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Make Study Abroad Part of Your Mason Experience

Combine your study of the arts with an international experience in your field. Mason offers several study abroad options that are closely tied to majors in the arts.

"Studying abroad didn't just enhance my overall education but it impacted my personal life. The people we met, the organizations we spoke with, and the overall culture provided me with an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget."

—Gina Cashia, Arts Management 2016 Graduate and Participant in the 2015 Course International Arts Management: The Netherlands.

Gain a global perspective that will set you apart from the crowd:

  • Gain proficiency in a foreign language
  • Adapt to new situations and apply them to "old" habits
  • Deepen your understanding for different cultures
  • Learn how to manage ambiguity
  • Become more self-confident as you grow personally - and professionally

CVPA Programs for 2018

Photography in Laos. Summer 2018

June 1-30, 2018
Credits 6
Deadline to apply:
March 4, 2018

Location: Luang Prabang, Laos; Vientiane, Laos

Anticipated Course Options*:
Art and Visual Technology- AVT 356: Fundamental Lighting
Art and Visual Technology- AVT 457: Advanced Lighting
*Subject to change

This 4 week course introduces students to location photography and the special techniques needed to create compelling narratives. Emphasis is placed on storytelling, along with production processes and contemporary media output methods. Students will explore concepts of both fiction and non-fiction narrative through a variety of lighting and shooting techniques. The class is devoted to subject research and creative photography, as well as the planning and logistics needed when shooting on location.

Program Highlights

Students will learn how to work with location lighting in photography and develop a narrative story telling through picture. Furthermore students will learn the culture of the country. 

Visit the historic Luang Prabang. Located in the valley near the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, it is known for its beauty and many Buddhist temples.

Learn More about this program.

ContactLaura Scobey 

Photography in Laos

Arts Management in Scotland and Ireland, Summer 2018

International Arts Management - Scotland & Ireland
Summer 2018

**Information Session will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., on Arlington Campus, Founders Hall Room #210.**

Summer Session: AMGT 599 (3 Credits – Graduate, 6 Credits – Undergraduate)

Classes in Arlington, VA: May 21st – 24th & June 28th – 30th
Classes in Scotland: May 30th – June 6th
Classes in Ireland: June 6th – June 17th

Led by Academic Director, Dr. Karalee Dawn MacKay

During this course students will immerse themselves in international arts management strategies in Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow and Loch Ness) and Ireland (Dublin, Galway and the Aran Islands). Students will gain a historical and cultural understanding of the diverse organizational styles found in various arts management organizations in both regions and their continuing impact on the performing, visual, and literary arts throughout the world. Our time abroad will include meetings with top arts managers and executives, policy experts, marketing and outreach directors, heritage and tourism officials, entrepreneurs, designers and artists; on-site observations and exclusive guided tours.

Topics that will be explored include:

  • economic drivers in the arts
  • marketing and community outreach
  • policy and fundraising strategies
  • national identity and cultural heritage and the arts, and
  • day-to-day arts management challenges in both regions.

We will examine how European Union initiatives such as the Capitals and Cities of Culture programs have impacted the arts in Glasgow and Galway and how popular culture tourism drivers such as the Outlander, Braveheart, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones franchises celebrate and popularize the culture, arts and heritage of both countries.

Class activities may include (but are not limited to): meetings, performances, and tours with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Creative Scotland, VisitScotland, National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre, Abbey Theatre, Druid Theatre Company, National Museum of Scotland, National Bagpiping Centre, The National Leprechaun Museum, Scottish Writers’ Museum, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Irish Writers Centre, The James Joyce Centre, Irish Arts Council, Project Art Centre, National Museum of Ireland, Claddagh Arts Centre & Katie’s Cottage Museum; traditional music, dance and storytelling tours, visits to castles, cliffs, lochs, and the historic Highlands and islands regions, and taking part in the world famous Bloomsday events in Dublin, among other adventures.

Our itinerary will be structured to allow students to explore additional arts venues and events according to their individual areas of interest and the surrounding regions during scheduled open time.

People interested in learning more about international marketing, fundraising, arts policy, community outreach, tourism and cultural heritage management, and cross-disciplinary approaches to the arts will love this course!

