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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.0 Language of Instruction: English, French, German
Housing: Campus Housing Number of Credits Offered: 12-16
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Prerequisite: FREN 210, GERM 210
Type of Program: Direct Enrollment Language Courses Offered: French, German
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Music, Art and Visual Technology, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Art History, Sociology, Honors, English, Foreign Languages, French, German, Global Affairs, History, Integrative Studies Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses
Program Description:

University of Fribourg

Fribourg, Switzerland

U of Fribourg
The University of Fribourg, also know as Université de Fribourg or Universität Freiburg, is the only bilingual university in Switzerland. It offers a wide range of courses of study in French, German, or both. There are also a number of courses with an international aspect which are offered in English. Languages are not only studied here, but they form part of everyday life in the University community. The university is located in the town of Fribourg, one of Europe's best preserved medieval cities. The combination of its medieval heritage and its animated student life imparts an incomparable charm to this city of the Dukes of Zähringen.

Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.​

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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
    • For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
  • Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
  • Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
  • Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.

Credits Offered

You can transfer up to 15 credits per semester back to Mason, provided the letter grade is a "C" or above. Transfer credits do not factor into the GPA of the participant. The following are potential subjects you can earn transfer credit in:
  • Economics
  • Global Affairs
  • History
  • Integrative Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Government

Departments and Courses

The University of Fribourg is bilingual and lectures are offered in either French or German with few lectures available in English.

Credit Conversion

Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at University of Fribourg. A full-time course load is 30 ECTS units. A typical course is worth 6 ECTS credits.
  • 2 ECTS = 1 Mason Credit
This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.

Grade Conversion

When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at this institution.
Scale Mason Grade
6 A
5.5 - 5.99 A-
5 - 5.49 B+
4.5 - 4.99 B
4 - 4.49 C
1 - 3.99 F

Course Equivalency and Plan of Study

The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System (CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.

You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.

Global Understanding

Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.


Single occupancy room in a residence hall on the University of Fribourg's campus. 

Program Cost (2019-2020): $14,000

  • Tuition and fees (Mason and Fribourg)
  • Housing (single occupancy) in university accommodations
  • Ground transportation from Zurich
  • 1/2 price student rail card, including free travel after 7 p.m.
  • Land tour in Switzerland
  • Two-week intensive language practicum and orientation course
  • Breakfast
  • Day trips in Switzerland
  • Special events
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not included
  • Round trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Most meals (students have the option of purchasing an additional meal plan)
  • Personal spending 

Program Payments

Program Payments

As this is a Direct Enrollment Program, students will pay the Global Education Office (GEO) a Program Fee as they normally do in PatriotWeb. Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $2500 must be received by April 18 (for Fall programs) or November 26 (for Spring programs) in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2 (for Fall programs) or December 17 (for Spring programs). This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.


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

Application Deadline:

Fall/Academic Year: Early April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*

*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s). Spring 2020 & Calendar Year 2020: October 8, 2020

Visa Information

Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted.

Application requirements:*

Application fee: $200 for Mason students.

Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.

Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.

Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.

*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.

Application instructions:

GEO Program Administrator

Phone 703-993-2154

Additional Resources


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2022 09/26/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Program dates will be updated once received from partner university. 
Spring Semester 2022 09/26/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Program dates will be updated once received from partner university. 

** 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.