Incoming Bilateral Exchange
This Bilateral Exchange Program is based on agreements that Mason maintains with partner institutions around the world. Students may enroll at Mason through a bilateral exchange for the fall only, spring only, academic year (fall & spring), or calendar year (spring & fall). No summer exchanges are possible. Students are enrolled as regular full-time students at George Mason University, pay tuition to their home institution, and pay room and board, as well as health insurance, to Mason. The Mason Global Education Office (MasonGEO) receives partner nominations, reviews student applications, and serves as the primary point of contact for students while they are studying at George Mason University.
This program is open ONLY
to students studying at our partner institutions.You should consult with the study abroad office at your home university to determine your eligibility and application requirements prior to applying.
You must be at least in your fourth semester and have the equivalent of a 2.50 cumulative GPA or higher.
If you are a graduate student interested in coming on exchange to George Mason University, you should first contact your study abroad office to determine your eligibility before getting in contact with Mason.
English Proficiency Requirements
Non-native English speakers must provide an official score report for TOEFL
(Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS
(International English Language Testing System). Test results MUST not be older than two years.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept the Institutional Testing Program (ITP) exam
- TOEFL Internet-based Undergraduate: 80 points (required minimum in each section is 18 points).
- TOEFL Internet-based Graduate: 88 points (required minimum in each section is 20 points).
- IELTS Academic Undergraduate/Graduate: 6.5 score
View full list of English Proficiency requirements
set by the Office of Admissions.
Undergraduate exchange students must take between a minimum of 12 credits per semester (maximum 16) and graduate students must take 9 credits per semester. See the check-list
for exchange students provided by the Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS) for more information on course registration and what to expect once you arrive.
All courses are conducted in English, except for upper-level foreign language courses.
Choosing Courses At Mason
The following subjects are not available to exchange students:
- Undergraduate Nursing courses
- Courses offered at the Antonin Scalia Law School
- BMGT courses in the Master of Science in Management Program
It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved at your home institution. Please refer to this link
to find detailed information on academics at Mason. Once accepted to George Mason University, you will register for classes using PatriotWeb, the Mason class registration and payment system. Some courses have prerequisites
. You must satisfy all prerequisites at your home institution and obtain departmental approval prior to registering for a course that has prerequisites.
Undergraduate students are guaranteed on-campus housing for the duration of their exchange at Mason. However, Mason cannot guarantee that you will get your first preference. Graduate student housing is not provided; graduate students are responsible to find housing on their own.
You will be coming to Mason as a J-1 visa student. Once you are accepted into George Mason University, your program officer will request your visa documentation from the Office of International Programs and Services
. After the documentation has been created, it will be sent via FedEx to your home university's exchange coordinator. You are responsible for picking up the documentation from your home institution and following the necessary steps to apply for a J-1 visa. Mason will provide you with helpful instructional documents in order to facilitate the process. It will be your responsibility to apply for your J-1 visa at the American embassy/consulate near you.
Links and Resources
Universities Located in Africa, Asia, Ireland, Oceania, Russia, Scandinavia, or United Kingdom
Universities Located in the Americas, Caribbean, Continental Europe (excluding Russia & Scandinavia), the Mediterranean, and the Middle East