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IT 680GC: IT Master’s Project

Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates
May 9 - 17, 2014

IT 680UAE is designed to provide an opportunity for students, as a capstone project, to analyze and compare the state of information technology (IT) in two different regions of the world: the United States and the Middle East. Several horizontal sectors will be investigated in detail including IT in education, health care, government, and finance, and three vertical sectors will be analyzed: Internet access, IT consulting, and cyber security. Students will select one sector for study early in the semester and will present the results to the group before leaving for the in-country visits. The course will allow students to examine the IT field both based on their research and on actual practice in the United Arab Emirates, one of the more technologically advanced regions in the Middle East. A final session with examine the in-country findings in contrast to the research findings. There are many Marymount alums in the region and the group will also try to connect with some of them to understand the career pathways in the region.


Faculty:
Dr. Diane Murphy


Tuition and Fees
The study abroad tuition/program fee covers the three credits abroad, hotel room (double occupancy), some group meals, local transportation to company visits and cultural activities, and any tickets, etc. for cultural activities that are integral to the course.

Tuition - $2700
Fees- $1,050

Program fee does not include: airfare, textbooks and personal expenses. Please do not purchase any airline tickets until enrollment for the class is confirmed, after January 18.

*MU reserves the right to make any necessary changes including adjustments in cost in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise. Financial aid may apply. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. You are responsible for making all timely payments to Marymount University.


Tentative Schedule
January - April The course will include four mandatory pre-departure meetings, including two sessions where students present their sector research to the group
May 9 Departure
May 10 Check-in Hotel in Abu Dabi
May 11 Event – Welcome Dinner with Alums
May 12-16 Course Activities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
May 16 Leave for Airport around 9 pm
May 17 Departure. Flights from Dubai depart around 12 am or 1 am. Arrive back in the USA in the morning or late afternoon

Note
Students are encouraged to travel before or after the course to pursue their own interests as the course is intensely scheduled to achieve the required three credits and includes limited free time.


Requirements:
To apply for any study abroad program, you must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and not be on disciplinary probation. Admissions for the program are made on a rolling basis, and decisions will be given in a timely manner. However, please be aware that decisions will not be made on a daily basis, so you should expect a delay between when you submit an application and when you receive notification.


Application deadline – November 8, 2013
Learn about the application process