George Mason University

Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is an investment in your future. As the fabric of society, politics, and the economy become more globally entwined, students with international experience will have an advantage in their future careers. The Global Education Office at Mason is equipped to help you get the most out of your experience. 

Some Options for Studying Abroad:

Two Goals, One Solution Found in France

Finney and Friends

Deciding where to study abroad was relatively easy for Patrick Finney, a marketing major in George Mason University’s School of Business. Considering his commitment to mastering French fluently, and his a search for schools that offered courses relevant to his major, Finney felt the KEDGE Business School in Marseille, France, was the clear choice.

“KEDGE Business School is …  a well-respected college on an international level and has a local reputation of being reserved for the best in the city,” Finney said. He also appreciated the diversity in and around the KEDGE campus. “It’s similar to Mason in a lot of ways. I feel that the diversity in our school has prepared me for international life like this.”

KEDGE is part of Mason’s Direct Exchange Programs, which allow students to continue to pay in-state tuition for overseas study, and also simplify the application process and credit transfers. Finney’s courses at KEDGE in organizational behavior, principles of marketing, sustainable development, and management information systems all counted as credits toward his Mason marketing degree.

“My favorite part of this experience has been ... meeting students from all over the world. Do it because it will be one of the best experiences you will ever have.”

—Chun “Justin” Lau, School of Business

All the World’s a Stage, and They Want to See Everything

While many a student spent the better part of the winter break catching up on sleep, a group of George Mason University students made the leap across the pond to discover the world of British theater.

The students saw an average of 11 shows each during their two-week London study-abroad trip in January, but many used their spare time to see even more productions, says Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, who has led the winter trip to London for the last three years.  The Center for Global Education organizes the trip each year. “It’s total immersion in a culture that values the arts explicitly. [British] society is partially organized around the arts, and it’s a good thing,” Davis says.

Each morning usually started with a class session, followed by a trip to see at least one stage performance. The intimacy of 140-seat Menier Chocolate Factory, a small, basement venue where some of London’s best take the stage, left an impression on Alex Galloway, a senior studying film at Mason. “You could almost reach out and touch them,” Galloway says of the performers’ proximity to the audience.

Studying Business in the Land Down Under

Chun “Justin” Lau with a kangaroo

“I’ve always wanted to explore the world,” says Chun “Justin” Lau, a finance student in George Mason University’s School of Business. In July, Lau took another step toward achieving this goal when he arrived in Sydney, Australia, to study at the University of Technology, Sydney, for a semester.

Lau, who is minoring in economics, is intrigued by the business and economic relationships between countries. Part of what piqued his interest in studying in Australia was its proximity to Asia—a region where several countries are experiencing rapid development.

“Australia has a close trading relationship with these countries, and this seems to be the path that the United States is heading in, so I picked Sydney because it is a major city where I can observe trends applicable to my future career,” Lau says.