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!
- 3 credits, 16 days
- Fast-track your career
- Interact with global comm execs
- Expand professional network
- Enhance your personal brand
- Explore historic London
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.
Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.
Anticipated Course Options*
- Communication - COMM 392: Global - Public Relations Study Abroad
*Subject to change. Course offerings will be finalized by the application deadline.
January 3 - January 18, 2019
||Students arrive in London; Welcome dinner
P.M. Free afternoon to use London Pass
||Free day to use London Pass
||Free day to use London Pass
||Site visit to Northrop Grumman with Ken Beedle, Director of International Communications
||A.M. Site visit to Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR);
P.M. Site visit to Ketchum with Denise Kaufman, Chief Executive Officer
P.M. Site visit to Socially Powerful Media with Emily Arcedeckne-Butler, Account Executive
||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
||A.M. Site visit to Edelman with James Shapland, Account Manager
P.M. Site visit to Telegraph with Seamus Mulivihill, Executive Director
||Weekend: Free Day
||Weekend: Free Day
||Day trip to Oxford: guided walking tour of Oxford and Christchurch College
||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
||A.M. Site visit to Wimbledon Tennis Club
P.M. Farewell dinner
||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.
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.
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.
Refund and Cancellation Policy:
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."
All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.
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:
Sunday, October 7, 2018
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.