India UAE: Business, Culture and Leadership in India, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi

Tentative Dates:  January 2-17, 2019

Dubai buildings
Gold jewelry vendor
The Taj Mahal

This study abroad program will consist of a combination of instruction and industry and cultural visits in India and United Arab Emirates.  The intent is to provide firsthand exposure and experience to the business environment and culture in two distinct rapidly developing economies. The program will visit 4 cities in India and the two major cities in the UAE; Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Hyderabad in India and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE. All of these cities are known for unprecedented growth in market and service-oriented businesses as well as for world-renowned business institutions.

Additionally, leadership will be a focus of the course. Students will learn  various leadership styles and reflect on and develop their own leadership style. Seniors will serve as team and group leaders of 4-5 students. There will be a mixture of class time, visits to businesses, and excursions to some of the cultural and historical sites in the area. These sites include the Taj Mahal, the US embassy in Abu Dhabi, local markets, the tallest building in the world in Dubai (Berge Khalifa), and visiting with students at one of the universities in the UAE. 

This program will provide students with an opportunity to observe the functioning of two economic “giant” countries, with heavy potential for growth and competition. It presents a fascinating learning experience for students to study countries in regions that are so close and yet diverse in their cultural, political, and economical outlook. Small, medium, and large businesses both from product and service industries' point of view are included in this trip. Interviews, guest lectures, and discussions will be intermixed while visiting these businesses.  

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At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss how business works in India, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, and by extension, the South Asia and Middle Eastern regions

  • Discuss the history, economics, government, and geography of both countries

  • Understand various leadership styles and philosophies, and discover their own preferred style

  • Work productively in a team to accomplish specific assignments and tasks successfully

  • Have cultural and international competence so that they feel confident in an international setting

  • Understand and appreciate cultural differences and how other societies operate


Each student must have a valid passport from their home country. You can apply for a passport at the Acceptance Facility in Squires Student Center, the Blacksburg Post Office (540-552-2751) at the University Mall with appointment or at the Montgomery County Clerk's Office at the Christiansburg Courthouse (540-382-5760), no appointment required. You can get passport photos at most local pharmacies.

You should insure that you have the proper vaccinations for this program. This can be done through a county health department or your family physician. Your familiy physician usually does not have the more specialized vaccines and should refer you to the county health department. You can see a list of recommended vaccinations and other health information at the CDC travel website.

These sites have additional information:

Travel: Tentative Schedule

Date Day Activities
Jan. 2 Wed  Depart Dulles , arrive Jan. 3        
Jan. 3 - 5 Thur - Sat Delhi:  Visit historical /cultural sites, 4 business visits, Leadership classes
Jan. 6 - 7 Sun - Mon Agra:  Visit Taj Mahal and other cultural sites, 2 business visits
Jan. 8 - 9 Tues. - Wed Jaipur:  Visit cultural and historical sites 1 business visit, leadership classes
Jan. 10 - 12 Thurs. – Sat. Hyderabad: Visit historical sites,  3 company visits, leadership classes
Jan. 13 -17 Sun. – Thur. Abu Dhabi and Dubai: Company visits, US Embassy visit, meet with university students from Khalifa U, cultural visits, leadership class.
Jan. 18 Fri Depart for Dulles , arrive Jan. 18        

The program fee for students is $4,190. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance.  The fee is based on a participation of 15 students. Costs include most meals and all lodging in 4-5 star hotels.  Payment in full will be due no later than October 10th.

Cost Summary (estimated)
Pre-trip Personal Costs:  In-State   Out-of-State 
Passport  $               135.00  $               135.00
Pamplin billing:  $            4,190.00  $            4,190.00
Airfare  Included   Included 
Books & Materials  Included   Included 
Lodging   Included   Included 
Medical Insurance  Included   Included 
VT tuition:  $            1,206.00  $            2,998.00
Funds required during program:  
Meals not provided  $               120.00  $               120.00
Personal Expenses  $               100.00  $               100.00
Total Estimated Costs  $          5,751.00  $          7,543.00


Virginia Tech reserves the right to make cancellations, date and cost adjustments, and other necessary changes in the program. Prices may change due to global economic conditions.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Your financial aid eligibility can apply to this program. You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the University Financial Aid Office.

In addition, you must submit the study abroad cost documentation form to the Global Education Office at the International Afffairs building, 526 Prices Fork Road, room 131.  The form can be found on the Global Education Financial Aid page.

Due to prepayment on items such as air and lodging, billing may not be in sync with financial aid payouts. Please be prepared to pay costs in advance, and be reimbursed with any payouts later.

Apply HERE!

The application deadline is October 1st, but there are limited spaces, so apply early.

Prerequisites:  None

Freshman specifically are encouraged to attend this program 

Details are presented in the following table:

MGT 3954 Study Abroad


MGT 5954 Study Abroad



3 credit hours

Meets International Course Requirement for the International Business Minor

This course can substitute for an area 7 course

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