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Dear Public and International Affairs and Public Administration Students:

It is with great pleasure that we announce to you a few very specific study abroad options that would be particularly interesting for GOVT/PUAD/MPA majors and minors!  

Here is a recapitulation of some of the upcoming programs that may peak your interest:
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This program INCLUDES airfare from Dulles to Johannesburg and Cape Town, all lodging, most meals, guided visits and a safari!  One HIST credit is available for an extra fee or you can just enjoy as a tourist! The application deadline for this program is September 30th, 2012.  Interested students can contact Erin Mateu, [log in to unmask] or 703-993-3864, for further information. 

 

GREAT CITIES: A Journey to Post-Communism: Berlin, Budapest, Belgrade, Sarajevo
Participants will have the opportunity to examine political, economic, social, and cultural developments in post-communist, East-Central Europe. By visiting four countries - Germany, Hungary, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina – students will be able to observe the tremendous transformation of East-Central Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. History in this region is not merely confined to dusty books in libraries; the burden of history seems to resonate in the lives of individuals and plays a key role in the formation of a collective identity within each society in the region. By walking the streets of these magnificent European cities, visiting relevant sites, and talking to locals, participating students should be able to develop an appreciation of what is meant by “the burden of history” in East-Central Europe.

Interested students can contact Denise Elles-Mdahuar, [log in to unmask] or 703-993-2155, for further information.  The application deadline for this program is  October 5th, 2012.

- GREECE AND TURKEY - Cities and Gods: From Athens to Istanbul

 See the Parthenon. Visit Olympia. Take a cruise to the island of Crete and visit the ancient ruins of Knossos. In Turkey you'll see one of the best preserved Roman cities Ephesus. You'll also see Pergamun, Troy and Istanbul, where you'll visit the Blue Mosque and Hajia Sophia. All while exploring the connection between gods and cities through text, classic art and architecture.

Interested students can contact Marie alice Arnold at [log in to unmask] or 703-993-2167 for further information. The application deadline for this program is October 5th, 2012.

- CUBA: Foreign Investment, Development and Global Integration

In addition to learning about changing political and economic conditions in today’s Cuba through classroom lectures, you will get to experience the realities of the Cuban economy first-hand, whether through a site visit to an agricultural cooperative/agribusiness micro-industry project or more informally by eating lunch in a typical “palador,” a family-run restaurant, and talking with the owners. You will visit sites in and around the city of Havana, including the Plaza de la Revolución, the José Martí Memorial, the Museo de Belles Artes, and a Cuban painting studio. At the Port of Mariel, you will learn about the ongoing joint investment project between Cuba and Brazil.


Interested students can contact Sarah Mournighan, [log in to unmask] or 703-993-2106, for further information.  The application deadline for this program is  October 5th, 2012.


- SWITZERLAND: Survey of International Organizations

The course examines the achievements and failures of the world's most important organizations from an interdisciplinary perspective. Using frameworks provided by economics, political science, international relations, and international law, the course will address the following questions:
    What are functions of international organizations?
    How can international organizations diminish or solve collective action problems? Are they successful in doing so?
    What are the main obstacles faced by international organizations?


Interested students can contact Sarah Mournighan, [log in to unmask] or 703-993-2106, for further information.  The application deadline for this program is  October 5th, 2012.

 


- VIETNAM: Culture, Politics and Economy

Experience firsthand the sights and sounds of Vietnam while you explore Vietnamese culture and its influence on present-day society and politics.  During this two week program, you will visit Vietnam’s most important political, cultural, and economic centers including: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, and the Mekong Delta.  You will also explore ancient Vietnam in Hanoi’s Old Quarters; the breathtaking view of Ha Long Bay, a world’s heritage site, the ancient city of Hoi An; and the charming highland resort of Sapa.

Interested students can contact Sarah Mournighan, [log in to unmask] or 703-993-2106, for further information.  The application deadline for this program is  October 5th, 2012.

 

 -  Semester in Florence, Italy this spring!

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This is a Mason faculty-led spring semester program offering 16 resident credits.  Students can choose to live in shared student apartments or with a family. No previous experience with Italian language is necessary.  The Florence program would be ideal for majors or minors of CONF, GLOA, GOVT, HIST, ITAL, or SOCI. 

This unique city will be yours to absorb, explore, taste, marvel, and enjoy for an entire semester! Excursions to Rome and Sicily are included in the program and several other trips are available from our host institution for a small fee.  Participants study at the Centro Fiorenza, founded in 1982 and located right in the center of Florence.  Classes typically meet four days a week, allowing students ample opportunity to travel throughout Italy and Europe on the weekends and during Spring Break in March. 

The Mason faculty to accompany the group changes from year to year.  This spring 2013, Dr. David Haines, from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will be leading the program.  The spring 2013 courses in Florence have been approved for the following credits:

·          Italian language (ITAL 110 for 6 credits, or ITAL 101, 210, 250 330 or 331 for 3 credits)

·         "Italian Culture and Society" (HIST 398 or SOCI 395, for 1 credit). This course will be conducted mainly outside of the classroom, including day trips on four Fridays to Prato, Bologna, Greve in Chianti, and Viareggio!

·        "Head Scarves and Blue Cards: European Migration in Comparative Perspectives," taught by Professor Haines and including a four-day excursion to Berlin (ANTH 399 or SOCI 395, also seeking credit for CONF, for 3 credits).

·        "The Living Art of the Renaissance " (ARTH 340, for 3 credits)

·         "European and American Relations in the 20th Century" (GLOA 480, GOVT 398, or HIST 398 for 3 credits).

     "History & Politics of Modern Italy" (GOVT 398 or HIST 398, for 3 credits).


Please check the program web page (http://globaled.gmu.edu/programs/semester/florence.html) for more details. Interested students can contact Erin Mateu, [log in to unmask] or 703-993-3864, for further information.  The application deadline for this program is October 5th, 2012.

There will be an information session for the Spring 2013 Florence Program THIS Thursday, Sept. 27th at the HUB, rooms 3, 4 & 5 starting at 5:30pm (and following the Art History lecture by the Art History professor from the Florence program)!


    - Oxford Honors Semester

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Explore Topics in the Political Sciences in depth through research an in one-on-one tutorial sessions with an Oxford scholar. Interested students can contact Marie alice Arnold at [log in to unmask] or 703-993-2167 for further information. 


Government students can also participate in a variety of International Internship programs offering guaranteed placements in your academic field during the summer or semester.  Intern abroad and gain international work experience in Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Israel and Palestine, Morocco, or the United Kingdom.  Visit the International internships page for more information.


Don’t delay!  Consider earning some credits abroad!  The application deadlines are quickly approaching, so apply now!


Best,

The CGE Team

Center for Global Education

Johnson Center, Room 235

George Mason University

4400 University Drive, MS 2B8

Fairfax, VA 22030

phone: 703-993-2154

fax: 703-993-2153

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http://globaled.gmu.edu/
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