Seminar Abroad

Study abroad cancelled for summer session.

Because of the U.S. Department of State Travel advisory elevation to level 4, it is not possible to run summer abroad faculty-led programs this year.

If you have already signed up for the Budapest trip, please refer to the email from GEO for more information on how to get refunded or email GEO directly at If you had planned to take GLOA 710 - Seminar Abroad to Budapest in Summer 2020 you may take GLOA 599, see Summer 2020 course schedule in Patriot Web for details.  If you did not plan to take GLOA 710 but are interested in the course, please email

Summer 2020 Destination: Budapest, Hungary

Dates: May 17 – 31, 2020

Budapest: Migrants, Minorities, and Multinationals

Faculty: Dr Yehuda Lukacs

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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.

Winter 2020 Destination: Havana, Cuba

Focus: Foreign Investment & Global Integration
Course dates: 1/04/2020 - 01/18/2020
Faculty: Dr. Lisa Breglia

GEO cuba

Course Description:
This course provides students with both a background to Cuba’s economic situation (from the 1959 Cuban Revolution to the present) as well as an on-the-ground look at the country’s emerging economic transition in the context of globalization. We will pay special attention to economic reform in Cuba surrounding the economic crisis of the 1990s using texts, tools, and methodologies from across the social sciences. The goal of the course is to equip participants with a well-rounded set of analytical tools that help them assess both Cuba’s economic situation in the 21st century as well as the scope and effectiveness of recent economic reforms the country has undertaken. This course offers students an intellectually stimulating, innovative, and diverse program of study in a safe environment, with maximum exposure to the economic, cultural, and political life of contemporary Cuba. The structure of this program revolves around guest lectures at Cuba’s premier academic institutions, class meetings, and relevant site visits.

Program Application Link

Please apply for the course through the Mason Global Education Office website by October 6, 2019.

Program Cost

Winter 2019: $3,911

Winter 2020: TBD

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, round-tip airfare between DC and Havana, accommodations, breakfasts and dinners daily, some additional group meals, guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary, entry visa to Cuba, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Passport fees, some meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $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 October 20, 2019 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by November 10, 2019. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Refund and Cancellation Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.

Past Seminar Abroad Programs

Summer 2019

Madrid, Spain

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

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)