Program Fee: TBD (Fee is the same for In-State/Out-of-State students, alumni, and guests)

Applications Open Now: (Mason Study Abroad website)

Included in the Program Fee:

  • Tuition for 3 credits (Graduate and Undergraduate)
  • Housing (Shared occupancy with free full breakfast included)
  • Tours, guest lectures, workshops, meetings, networking opportunities
  • Day Trips to Loch Ness, the Scottish Highlands, and the Aran Islands
  • Theatre Performances at the Traverse, Abbey ad Druid Theatre Companies

Not included:

  • International airfare and daily personal expenses
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Daily Lunch & Dinner (Two dinners are provided: Welcome and Departure dinners)
  • Optional performance events and tours

If you have any questions or if you need more information please email Academic Director, Dr. Karalee Dawn MacKay.

For more information on this program visit the Mason Study Abroad website. For information on Scholarships and Funding for International Study and to read about Previous Trips, please visit the Arts Management website.

Arts Management Scotland and Ireland Summer 2018 Trip

"My overall experience in the Netherlands was amazing! I could connect with my classmates and my professors, and to be able to visit the number of art organizations that we did was truly mind-blowing. I appreciated the number of different organizations we met with since it was interesting to realize that the issues and concerns we have in the United States are the same in Europe....It truly felt like an exchange of ideas."

—Susan Hopson Arts Management 2016 Graduate and Participant in the 2015 Course International Arts Management: The Netherlands.

The London Theatre Tour

Study Theater in London - Winter 2018

This Winter Break, make the world your stage by studying abroad for two weeks in London! Led by Ken Elston, Director of the School of Theater at George Mason University, this study abroad program has been one of Mason Study Abroad's most popular for over nine years running! Participants will see a number of shows, ranging from fringe productions to West End productions. Previous plays have included:

  • Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
  • Golem
  • Treasure Island
  • Knight of the Burning Pestle
  • Love’s Labours Won
  • Behind the Beautiful Forever’s
  • Scottsboro Boys
  • Henry IV Part 1
  • Assassin’s

A distinguishing component of this program are the workshops and backstage tours that students attend. These are interactive workshops and tours that are conducted by groups such as the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Program Details

Credits offered


English (ENGH) 202: Texts and Contexts (satisfies Mason Core requirement for Literature)
English (ENGH) 309: Topics in Literature
Theater (THR) 101: Theatrical Medium (satisfies Mason Core requirement for Arts)
Theater (THR) 359: World Stages (satisfies Mason Core requirement for Global Understanding)
Theater (THR) 497: Independent Study


Theatre (THR) 599: Independent Study


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Members of the general public who are 18 years or older are also welcome to apply.
Application Checklist


Double or triple occupancy in hotels

Program Cost (Winter 2018): $3870


  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Double occupancy in hotels
  • Travel Card
  • Hop On/Off Bus Tickets
  • All required theatre performances
  • Daily breakfast 
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Tea-time lectures
  • Most entrance fees and tours
  • Workshops
  • Day Trip (Stratford-upon-Avon or Bath)
  • Guest Lectures
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance

Not Included:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending

Example Program Itinerary from 2017 

Day 1 - Students arrive in London; Welcome dinner
Day 2 - Class; Evening Theatre Performance (Curious Incident)
Day 3 - National Theatre Tour; Evening Theatre Performance (Wonderland)
Day 4 - Class; Evening Theatre Performance (Little Eyolf)
Day 5 - Day trip to Stratford Upon Avon; Workshop at the Royal Shakespeare Company; Evening Theatre Performance (Wendy and Peter Pan)
Day 6 - Class; Evening Theatre Performance (Mirror Mirror: A Snow White Panto)
Day 7-8 - Free Days
Day 9 - Class; Evening Theatre Performance (War Horse)
Day 10 - Royal Opera House Backstage Tour
Day 11 - Workshop at the University of Surrey
Day 12 - Class; Workshop and tour at the Globe Theatre; Evening Theatre Performance (Matilda)
Day 13 - Tour of the Battersea Performing Arts Center; Evening Theatre Performance (Give Me Your Love)
Day 14 - Farewell dinner
Day 15 - Students depart for the U.S.

Contact Information

Program Officer
Laura Scobey

Academic Director
Kristin Johnsen-Neshati

For more information on this Tour, please visit the Mason Study Abroad site.

Mason students at the Globe Theater in London

Mason students at the Globe Theatre in London.

