Stern Around the World: Abu Dhabi

MULT-UB 45 The Middle East: Cultures, Markets, and Strategies

Three images that show the NYU Abu Dhabi campus and two pictures of the Abu Dhabi skyline

As a student in this Spring 2020 semester course, you will take a trip to Abu Dhabi in January 2020. There you will examine key cultural, economic, political, and social structures and trends in the Middle East, and assess their implications for business strategies. Please see below for details.

Program Overview

Course Overview

OFFICE: 901 Tisch Hall
  • This course is open to Stern Juniors and Seniors who apply and are accepted into the program.
    Additionally, students must meet the following prerequisites:
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA (study abroad requirement)
    • Must be enrolled at Stern in New York City for the Spring 2020 semester
    • Seniors who plan to graduate in January 2020 are not eligible
  • This course can count as a Global Business Elective, Marketing Elective, or a Stern Elective.

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.


To apply you must complete the online application and also email with a digital color copy of your passport, digital color copy of both sides of your NYU ID and your resume. The application deadline for the January 2020 course and trip will be Friday, September 27, 2019 at 12:30pm.

Travel Details

Students must check in to the Abu Dhabi residence hall on Tuesday, January 7th and stay through the end of the program at 5pm on Thursday, January 16th. Students will arrange their own flights to and from Abu Dhabi.

Important Dates for 2019-2020



Friday, September 27, 2019 at 12:30pm

Online application deadline for Stern Around the World: Abu Dhabi
(including submission of color passport copy, color copy of NYU ID - both sides, and resume)

Friday, October 11, 2019

Trip program fee and contracts due from accepted students

Week of November 11th Accepted students will be registered for the course

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Mandatory Trip Pre-Departure Session
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Room: 19 Washington Sq North, 3rd Floor, Saadiyat Room

January 7, - January 17, 2020

Trip to Abu Dhabi
These dates include arrival on 1/7, classes and non-academic programming in Abu Dhabi, and departure from Abu Dhabi on 1/17.
**Students will arrange their own flights to and from Abu Dhabi. Students must check in with a Stern Trip Leader at 10 am on January 8th and stay through the end of the program at 5pm on the afternoon of January 16th. Please note, the deadline to file a Pass/Fail option for this course is January 3, 2020.

Friday, February 7, 2020

1:00pm-4:00pm- Required Trip Debrief Session in New York (Room TBD)


Estimated Expenses

Please note: Although you will be registered for this 3-credit course as part of your Spring 2020 schedule, NYU tuition and registration fees do not cover the additional fees for the trip to Abu Dhabi.
Estimated Expenses
Student is Responsible For: Estimated Expenses: Notes:
Trip Program Fee $1,600  Limited scholarships are available - see information below
Round Trip Flight *$1,200 - $1,800 *Estimate.  Students will make their own flight arrangements
Passport Renewal / Visa *$110 passport / *$357 visa *Estimate.  Only applies to students who need to renew their passport and/or get a visa
Course Materials $50  
Personal Expenses *$400 *Estimate. Approximately $40 per day for 10 days

The Trip Program Fee will be required of all participants. The trip fee will cover:
  • NYU Student Housing and Meal Plan for 10 days
  • Group excursions, including local transportation

Need-based Travel Scholarships

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 students cover the program fee cost.  However, scholarship amounts do not cover flight costs or additional costs not covered by the program fee.  Candidates must have an updated FAFSA or CSS Profile on file at NYU to be considered. Stern students can apply for a travel scholarship via the online application.

Passport & 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 2020. More information on how to renew or obtain a U.S. passport can be found on the U.S. Department of State's website.

Tourist visas: Americans with U.S. passports (tourist 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. Students needing visas to travel will work directly with 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 students are admitted into the program. Please note that the UAE visa cost is estimated to be approximately $357.00 USD.

Note: It is the student's responsibility to apply and receive the appropriate visas for their passports in a timely manner for the trip. Refunds are not provided for those students who fail to secure their visas.