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

January 3-18, 2020

Dubai buildings
Gold jewelry vendor
The Taj Mahal

This study abroad program is a unique opportunity to combine instruction, industry, and cultural visits in India and the United Arab Emirates. Our itinerary is designed to give you firsthand exposure to the business environment and culture in two distinct and rapidly developing economies. The program will visit FOUR cities in India and the TWO major cities in the UAE. In India, we travel to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Mumbai, and in the UAE, we explore Dubai and Abu Dhabi. All of these cities are known for unprecedented growth in its global market presence and their world-renowned business institutions.

The continuous focus throughout our journey will be to examine intercultural leadership, and in so doing, learn more about our own approach. Students will analyze the way leadership is enacted in different cultures, and build intercultural leadership capacity by reflecting on and challenging their own understandings and practice of leadership. There will be a mixture of formal and informal discussions, visits to businesses, and excursions to some of the most remarkable cultural and historical sites in the world. Our plans include sites such as the Taj Mahal, the US embassy in Abu Dhabi, Dharavi in Mumbai, 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 major global economies that possess significant potential for growth and competition. By visiting both locales, students can compare countries in regions that are so close geographically, yet diverse in their cultural, political, and economic outlook. Small, medium, and large businesses 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.  

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

  • Compare approaches to business in India & the UAE, (and by extension, southeast Asian and Middle Eastern regions) to U.S.-based business practice.
  • Analyze how the broad context of a nation (historical, geographic, social, political, etc.) is reflected in business and leadership styles and philosophies.
  • Work productively in a team to accomplish specific assignments and tasks successfully.
  • Enhance cultural competence through guided learning and independent exploration in an international setting.
  • Synthesize learning from global experiences through critical self-reflection and analysis.


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.

All travelers must also apply for a visa to enter India. Please apply for your visa no later than November 15 to ensure plenty of time to receive it. No visa is required for the UAE at this time.

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 family 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

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Friday, Jan. 3


·       U.S. Departure city


Saturday, Jan. 4


·       Arrival & Orientation


Sunday, Jan. 5


·       Full Day Tour: Old & New Delhi (rickshaws)


Monday, Jan. 6


·       Business Visits & Class presentations


Tuesday, Jan. 7


·       Business Visits & Class presentations


Wednesday, Jan. 8


·       Tour Fort Agra and Taj Mahal


Thursday, Jan. 9


·       Tour of Shoe Factory and drive to and tour Jaipur

·       Class presentations


Friday, Jan 10


·       Tour Amber Fort (by Jeep or Elephant ride)


Saturday, Jan 11


·       Flight from Jaipur to Mumbai

·       Class presentations12-

·       Tour Dharavi (largest slum in Asia)


Sunday, Jan. 12


·       Tour & hike up to Elephanta Caves

·       Driving Tour of Mumbai


Monday, Jan 13


·       Business visits & Class presentations


Tuesday, Jan 14


·       AM - Breakfast & Business visits

·       PM – Flight to Dubai

·       Half-day Dubai tour


Wednesday, Jan. 15

Abu Dhabi

·       Breakfast

·       Tours of U.S. Embassy, Khalifa University & Louvre Museum

·       Class presentations/Economics at KU


Thursday, Jan. 16

Abu Dhabi

·       Breakfast

·       AM - Tour Sheik Zayed Mosque

·       PM – Desert Adventures Safari and BBQ dinner


Friday, Jan. 17


·       Breakfast & Transfer to Dubai

·       Full-day City Tour including Dubai Mall Aquarium & Underwater Zoo


Saturday, Jan. 18

Arrival in U.S.

·       U.S. arrival city

India UAE Bookmark.pdf

The program fee for students is $4,500. 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.

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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

Students from every major and every class level are encouraged to apply.

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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