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Graduate Global Discovery in Oman and United Arab Emirates

Location: Muscat, Sharjah, and Dubai

Dates: Two weeks between January 2-18, 2015 (specific dates TBD); pre-departure classes Fall B term Tuesdays 9:55 - 11:35 AM plus one session in Spring A term date/time TBD.

Term: 2015 Winter Break

Objective:The Global Discovery program is a course for all full-time MBA students. It includes on-campus classes and an on-site component in one of three international locations during the winter of a student's second year. It is designed to give students a deeper understanding about how multi-national enterprises, trade agencies, and small and medium-size enterprises work successfully in emerging-market economies.


  • Up to 35 full-time MBA students from Carlson School of Management

Academic Credit

  • 3 graduate credits (1 credit in fall and 2 credits in spring)
  • Grading is A-F basis


The program is open to the second-year full-time MBA students from Carlson School of Management


This program will take place in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Muscat, the capital of Oman, is a city for international trade. Since the ascension of Qaboos bin Said as Sultan of Oman in 1970, Muscat has experienced rapid infrastructural development that has led to the growth of a vibrant economy, a multi-ethnic society, and a population of 735,000. Central to Oman's economy is petroleum, but more traditional items like dates, mother of pearl, and fish are also traded in the city.

Dubai, both an emirate of the UAE and the country's largest city, is a global city and a business hub. Although Dubai's economy was built on the oil industry, the emirate's model of business drives its economy, with the effect that its main revenues are now from tourism, real estate, and financial services. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events.


The program will spend time in Oman and various cities in the United Arab Emirates, including Dubai. The program will include transportation between cities. The program will start with a welcome dinner and opening city tour. A typical day will include two academic or cultural activities. Activities will include possible guest lectures from local university faculty, visits with government officials, NGO's, and businesses both domestic and international. The evenings and a one to two afternoons will be free for independent sight-seeing and exploration. To see a copy of the previous year's schedule please contact Carlson Global Institute at

Housing and Food

Students stay in conveniently-located hotels in each city and will share a room with one or two classmates of their same gender. Because networking and community-building are key parts of the program, students will not have the option of a single room. Guests are not permitted during the program. Breakfast daily, a welcome dinner, and closing dinner are provided.

Cost Estimate

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2014-2015 Tuition for 3 academic credits (included in the tuition plateau) $0
Program Fee (including lodging, program events, course materials, breakfast daily, two group meals, and int'l health insurance*) $2,900
International airfare between Minnesota and Oman/UAE $1,900
Passport, Visa & Photos (based on prices for U.S. citizens) $205
Textbooks /Course Materials (included in Program Fee) $0
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee) $0
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, laundry, etc) $400
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee) $400
Total $5,805

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

Financial Aid

Financial aid can be used for education abroad, including the Global Discovery program. As a first step, be sure to submit an application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the Office of Student Finance. Scholarships applications are accepted for need and merit based scholarships through the online application system. The scholarship deadline for Global Discovery is July 1. No late applications will be considered.

Application and Admission

Applications are accepted through the online application system and will require an essay and resume. The application deadline is May 1 and students will be notified of their placement by June 1. The application fee is waived for Global Discovery applications.


All details subject to change based on economic and international factors.

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We encourage students who may have constraints to consult with our Education Abroad advisors and read information available at Access Abroad.

Contact Information

Carlson Global Institute
CSOM 2-210
Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248

Lauren Dickinson
Program Manager
Phone: 612-626-3150
Fax: 612-624-8248

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Helen Moser
Senior Lecturer
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