Palace in Abu Dhabi

Stern Around the World in

Abu Dhabi

MULT-UB 45: The Middle East: Culture, Markets and Strategies | Examine structures and trends in the Middle East and their implications for business strategies.

Stern Around the World in Abu Dhabi

Note that this course will not be offered in January 2022.  Please keep an eye out for updates on this website and in Stern Weekly emails for details about future sections.  

As part of this spring semester course, you will take a trip to Abu Dhabi in January. There, you will examine key cultural, economic, political, and social structures and trends in the Middle East, and assess their implications for business strategies.

Course Overview

MULT-UB 45: The Middle East: Culture, Markets and Strategies
3 credits
Course: Spring Semester | Travel: January 
Instructor: Professor Sunder Narayanan
Email:, Office: Tisch Hall, Room 901

MULT-UB 45 The Middle East: Culture, Markets and Strategies, is designed as an introduction to the Middle East, with a special focus on the Arabian Gulf (GCC) countries. It will examine key cultural, economic, political, and social structures in the region, and their implication for business strategies. The trip to Abu Dhabi will be used as a context to examine special topics that are relevant to the region. Some examples of topics that would be covered include sovereign wealth funds, the geopolitics of oil and renewable energy, Islam and Islamic finance, cultural issues, demographic and consumption patterns, and entrepreneurship. The topics will be covered through lectures, discussions, guest lectures, company visits, cultural excursions, and projects.

This course is open to NYU Stern juniors and seniors who apply and are accepted into the program. If you are interested in applying you must also meet the following prerequisites:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (study abroad requirement).
  • Must be enrolled at Stern in New York City for the spring semester immediately following the January trip
  • Seniors who plan to graduate in January are not eligible.
  • Attending or viewing an Info Session is highly encouraged before applying

This 3-credit course can count towards:

  • Global Business elective
  • Marketing elective
  • General Stern elective


The application will become available in late summer and the deadline will be in September 2022. To apply you must complete the application and also email the NYU Stern Abu Dhabi Team with a digital color copy of your passport, digital color copy of both sides of your NYU ID and your resume. 

Travel Details

If you are accepted into the program, you will need to arrange your own flights to and from Abu Dhabi.  You will also be required to check in to the Abu Dhabi residence hall at the official start of the program and stay through the official end of the program.

Program Timeline

Program Timeline
Date Event/Deadline
Late Summer

Application opens.

Early September Info Sessions 
Late September 

Deadline to submit application, including submission of color passport copy, color copy of NYU ID (both sides) and resume.


Trip program fee and contracts due.


The Stern Abu Dhabi team will take care of your registration for this class. Please make a note of the deadline to file a Pass/Fail option for this course.


Mandatory trip pre-departure session.


The official trip dates will include Abu Dhabi arrival and orientation, classes, cultural programming, and departure from Abu Dhabi.


Required trip debrief session in New York.


Estimated Expenses

Please note: Although you will be registered for this 3-credit course as part of your spring schedule, NYU tuition and registration do not cover the additional fees for the trip to Abu Dhabi.


Estimated Expenses

You Will Be Responsible For:

Estimated Cost: Notes:
Trip Program Fee *$1,600

*Estimate. Will be confirmed summer prior to travel. Limited scholarships are available. See information below.

Round Trip Flight *$1,200 – 1,800

*Estimate. You will make your own flight arrangements.

Passport Renewal/Visa $110 passport/*$357 visa 

*Estimate. Only applies if you need to renew your passport and/or get a visa.

Course Materials $50  
Personal Expenses *$400

*Estimate. Approximately $40 per day for 10 days.


Need-Based Travel Scholarships 

NYU Stern is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to participants who have demonstrated financial need. Scholarship award amounts vary, and are to help cover the program fee cost. However, scholarship amounts do not cover flight costs or additional costs not covered by the program fee. In order to be eligible, you must have an updated FAFSA or CSS Profile on file at NYU. You can apply for a travel scholarship via the application.

Passport and Visa Requirements for All Participants


Passports: You must have a passport valid for a minimum of six months after your dates of travel. For this trip that means your passport cannot expire before the end of July 2023. More information on how to renew or obtain a U.S. passport can be found on the U.S. Department of State's website. If you are an international student please contact your Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  All NYU students are welcome to contact the NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) for assistance as well.

Tourist visas: If you are accepted it will be your responsibility to apply and receive the appropriate visa in a timely manner for the trip. Refunds are not provided if you fail to secure your visa.

  • U.S. citizens with passports valid for more than six months beyond the dates of travel do not need a visa to enter Abu Dhabi if the duration of stay is less than one month. This includes U.S. citizens with visas or entry stamps from other countries. 
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, please consult UAE's visa requirements. If you do need a visa to travel, you will work directly with the Stern Abu Dhabi team and the NYU Abu Dhabi staff to obtain the appropriate visa paperwork, rather than going to the UAE Consulate. Detailed information on the visa application process will be provided once you are admitted into the program. Please note that the UAE visa cost is estimated to be approximately $357.00 USD.

Learn more at an upcoming Info Session