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  • Locations: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Program Terms: Thanksgiving Break
  • Budget Sheets: Thanksgiving Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Serracin, Mercedes Click here for a definition of this term Program Director: Elobeid, Amani, Luvaga, Ebby
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Arabic
Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: Iowa State University Click here for a definition of this term ISU Course: ECON 496
Click here for a definition of this term Classification at Departure: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Description:
Banner LAS
Culture and Economic Diversification
in The United Arab Emirates (UAE)

The United Arab Emirates was founded in 1971 under the vision of the late founder Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan in which seven trucial states united to form one country. In the past 10 years, the UAE has evolved to become the third largest economy in the Middle East. More recently, the UAE has pushed for the movement away from dependency on oil through economic diversification and investments in other sectors such as manufacturing, tourism, and trading.

This LAS program will be offered in the Fall 2019 and travel over Thanksgiving Break 2019 to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The dates are November 21 to December 1.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Undergraduate students from all majors and colleges are welcome to apply!

For the course and program, students receive 3 credits of Economics 496. The Iowa State course happens during the fall semester, starting in August. The class will meet two hours per week.

The purpose of the program is to gain first-hand exposure to the emerging economy in the Middle East and the economic diversification in the UAE.
Upon completion of the program, students will gain exposure in the following areas:
  • Manufacturing
  • Tourism and Finance/Economics
  • Culture and Heritage
Budget information is available by clicking here.  Please note that ISUAbroad budget sheets do not allow for the reflection of different rates of ISU tuition by major. Please see the budget sheet notes for more detailed information about expenses. Please contact your college major study abroad office for other possible scholarships. For those in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, please contact Nancy T. Guthrie,, if you would need a scholarship to be able to finance this program.

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.

Additional scholarship information can be found here:
Scholarships and Fellowships for International Study
ISU Scholarships
ISU Financial Aid

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

Accepted participants will be notified on a rolling basis upon submission of completed application. Once you are accepted to participate, you must either commit to or decline your offer in the ISUAbroad online application system. Those students who commit to participate are officially part of the program and will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If you withdraw, you will be responsible for the withdrawal penalty outlined below, in addition to all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on your behalf. Appeals are possible in certain extenuating circumstances, such as family or medical emergencies. Charges will be applied to your U-bill.
31-60 days prior to program start date $100
1-30 days prior $200
Start date or after Full study abroad program fee
Program Director
Dr. Ebby Luvaga
174A Heady Hall

Program Director
Dr. Amani Elobeid
166D Heady Hall

LAS Study Abroad Director
Mercedes Serracin

Las Study Abroad Website:


This program is currently not accepting applications.