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Winter Break 2016
 

The New Cuba

 

There has never been a better time to study abroad in Cuba.

Cuba’s unique political and cultural history has long made it the subject of rich intellectual discussion and debate. Economic, political, and social reforms have signaled a time of transition since the 1990s. And this year’s diplomatic opening between the US and Cuba promises to profoundly impact the island’s future.

 

 

London Theatre

 

The Winter Program in London provides a rich experience of theatre and performance happening in London. Students will attend a series of performances from fringe productions to West End productions and participate in interactive workshops with artists and professionals from some of the UK’s most storied theatre companies, including the Young Vic, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and the Guildford School of Acting.

 

 

Renaissance Art and Culture in Italy

 

This course is an introduction to Renaissance art by exploring the historical, political and cultural evolution of Italy between the 14th and the 16th centuries. This overview will be not confined to works of art but will include social and patronage issues, such as the role of the guilds and the differences in private, civic and church patronage, which affected the style, form and content of Italian art.

 

 

Rome and Pompeii

 

This course addresses many aspects of the development of the urban environment across the centuries. Students taking this course will explore how geology, geography and hydrology of the territory are deeply connected with the development, history and culture of Rome in the city and beyond her walls, with an in depth exploration of the resort towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the port city of Ostia, all satellites of Rome but unlike Rome, build on the typical framework of Roman military camp (decumanus maximus and cardo maximus, the same basic framework of cities like Paris and London, originally Roman colonies).

 

 
Great Cities of East Central Europe
 

This course will be an investigation of the history of nations, nationalism, and the great cities of East Central Europe - Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. Because the course is designed around a study tour, students will be examining the events in history where they happened.

 

 

Greece: Monumental Politics

 

When people fight over the ‘sacred ground’ of the 9/11 memorial, debate the politics of the Vietnam Memorial, or grieve with the six thousand statues that attended the death of Sulla in Rome; they demonstrate the political stakes and importance of public monuments. This class examines the political importance of monuments and memorials. What lives are worthy of commemoration?

 

 

 
Ancient History and Archaeology of Peru
 

The ancient cultures of Peru have long fascinated archaeologists and tourists alike. The 1911 rediscovery of the Inca city of Machu Picchu ignited archaeological imagination about Peru, and this fascination continues today. While Machu Picchu is the best-known Inca settlement, it is but one of tens of thousands of ancient sites still visible on the Peruvian landscape.

 

 
Community Building in South Africa
 

Students will go on an academic and experiential journey through the tropical province of KwaZulu-Natal. Students will live with Zulu families in urban townships and rural villages, observe infrastructure projects, cultural performances, and traditional rituals.

 

 
Semester Programs
 
The Oxford Semester
 

Looking for a longer study abroad experience? The Oxford Semester or Academic Year Experience is the perfect program for students in the Honors College. This demanding program provides you with valuable skills in research, analysis and debate that will greatly improve your scholarship. Many Honors College students of many different majors have participated in this program earning credits in their major and Honors.

 

 

 
Florence Spring Semester
 

Spend this spring in Florence on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! The perfect introduction to Italian art, culture, history and language, this spring semester study abroad program in Florence is sure to please.

 

 

Bilateral Exchange (Semester or Academic Year)

Most affordable option for students paying in-state tuition - pay Mason tuition to Mason, pay room and board abroad. Credits from the institutions below can be applied to your major!

 

Direct Enrollment (Semester or Academic Year)

Most affordable option for students paying out-of-state tuition - pay a set program fee that is less expensive than tuition at Mason. Credits from the institutions below can be applied to your major!

 
International Internships
 
Did you know you can earn Mason credit with an internship study abroad program? Don’t wait until after graduation to earn valuable global work experience for your resume. Mason internship study abroad programs are offered over the summer and semester, in many countries around the globe: Argentina, Brazil, China, England, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, and more! Contact Mary Getsey Bernier at [log in to unmask], for detailed information, or schedule an advising session.
 
 
 
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