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  • Locations: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: French, Erin, Humphrey, Nicole Cumulative GPA: 2
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Arabic
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: AESHM 381, AESHM 581
Program Description:
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Exploring Hospitality and Event Management in the Arabic World


This multi-disciplinary program is designed to immerse students thoroughly in the hospitality and events industry of the United Arab Emirates. During the program, students will have the opportunity to learn about the historical, political, social, cultural, geographical, environmental, economic, financial aspects, and language of the country, and how these factors impact the hospitality and tourism industry. Students will engage in site visits, hear from industry professionals, and experience cultural and tourism attractions. 

At the end of the program, students will:
1. Explain the impact hospitality and event operations (e.g. hotel, meeting and events, airline, and attractions) has on the tourism sector in United Arab Emirates.
2. Compare and contrast the cultural and tourist patterns and tourist motivations to travel between Americans traveling to United Arab Emirates and United Arab Emirates tourists traveling to the United States.
3. Discuss the ethical issues in hospitality and event operations as well as managerial decision-making in United Arab Emirates hospitality and event organizations.
4. Develop intercultural competence, teamwork skills, problem solving, and time management skills within the context of traveling to United Arab Emirates.

Students committed to participate in this program will enroll in AESHM 281, the required 1 credit preparation class offered the fall before the program runs.  This class will meet in person on Wednesday nights from 5:10-7:00 p.m. during the second half of the fall 2018 semester.  In addition, students will also enroll in either 2 credits of AESHM 381D (undergraduate) or AESHM 581D (graduate) for travel to the United Arab Emirates. Both classes will be added to your schedule by the CHS International Programs Office.         

Round-trip airfare will be purchased for you as part of your study abroad program fee.  All participants will fly to and from the United Arab Emirates together, and there are no opportunities for flight deviations.  Additional details about your flights will be provided during AESHM 281 in fall 2018.
Program Highlights
  • Round-trip travel to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the two largest cities in the United Arab Emirates and some of best known tourist economies
  • Explore some of the tallest buildings in the world, including the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab
  • Dinner cruise with local cuisine in the Dubai harbour
  • Desert Safari and special dinner show in Abu Dhabi
  • Opportunities to see more of the culture with the explorations of markets in Dubai and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi
  • Enjoy a New Year's Eve at a Gala

Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection

Participants must meet the following requirements:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • For AESHM 381D: 9 credits in AESHM, EVENT, and/or HSP M, sophomore classification
  • For AESHM 581D: 9 credits in AESHM, FCEdS, HRI and/or TC
  • Successful completion of AESHM 281, the associated fall pre-departure course
The College of Human Sciences may check a participant's current GPA at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA may affect participation in an international program.
Costs and Financial Assistance

Budget information for this program is available by clicking here. Participants may be able to apply their financial aid packages to this program and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. 

Scholarship resources for this program are located at the following websites:
College of Human Sciences International Scholarships 
Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships
Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarships
Office of Student Financial Aid FAQ

Study Abroad Center - Affording to Go
Withdrawal Penalties

The extended application deadline for the Winter Break 2018-2019 program is April 1st. Students will hear within 2 weeks of the application deadline if they have been accepted, and will then be given a deadline to either commit to the program or decline their acceptance. Those students who commit to their offers are officially part of the program and will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If a participant withdraws, they will be responsible for a $200 withdrawal penalty and all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on his or her behalf. Charges will be applied to the student’s U-bill.

All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information


Contact and Additional Information

Questions about Exploring Hospitality and Event Management in the Arabic World should be directed to Program Directors Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management Eric Brown at or Ken Tsai at Questions about the application process should be directed to the College of Human Sciences International Programs Office at or in 131 MacKay Hall.

This program is currently not accepting applications.