You can’t find a study abroad program that excites you? Once you have explored the various programs offered by the Global Education Office (GEO) you may find you have an academic need not met by our programming. This does not mean that you cannot study abroad! Mason will allow active, degree-seeking students to participate in any accredited program and earn transfer credits toward their degree.
- Your study abroad program can be through a third party provider or you can apply directly to a university overseas.
- Make sure you select an *accredited* host institution. If the university is not accredited, you will not be able to transfer your credits back to Mason. The Global Education Office (GEO) provides a resource library of programs and institutions in the office. You may also access a list of online resources below to find the program that best works for you.
- When searching for a study abroad program, it is important to look at the courses offered to determine if the institution provides enough courses to satisfy the needs of your degree.
- Review the Petition for Transfer of Credits Form and procedures.
- Global Education Office (GEO): Meet with the External Study Abroad Program Officer.
- Academic Advisor: Determine if the courses available at your desired study abroad program will apply to your degree plan. Begin getting approval for the courses you would like to attempt to transfer back to Mason through the Petition for Transfer of Credits Form.
- Financial Aid Counselor: Inform your financial aid counselor you are studying abroad on an External Study Abroad program.
- Apply directly to the External Study Abroad program provider or university. Contact the External Study Abroad Program Officer if you need a nomination or recommendation for your application.
- Begin the External Study Abroad program application. Wait to pay the administrative fee until you’ve been accepted to your program by the provider or university.
- Once the appropriate departments and your academic advisor have signed the form, submit it to the External Study Abroad Program Officer in Johnson Center 235. The Program Officer will then sign it and submit it to your assistant or associate dean for approval.
- Upon returning to Mason, request your transcript to be sent directly to the External Study Abroad Program Officer at the Global Education Office (GEO).
The mailing address is:
Global Education Office (GEO)
Johnson Center, Room 235
4400 University Drive, MS2B8
Fairfax, VA 22030
Do NOT have your transcript sent to the Office of the University Registrar!
George Mason University policy requires that any foreign transcript not presented in English must be officially translated by an accredited translation service provider. For information on qualified translators, please contact the American Translators Association or another recognized translation service such as University Language Service.
*If you take any classes that were not approved on your Petition for Transfer of Credits Form, you are not guaranteed transfer of these credits.
*The Global Education Office (GEO), the Office of the Registrar, and the Office of Admissions have the FINAL AUTHORITY in determining whether or not an institution is accredited.
- Abroad 101 Study Abroad Reviews
- Alliance for Conflict Transformation
- American Councils
- Association for Int. Practical Training (AIPT)
- British Council US
- Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE)
- EESA-Eastern European Study Abroad
- Go Abroad
- Go Overseas
- IIE Passport
- Institute of International Education (IIE)
- Peace Boat
- Peace Corps
- Semester at Sea
- Society for International Development
- Study Abroad
- Transitions Abroad
- Women For Women International
- World Affairs Council
Petition for Transfer of Credits Form
The Petition for Transfer of Credits Form is required in order to receive credit for courses taken at an accredited institution abroad.