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December 15, 2015

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Happy Holidays!

Season's greetings and best wishes for a happy new year!

Mason Study Abroad will be closed for business starting Monday, December 21, 2015 through Friday, January, 1, 2016. The office will re-open on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 9:00 am. 

We wish you safe travels, happy holidays, and a great start to 2016!


Participate in the Mason Abroad Photo Challenge


We challenge you to submit at least one photo per program to complete all the letters in the MASON Abroad Photo Challenge. Simply send/post/tweet your photos using the hashtag #MasonAbroad. You can also post on our Facebook wall, mention us on Twitter or send us an email.


  1. M Category: "Mason Community"
    Show some Patriot Pride and send/post/tweet photos of you or your group wearing Mason
  2. A Category: "Adjust to Locale"
    Share impressions of your host country's customs, culture, traditions, e.g. festivals, dances, fairs, concerts, markets etc.
  3. S Category: "Serene Experience"
    This is YOU abroad - A Day in the Life of ...
  4. O Category: "Organization"
    What does your classroom look like? Show us some program-relevant activities, e.g. how you learn a new language, what the lecture looks like, course-related activities inside and outside the classroom
  5. N Category: "Neat Conclusion"
    The ultimate challenge. Summarize your experience. In a group or individually. While abroad over winter break or at some time during your semester abroad.




Mason Abroad Photo Challenge categories table


Planning to study outside the country? Mason Study Abroad is your first stop 


By Damian Cristodero

News at Mason

About 1,000 George Mason University students study abroad each school year, a number the university wants to quadruple by the year 2024.

As part of that ambitious goal, the Center for Global Education has been rebranded as Mason Study Abroad. With it comes the Mason Abroad Travel Registration System, a resource portal for students participating in university-sponsored or related travel. ...

Read full article on News at Mason


Mason Storytellers Abroad


Presenting Part 4 of a Brooke Finnicum's Five-Part Series on South Korea

Busan Beach

Busan, South Korea


Beaches, seafood, and mountains galore describe the beautiful city of Busan, SouthKorea. Located in the southeastern tip of of the Korean peninsula and acting as South Korea’s largest port city, Busan has become an international metropolis. Known as one of the top tourist destinations in South Korea, Busan has a variety of activities for all types of visitors. If you love relaxing by the seashore, Haeundae Beach is the place for you. It is famous for its beautiful, clear water and fantastic location. Restaurants, hotels, and markets are all within walking distance of the beach. Enjoy Busan’s famous seafood at the Haeundae market or eat delicious Korean barbeque. The spring season is the perfect time to visit Haeundae because the weather is warm and it is much less crowded compared to the summertime. A sea of beach umbrellas stacked like sardines can be seen at Haeundae from miles away during the months of June, July, and August. 

Gwangalli Beach is Busan’s other most famous beach, known for its fine sand and pristine water. The nearby area has a cultural center, a museum, art galleries, theaters for plays, and an array of fashion shops. Gwangalli’s artistic vibe attracts many visitors looking to learn more about the culture of Busan. Also located in the Gwangalli area is the Gwangan Bridge, stretching about 5 miles across the ocean. At night, the bridge lights up in colors that change according to the season. Gwangan Bridge is a popular and fun spot for a romantic date or a family outing.

Busan is home to the largest shopping complex in the world known as Shinsegae Centum City. Including a spa, an ice skating rink, a movie theater, and countless floors of shops, Shinsegae is a dream for visitors who love shopping! Traveling to this ginormous mall is easy as it sounds as it is conveniently attached to the Centum City subway stop. 

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