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New study abroad trip to United Arab Emirates

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Mar 30, 2020

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the next exciting place where College of Lake County (CLC) students can study abroad thanks to a new partnership with Ajman University.Ajman University is in the top 2.8% of universities worldwide (QS Rankings) and is in the top 10 worldwide for its inclusiveness and support for international students. CLC representatives and the Green Sheikh attend the Dubai Expo.The UAE program with Ajman University will exist as an annual short-term study abroad opportunity for CLC students and join our other annual short-term study abroad program offering in Japan.  The Center for International Education at CLC established this new, culturally enriching experience for students interested in international sustainability.

The partnership sparked last year when the college hosted His Highness (HH) Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, a member of the Ajman royal family in the UAE. HH Sheikh Abdul Aziz, better known as the “Green Sheikh,” spoke on campus about his advocacy for youth leadership and activism for environmental issues.

During his campus visit, the Green Sheikh invited CLC student Kamden Kuklinski to visit the UAE and pilot a new study abroad program with Ajman University. Jacob Cushing, Jill Bruellman, Kamden Kukliniski and the Green Sheikh with the Burj Khalifa in the backgroundHaving never left the country before, Kuklinski traveled halfway around the world in February with Jacob Cushing, director of the Center for International Education and Jill Bruellman, associate professor, chair of the English Language Instruction program, and the International Education Faculty Coordinator. Watch this vlog about his trip online.

“Although I was in a vastly different environment while exploring the desert, mosques, and new cities, I felt at home in the UAE mostly due to the warm hospitality I experienced at each and every turn.,” said Kuklinski. "This journey was incredibly life changing and the experience was truly priceless.”

Students, like Kuklinski, will enjoy many cultural experiences, lots of language exposure and even volunteer work. This program offers students a trip to top of the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building), a leadership seminar at a traditional Desert Camp, journey through the historical Ajman Palace and a visit to the Dubai Sustainable City.

“Studying abroad is rooted in students celebrating the ability to push their limits and venturing beyond their comfort zones,” said Cushing. “This is exactly what Kamden did with his time in the UAE and surely what our other students will experience as they travel and immerse themselves in Emirati culture, architecture, sustainability, and the Arabic language. It’s our hope this new country offering for CLC study abroad programs will provide students with additional opportunities in which to expand their knowledge of the world and to further promote our goal of ensuring we graduate global citizens.”

Registration for the first UAE study abroad experience will start soon. Contact Jacob Cushing, director of the Center for International Education at, or at 847-543-2733 for additional information.