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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Campus Housing Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Oxford University Summer School

UK, Summer 2018

Oxford University Summer
This popular summer program takes place over 3 weeks at the University of Oxford, one of the most prestigious academic universities in the world! With famous former undergraduates like J.R.R. Tolkien and campus locations that appear in the Harry Potter movies, Oxford boasts a fascinating history that dates all the way back to the 14th century. Don't miss the unique opportunity to attend summer classes at Oxford, a place whose beauty is sure to inspire you daily and leave you hungry to learn more. Students may participate in either the English Literature Program *OR* the History, Politics and Society Program. Both programs include daily lectures by leading scholars and distinguished speakers and accommodations at Exeter College, one of Oxford's oldest colleges.

Space is limited with a cap of 12 students per seminar. In previous years, a maximum of 3 Mason students have been accepted in each seminar on a first-come, first-serve basis.

English Literature Summer School:

  • Examine a variety of significant texts and literary movements from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day.
  • Offers seminars on Anglo-Saxon literature and culture, Shakespeare, the English Romantic poets, Jane Austen, Victorian fiction, Modernist fiction and contemporary literature

History, Politics, & Society Summer School:

  • Provides insight into issues and events that have influenced the contemporary world using a thematic approach
  • Offers seminars on British political history, the European Union, gender politics, globalisation, humanitarian crises, the Middle East, and modern warfare


6 credits


This program is open to upper-level undergraduate (junior and senior-standing students prior to start of program) and graduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University. The minimum undergraduate GPA is 2.5.

The English Literature Summer School is only open to English majors.

The History, Politics & Society Summer School is open to the following majors:
  • Criminology & Law
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Economics
  • Global Affairs
  • Government
  • History
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • Politics
  • Political Science
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Policy
  • Social Science
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology

Anticipated Course Options*

Students will choose two seminars (3-credits each) in their chosen summer school for a total of 6 resident credits.

Students wishing to receive receive graduate credit will be required to do an additional written assignment for each course. Please see the Extended Paper Assignment for Graduate Credit PDF under Links and Resources for more details.

History, Politics & Society:

 Oxford Seminar Title  Mason Credit
 British Politics, 1900-1945  History  (UG, GR)
 Government (UG)
 Gender, Power and Change: Western Perspectives from the 1950s to the Present  History (UG, GR)
 Sociology (UG, GR)
 Issues and Problems in the Contemporary Middle East  History  (UG, GR)
 Sociology (UG, GR)
 Global Affairs (UG)
 Government (UG)
Conflict Analysis & Resolution (GR)
 Political Economy in a Globalised World  Conflict Analysis & Resolution (UG, GR)
 Economics (UG)
 Religion and Politics in the Middle East  History (UG, GR)
 Conflict Analysis & Resolution (UG, GR)
 Global Affairs (UG)
 Government (UG)
 Responding to Crisis: Refugees, States and Borders  Since 1918  Conflict Analysis & Resolution (UG, GR)
 History (UG, GR)
 Global Affairs (UG)
 Government (UG)
 The Uncertain State of the European Union  History (UG, GR)
 Global Affairs (UG)
 Government (UG)
 Warfare in the Modern World  History (UG, GR)
 Conflict Analysis & Resolution (UG, GR)
 Government (UG)
 * subject to change
**UG=Undergraduate, GR=Graduate

English Literature:

 Oxford Seminar Title  Mason Credit
 Shakespeare on Stage & Screen  English (UG)
 Critical Reading  English (UG)
 Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture  English (GR)
 Shakespeare and Politics: Then and Now  English (GR)
 The English Romantic Poets  English (GR)
Jane Austen  English (GR)
 Victorian Fiction  English (GR)
 Modernist Fiction  English (GR)
 Contemporary Literature  English (GR)
* subject to change
**UG=Undergraduate, GR=Graduate

Links and Resources

Program Dates*

July 1 - 21, 2018


Day 1 Program begins in Oxford; Check-in at Exeter College will be available from 12-6pm
  Orientation Meetings at 6pm
  Opening Reception at 6:30pm
  Opening Dinner at 7pm
Days 2-20 Classes
Day 20 Closing Reception at 6:30pm
  Closing Dinner at 7pm
Day 21 Program ends; Participants must check-out of accommodations by 9:30am
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2018:  $5,995

Included: Tuition for 6 credits, accommodations, most meals, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, other transportation, lunches on weekends, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 11, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 8, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or their VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

Sunday, February 18, 2018


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for Oxford Summer School applicants:

Oxford Paper Application: Download, print and complete the form linked within in the Oxford University Summer School Application Documents material. You will use this form to indicate your two seminar choices. You must rank all seminars in order of preference. Please ensure that all sections are completed fully, clearly, using black or blue ink and in BLOCK CAPITAL letters.

Statement of Purpose: Submit a brief statement of purpose (350-400 words) detailing your academic reasons for wishing to attend the summer school. This should include what you hope to get out of the program, and what you are likely to contribute to the intellectual life of the summer school. This may include details of relevant courses you have previously taken, or the relevance of the summer school to your present course of study or professional development. It is essential that you clearly state your reasons for wishing to take specific seminars.

Academic Letter of Recommendation: Submit one academic letter of recommendation from a current or previous professor who can speak about your academic work. Please note that the letter of recommendation must refer specifically to your summer school application. Letters must be signed and on official university letterhead.

Passport-Size Photos: Submit four photographs (UK passport-sized – i.e. 4.5cm high x 3.5cm wide). Photos must submitted in person or mailed to the Global Education Office.

Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts copies from any institution at which they earned university-level credit. Graduate students will also need to submit official transcript copies from their undergraduate studies. All copies must be in English.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  SunYoung Park
Name Sun-Young Park
Phone 703-993-1250

GEO Program Officer

  Laura Scobey
Name Laura Scobey
Phone 703-993-2106
  Make an appointment


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/01/2018 07/21/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.