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Arabia: Gateway to the World

Program Description

The Program: This course introduces students to Eastern Arabia and its cultural, ethnographic, socio-economic and historic diversity by way of a three-week tour of the Sultanate of Oman, (possibly Kuwait and/or Qatar for a day trip) and United Arab Emirates. By visiting numerous cities and towns across a diverse geographic area, Arabia: Gateway to the World will introduce students to the major cultural and political developments influencing the Middle East and larger Indian Ocean world for 2,000 years. Traveling to regions as diverse as Abu Dhabi, al-Ain, Buraymi, Dubai, Muscat, Nizwa, Sur and Salalah, students will not only interface with the major sites of the last 2,000 year history of the larger Islamic world, butthey will interact with the cultural diversity and rich religious heritage (Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu) that has traversed the Indian Ocean and Arabia more generally. Moreover, students will get to swim in some of the most exotic, isolated, and beautiful beaches in the world. Students will not need prior knowledge of the region’s history but will have a chance through daily readings and lectures to learn how to think about the diverse histories/cultures openly exchanging in front of them.

See Arabia: Gateway to the World Brochure for more information.  To apply, click here.


Highlights of the program are provided below. The university reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances. Please note the date changes along with added detail about itinerary between May 9 and 17

· May 8: Depart Atlanta
· May 9 – 17: Dubai, UAE (with possible day visits to Kuwait and/or Qatar)
· May 18 –27: Various sites in Oman
· May 28 to May 30 Dubai (departure)

Application Deadline

March 1, 2012

Click here for the application page to apply for this program.


The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing.

*International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at 404-413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status

Courses and Credit

Students will earn 4 credit hours. Undergraduate students should register for HIST 4890/MES 4570; graduate students should register for HIST 8900.


Participants will stay in comfortable double-occupancy hotels (3-4 stars).

Disability Accommodations: Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.


Program fee of $3,000*; tuition for 4 credit hours, please see Tuition Rates; and mandatory student fees (only the BOR Institutional fee and Technology fee).

If you are a non-GA resident student, you will receive the in-state tuition rate for the study abroad course. There is a $250 fee attached to this study abroad in-state tuition waiver. This waiver does not happen automatically. Please first register for the course and then let your Program Director know you are a non-GA resident.

*Program fee includes
- Accommodations
- Some meals
- Ground transportation
- Excursions and entrance fees
- International medical insurance

**Program fee does NOT include
- Round-trip airfare
- Public transportation
- Passport and visa fees
- Additional meals
- Personal expenses

Payment Schedule

  • March 1, 2012 – $500 deposit with application
  • March 15, 2012 – $1,250 payment
  • March 30, 2012 – $ 1,250 remaining balance

Dates are subject to change. Please see the website for more updates.

Please pay your program deposit by finding the program listing at and following the payment instructions listed there. See your Program Director for more information. Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.


For more information about the program or to submit your application, contact
Dr. Isa Blumi, The Middle East Institute, College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 404-413-6353