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"We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and the tell the world the glories of our journey."

-John Hope Franklin, American Historian

New Year's in Istanbul

Departure / December 27 / Friday
Group Flight to Turkey from IAD to IST

Day 1 / December 28 / Saturday
Arrive in Istanbul
The Crown Plaza Harbiye is located in the heart of Istanbul, and in proximity to shopping, theatres, and the neighborhood of Nisantasi. Breakfast everyday!

Day 2 / December 29 / Sunday
Explore the city for a full-day tour

Day 3 / December 30 / Monday
Beyoglu and Pera
Free day OR optional half- day tour (additional $35 per person).

Day 4 / December 31 / Tuesday
New Year's Eve Celebration!
Free day OR optional half- day tour (additional $100 per person).
Optional half-day tour, "Off the Beaten Track of Istanbul in the Old City."

Day 5 / January 1 / Wednesday
Happy New Year 2014!
Free day OR optional full- day tour with lunch in a local Turkish restaurant included ($100 per person).

Optional full-day tour includes visits of

  • Dolmabahce Palace
  • Istanbul Modern Museum
  • Ortakoy District
  • Nisantasi District

Day 6 / January 2 / Thursday
Last day to explore Istanbul
Free day OR optional full- day tour with lunch in a local Turkish restaurant included ($100 per person).
Optional full-day tour includes visits of:
Egyptian (Spice Bazaar) Market
Cruise along the Bosphorus by private boat
Camlica Hill

Day 7 / January 3 / Friday
Return to the U.S.
We will take a DIRECT flight to back to Washington, D.C. (approx. 10hrs).

Contact
Erin Mateu
Center for Global Education
4400 University Drive
Johnson Center, Rm 235 
Fairfax, VA 22030
Email: [log in to unmask]
Phone: 703-993-3864

This program is open to the entire Mason community including students, alumni, faculty, and staff and to the general public so please invite your friends and family!

Register online and submit the $500 non-refundable deposit with your application by October 25, 2013 to secure your spot on the program. First come, first serve. The program has a limited number of spaces available. The CGE office can take VISA or MasterCard payments for deposits only. Balance will be due by check (payable to George Mason University) by November 15, 2013.

Web: globaled.gmu.edu/istanbul

Taste of Mason

Enjoy a sampling of Mason’s dining options and take part in the opportunity to learn more about several different programs and services offered to families and students including Career Services, Alumni Affairs, and much more!

Web: OFPS/Family Weekend

Budapest in Spring

Spaces still remain for the Spring 2014Budapest Semester Internship! Spend your Spring 2014 semester on the banks of the Danube river in beautiful and historic Budapest, Hungary. Participants earn 15 credits over the semester while interning 3 days per week and taking classes two days per week. Gain professional experience while exploring central Europe! Classroom-based and experiential learning credits in GLOA, GOVT, CONF, NCLC, SOCI, WMST, HIST and more are available for participants. A sample of the potential internship placements include: Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, American Chamber of Commerce, Republikon Institute, Hungarian Europe Society, Roma Education Fund, and many more.

Web: Budapest Semester Internship
Photo gallery in the WP: Days and nights in Budapest (Oct 2013)