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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Krakow, Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; Warsaw, Poland
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Ethical Leadership Lessons from the Holocaust in Eastern Europe

This course explores the concepts of ethics and leadership through the example of the Holocaust. This ten-day traveling learning community will visit Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. There will also be meetings before and after our time in Europe.  Ethical leadership will be explored, through examples from the Holocaust, in a way that is applicable to life today so that the lessons of the Holocaust may not be forgotten.Nazi Germany mass murdered Jews, Poles, Romani people (Gypsies), gay people, people with disabilities, political opponents and many others during the Holocaust. Ethical leadership will be explored through examples from the Holocaust in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, as well as at the Auschwitz concentration camp and the U.S. Holocaust Museum. Students and the course facilitators will work together to explore questions such as: How are values and ethics established in individuals, groups and organizations? What are the responsibilities of leaders to establish ethical climates in their organizations and communities? What are the responsibilities of followers and bystanders? Are there universal values and ethical principles in leadership? How does culture influence ethical leadership? What are some helpful approaches to ethical questions? How does this all relate to you, today?

Program Details

Seeking credits for the following:

  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 498: Field-Based Work
  • Honors (HNRS) 130: Conceptions of Self
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 385: International Field Experience
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 595: Experiential Learning
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 695: Selected Topics
  • Philosophy (PHIL) 694: Special Topics in Contemporary Philosophy
This will count as a Summer course and can apply to the Integrative Studies (INTS) leadership minor (counts as a required course for the minor), but you do not need to be in the minor to take the course.


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.


Hotels (Standard arrangement is a triple-room set-up. If you would like to request a double or single room you must email with your request. Additional charges will apply)

Program Cost with airfare included (Summer 2017): $4995
Program Cost without airfare included (Summer 2017): $3695

Students who apply and pay a deposit before September 30, 2016  will receive a $250 discount.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Increasing Access- Parent’s Fund Travel Scholarship is open to George Mason University students participating in the Ethical Leadership: Lessons from the Holocaust study abroad program. This scholarship aims to aid in building and sustaining an inclusive community at Mason. An inclusive student community is essential in order to enhance the quality of the intellectual environment for all of our students and faculty. Recipients will be selected after they have officially applied and submitted their deposit for the program. Each applicant is carefully evaluated by the scholarship committee. For more information and the application click here

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Transportation within Europe
  • Hotels (with private bathrooms)
  • Some meals
  • Sightseeing tours with local expert guides
  • Museum entrances
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare to Europe (unless paying the "with airfare included" program cost)
  • Personal spending
  • Some meals

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More Information About Program
More Information About SAIL Field Studies

Contact Information

Coordinator of Field Studies

Greg Justice


Nick Lennon, PhD
Director, Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) at George Mason University

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/24/2017
Rolling Admission 05/21/2017 05/31/2017

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This program is currently not accepting applications.