel visas, passport fees, currency exchange fees, Internet fees, faxes, phone, lodging incidentals (i.e. room service) or extensions, meals not covered in the program, appropriate tips, vaccinations/inoculations, and any other voluntary tours or excursions not covered in the program. Gratuities are not included and will be collected at the start of the program. Information about gratuities will be provided during one of the on-campus meetings.


To participate in this study abroad program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Business students must already be admitted to the College of Business.
  2. Must be a junior or a senior to participate. The courses offered are 4000 level courses and carry prerequisites that must be met.
  3. Non-business students may participate as long as they are a junior or senior enrolled at FIU. Speak with your academic advisor to see if the classes offered will count as upper level electives.
  4. Professional BBA Students should consult with the Professional BBA office before applying.
Courses Offered

All students are required to take the mandatory MAN 4956 course and may select one additional course (for a maximum of 6 credits). Students should check the prerequisites for the courses they wish to take before applying. Our office will get an advisor approval for the classes selected and will automatically register the student once approved.

Tentative Itinerary

The following itinerary is a preliminary itinerary, that is subject to change. Students will receive an official itinerary prior to departure.

day 1 FRIDAY, December 13, 2013
» Depart morning from Miami International Airport/ Overnight Flight
day 2 SATURDAY, December 14, 2013
» Arrive and transfer to your hotel
» Check in at hotel
» Overnight
day 3 Sunday, December 15, 2013
» Breakfast with the group
» Orientation
» Company visit TBA
day 4 MONDAY, December 16, 2013
» Breakfast with the group
» Company visit TBA
» Lunch on your own
» Company visit TBA
day 5 tuesday, December 17, 2013
» Breakfast with the group
» Company visit TBA
» Lunch (on your own)
» Company visit TBA
» Dinner (on your own)
day 6 Wednesday, December 18, 2013
» Breakfast with the group

Company visit TBA

» Lunch (on your own)
» Company visit TBA
» Free Afternoon
day 7 THURSDAY, December 19, 2013
» Breakfast with the group
» Pick up time
» Abu Dhabi day trip
» Group tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque followed by sightseeing
» Lunch (on your own)
» Presentation Exceed
day 8 friday, December 20, 2013
» Breakfast with the group
» Cultural tour
» Cultural lunch included at SMCCU
» Desert safari & dinner show
day 9 Saturday, December 21, 2013
» Breakfast with the group
» Group presentations
» Lunch on own and free time to explore on own
» Pick up time and transfer to airport
day 10 Sunday, December 22-23, 2013
» Flight depart from Dubai to Miami via Frankfurt
» Pick up time and transfer to airport
Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for this study abroad program. Students who wish to use financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans, etc) to help cover the cost of this program must speak with Financial Aid (305-348-7272) to discuss their individual needs.

While we do our utmost to accommodate students with financial aid, please be aware that it is the students responsibility for paying the balance of this program by the due dates. In the event the disbursement date of the financial aid funds occurs after our due date, students will be responsible for paying the balance out of their own pocket by such time.

Program Director

For questions regarding your study abroad application, please contact CIBER at (305) 348-1740 or by e-mail

For any questions regarding academics of this program, please contact the program director for this program:

Dr. Doreen Gooden
Dept. of Management & International Business
ACII 135A (Biscayne Bay Campus)
Phone: (305) 919-5514
Prof. Louis Melbourne
Dept. of Management & International Business
ACII-120I (Biscayne Bay Campus)
Phone: (305) 919-5255

Due Dates

Please be mindful of the due dates listed below. Failure to turn in the requested documents by the due date may result in removal from the program and forfeiture of all monies paid. Our office will not make any exceptions to any student. Students must adhere to these dates in order to successfully participate in this program.

1. Balance Payment October 20, 2013
2. Copy of Passport and U.S. Residency Card/Visa October 20, 2013
  Passport must be valid for at least six months beyond date of return.  
3. Submitted Medical Information Form October 20, 2013
4. Last day to withdraw with a refund (see refund policy below) September 24, 2013

Refund Policy

Cancellations received by October 1, 2013 will be eligible to receive a refund, less a $100 dollar processing fee. Written notice of cancellation is required. We regret that cancellations received after October 1, 2013 will not be eligible for refunds due to financial commitments to various vendors.

On Campus Meetings

Students enrolled in this program will be required to attend two on campus meetings prior to the departure of the trip. Attendance is mandatory. Lunch will be provided to the students. Students who cannot attend must e-mail the professor and CIBER in advance and will be required to obtain any missed information. Parents and spouses are always welcome to attend these meetings, but please know these meetings will mainly discuss the course curriculum.

  1. Saturday, November 9, 2013 1:30pm-5:00pm
  2. Saturday, November 23, 2013 1:30pm-5:00pm


The following scholarships are available for this program:

  1. CBA-CIBER Need Based Scholarship
    This $750.00 scholarship is available to two students that meet the following requirements:
    • Minimum 3.7 GPA
    • Admitted to the College of Business Administration
    • Enrolled in this study abroad program
    • Must demonstrate the need for financial assistance
    • Adherence to the rules of the program, timely submission of assignments and conduct both on campus and abroad
    To apply for this scholarship, please fill out the Application Form and submit it to CIBER along with a 1 page proposal on why you want to study abroad (Deadline: November 1, 2012). Scholarship awards will be announced shortly after the end of the program.
  2. Office of Study Abroad Scholarship
    The Office of Study Abroad will be awarding a $300 - $500 scholarship to one student who meets the following requirements:
    • Brief one-page form accompanied by a personal statement.
    • Must demonstrate the need for financial assistance
    • Enrolled in this study abroad program
    To apply for this scholarship, please fill out the Application Form and submit it to the Office of Study Abroad no later than TBA.

Travel Visas

All students are responsible for verifying if they require a visa for travel or not. Students are responsible for applying for a travel visa and paying all necessary fees. When applying for a visa, please apply for a tourist visa. Our office will provide the student with any necessary documentation needed when applying, such as a letter of enrollment verification, an official itinerary, or a copy of their airfare/hotel reservation.

These documents should be requested one week in advance from our office. These documents can only be processed once the student has provided us with a copy of their valid passport, and a copy of their student visa/green card (if applicable). Students are urged not to wait until the last moment to apply for their visa.


Application / Enrollment

To enroll into this study abroad program, please complete the online application by clicking the "Enroll Now" button below. You will be required to make an initial registration fee of $1,000.00 with any major credit card. The remaining balance will be added to your Panthersoft account once you have been enrolled in the classes.

In addition to the online application, students must submit the following documents to our office by the due date listed above:

  1. Clear copy of valid passport
  2. Clear copy of Visa/U.S. Residency card (if applicable)
  3. The Medical Information Form (A copy will be e-mailed to you after enrolling)

The application is not considered complete until these documents have been received. We cannot receive fax copies of these documents.

The application will close once the program has been filled. We have a few spaces avaible left for this program. Otherwise:

Please note: FIU Faculty and staff are not responsible for delays, changes in itinerary, changes in the content and cost of program, or other matters which are beyond their control.