Global Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Seminar Abroad

Summer 2017 Destination: Madrid and Sevilla

Focus: Europe at a Crossroads

Course dates: May 27-June10, 2017
Faculty: Dr. Lisa Breglia and Dr. Jennifer Ashley

Spend two intensive weeks taking an interdisciplinary approach to the contemporary challenges facing a major European city at a social, political, and economic crossroads. Morning classes tackle issues such as human rights, migration and refugees. Afternoon site visits take us to museums, NGOs, sites of urban protest, the national Bank of Spain, and Congress. Spend a weekend exploring the city of Sevilla, a high-speed train ride away. Lodging and classes are in Madrid's historic city center. Lectures are in English.

All students must apply for the course through the Mason Abroad website.

Important Deadlines:
  • March 5: application deadline
  • March 12: deposit deadline ($1500)
  • April 16: final balance deadline ($3135)
  • April 23: deadline to complete all items in MasonAbroad
  • May 6: Mandatory Attendance at Pre-Departure Orientation and Breakout Session (check-in starts at 12pm. Orientation 12:30-2pm followed by break-out session)
Program Cost: $4635
  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Accommodations (daily breakfast included)
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • Required group activities
  • Metro card
  • Guest lecturers & site visits
  • Overnight trip to Seville, including transportation
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending

For more information contact Stephanie Lister at Global Affairs ( )or Laura Scobey at Mason Abroad (


Past Programs

Winter 2017

Havana, Cuba

Topic: Foreign Investment & Global Integration

Summer 2016

Stockholm, Uppsala, Sweden

Topic: European and Scandinavian Security Policy 

Winter 2016

Havana, Cuba

Topic: The New Cuba: Foreign Investment and Global Integration (syllabus)

Summer 2015

Lima, Cusco, and Ayacucho, Peru

Topic: Human Rights Past and Present

Winter 2015

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Topic: History, Politics and Culture in Zululand (syllabus)

Summer 2014

Mexico City, Puebla, and Oaxaca, Mexico

Topic: Security, Markets and Development (syllabus)

Winter 2014

Havana, Cuba

Topic: Foreign Investment, Development, and Global Integration

Summer 2013

Tbilisi, Georgia

Topic: Nations and Globalization: From Theory to Case Study

Summer 2012

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Topic: Global Human Rights

Summer 2011

Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing, China

Topic: Global Migration in an East Asian Context

Summer 2010

Brussels, Belgium

Topic: Migration and Integration: European & Global Perspectives (syllabus)

Financial Considerations

The cost for the trip varies, however it is recommended that students save roughly $5,000 for the course. The following items are typically included in the GLOA 710 fee:

  • 3 credits of graduate tuition
  • Housing accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Transportation between cities if required
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Emergency evacuation insurance
  • Guides
  • Lecturers
  • George Mason University faculty
  • Excursions within the country of study
  • Administrative fees in the US and country of study

Please note: Airfare is purchased separately, by the student. Due to student's personal preferences and access to frequent flier miles, Mason Study Abroad will not arrange group flights.

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