IBUS 6400: Graduate Global Discovery in Oman and United Arab Emirates

Graduate Global Discovery in Oman & United Arab Emirates
January 2, 2015 to January 18, 2015

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.

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.

Program schedule

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

Application and Admissions

Please refer to the "Apply" page for more information regarding your application to a Global Discovery program


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

Location details

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.

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.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please see Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.


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

Academics and credits

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

Cost estimate (Summary)

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.


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

Cost table

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

Faculty Leader

Program Manager

Academic term(s)


Degree level

Full-time MBA




United Arab Emirates