Transfer International Experience (TIE) Program

Transfer International Experience (TIE) Program


 Information session- September 8 6:30-8:00 pm (JFF 240)


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 2016 and 1 in Spring 2017- 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 December 30-January 8, 2017), 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 14, and are held Oct 14, 21, 28, Nov 4,11, 18, and December 2 in Fall, The travel portion December 30-January 8, 2017, and then class sessions Jan 20, 27 and February 3 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 20, 27 and February 3) 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 2016 semester (October 21)  and will meet for 7 sessions before students depart for Dubai during the winter holiday (the class will meet Fridays 10 am-11:50 am). Students will return an enroll in the Spring class (BUAD 206b), and will continue the course during the Spring seemster 2017 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 14, 21, 28, Nov 4,11, 18, and December 2 in Fall, The travel portion December 30-January 8, 2017, and then class sessions Jan 20, 27 and February 3 in Spring.

The students will travel during the Winter holiday (December 30-January 8, 2017). Please make sure that you are able to travel during the winter holiday as well as can attend the classes during the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 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
2016 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.



ALL Marshall/Leventhal students are eligible to apply for a need-based TIE scholarship, no matter their financial or visa status. The scholarship results will be revealed before you need to commit to the program, so simply applying to TIE does not mean you MUST participate.

Students interested in a scholarship will mark their desire on the TIE application. As part of the scholarship portion of the TIE application, students will be asked to upload a copy of either their Financial Aid Summary OR (for those who do NOT receive Financial Aid, including international students) a letter of financial need outlining their current financial situation as well as why they require the scholarship to participate in the program.

Those receiving financial Aid, you can access your Financial Aid Summary via MyUSC portal, under the Financial Aid tab, click on USC Fast, and then on Financial Aid Summary (to save a pdf version, click the printer icon on the right- near the top of the summary not the page-that will create a pdf which you can then save and upload). Those who do not receive financial aid or who receive very little (ie, small amount of loan funds, or maybe a small scholarship) can write a Letter of Financial Need instead.  Letters should be as detailed as possible (your and/or your  family’s financial situation-income, financial obligations, etc, if there have been any recent changes, and why the scholarship is necessary for you to participate in the program). Please note: the scholarship committee will review all financial claims, so please be prepared to verify financial information and submit tax and other documents IF requested.

Without the Financial Aid Statement or Letter of Financial Need, your scholarship application will be considered incomplete, so be sure you have that document ready to upload IF you will be applying for a scholarship.

All scholarship results will be revealed before you need to commit to the program. Scholarships will cover no more than 50% of the program fee.



Applications will be due  5:00 pm September 12, 2016.  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 the Marshall Undergraduate International Programs office at (213) 740-5705 or by email at