Seminar Abroad

Summer 2019 Destination: Spain

Focus: Europe at a Crossroads: Migration, Economic Crisis, and Shifting Political Trends

Course dates: June 15-29, 2019

Faculty: Dr. Jennifer Ashley,

Course Description:

This interdisciplinary course is designed to explore the challenges and opportunities facing Europe in the present moment. The program is centered in Madrid, and will allow students to think through issues such as the global economic crisis, urban social movements, youth unemployment, changes in migration patterns, refugee and asylum policies, and diverging political responses from the perspective of the Spanish experience.  The structure of the program revolves around a series of guest lectures from professors at one of Spain’s premiere academic institutions, Universidad Carlos III, and will also include relevant site visits to government agencies and humanitarian organizations

Program Application Link

Please apply for the course through the Mason Global Education Office website by March 3, 2019.

Program Cost

Summer 2019: $3,500


  • Tuition for 3 credits
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfasts
  • Required group activities
  • Metro card
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Guest lectures and site visits
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included: 

  • Airfare*
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Other transportation
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials
    *Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payment Deadlines

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit of $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 17, 2019 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 14, 2019. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). 


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Past Programs

Winter 2019

Havana, Cuba

Topic: Foreign Investment & Global Integration

Winter 2018

Havana, Cuba

Topic: Foreign Investment & Global Integration

Summer 2017

Madrid and Sevilla, Spain

Topic: Europe at a Crossroads

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.