Study Game Design in Scotland, at the first university in the world to offer a Computer Games degree

Study Abroad at Abertay University

Due to the popularity of this program, the Abertay University Bilateral Exchange program is full for Spring 2018 and Calendar Year 2018. Applications for Fall 2018 and Academic Year 2018-2019 will open in December 2017.

The Computer Game Design program is partnered with Abertay University in Scotland in an international Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at Abertay, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. While all Mason students are eligible for this program, Bilateral Exchange Programs are the most economical option for in-state tuition payers to go abroad.

Abertay University

Abertay was the first university in the world to offer a computer games degree, and the first in the United Kingdom to be recognized as a Center for Excellence in Computer Games Education. Located in the heart of Dundee, Scotland's fourth largest city, Abertay benefits greatly from its central location, the proximity to all transport links, shopping malls, and civic amenities. This allows students to have a vibrant cultural scene within walking distance.

Abertay’s approach to game education incorporates workplace simulation and development environments. The learning spaces, therefore, are a combination of dedicated development studios and project spaces. These spaces include:

  • A green screen and motion capture studio
  • A 3D modelling and animation suite
  • A professional grade sound and audio recording studio
  • A Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality lab
  • A life drawing studio

Please follow these links for more information on studying abroad at Abertay and the Abertay's Computer Game Program.

How to Apply

More information about the program and how to apply can be found on the Mason Study Abroad website.

Abertay University, Scotland

Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland

Dance and Culture in Cuba

Experience Afro-Caribbean music and dance in Cuba, its cultural epicenter

Winter Break 2018 (Dec 29,2017 - Jan 9, 2018)

Deadline to register - October 2, 2017 

Coursework includes studio study of the vital West-African traditions of eastern Cuba and daily on-site emergence in the exciting social milieu (Salsa, Rumba, Santeria) that is uniquely Cuban. This intensive field class will take place in Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa and Guantanamo City. The director of this program, Jim Lepore, Professor of Dance at George Mason University, has long-standing professional relationships with the Cuban artists who will act as our mentors.

Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.0
Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 3

Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate

Type of Program: Faculty-led

Learn more and register.

Dance and Culture in Cuba

Mason dancers experience Afro-Caribbean music and dance in Cuba.

Study Abroad with Mason Vocal Studies and Opera Program

Each summer, students and faculty from the Mason Vocal Studies and Opera program have the opportunity to travel and study abroad, enjoying trips to vocal competitions and festivals. This is an invite-only type of opportunity and does not count towards college credit. Enjoy the video below from the Vocal Program's trip to Italy.

The School of Music and Mason Community Arts Academy partner with Costa Rica

Study Abroad Partnership with Costa Rica

The School of Music and Mason Community Arts Academy have established a study abroad partnership with Costa Rica to deliver musical instruments to music schools in need. In May 2017, a group of international teaching scholars (Mason students) will travel to Costa Rica with faculty members to deliver the instruments.

In spring 2016, a small group of musicians, educators and philanthropists – including Mason Community Arts Academy staff and board members – traveled to Costa Rica on a mission. They had been invited by SINEM Academic Director Ernesto Brenes to visit their arts-based outreach programs and explore ways that Mason and SINEM might collaborate to bring hope through music to challenged communities in the region.

Out of this trip and the ensuing meetings, on-site program visits, discussions and brainstorming, the new “International Teachings Scholars” program was born: a multi-faceted partnership between Mason’s School of Music, Mason’s Potomac Arts Academy, the Instituto Nacional de la Musica in San Jose, El Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical (SINEM), Leon 13 and Conservatorio de Castella.

Please find more information and photos in the articles below:

From the Costa Rica Star newspaper:

Mason students on trip to Costa Rica during International Teaching Scholards program

Mason junior Oliver Delotto (left), music student Kanako Chikami and senior Max Fahland performed a variety of new and classic percussion chamber music with the students at the San Jose Music Conservatory in Costa Rica in April, 2015. Photo courtesy of Oliver Delotto.

General Studies

Postgraduate Studies in Northern Ireland

There's an exciting study abroad opportunity coming up! The Northern Ireland Bureau, in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland, is holding a fair on Wednesday March 28th from 6:00PM - 8:30pm at the Homer Building in Washington D.C. This event will be a good chance to hear about post graduate study abroad opportunities in Ireland and Northern Ireland and is open to all undergraduate students or recent grads with an interest in study abroad.

For anyone interested, please RSVP.

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