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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Campus Housing Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Sociology, Government and International Policy, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Economics, English, Global Affairs, History Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Oxford University Summer School

United Kingdom, Summer 2022

Oxford University Summer
This popular summer program takes place over 3 weeks at the University of Oxford, one of the most prestigious academic universities in the world! With famous former undergraduates like J.R.R. Tolkien and campus locations that appear in the Harry Potter movies, Oxford boasts a fascinating history that dates all the way back to the 14th century. Don't miss the unique opportunity to attend summer classes at Oxford, a place whose beauty is sure to inspire you daily and leave you hungry to learn more. Students may participate in either the English Literature Program *OR* the History, Politics and Society Program. Both programs include daily lectures by leading scholars and distinguished speakers and accommodations at Exeter College, one of Oxford's oldest colleges.

Space is limited with a cap of 12 students per seminar. In previous years, a maximum of 3 Mason students have been accepted in each seminar on a first-come, first-serve basis.

English Literature Summer School:

  • Examine a variety of significant texts and literary movements from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day.
  • Offers seminars on Anglo-Saxon literature and culture, Shakespeare, the English Romantic poets, Jane Austen, Victorian fiction, Modernist fiction and contemporary literature

History, Politics, & Society Summer School:

  • Provides insight into issues and events that have influenced the contemporary world using a thematic approach
  • Offers seminars on British political history, the European Union, gender politics, globalisation, humanitarian crises, the Middle East, and modern warfare


6 credits


This program is open to upper-level undergraduate (junior and senior-standing students prior to start of program) and graduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University. The minimum undergraduate GPA is 2.5.

The English Literature Summer School is only open to English majors.

The History, Politics & Society Summer School is open to the following majors:
  • Criminology & Law
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Economics
  • Global Affairs
  • Government
  • History
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • Politics
  • Political Science
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Policy
  • Social Science
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology

Anticipated Course Options*

Students will choose two seminars (3-credits each) in their chosen summer school for a total of 6 resident credits.

Students wishing to receive receive graduate credit will be required to do an additional written assignment for each course. Please see the Extended Paper Assignment for Graduate Credit PDF under Links and Resources for more details.

History, Politics & Society:

 Oxford Seminar Title  Mason Credit*
 British Politics, 1900-1945  History  (UG, GR)
 Government (UG)
 Gender, Power and Change: Western Perspectives from the 1950s to the Present  History (UG, GR)
 Sociology (UG, GR)
 Issues and Problems in the Contemporary Middle East  History  (UG, GR)
 Sociology (UG, GR)
 Global Affairs (UG)
 Government (UG)
Conflict Analysis & Resolution (GR)
 Political Economy in a Globalised World  Conflict Analysis & Resolution (UG, GR)
 Economics (UG)
 British Political Ideologies (New)  History (UG, GR)**
 Conflict Analysis & Resolution (UG, GR)**
 Global Affairs (UG)**
 Government (UG)**
 Responding to Crisis: Refugees, States and Borders  Since 1918  Conflict Analysis & Resolution (UG, GR)
 History (UG, GR)
 Global Affairs (UG)
 Government (UG)
 European Union Politics and Institutions (New)  History (UG, GR)**
 Global Affairs (UG)**
 Government (UG)**
 Warfare in the Modern World  History (UG, GR)
 Conflict Analysis & Resolution (UG, GR)
 Government (UG)
 * subject to change
**Anticipated credit

English Literature:

 Oxford Seminar Title                                                          Mason Credit*      
 Shakespeare on Stage & Screen  English (UG)
 Critical Reading  English (UG)
Old and Middle English Literature  English (GR)
 Shakespeare and Politics: Then and Now  English (GR)
The English Romantic Poets  English (GR)
Jane Austen's World  English (GR)
Victorian Fiction  English (GR)
Modernist Literature: Poetry and Prose  English (GR)
Contemporary Writing  English (GR)
British and Irish Theatre, 1890-Present  English (GR)
World Literature  English (GR)
Feminist Literature and Theory  English (GR)
* subject to change

Links and Resources

Program Dates*

Summer 2022: July 3 - 23, 2022


Day 1 Program begins in Oxford; Check-in at Exeter College will be available from 12-6pm
  Orientation Meetings at 6pm
  Opening Reception at 6:30pm
  Opening Dinner at 7pm
Days 2-20 Classes
Day 20 Closing Reception at 6:30pm
  Closing Dinner at 7pm
Day 21 Program ends; Participants must check-out of accommodations by 9:30am
* 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

Summer 2022: $6,300

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge, which together equal the published Program Cost for this course.

  • Application deposit
  • Tuition for 6 credits & mandatory fees
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Pre-Departure Orientation 
  • International emergency medical insurance.

Not included: 
  • Airfare*
  • Passport
  • Visa fees
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending 
  • COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure
  • COVID-19 testing while abroad
  • Vaccinations
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials

*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email.

The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights and/or costs associated with arriving prior to the start of the program. 
When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will recommend the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.  

Program Payments

The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment.)

Application Deposit: $200 non-refundable application deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit.
Note: You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account. George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.

Financial Aid: 
In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.

To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO.  Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.

If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must: 
  • Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in

After acceptance:

* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students: ​

VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund 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 are welcome to apply:


Application Deadline:

Priority Deadline: February 20, 2022

Final Deadline: March 10, 2022


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.

Additional requirements for Oxford Summer School applicants:

Oxford Paper Application: Download, print and complete the form linked within in the Oxford University Summer School Application Documents material. You will use this form to indicate your two seminar choices. You must rank all seminars in order of preference. Please ensure that all sections are completed fully, clearly, using black or blue ink and in BLOCK CAPITAL letters.

Statement of Purpose: Submit a brief statement of purpose (350-400 words) detailing your academic reasons for wishing to attend the summer school. This should include what you hope to get out of the program, and what you are likely to contribute to the intellectual life of the summer school. This may include details of relevant courses you have previously taken, or the relevance of the summer school to your present course of study or professional development. It is essential that you clearly state your reasons for wishing to take specific seminars.

Academic Letter of Recommendation: Submit one academic letter of recommendation from a current or previous professor who can speak about your academic work. Please note that the letter of recommendation must refer specifically to your summer school application. Letters must be signed and on official university letterhead.

Passport-Size Photos: Submit four photographs (UK passport-sized – i.e. 4.5cm high x 3.5cm wide). Photos must submitted in person or mailed to the Global Education Office.

Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts copies from any institution at which they earned university-level credit. Graduate students will also need to submit official transcript copies from their undergraduate studies. All copies must be in English.

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

  Sumaiya Hamdani
Name Sumaiya Hamdani, PhD

GEO Program Administrator

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Name Alexandra Wallace (she/her)
Phone 703-993-3082


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission 07/03/2022 07/23/2022

** 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.