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  • Locations: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Program Terms: Intersession
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Intersession 2023 07/29/2022 08/05/2022 01/05/2023 01/19/2023
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Dr. Nedeljko Golubovic, Dr. Saundra Tabet Disciplines and Core Offered: Counseling, School of Leadership and Education Sciences Graduate
Program Advisor: Lindsay Allen - Program Type: Graduate- SOLES
Program Description:


Location Course Professor Program Dates Class Sessions
Dubai/Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates COUN 505i: Human Development Dr. Saundra Tabet & Dr. Ned Golubovic The travel portion is from Jan 5, 2023 – Jan 19, 2023 Classes will be offered each day and attendance at all sessions is mandatory, given the condensed schedule. 
3 class sessions will be held before the trip and 1 class session will be held after the trip. 

Course Descriptions

COUN 505i: Human Development (3 units)

Students examine growth and development throughout the lifespan including physical, cognitive, social, and psychological functioning Individual and group differences are studied. Students learn proactive program development and counseling strategies to enhance development and to address development and transitional issues in development at all ages. This course covers major development issues in physical, cognitive, and social/emotional from infancy, toddlerhood, early childhood, childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, middle adulthood and late adulthood. The course is designed to help the student think through “issues” in development to be a critical thinker. The course has an international and cross-cultural component that will be held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that will help students see the relevance of the content in a multicultural society. 

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition (reduced tuition rate of $880 per unit) $2,640
Program expenses & Accommodations (based on double occupancy) $2,375
Global Study Fee $400
Estimated Total (not including airfare) $5,415

Notes about program costs:

  1. TUITION for this program is at the reduced SOLES Global tuition rate of $880/unit.
  2. TRAVEL EXPENSES are estimated at $2,375. The program fee includes on-site logistical items such as lodging, classroom rentals, speakers, some group activities, meals and transportation to class activities. If you apply and are accepted to this program then withdraw, any costs incurred on your behalf will be charged to your student account.
  3. GLOBAL STUDY FEE is $400. A non-refundable charge of $150 will be placed on your student account for all withdrawals after Aug 16th. Any withdrawal on or after Aug 26th, the entire $400 will be placed on your student account.
  4. ACCOMMODATION costs are built into the program.  Housing is provided from January 5 (check in date) to January 19 (check out date). Additional housing charges may be assessed if students drop the class after hotel accommodations are made on their behalf. Accepted students will be provided with further information regarding the group hotel and will be asked their housing preferences.
  5. AIRFARE is not charged to your student account. Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Please check current airfare using your departure and return cities for a more accurate estimate.
  6. WITHDRAWAL/REFUND POLICY.  If at any point after enrolling in the program you decide that you wish to cancel your participation, you must submit written notification to the Global Center <>. A simple email will suffice. The information on the cancellation policy can be found here: SOLES Cancellation Policy-Global Study Intersession 2023


The application window for the program is from July 8, 2022 at 12:00pm to July 30, 2022 at 11:59PM. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete by this date.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 16, 2020.  If you have already opened an online application, continue working on it by visiting the direct login page.

Visa Information

Accepted students should apply immediately for any necessary tourist visas. Students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas. If you are required to obtain a visa, you may apply directly through the host country's consulate for a tourist visa. Contact Lindsay Allen, SOLES Global Center Coordinator for an introductory letter and proof of insurance if required. The information provided below applies to U.S. citizens.

U.S. citizens are subject to all UAE immigration laws. U.S. citizens should familiarize themselves with such laws before traveling to, or residing in, the UAE. A passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry is required to enter the UAE. This requirement is strictly enforced by UAE officials and those not meeting the requirement will be denied entry. Visit the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates website for the most current visa entry/exit requirement information. 


Additional Questions

Assistant Director | SOLES Global Center
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall room 129
Phone: (619) 260-5901