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Pre-arrival

Procedure

Step 1: Complete the Pre-Arrival Checklist

View the J-1 undergraduate or graduate pre-arrival checklist. The checklist and orientation are provided by the Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS).

Step 2: Review Materials Provided by the Global Education Office (GEO)

These handouts are part of your acceptance packet, along with your DS-2019, your acceptance letter, and a letter from OIPS. Please download and read the following PDF documents carefully!

Important Dates

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Your First Week on Campus: Undergraduate

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Your First Week on Campus: Graduate

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Office of International Programs and Services

Directions to Fairfax Campus

There are three major airports located in the Washington D.C. Metro area: BWI, IAD, and DCA. Therefore, there are different transportation options for getting to and from Mason's campuses. Below you will find information about each airport and advice on alternative transportation options from the different airports in the D.C. region.

Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

  • Driving distance from BWI to Mason Fairfax Campus is approximately 55 miles
  • Alternative transportation options from BWI to Mason Fairfax Campus:
    • At BWI, take the take the B30 Metrobus to Greenbelt Metro Station. At the Metro Station, take the GREEN or YELLOW line (only option at the station) toward Branch Ave. and get off at L'Enfant Plaza. Change to the ORANGE line and take the metro heading to Vienna-GMU. Get off at the Vienna-GMU stop (last stop) and take either the Mason to Metro Shuttle or the CUE Bus to the Fairfax campus.
    • Taxi Cab
    • Super Shuttle

Dulles International Airport (IAD)

  • Driving distance from IAD to Mason Fairfax Campus is approximately 15 miles
  • Alternative transportation options from IAD to Mason Fairfax Campus:
    • At IAD, take the Metrobus 5A and get off at Rosslyn Station. Hop on the ORANGE line Metro (the only option at the station) toward Vienna-GMU. Get off at the Vienna-GMU stop (last stop) and take either the Mason to Metro Shuttle or the CUE Bus to the Fairfax campus.
    • Taxi Cab
    • Super Shuttle Use the discount code "MASON" to receive $5.00 off for a round-trip and $2.00 off for a one-way booking.

Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport (DCA)

  • Driving distance from DCA to Mason Fairfax Campus is approximately 20 miles
  • Alternative transportation options from DCA to Mason Fairfax Campus:
    • At DCA, take the BLUE line Metro toward Largo Town Center. Get off at Rosslyn Station and transfer to the ORANGE line. Take the train toward Vienna-GMU. Get off at the Vienna-GMU stop (last stop) and take either the Mason to Metro Shuttle or the CUE Bus to the Fairfax campus.
    • Taxi Cab
    • Super Shuttle