Seminar Abroad

 Summer 2018 Destination: Spain

Focus: Europe at a Crossroads

Course dates: June 2-16, 2018 

Faculty: 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 Barcelona. Lodging and classes are in Madrid's historic city center. Lectures are in English.

All students must apply for the course through the Global Education Office website.

Important Deadlines:

  • A non-refundable program deposit of $200 is due upon application for this program. The application deadline is March 4, 2018.
  • A non-refundable First Payment of $1000 is due by March 11, 2018.
  • The Final Payment of the remaining program balance is due by April 8, 2018

Program Cost: $4,635

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations, breakfasts, required group activities, metro card, welcome and farewell dinners, guest lectures and site visits, overnight trip to Barcelona (including transportation), 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.

Spain Information Session for Students

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

6:00-7:00 pm

James Buchanan Hall, Room D207A


For more information contact Stephanie Lister at Global Affairs ( or Laura Scobey at the Global Education Office (

Past Programs

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.

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