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Global Perspective

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 personnally - and professionally

CVPA Programs for 2017-18

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.

Arts Management in Europe

The Netherlands and Belgium Summer 2017

Information Session: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6:30pm in Founders Hall Room #320 on Arlington Campus.

Summer Session X (3 Credits – Graduate, 6 Credits – Undergraduate)

Classes in Arlington, VA: May 22 – 25 & June 27 – 29, 2017
Classes in Amsterdam: May 29 – June 7
Classes in Rotterdam: June 7 – June 13
Classes in Brussels: June 13 – June 18

Program Fee: $4400.00 (Fee is the same for In-State/Out-of-State students, alumni, and guests)

Applications Open Now! Apply at the Mason Study Abroad website:

Included in the Program Fee:

  • Tuition for 3 credits (Graduate) / 6 credits (Undergraduate)
  • Housing (Shared occupancy in hotels with free full breakfast included)
  • OV-Chipkaart Netherlands Travel Pass with €7.50 fee and €25 preloaded (metro, bus and trams)
  • Museumkaart allows free entrance to over 400 museums nationwide
  • Tours, guest lectures, workshops, meetings, networking opportunities and field trips

Not included:

  • International airfare and daily personal expenses
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Lunch & Dinner (Two dinners are provided: Welcome and Departure dinners)
  • Optional performance events and tours
  • Train fares outside of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Brussels

Course Overview

This course will include exclusive guided tours, workshops, and meetings with top designers, executives, managers, cultural policy experts, educators, and artists which will provide a broad understanding of how these diverse and forward-thinking countries develop and foster the arts and design.

Organizations and venues will include (but are not limited to): the Rijkmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, de Appel Art Center, Hermitage Amsterdam Museum, the Mauritshuis, the Nieuw Institute for Architecture, and Eindhoven’s Strijp S, as well as visits to several of Rotterdam’s famous contemporary architectural landmarks such as Markthal and the Cube Houses. Museums in Brussels may include: Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Ampersand House, The Magritte Museum, Horta Museum, Bozar – Palais des Beaux Arts, Art Nouveau Collection – Royal Museums of Art & History, and Brussels’ world famous Comic Strip Murals. Performing arts organizations and venues may include: the Muziektheater, the Concertgebouw, Holland International Festival and other traditional and avant-garde performing venues.

Arts policy and funding models will be examined through meetings with: Amsterdam Fund for Arts, The Creative Industries Fund, DutchCulture, the Dutch Ministry of Culture, the Dutch Cultural Council, Creative Europe (European Union).

In addition, all students will receive their own Museumkaart that allows free entrance to over 400 museums nationwide in the Netherlands! Open time will be built into the itinerary to allow students to explore their individual areas of interest and the surrounding areas. People interested in visual arts, performing arts, design, arts policy, heritage tourism, and entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary approaches to the arts will love this course. 


For more information contact Professor Karalee Dawn MacKay ( and visit the Arts Management website.

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Arts Management Students on study abroad trip to Amsterdam

Arts Management Students study abroad in Amsterdam

"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.

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.

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

Study Abroad at Abertay University

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.

The London Theatre Tour

Study Theater in London

(This tour already took place for 2017 but will take place again in early 2018. Please check back for more details later in the year.)

During the Winter Break, make the world your stage by studying abroad for two weeks in London! Led by Kristin Johnsen-Neshati, Professor of Theater at George Mason University, this study abroad program has been one of Mason Study Abroad's most popular for 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 in 2017:


  • 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) 497: Independent Study
  • Theater (THR) 359: World Stages (satisfies Mason Core requirement for Global Understanding)
  • Honors (HNRS) 122: Reading the Arts


  • 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 (Jan 2017): $3970


  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Double occupancy in hotels
  • Travel Card
  • Hop On/Off Bus Tickets
  • All required theatre performances
  • Daily breakfast and two dinners
  • Most entrance fees and tours
  • Workshops
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance

Not Included:

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

2017 Program Itinerary

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.

The School of Music and Potomac Arts Academy partner with Costa Rica

Study Abroad Partnership with Costa Rica

The School of Music and Potomac 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 Potomac 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.

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