International Marketing and Hospitality in Emerging Economies: A Comparative Global Perspective

Dubai buildings
Gold jewelry vendor
The Taj Mahal

Tentative Dates:  March 2 -17, 2018

Either MKTG 5954 (2 credits) or HTM 5954 (3 credits)


  • Dr. Mahmood Khan
  • 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church
  • 703-538-8486

This study abroad program will consist of a combination of lectures and industry visits in India and Dubai.  The intent is to provide firsthand exposure and experience to the business environment and culture in two distinct rapidly developing economies.  Cities planned to be included in this trip include Delhi, Gurgaon, Agra, Jaipur, Hyderabad and Dubai. All of these cities are known for the unprecedented growth in market and service oriented businesses as well as sites for world-renowned business institutions.

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. In addition, progress made in a short period in both countries is exemplary. 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 local small and large-scale businesses.  One particular aspect of the study will be to observe the business and service relationships in United Arab Emirates compared to a neighboring country in South Asia.

With rapidly increasing trends, modern business students need to get firsthand experience of the global economy. Pre and post trip lectures are designed to incorporate an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings complemented by practical study in two of the most rapidly growing countries from economic, social, political and cultural points of view. Topics covered and examined on overall basis will include cultural, political, and economic aspects in international marketing management decisions as well as international management, strategic planning, and control. 

This study abroad programl is designed primarily for EvMBA and MSBA-HTM students enrolled at the National Capital Region.  Details are presented in the following table:


Course Number


VT course credit

Credit toward Global Business


MKTG 5954 Study Abroad or

HTM 5954 Study Abroad.





2 credit hours

3 credit hours


Meets International Course Requirement for Global Business concentration as well as Hospitality & Tourism Management Concentration in MBA/MSBA-HTM program or as an elective course.


The program fee for students is $4,350. 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 December 10th.

Cost Summary (estimated)




Program fee



Tuition & fees*           2 credits

Tuition & fees*         3 credits





Books & materials



Meals not provided






Required Group Travel



Airfare (estimated)


Passport &  Visa



Personal & Other Expenses



Personal Travel



Total - 2 credits

Total - 3 credits







Additional semester fees applied per credit course load:  

$37 Technology fee 7+ credits

$48 Library fee 7+ credits

$302  Non-VA residents Commonwealth Facility & Equipment fee 7+ credits

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.

Click here for the application link.

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

Prerequisites:  Graduate standing

Date Day Activities
March 02 Friday Fly from Washington Dulles to New Delhi, with a stopover in Dubai
March 03-05   Saturday to Monday New Delhi: Visit businesses, Institutions, and historical sites
March 06-07 Tuesday to Wednesday Agra:  Visit businesses and historical sites
March 08-09 Thursday to Friday Jaipur: Visit businesses and historical sites
March 10-13 Saturday to Tuesday Hyderabad: Visit businesses, institutions and historical sites
March 14   Wednesday Leave for Dubai and United Arab Emirates; Businesses and Institutes
March 14-16 Wednesday to Friday Dubai and United Arab Emirates; Businesses and Institutes
March 16 Friday Leave Dubai for IAD
March 17 Saturday Arrive IAD

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 the University's recommended travel clinic (Intravene), 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.

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