Frequently asked questions


Q) How do I apply to a program?

Admission criteria of each program of SmartGlobal are established by the partner institution that certifies the program. It is easy to apply for the program. Online applications are available on each program's page.  For additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

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Q) What are admission requirements of the programs?

Admission requirements of each program of SmartGlobal are established by the partner institution that certifies the program. To ensure a rich learning experience for participants, admission to programs is based on organizational responsibility and professional achievement, and is selective.  For each program partner institutions carefully select a cross-section of participants who have diverse backgrounds and experiences. This approach enables participants to enhance their management learning through the experience of their peers.

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Q) How long does it take to process my application?

For most programs, the admissions process takes two weeks unless otherwise specified.

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Q) When will I receive the program schedule and materials?

Approximately two to three weeks prior to the start of the program, you will receive a detailed schedule, case readings, and assignments for the first few days of the program.

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Q) If I am not accepted into a program, should I apply again for a future session of the program?

We encourage you to re-apply in the future.

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Q) If I do not live in the UAE, will I need a visa to attend the programs in Dubai?

Residents of the GCC, who hold a valid resident visa of a country of domicile, can obtain a visit visa on entry into the UAE. For the visit to partner institutions in India please check on visa requirements in the Indian Embassy website in your country. SG will assist in the visa formalities but will not take responsibility for obtaining visas.

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Q) What is the typical attire for an executive during a program in Dubai and the visit to partner institutions?

Smart casual comfortable clothing

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Q) How are the courses taught?

Most programs use a mix of theory and the case-method. IIMA programs use the case method, pioneered by Harvard Business School, and considered to be the best tool to teach general management and leadership. Case studies offer multiple levels of learning, compelling participants to identify relevant issues and to apply practical business lessons to their own situations and companies. EDI teaching is based on application of learning to a real problem, the participants' business. 

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Q) What is the usual class size?

Most classes have between 20 and 35 participants.

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Q) How much time can I expect to spend on preparing for seminars to maximize learning?

On average, a participant spends about six hours each day in the seminar classroom. The rule of thumb is that two hours advance preparation time is required for each hour of class or seminar time. For example a Supply Chain program is for 14 days and will require 168 hours of independent study over 6 months or an hour a day over the seminar duration.

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Q) Where do the programs take place?

SG organizes the programs in third-party facilities. They have been usually held in the seminar rooms of Dhow Palace Hotel in Bur Dubai. Business Village conference center is an alternative option. Location are subject to change.

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Q) Does SG Executive Education offer custom programs for companies?

Yes SG becomes the link between businesses and organizations and partner institutions to create and deliver customized learning experiences that create competitive advantage for leading global corporations. Contact SG for details.

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Q) What is included in the program fee?

The program fee includes tuition, all study materials, books, snacks and lunch during the contact sessions. The fees don't include the travel, board and lodging, and incidental costs for sessions in the partner institutions in India. SG work with the partner institutions to make arrangements for board and lodging.

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Q) When is payment due for the programs?

Payment is due before the start of the programs. However, if a payment schedule in installments or a deferred payment schedule is requested, and accepted, advance payment and post-dated cheques will need to be deposited before the start of the program.

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Q) What types of payment are accepted?

Payment can be made by check, electronic bank wire transfer, or cash. Checks will be made payable to SmartGlobal FZ LLC. Information regarding payment by bank wire transfer will be included with your invoice.

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Q) What is your cancellation policy if I am unable to attend a program after payment?

Cancellations or deferrals must be submitted more than 14 days before the program start date to receive a full refund. Due to preprogram preparation, cancellations or deferrals received less than 14 days before the program start date are best deferred for a subsequent program or another SG program. Otherwise a 5% of the program fee as cancellation fee will be applicable.

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Q) Health Insurance vis-a-vis any problems that may arise during the program

Participants must be covered individually with comprehensive health insurance for major medical emergencies and/or hospitalization. SG conducts its programs in third-party facilities and will not be liable for any medical fees or any other costs that are incurred or that may be presumed to have incurred during a seminar and participant's stay in partner institutions.

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Q) Security of personal assets during the program seminars in Dubai and in premises of partner institutions

It is important to note that SG conducts programs in third-party facilities and in campuses of partner institutions. Participants are urged to take all possible steps to safeguard themselves and their property. SG is not responsible for any loss of personal property during the seminars and participant's stay in partner institutions.

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Q) I already have an MBA. Are Executive Education programs appropriate for MBAs?

Yes. Many MBAs find the programs to be a natural extension of their education. SG Executive Education programs are based on research, the latest case studies, and the most current information. Programs are designed for senior executives interested in expanding their knowledge in key business areas.

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Q) Does IIMA offer an Executive MBA in Dubai?

IIMA does not offer any diploma programs outside India. Executive Education programs are designed to help experienced executives and senior managers advance to the next stage of their career, guide their business through specific challenges, and become more effective leaders.

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Q) Are there distance learning opportunities available for executives through SG?

SG programs are designed for face-to-face teaching. None of the programs are available in a distance-learning or an e-learning format.

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Q) What is the certification of the programs?

SG Executive Education partnered with IIMA offers only non-degree programs. The EDI Diploma in Entrepreneurship is a degree program.

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Q) What is the frequency of executive education programs?

Most programs are offered once a year.

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