UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Global Immersion Elective Programs

United Arab Emirates: Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Student Life
  • Overview

    Kenan-Flagler Global Programs (KFBS semester exchanges, KFBS summer programs, and KFBS short-term immersions) are ONLY open to students who have been admitted to the major or minor Undergraduate Business Program. Pre-business students and non-business majors and minors are not eligible to apply to Kenan-Flagler Global Programs. Admission status to the Undergraduate Business Program will be verified for all applicants.

    The immersion program to Dubai and Abu Dhabi gives participants the opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand one of the fastest growing Middle East economies in the last 50 years. The development of this region from desert to destination is fascinating and inspiring, as the region’s population consists of 85% expats living and working in a metropolis that was dessert in the 1970s.

    This program is led by Dr. Tim Flood Associate Professor of Management and Corporate Communication who has led this highly popular program for a number of years. The program begins with a series of pre-departure sessions on the economy, political life, and culture of the region, with a focus on the UAE as a hub of development in the Middle East. The on the ground program consists of company visits with multinationals, governmental agencies focused on regional development, cultural sites, and speaker sessions with local academic/government/business leaders. Past companies visited include: Zayed University, Emirates Airlines, and Dubai International Financial Centre.

    This program consists of classes in mod 3 and an on-the-ground experience in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, March 8-17, 2019.

    You can view a draft itinerary to get a sense of the in-country program in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

    Application checklist

    • GPA Requirement: 3.25
    • Language Prerequisite: None
    • Class during program (min): None
    • Language of Instruction: English
    • Non-UNC may apply? No 

    Exchange Options
    • Undergraduate Exchange: No 
    • Graduate Exchange: No
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  • Program Terms and Dates

    The program begins in mod 3 with a series of classes, in Chapel Hill, on the economy, political life, and culture of the region where you will be traveling in March. Full attendance and participation are required at these classes.

    Attendance is required at a GIE session on October 16, 2018 from 5-6pm to discuss the academic expectations of the program, flight plans, and to ask any questions prior to enrolling in the program.

    This class meets in the McColl Building Room 3050 from 5:30pm–8:30pm on the following dates:
    January 29, 2019
    February 5, 2019 (Course time to be shortened)
    February 12, 2019
    February 19, 2019
    February 26, 2019
    March 5, 2019
    April 9, 2019

    The on-the-ground program (March 8-17, 2019) consists of 10-12 hour days filled with company visits, academic sessions, debriefs, and some cultural exploration.

    Application Dates

    Application opens: August 16, 2018
    Application deadline: October 4, 2018
    Notifications begin: October 4, 2018
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  • Academics

    Credit information for KFBS students

    Participants will be enrolled in a 3.0 credit hour course, earning UNC business elective credit, satisfying the requirements for Experiential Education and earning points towards the Kenan-Flagler Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative. Students must successfully complete the mod 3 coursework (January - March) and the on-the-ground immersion (March 8-17) in order to receive credit for this course. On the ground in the United Arab Emirates, you will have full program days with sessions and visits from early morning until late afternoon, and group dinners on some evenings.« PrevNext »
  • Housing

    Students will stay in hotels during the in country experience.

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  • Student Life

    Our program to the Middle East will involve enormous amounts of new experiences, right alongside some oddly familiar ones. You will be rattled, you will be amazed, and you’ll find yourself feeling at home.

    The great thing about a globe: spin the thing in just such a way and any point can serve as the center. The United Arab Emirates strives to serve as a global center of logistics, finance, tourism, energy, shipping and more—but the UAE exists in one of the most precarious regions on the globe, facing steep geographical, historical, political and cultural challenges to emerging as a global center.

    The UAE—exactly like the desert all around—embodies constant, swirling change alongside nearly limitless horizons of potential that “the locals” and legions of “expats” continue to tap (think about a pun here!) toward the region’s continued growth and success through a cultural lens that’s thousands of years old and brand new at the same time.

    This program will challenge you: your energy levels, your abilities to look beyond the mirage, your understanding of what “global” does, and should, mean, and your abilities to run pretty much constantly from morning until night for what very likely will rank among the most exhausting, but amazing, weeks of your lives.
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  • Budget

    Here, you will find a list and links to costs related to this program.

    We suggest you create your study abroad budget using this worksheet to help you think about your costs on this program:
    • Populate the figures from the tables below into the left side costs of attendance
    • Input your financial resources on the right

    Your customized budget sheet can help determine your current financial status, and help you understand what additional funding you may need to help make this an affordable program option.

    Cashier Billed Expenses*:

      Tuition & Program Fees1

    GeoBlue International Medical Insurance

    *Cashier Billed Expenses are those charges billed directly to your UNC ConnectCarolina account.


    Out of Pocket Estimates**:

    International Airfare
      Immigration Visa/Residence Permit
    $0 (US Citizens)

    Passport Application Renewal
      International Cell Phone Plan2 $70
      Personal Expenses3
                Meals Not Provided by Program $50
                Travel Insurance $50
                Local Transportation Not Provided by Program
                Hotel Incidentals (ex. Laundry, Phone) $25
                Shopping/Souvenirs $100
                Other Personal Expenses***  
      Total Estimated Expenses: $5,380

    1Includes accommodations (including breakfast daily and wireless internet), ground transportation, travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, venue rental if required, airport transfers, lunches, and cultural activities as outlined on the itinerary, gratuities for guides and study abroad administrative fee ($700).
    2Cost of plan varies depending on individual cell phone provider. The program expects participants to purchase an international phone plan for emergency purposes. Wifi available at the hotel.
    3Includes meals not included above, local transportation for evenings out on your own, shopping/souvenirs, incidentals in the hotel (e.g. phone, laundry, room service, minibar, etc.), cell phone charges, personal travel insurance, etc.
    **Out of Pocket Estimates are based on the cost of the program, which is determined by combining the average costs our previous students have spent in each of these categories, along with the costs our partner provides to us as their averages. These estimates are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations, bank fees, and individual variances in costs of living.
    ***Other Expenses: the budget worksheet also has a place for you to input other expenses outside of the out-of-pocket estimates that you may incur, such as attending concerts or sporting events.

    Funding your study abroad program

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  • Accessibility

    Please make an appointment with a Kenan-Flagler Global Programs Advisor via the Intranet if you would like to discuss this program. We work with students who are registered with the Accessibility Office or who may require certain accommodations for study abroad.

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