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

Global Public Relations in London

United Kingdom, Winter 2019

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Now in its 17th year, this is an intensive, fast track immersion into professional communication. In just two weeks, students visit global leaders in public relations, public affairs and nonprofit and corporate communication. The schedule varies year to year but includes leading public relations agencies and in-house departments, corporate communication, international news media and nonprofits. Visits usually involve small group presentations on the hosts' strategic mission and tactics, case histories and questions and answers. Recent itineraries have included H+K Strategies, Edelman, Ketchum, Ogilvy, Facebook's Internet.Org, Wimbledon, The London Telegraph, the BBC, The U.S. Embassy, Northrop Grumman, Founders Factory, Socially Powerful, The Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and Selfridges, among others. Most students are communication/public relations majors although business/marketing and global affairs majors are welcome. Students selected for this program are highly motivated and academic achievers. This is a 3-credit course that requires specific readings in international communication to prepare for the program overall and for each site visit, written reports/blogs, and a final “exam” – a promotional “product” (article, slidestack, video, infographic, etc.). The schedule usually includes a morning and an afternoon visit. Several class sessions are also scheduled. Cultural visits -- a day trip to Oxford, Windsor Castle, the theater-- complement the academic focus.

Read more about last year's program here!
 

Program Highlights

  • 3 credits, 16 days
  • Fast-track your career
  • Interact with global comm execs
  • Expand professional network
  • Enhance your personal brand
  • Explore historic London

Eligibility 

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

Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25 and have completed 60 credit hours by the start of the program. Communication majors must have completed COMM 204 and one other three credit COMM course. Non-communication majors are encouraged to apply and will be interviewed by the Academic Director.

Credits

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

Anticipated Course Options*

Undergraduate:
  • Communication - COMM 392: Global - Public Relations Study Abroad
Graduate:
*Subject to change. Course offerings will be finalized by the application deadline.

Program Dates*

January 3 - January 18, 2019

 

Sample Itinerary 

Day 1 Students arrive in London; Welcome dinner
Day 2 Orientation; Class
Day 3 A.M. Class
P.M. Free afternoon to use London Pass
Day 4 Free day to use London Pass
Day 5 Free day to use London Pass
Day 6 Site visit to Northrop Grumman with Ken Beedle, Director of International Communications
Day 7  A.M. Site visit to Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR);
P.M. Site visit to Ketchum with Denise Kaufman, Chief Executive Officer
Day 8 A.M. Class;
P.M. Site visit to Socially Powerful Media with Emily Arcedeckne-Butler, Account Executive
Day 9 A.M. Site visit to Hill & Knowlton Strategies with Clare Coffey, Director of Financial and Professional Services;
P.M. Site visit to Ogilvy with Marshall Manson, Chief Executive Officer;
Evening theatre performance
Day 10 A.M. Site visit to Edelman with James Shapland, Account Manager
P.M. Site visit to Telegraph with Seamus Mulivihill, Executive Director
Day 11 Weekend: Free Day
Day 12 Weekend: Free Day
Day 13 Day trip to Oxford: guided walking tour of Oxford and Christchurch College
Day 14 A.M. Site visit to Founders Factory with Amy Grimshaw, Head of PR and Communications;
P.M. Visit to US Embassy with Andrew Veveiros, Press Officer
Day 15 A.M. Site visit to Wimbledon Tennis Club
Day 16 A.M. Class
P.M. Farewell dinner
Day 17 Students depart for the U.S.


* 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: $3,815

Winter 2019: coming soon!

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, double or triple occupancy in hotels, daily breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, guided tours and visits as described in itinerary, local unlimited travel via Travel Card (bus and Tube pass), 3-day London 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 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:

Payments

Scholarships

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

Scholarships

Application Opens:

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

  Laura Scobey
Name Laura Scobey
Email lscobey@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-2106
  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 01/03/2019 01/18/2019

** 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.