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Tunisia Program - Summer 2011

Skyline in Tunis

Tunisia - Summer 2011

Work with Kogod professors and Tunisian students to help Tunisian entrepreneurs develop business plans.


Summer travel course "Fostering Entrepreneurship as a Path to Peace" (KSB 496-696) partners Kogod students and professors with Tunisian students and entrepreneurs to help develop business plans and examine the relationship between economic development and peace.

The program is open to graduate students and undergraduate students with senior standing or permission from the instructor. There will be three class meetings over the summer via Wimba or Skype.

This course will be taught by Professor Bob Sicina. Professor Sicina has 30 years of experience in senior executive positions at Citibank, American Express and various entrepreneurial endeavors. He also leads student teams that help entrepreneurs in conflict regions create business plans and find funding for their ventures.

Travel Timeline

Students should depart the US on Saturday, July 16, 2011 to arrive in Tunis on Sunday, July 17, 2011. Students depart Tunis on Sunday, July 31, 2011, arriving in the US the same day. The specific travel itinerary and cities to be visited will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Please note that students are responsible for reserving and purchasing their own airfare to and from Tunisia.

Credit Hours

This program is a 3-credit Summer course (KSB 496-696) and standard AU tuition applies.

Passport & Visa

Students are solely responsible for obtaining a passport and any visas or other immigration documents required to enter and exit Tunisia, including any related fees. The Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs will support students in this endeavor with any required letters from AU. Students should contact the Tunisian Embassy as well as the Embassy for their home country to validate entry and exit requirements. Details regarding visa requirements for US citizens and other pertinent information can be found on the US State Department website.


Students are responsible for the following costs of the program:

  • Tuition: Costs for tuition are based on the number of credits, calculated per the tuition and fee schedule posted on the Student Accounts website. Full-time students not exceeding 17 total credits for the semester will not incur additional tuition charges. Any tuition charges that do apply will be billed by and paid directly to AU.

  • Program Fee: The $1,200 program fee includes double occupancy room, ground transportation, company site visits, some meals and cultural activities (as outlined on the program itinerary), and AU supplemental travel insurance. Due to possible exchange rate fluctuations, the final program cost may need to be adjusted and will be confirmed 30 – 60 days in advance of departure to Tunisia. This program fee is billed to your Student Account, minus a $500 non-refundable deposit which is paid to AU through the Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs.

  • Travel: Students are responsible for the reservation and payment of air travel from the US to and from Tunisia.

  • Passport & Visa: Students are responsible for obtaining a passport, visas, or other immigration documents required to enter and exit Tunisia, including related fees. The Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs will support students with any required letters from AU.

  • Incidentals: Expenses for shopping, personal activities, and meals and local transportation not included in the program itinerary are the student's responsibility.

  • Financial Aid: Students planning to use financial aid should consult with the Financial Aid office to determine coverage and eligibility.


The deadline to register for this exciting program is June 15, 2011! In order to reserve your spot, please complete steps 1-5 below.

  1. Complete the online registration form.
  2. Print and complete the program consent form.
  3. Print and complete the program payment form.
  4. Photocopy the photo/biographical information page of your passport.
  5. Deliver items 2, 3, and 4 (along with a $500 non-refundable deposit) to the Kogod Office of Global Learning mailbox in KSB 106.

Once your deposit and paperwork have been received, you will be registered for KSB 496-696 based on your online registration form. You do not register yourself. Once registered, your student account will be charged for the balance of the program fee.


Contact Kari Lininger, Director of Global Learning Programs, at (202) 885-1940 or email

Contact Professor Bob Sicina at



Registration deadline for the Tunisia Program.


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