Transfer International Experience (TIE) Program

Transfer International Experience (TIE) Program



The University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business is happy to announce the Transfer International Experience (TIE) program. This program is open ONLY to Marshall and Leventhal students who have transfered to USC from another university or school.  Students admitted to the program will enroll in 2 1-unit courses (1 in Fall 2015 and 1 in Spring 2016- you MUST enroll in both courses in order to particpate in the program) and spend 9 days overseas in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE.  The class will focus on the entire “value chain” of a single industry; not simply the manufacture of automobiles or clothing or buildings, but also the financing, distribution, marketing, supply-chain, creative-process, etc.

The Marshall School is known for its unique and innovative global business experiential courses, and this TIE course, which is the newest offering in our set of global courses, will help prepare you for managerial roles in businesses of the future.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE: Focus on the Global Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry and Dubai’s Role in this Industry

This course will focus on developing skills for doing global business with a focus on Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and the global travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. The centerpiece of this course is an educational trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (from Jan. 1 – 10, 2016), to visit companies in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry and other companies that are part of the value chain and ecosystem for this industry, such as hotels, airlines, travel agencies, and real estate developers. The trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, will also include observational and experiential exercises related to this industry, such as observations of shopping malls and retailers that cater to international tourists. A set of seven class sessions (classes are Fridays 10-12, and start Oct 16, and are held Oct 16,23,30, Nov 6,13, 20, and December 4 in Fall, The trip January 1-10, and then class sessions Jan 22, 29 and February 5 in Spring) before the trip will examine issues related to global business strategy, global industry analysis and the value chain, doing business in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the UAE, and the global travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. A set of three class (January 22, 29 and February 5) sessions after the trip will  integrate and analyze the lessons learned during the trip and the first part of the course.




TIE Calendar

The TIE program will feature  2 1-credit classes (BUAD 206a/b) held on a unique schedule. The Fall class (BUAD 206a) will begin later in the Fall 2015 semester (October 16)  and will meet for 7 sessions before students depart for Dubai during the winter holiday (the class will meet Fridays 10am-12 pm). Students will return an enroll in the Spring class (BUAD 206b), and will continue the course during the Spring seemster 2016 for 3 sessions. Students will enroll in a 1-credit class in the Fall semester and a 1-credit class in the Spring semester. The class dates are as follows: Dubai/Abu Dhabi-classes are Fridays 10-12, and  are held Oct 16,23,30, Nov 6,13, 20, and December 4 in Fall, The trip January 1-10, and then class sessions Jan 22, 29 and February 5 in Spring)

The students will travel during the Winter holiday (January 1-10, 2015). Please make sure that you are able to travel during the winter holiday as well as can attend the classes during the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters (attendance of the class is required, so it is essential that all participants are able to attend the class).

Please note: For safety students MUST arrive and depart with the group. Students may NOT plan their own schedules to and from the destination.

You are invited to read from students’ perspectives about their TIE experiences.
2015 Student Travel Blogs


The cost of the travel portion of the program (airfare, hotel, ground transportation, and some meals) will be $3700 Program prices do NOT include costs for visa application, evening meals, incidentals, and personal expenses.



Applications will be due  5:00 pm April 24th,  2015.  Admission is not on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to take your time in completing the application.


If you would like to discuss your options in person, please contact Sean O’Connell at (213) 740-5705 or by email at sean.o’