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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Art History, Honors, Government and International Policy, History Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Monumental Politics in Athens & Rome

Greece & Italy, Winter 2021

Athens and Rome ruins
This class examines the political significance of monuments and art in Athens, Rome, and Washington, D.C. We consider how artifacts of wood and stone influence our understanding of political bodies and valuable life.  

We will take an up-close look at some of the most famous and important works of art and buildings in the world: the Acropolis in Athens, the Forum in Rome, the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, and Capital Building in DC; sculpture by Polykleitos, Michelangelo, Bernini, Canova, and Saint-Gaudens; and paintings by Leonardo, Raphael, Caravaggio, and El Greco. We will examine these artifacts in order to think about the political work they do establishing, in some cases, large abstract identities like nation-states and in other cases transforming our most intimate conceptions of self.  



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

Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25.


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

Course Options

  • Art History - ARTH 398: Study Abroad in the History of Art
  • Government - GOVT 329: Issues in Political Theories and Values
  • History - HIST 388: Topics in European History
  • Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad
This course has previously offered HNRS credit - if you are interested in HNRS credit please contact the Honors College.

  • Graduate credit may be possible.

Program Dates*

2 January - 16 January, 2021


Sample Itinerary 

Pre-Meeting (TBD) Lecture and tour of DC Monuments
Day 1 Arrival in Athens. Walking tour and lecture around the Acropolis.
Day 2 Visit and lecture: Acropolis and Acropolis Museum.
Day 3 Day trip to Delphi with on-site lecture.
Day 4 Free day in Athens, followed by evening lecture. 
Day 5 Visit Exarcheia neighborhood with on-site lecuture.
Day 6 Free day in Athens, followed by evening lecture.
Day 7 All day trip to islands of Aegina, Poros, and Hydra.
Day 8 Depart for Rome.
Day 9 Visit Villa Borghese followed by afternoon lecture. 
Day 10 Visit to the Domus Aurea, Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill followed by an evening lecture.
Day 11 Morning visit to the Galleria Colonna with an evening trip to the Vatican and St. Peter's Basillica. 
Day 12 Visit the Pantheon and Piazza Navona with student presentations on site.
Day 13 Guided tour of Monte Testaccio with student presentations on site. 
Day 14 Students depart for the U.S.
Post-Meeting (TBD) Film assignment and group dinner

* 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 2021: $4,203

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, hotel accommodations, all breakfasts and some additional group meals, guided tours and excursions as described in itinerary, transportation to all program sites, flight from Athens to Rome, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, personal spending, 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.

When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance. 

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 20th. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by November 10th. 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."

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 on this program are welcome to apply:


Application Opens:

May 1st


Application Deadline:

Oct 10th


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

  Char Miller
Name Dr. Char Miller
Phone 703-993-1407

GEO Program Administrator

Name Brittany Samko
Phone 703-993-2155

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2021 10/10/2020 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2021 01/16/2021

** 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.