Students pose in Oman with a Miami banner
A student looks down on Dubai from atop the world
Students chat with a vendor in a market
Students visit a mosque
Students sit around a conference table while visiting a corporation
Students ride camels into the desert; students share a meal seated on the floor
Students race up a dune in the desert
A student with a view of a mountain behind her
Students visit a woodworking shop; students enjoy a night out in the city
The Omani flag waving over the wake of a yacht

Study Abroad: Oman, Qatar, UAE

From a student:

"I was able to make connections with Omani political science professors and ask them about their oil economy. You don't get that opportunity often, so I hope to use what I learned from Oman in my future."  

Sara Dastagir
Political science

Theme: Arabian Gulf Economies in Social Transition

Understanding Arab culture and Islam is crucial for successfully engaging with economies in the Middle East. In the cities of Doha, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai, you will experience the religious, cultural, economic, and political climates of the Arabian Gulf. Whether your interests are in foreign affairs, human cultures, global politics, or international business, this study abroad experience will equip you to work successfully in Arab contexts. No Arabic required.

Read about a previous Oman trip.
Contact Dr. Nathan French for more info.

Frequently asked questions

Why study abroad?

When you study abroad, you participate in an immersive and intensive learning experience. At a classroom in Oxford, you might read about the impact of globalization on society and the workplace. But in Qatar, Oman, and UAE, you'll visit small- and medium-sized enterprises as well as multinational corporations. You'll study how the Islamic legal tradition shapes a trillion-dollar financial industry. You'll receive an introduction to Arabian Gulf societies while trying new foods and learning new customs. (And you'll even have time for the beach.)

What if we told you this trip might just help you find an internship in Dubai? It’s happened before.

Why these countries, specifically?

With the development of a robust non-renewable energy economy in the 1970s, the Arabian Gulf countries of Oman, Qatar, and UAE undertook substantial modernization programs. Doha, a city possessing assets with global reach, turned the country of Qatar into a global brand. The city of Muscat, in Oman, enjoyed sustained growth while preserving its unique heritage of Ibadi Islam and traditional cultural practices. Dubai, in UAE, became a pillar of global capital and trade while emerging as a major tourist destination. Another UAE city, Abu Dhabi, is a commanding presence among the Emirates in both wealth and stature, thanks to its petroleum assets.

Each of these cities offers you a different perspective on how global flows of culture and capital work to create, transform, or preserve contemporary Middle Eastern societies.

Is it safe to visit these countries?

Yes, it is safe.

The U.S. Department of State provides the same safety advice for Oman, Qatar, and UAE as they do for western Europe.

What will I study?

Central themes of study include

  • the historical development of markets and cultures in the Arabian peninsula and the influence of oil on the region.
  • business, economics, and politics in the Arabian Gulf economies (pre-oil, oil, and post-oil).
  • domestic, regional, and foreign policy, with particular attention to culture, gender, and health in the workforce.

You will explore the question, "Is commerce a religion?" as you encounter firsthand the economic, business, and religious considerations that affect the global confluences of trade and culture in Arabian Gulf countries.

What will we visit and see?
  • Multinational corporations.
  • Oil and clean energy institutions.
  • Conventional and Islamic banks.
  • Government offices and embassies.
  • Major journalism outlets.
  • Mosques.
  • Urban, desert, and beach locales.
Do I have to know Arabic?

No! English is widely spoken in both countries. (But maybe a bit of time in the Gulf will prompt you to study Arabic when you return!)

Are there prerequisites?

No. You'll receive a pre-departure orientation. As part of your coursework, you'll work with other students in a team to complete pre-departure learning modules to develop your understanding of the religions, histories, politics, and economies of these countries.

What about cost?

Given the nature of the region, totals vary from year-to-year. For 2018, the program fee is $4000, plus an additional $1000 or so for airfare. The program fee covers all in-country transportation, room, and board.

Standard Miami rates for in-state and out-of-state tuition apply for the winter term.

What do I get?

In addition to an experience that will change your view of the Middle East and the world? You'll receive 6 credit hours of Global Miami Plan credit (fulfilling the requirement which would otherwise take 9 credit hours on Miami’s campuses), and 6 credit hours of 300-level religion coursework.

We also recommend working with your advisors within your major to discuss the possibility of credit toward your major. We are prepared to speak with your advisors about how to facilitate this option.