Carlson School of Management

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in Israel and Jordan

International Business 4010: Management of Technology in the Middle East

Location: Israel & Jordan

Dates: Canceled. May be offered in May 2015.

Term: N/A

Objective: This course reflects on the intersection of research, development, government, and business in management of technology in the Middle East, one of the most historically engaging and politically complex regions of the world. Students will learn the challenges and benefits technology businesses face in Israel & Jordan.

Offered in collaboration with the College of Science and Engineering


  • 20 University undergraduate students

Academic Credit

  • 3 undergraduate elective credits in IBUS or MOT
  • IBUS 4010 fulfills the following LE requirements: Global Perspectives or Technology and Society theme
  • Grading is A-F basis


The program is open to qualified University undergraduate students in good academic standing at the time of application.


There is arguably no region in the world outside of our own country that plays a larger role in the American consciousness than the Middle East, which is also a unique region in the context of management and technology. If managed effectively, science and technology offers considerable benefits to the countries in the Middle East. However, various factors make such development problematic. Can the U.S. participate positively in developing the Middle East's scientific and technological infrastructure? The course goals are to better understand this region, how it has been affected by science and technology, and how science and technology can improve the lives of its people.


Pre-departure class sessions prepare students for the international program. Students spend two weeks in Israel & Jordan in site visits and guest lectures. Students will visit research centers, start-up companies, established companies, military and government agencies, and public works facilities. Cultural site visits are also included. Because special permission is required to lead this program to Israel, independent travel during the seminar cannot be allowed.

Housing and Food

Students are housed at hotels in Israel & Jordan. Students 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. A majority of meals are included on this seminar, but personal spending money does need to cover some independently purchased meals.

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.

2012-2013 Tuition for 3 academic credits (included in the 13-19 credit tuition plateau) $0
Program Fee (including group flight, lodging, program events, Jordanian tourist visa, breakfast daily, two group meals, and int'l health insurance*) $5,000
International airfare between Minnesota and Israel (included in Program Fee) $0
Passport and Photos $145
Textbooks $0
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee) $0
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc) $250
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee) $450
Total TBD

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

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Application and Admission

To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee.

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

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Access Abroad

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

Faculty Leader

Marvin Marshak
Director of Undergraduate Research
Physics & Astronomy
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Past Participants

Send an email to an IBUS/MOT 4010 past participant.

Please be respectful of past participants' time, and be reasonable in your expectations of response time.

Jon Anderson

David Humphrey

Megan McCord
Jordan Pennekamp


Student video from 2012

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