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Winter Break 2016

International Organizations in Switzerland


The Survey of International Organizations (SIO) provides students with an overview of the goals, functioning and significance of key international organizations in today’s fast changing global environment.


Youtube: Video by Academic Director Dr. Trevor Thrall


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.



Qatar and the United Arab Emirates


This brand new 3-credit course will focus on the strategic global policies of oil and natural gas and its political, economic and social impact on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries specifically the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.


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.


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 interested in Conflict Resolution. The Oxford Experience is the perfect experience gain valuable skills in research, analysis, and debate, all of which will set you apart from your peers when it comes to looking for a position.

Participants majoring in Conflict Analysis and Resolution have studied: Dynamics of Movements-Terrorist, Social, and Political Protest; The Economic Development of Muslim Countries; Approaches to Violence Forced Migration, translation and Livelihood; European Integration; Arab-Israeli Relations; Global Conflict and its Actors; The Consequences of Human Trafficking on Post-Conflict Societies; International Security & Conflict; Theory and Practice of Humanitarian Intervention; Politics in Modern India; Modern European Politics and History; Legitimizing Violence: A Psychological Perspective and many other topics too.



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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