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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking
Type of Program: Faculty-led Area of Study: Sociology, Communication
Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Intercultural Communication for Organizational Contexts in Paris

France, Winter 2019

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This experiential course will introduce theories of intercultural and organizational communication within the context of French culture. Students will understand and analyze aspects of culture shock and cultural adaptation through journal analyses. Ethnographic analyses will enhance students’ understanding of organizational communication in France.

Program Highlights

  • Learn to do ethnographic research in the field
  • Explore different theories of cultural adaptation and culture shock
  • Collect data from site visits throughout Paris and independent research


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

Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25.


Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.

Course Options

  • Communication - COMM 307: Field Study in Communication
  • Sociology - SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology
  • Communication - COMM 696: Directed Readings and Research

Program Dates*

January 2, 2019 - January 17, 2019


Sample Itinerary 

Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France
Day 2 Welcome to the course: explanation of syllabus, course guidelines, assignments, expectations.  
Lecture on Ethnography. For lunch enjoy a welcome meal at a Parisian Cafe followed by a visit to Gare Montparnasse and the Louvre Museum.
Day 3 Discussion of approach of the class: self-awareness, observation of cultural rules, experiential learning.  
Excursion to the Sorbonne and the Rue Mouffetard open market area. 
Day 4 Visit to the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees.  
Lecture: Basic Concepts of Organizational Communication. Journal #1 due.
Day 5 Morning lecture: Culture Shock and Cultural Adaptation Theories.
Full-day visit and tour of Versailles. 
Day 6 Weekend: Free Day and time for observations
Day 7 Weekend: Free Day and time for observations
Day 8 Excursion to Monmartre and Sacre Coeur Cathedral.
Lecture: Hofstede's 4 Cultural Dimensions.
Day 9 Lecture: Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts. Journal #2 due.
Visit to the George Pompidou Cultural Center and the Mitterand National Library.
Day 10 Excursion to the Jardins de Luxembourg and the Eiffel Tower including a class lunch in the tower or at a location nearby.
Day 11 Ethnography and Journal Presentations. Submissions of Ethnography papers.
Day 12 Wrap-up of course including reflection
Day 13 Weekend: Free Day
Day 14 Weekend: Free Day followed by last group meeting before program departure
Day 15 Depart Paris for flights back home

* 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

Winter 2018: $3,000

Winter 2019: coming soon!

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, hotel accommodations, all breakfasts and some additional group meals, guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary, 6-day Paris museum pass, Paris metro pass, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials. *Note: 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 October 21, 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 November 11, 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."

Refund and Cancellation Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.

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 on this program are welcome to apply:


Applications Open:

August 2018

Application Deadline:

Sunday, October 7, 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 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

Global Education Office
Program Administrator

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Name Rachel Spence
Phone 703-993-6808
  Make an appointment

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2019 10/07/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2019 01/17/2019

** 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.