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  • Locations: Doha, Qatar; Muscat, Oman
  • Program Terms: Spring Break (W)
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:
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 Location Muscat, Oman & Doha, Qatar
Winter Quarter 2018
March 15 – March 25, 2018
 Estimated    Program Fee $2,400
 Credits 1 UW credit
 Prerequisites N/A
 Program      Directors David Fenner
 Program  Manager Ruby Machado |
 Application    Deadline November 15, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General Spend spring break learning about economic, business and policy trends in the Middle East. Open to all UW undergraduate and graduate students.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

Application process

Program Description

The purpose of this program is to introduce students to key trends that are reconfiguring the economic and business landscape in the Middle East. Focusing primarily on Qatar and Oman, the study tour will compare and contrast the two countries, examining public policy, diplomacy, economic development, and the overall business climate.

The program will first spend five days in Muscat, Oman, and then the next four days in Doha, Qatar. In the short space of time available, students will have the opportunity to visit and explore Qatar and Oman, which have taken radically different routes toward modernity. 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. Students will gain a solid understanding of the policy dilemmas arising from the interconnected and longer-term challenges to economic sustainability that face the Gulf States even as they become more active and visible participants in immediate regional and international events.

In the (cooler) evenings, students will have a chance to explore both capital cities and attend cultural, artistic and culinary events the likes of which are not to be found in Seattle!


Muscat, Oman & Doha, Qatar


Our group will stay in hotels: the Midan Hotel in Oman and the Swiss BelHotel in Qatar.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements/Physical Components


1 Credit


IBUS 490/JSIS 49/JSIS 599: Bridging the Gulf (1 credit)

This course will continue to familiarize students with the key trends that are reconfiguring the economic and business landscape in the Middle East. Focusing primarily on Qatar and Oman, the study tour will compare and contrast the two countries, examining public policy, diplomacy, economic development, and the overall business climate.

Learning Goals

Ideally, students will enroll in both the Winter Quarter course on campus (Economic & Business Trends in the Middle East: IBUS 490/JSIS 487-587) and on the companion Study Tour. Taken together, these will give the students the following:

  • An introduction to the region • An introduction to the history of the Middle East • An introduction to Islam
  • An opportunity to demystify a region actively engaged, but poorly understood in the West
  • An awareness of the realities of rentier states, and the challenges of diversifying their economies
  • An introduction to the Gulf in Supply Chain Management and Direct Foreign Investment arenas
  • An introduction to the unique diplomatic approaches of the two nations • An appreciation for Arab culture

Program Directors & Staff

David Fenner, Jackson School of International Studies, Program Director

Kathleen Hatch Allen, Foster School of Business, Program Staff Director

Program Expenses

Estimated program fee: $2,400

Included in the program fee
  • $350 Study Abroad Fee
  • $300 Foster Study Abroad Fee 
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee
  • Airfare - average price subject to when and where you buy your ticket - $1,200
  • Food (about $10-20/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($62/month)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
TOTAL FEES CHARGED $2,400 January 19, 2018

Financial aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • Students can also submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually in the form of loans.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for additional financial aid, special considerations for Summer and Exploration Seminar program students, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW has some of our own, but there are also national awards available to you as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based and some are merit-based.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact your Program Manager listed above if you have any questions about the information on this page, or in the Finances section of our website.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You are also required to attend all program-specific orientations offered by your program directors.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend a scheduled session. You can visit the orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Application Process

The application includes:

  • four short answer questions
  • one faculty recommendation
  • electronic signature documents related to UW Study Abroad policies and expectations

Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will receive an email from the UW Study Abroad application system.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad, including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

For Non-U.S. Citizens

If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: The procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. Students withdrawing from a program may be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day UW Study Abroad receives your signed withdrawal form.

Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice of your withdrawal in writing to the Program Director
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad, 459 Schmitz Hall

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.