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Good news!  While many programs over winter break are full, the Center for Global Education has openings in the following programs:  Columbia, Cuba, Switzerland, Greece and Turkey, Vietnam....  Read about each of the programs below, then click on the link for schedule details, instructor info, or to sign up online. But do so soon!

Adventurous students are invited to join the Mason group heading to Columbia over Winter Break to study geology in the beautiful Andes Mountains, one of the most scientifically captivating landscapes in the world! For 14 days, the outdoors will be your classroom for the Colombian Geology: Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Surficial Processes program - a field-oriented course focusing on the geology and geomorphology of the Cordillera Central Mountains. The course will involve outdoor activities, such as hiking, rafting, and caving in conditions ranging from hot and tropical to cold and mountainous!  The three-credit course will involve a combination of experiential learning through geological site visits in Colombia, lectures, and group discussions. Students must have completed Mineralogy (GEOL 302) or Geomorphology (GEOL 317) or Environmental Geology (GEOL 305) or Intro to Oceanography (GEOL 309 or BIOL 309) plus have a minimum of 8 semester credit hours in Geology, Geography, or Environmental Science to be eligible for this program.  Graduate and undergraduate students welcome, plus non-Mason students too!

Study abroad in Cuba over Winter Break, where lush mountains, verdant blue-green seas, and genuinely hospitable people offer a unique opportunity to immerse in the culture, climate, rhythm, and mystery that is Cuba!  Sign up to "Experience Cuba" History, Culture, Tourism and Sustainability and earn three semester credits in Tourism 340 or 490, History 398, Honors 240 or New Century Learning 399.  Find out if your perceptions of Cuba are true ~ the exuberant Cuban nightlife, distinct procession of vintage automobiles, and innate creativity of the Cuban people.  Explore Cuba while staying in numerous cities on the island from the coast to the mountains. Engage residents and fellow students in cultural exchanges; visit museums; learn about biodiversity and the island’s flora and fauna; and become actively involved in a local cultural and sustainability project!  Mason and non-Mason students welcome to participate.

A cruise to the Island of Crete? the Parthenon? The Blue Mosque? Spend two weeks traipsing across Greece and Turkey, travel from Athens, where Plato taught and Paul preached, to Istanbul. Throughout your tour you will examine the ruins of ancient Greece, through the most important cities and sacred sites including Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, and Delphi. On Crete you will also visit the ancient ruins of Knossos (the legendary palace of King Minos). On the way to Istanbul, the capital of the Roman Empire, we'll visit Ephesus, one of the best-preserved Roman cities and the location of an early Christian church.  We will also spend some days and nights at Parmukkale, Pergamun, Aphrodesia, and Troy. Earn History, Art History, Government, Honors, or Philosophy credit while exploring the political, philosophical, and cultural implications of the different conceptions of the gods set out in Plato’s Republic.

Survey of International Organizations in Switzerland –  A two-week survey of international organizations, based in the beautiful medieval city of Fribourg, Switzerland, that provides students with an overview of the goals, functions, and significance of such organizations in today's fast changing global environment. As part of the program, you will participate in two full day site visits in Geneva and an overnight site visit in Strasbourg, France to visit international organizations and hear first hand how these organizations function in a global arena. Site visits will include: United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, World Trade Organization, European Parliament European Court of Human Rights, and the Council of Europe.

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.

Spend 2 weeks in London studying British Theatre Today.  Led by Prof. Rick Davis from the Theatre Department at GMU, participants will see 8 shows from some of the most renowned theatre companies in the UK, including the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Donmar Warehouse.  In addition to these performances, students will participate in workshops with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon, the Globe Theatre, and go backstage at the Royal National Theatre. 

Cuba: Foreign Investment, Development, and Integration Study abroad this Winter Break in Havana, Cuba, where the old and the new are woven together. Attend lectures by faculty from the University of Havana, the Center for International Economy Research, and the Centro de Estudios de Economía Cubana. Interact with officials from the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of External Trade and Foreign Investment, and ambassadors from Latin American and Caribbean embassies to Havana. In addition to learning about changing political and economic conditions in today’s Cuba, 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.

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Marie alice Arnold, General Manager
Center for Global Education
George Mason University
Johnson Center Room 235
4400 University Drive MS 2B8
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States of America

Tel: 1.703.993.2167
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