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  • Locations: Rome, Italy; Turin, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Type of Program: Faculty-led Area of Study: Psychology, Anthropology, Global Affairs, Integrative Studies
Fulfills Mason Core Requirement: Yes Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Applied Cross-cultural Eastern Europe

Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology in Italy

This course will review highlights of cross-cultural research and consider how culture influences the way people view themselves, others, and the world around them. The course will focus on the installation of cultural values, with an emphasis on how stigma and stereotypes disrupt/reinforce health and well-being. Cultural similarities and differences between the United States and Italy will be used as a case study to illustrate social relativism and the need for multicultural competencies across disciplines. Students will gain a better understanding of interconnectedness, differences, and diversity in a global society. Integration of classroom and experiential learning will facilitate communication around the issues of multiculturalism, encourage students to critically analyze cultural values and biases, and foster reflection about how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors reciprocally interact with influences from local, nationals, and international communities. Special psychology based topics will include, but are not limited to, child and adolescent development, clinical, therapy, and psychopathology.

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Program Details

Credits Offered:

  • Psychology (PSYC) 379: Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology (satisfies the Mason Core requirement for Global Understanding)
  • Psychology (PSYC) 461: Special Topics
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 399: Study Abroad

Eligibility & Prerequisites

This program is open to all undergraduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. 
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Double or triple occupancy in hotels.

Program Cost (Winter 2018): $4327

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Guided tours and excursions
  • Some meals (breakfast daily and 4 group dinners)
  • Accommodations in double and triple occupancy hotels
  • In-country travel 
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Most meals/snacks
  • Personal spending


Day 1** Friday, January 5, 2018. Group arrival in Rome/Dinner at local restaurant
Day 2   Saturday, January 6, 2018. Breakfast in hotel/Full day English speaking guide for walking tour of Rome. Dinner on own and evening free
Day 3   Sunday, January 7, 2018. Breakfast hotel/Half day coach and English-speaking guide for sightseeing of the Roman piazzas/Dinner on own and evening free
Day 4   Monday, January 8, 2018. Breakfast hotel/Full day sightseeing entrance to Coliseum and Roman Forum/Dinner on own and evening free
Day 5   Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Breakfast hotel/Free day for independent exploration
Day 6   Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Breakfast hotel/Full day sightseeing at the Vatican/Entrance to Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica/Dinner on own
Day 7   Thursday, January 11, 2018. Breakfast hotel/Half day taste sightseeing in Rome/Pizza cooking class/Dinner at local restaurant
Day 8   Friday, January 12, 2018. Breakfast hotel/Train from Rome to Turin/Dinner at local restaurant
Day 9   Saturday, January 13, 2018. Breakfast hotel/Full day sightseeing at Colline di Torino/Dinner on own and evening free
Day 10 Sunday, January 14, 2018. Breakfast hotel/Half day sightseeing of the Torino piazzas/Dinner on own and evening free
Day 11 Monday, January 15, 2018. Breakfast hotel/Half day sightseeing Entrance to Palazzo Carignano/Dinner on own and evening free
Day 12 Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Breakfast hotel/Free day for independent exploration
Day 13 Wednesday, January 17,2018. Breakfast hotel/Half day sightseeing entrance to National Museum of Cinema/Dinner on own and evening free
Day 14 Thursday, January 18, 2018. Breakfast hotel/Free day Program completion and final reflections/Dinner at local restaurant
Day 15 Friday, January 19, 2018 Breakfast hotel/Transfer to airport/Depart to USA
 *Instructors reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed. Syllabus available upon request.
**Two pre-departure courses will be held. One during the mandatory Pre-departure Orientation (information will be made available online to non-Mason students) and another online. 

Contact Information

Program Officer

Denise Elles-Mdahuar

Academic Directors

Catherine Byrne

Caitlin Williams

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.