The Lauder MBA/MA Summer Immersion Program in Arabic

Interest in the Middle East has expanded to other schools and disciplines at Penn. Most notably, we are playing a crucial role in the institutionalization of Arabic and Middle East studies in the Lauder Program of the Wharton School of Business. The Lauder Institute and the Middle East Center, with Dr. Roger Allen as the Chair of its Executive Committee, have been working together to develop Lauder's Arabic pilot program.

Penn Lauder CIBER is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to establish Centers for International Business Education and Research. It aims to advance internationalized business education, training, and research via advanced language and cultural training. The five-semester program begins with a two-month summer immersion in Morocco and Dubai. In Morocco, students focus on language and culture. The Dubai component allows students to more extensively explore the Arab business environment and meet with businessmen in banking, commercial services, and the information technologies sectors, in addition to US embassy personnel and local journalists. The second summer entails an internship with a multinational company requiring extensive use of Arabic. Students are expected to enter the program with an oral proficiency rating of Advanced Mid (according to the guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Over the course of the 24-month program, students are expected to advance their language skills to attain the Superior rating.

Summer 2011 Program dates: June 6th- July 28th; Director Dr. Amel Mili


About the Lauder Institute:

The Lauder Institute's main combined MBA/MA joint degree prepares graduate students to excel in international business. It combines management education with exposure to Middle East history, culture, politics, economy, and intensive immersion in the Arabic language. During the two-year program, students spend a quarter of their time in the region. After one month in Philadelphia, students travel to Cairo to continue their language training through daily language classes at the American University of Cairo, excursions to historic/cultural sites in Egypt, and business and social meetings. Students also spend a week doing corporate and cultural visits in the UAE, conducting research and interviews. Upon their return, students continue to study the Arabic language and culture during each semester of their course of study. Students are expected to complete a team-based project and an individual research paper.

Lauder graduates of both programs earn an MBA from Wharton and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences. For more information, visit their website.