The Arab/Persian Gulf in the 21st Century


International Studies 590: Graduate Field Studies Abroad, 3 credits (CRN 26076)
Political Science 490:  Directed Readings in Political Science, 3 credits (CRN 20077)


Permission of Instructor


A limited number of $400 scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to matriculated CCSU students with a GPA of at least 2.50 who are registered for at least one of the academic courses associated with this program.

This course will focus on the Arabian/Persian Gulf region.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that was founded in February, 1981.  Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates joined the GCC in order to strengthen regional security and improve economic, political, and military cooperation.

The course will be co-sponsored by CCSU and the Abu Dhabi University.  The topics to be discussed include the history of the UAE, U.S.-Arab relations in the 21st Century, and political development and economic modernization in emerging societies.  In addition, CCSU students will attend joint seminars with ADU students to discuss topics relevant to the course themes.

Participants will attend seminars hosted by Abu Dhabi University and receive lectures from experts on the history, politics, and international affairs of the region.  Cultural activities and visits to local venues will be arranged by the host University.  Through this seminar, students will gain a more sophisticated outlook on global and Middle Eastern politics.

Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, multiple-occupancy accommodations, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., meals, medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.   Course tuition is not included in the Course Abroad program fee.

Fulfillment of the University's International Requirement: 

All credits earned overseas on a CCSU-sponsored study abroad program, including courses offered in conjunction with Course Abroad programs, automatically receive "I Designation" and count toward fulfillment of the University's General Education International Requirement.

Registration Form

Late registration may be available on a space available basis.



$2,695 per person

Travel Dates

December 29 - January  7, 2014

Faculty Director

Prof. Ghassan El-Eid
Political Science Department
(860) 832-2963

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