Short-Term Study Abroad Programs

Experience an intensive, condensed 3-credit course in a remarkable country. The Schar School’s seven- to ten-day courses provide you with comparative political experience and the opportunity to network with political leaders, business executives, academics, and practitioners.

Led by distinguished faculty members, the Schar School’s short-term study abroad programs are open to all Schar School students, as well as non-degree/non-George Mason students.

Students earn three credits from George Mason University as well as Certificates of Completion from our partner universities, such as Oxford University, the University of Pretoria in South Africa, University of Zagreb in Croatia, and Fudan University in China. Classes are typically conducted during recesses in the academic year and built on subjects such as government, policy making, international trade, regional development, health and social issues, culture, and security.

For more information, contact Michal McElwain Malur, the Schar School’s Director of External Programs.


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Climate Change and Environmental Policy- Global, Transdisciplinary Approaches for the Future

Summer Virtual Study Abroad, 3 credits

Faculty: The Honorable Gebreselassie Tesfamichael and Carol Pineau

$500 Scholarships Available

Dates: The class will meet virtually on July 11, and over the last two weekends in July. The course will conclude and on Sunday, Aug 8. Please Note: There will be required work due before Sunday, July 11.

Optional Trip to COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. A trip to Glasgow for COP26 will be planned, subject to COVID restrictions and GMU travel policy, for Nov 10-14, 2021. The group will meet with experts, policy makers and activists involved in climate change. The cost for this trip would be in addition to this summer’s 3-credit course and is not an official component of the course but an “add-on” for those class participants interested.



Rondene Grinam, Master’s in International Commerce and Policy '18

Oxford Study Abroad Prepared International Commerce Student for Global Business Aspirations
"I really appreciated meeting people who started their own businesses from the ground up because I want to start my agency someday. I was taking it all in and connecting with all of them" - Condone Grinam, Master's in International Commerce and Policy student.


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A Vietnam Visit: Schar School Students Visit Historic Sites While Learning About Southeast Asia’s Economic Future
While other students spent the middle of January combating the worst of winter weather and dealing with post-holiday blahs, a cadre of 12 Schar School students basked in the dry sunshine of Vietnam for eight days and learned about the country’s fate in a rapidly changing Southeast Asia.


Congressman Marco Adame greets Schar School students

A Spring Break Study Abroad Trip to Mexico Opens Eyes, Changes Minds
“Spring Break in Mexico” conjures images of sun-drenched beaches and bustling nightlife, but for a cadre of Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University graduate and undergraduate students, their week-long adventure in and around Mexico City had a decidedly different purpose—one with lasting results.


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A Ground-Breaking Virtual Study Abroad Program Examines People-Led Development in Africa
People-centered development are some of the hottest buzz-words in international studies today, yet few universities offer courses on the topic.