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Foster/Jackson School – Middle East Course + Spring Break Study Abroad

The Foster School of Business and the Jackson School of International Studies have partnered to offer a Winter Quarter Course on “Business and Economic Trends in the Middle East” (JSIS 487/587 for 3 credits) that is linked to a 1-credit study tour during spring break to Qatar and Oman.

Students can take just the course, just the study tour, or ideally both! Both the Gulf Study Tour and course are open to graduate and undergraduate students from across campus.

Gulf Study Tour & Middle East Course Details:
See flier below! The application will open this week and be linked to our website here.

Information Sessions:
Oct 18, 3:30 – 4:20, PACCAR 456
Nov. 2, 12:30 – 1:20, PACCAR 456
Nov. 13, 3:30 – 4:20, THOMSON 317

The Foster School and the Jackson School are offering a Spring Break Study Tour for 10 days to Qatar and Oman from March 15th-25th, 2018. Earn one-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 everything from supply chain management to foreign direct investment in the Gulf region.

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 Middle East.

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”. Students can enroll for either a business elective (IBUS 490) or a non-business elective (JSIS 487/ JSIS 587). The course will be listed on the Time Schedule for Winter 2016 under JSIS 587. It is taught by JSIS faculty member and ME expert, Kristian Coates-Ulrich.