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Bridging the Gulf: Study Tour to Oman and Qatar

Qatar skyline

October 18, 2017

The Middle East Center at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Foster School of Business are offering a Spring Break Study Tour for 10 days to Qatar and Oman in March 2018. Earn one elective credit and spend spring break learning about key trends that are reconfiguring the economic and business landscape in the Middle East. The study tour will compare and contrast the two countries, examining public policy, diplomacy, economic development, and the overall business climate.

Students will hear directly from policy makers and then visit businesses, oil refineries, ports, and academic institutions. The program seeks to demystify a region that is actively engaged, but poorly understood in the West. Group visits, activities and discussions aim to introduce students to the history of the Middle East, create awareness of the realities and challenges of their economies, and explore supply chain management and foreign direct investment in the Gulf region.

Program details:
The program cost is $2,400 and includes 1-credit, study abroad fees, housing, in-country transportation, meals, etc. On top of the program fee, students will need to purchase airfare to and from the US.

This study tour is linked to a 3-credit course that is offered during Winter Quarter, called “Economic and Business Trends in the Middle East.” If you enroll in both the course and the study tour, you will receive a total of 4 credits. Students can enroll for either a business elective (IBUS 490) or a non-business elective (JSIS 487/587).

To learn more:

Applications open October 2017

Information Sessions:
October 18, 3:30 – 4:20 p.m., Paccar 456, UW-Seattle
November 2, 12:30 – 1:20 p.m., Paccar 456, UW-Seattle
November 13, 3:30 – 4:20 p.m., Thomson 317, UW-Seattle