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Civil Infrastructure Systems Development Life Cycle: Case Studies in the United Arab Emirates

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Course # SA 10505
Duration Winter Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Winter Flex 2022 12/26/22 to 01/08/23

Program Leader

Name Samuel Labi

Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

This is an intense 2-week theory+practice course for undergraduate studies in engineering, science, business, and related disciplines.  Join Civil Engineering Professor Samuel Labi on this exciting journey to the United Arab Emirates. Study the concepts of civil infrastructure life cycle (asssessment of infrastructure need, planning and financing, sustainable design, construction, and operations) 

**Please note that Civil Engineering students will receive the $1,000 Moh Scholarship**

Carry out visits to to project sites, production sites, research centers, and operations hubs of major infrastructure projects. 

Experience, understand, and appreciate UAE's unique blend of different cultures and fascinating hstory through cultural field trips and enhance intercultural understanding.  

This course includes formal lecture presentations and quizzes, video shows, a final project, jeopardy competitions, and lectures/presentations at various research and industrial sites by external speakers.

Program Highlights include: (subject to change due to availability) 

Several company visits such as:  Khalilfa Port Grain Storage Plant, Eithad Rail Projects, Sharjah Airport Expansion, 

Numerous class sessions

Dubai City Tour

Tour of Burj Khalifa-tallest structure in the world 

Museum of the Future 

Abu Dhabi City Tour 

Emirates Palace Visit 

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Old Dubai Historic Tour 

New Year's Eve dinner and celebration 

Palm Islands

Al Fahidi Quarter 

Global Village Visit 


Academic Credit

Earn 3 credits for CE 49700.  Students must check with their academic advisor to see how this course can be used in their plan of study. 


Students in Engineering, Science, Business, and related disciplines- sophomores, juniors, and seniors are encouraged to apply.  Preference will be given to Civil Engineering students.  

**Please note there is a round-trip group flight from Chicago to Dubai.  There are NO deviations**


Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

The estimated cost of this program is $6,200 which includes:  Group round trip flight from Chicago to Dubai,  ground transportation in UAE, all housing, Breakfast daily, Welcome and Farewell meals,  all cultural excursions on the itinerary, three academic credits for CE 49700, and international health insurance. 

Additional expenses:  Transportation to and from Chicago O'Hare Airport, personal excursions, meals, personal spending money, passport, and Visa (may obtain on arrival) 

CIVIL ENGINEERING STUDENTS will receive the $1,000 Moh Scholarship

All students- Purdue Moves Scholarship available.  Please check the Financial Resources tab on the Study Abroad website. 


Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full.  20 spots are open. 

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

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