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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Galway, Ireland; Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Area of Study: Arts Management
Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

International Arts Management

Scotland & Ireland, Summer 2018

During this course students will immerse themselves in international arts management strategies in Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow and Loch Ness) and Ireland (Dublin, Galway and the Aran Islands). Students will gain a historical and cultural understanding of the diverse organizational styles found in various arts management organizations in both regions and their continuing impact on the performing, visual, and literary arts throughout the world. Class activities may include (but are not limited to): meetings, performances, and tours with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Creative Scotland, VisitScotland, National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre, Abbey Theatre, Druid Theatre Company, National Museum of Scotland, National Bagpiping Centre, The National Leprechaun Museum, Scottish Writers’ Museum, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Irish Writers Centre, The James Joyce Centre, Irish Arts Council, Project Art Centre, National Museum of Ireland, Claddagh Arts Centre & Katie’s Cottage Museum; traditional music, dance and storytelling tours, visits to castles, cliffs, lochs, and the historic Highlands and islands regions, and taking part in the world famous Bloomsday events in Dublin, among other adventures.

Program Highlights

  • Explore Scotland and Ireland and witness how these amazing countries create, maintain and perform their cultural heritage and history.
  • Meet with leading arts managers and executives, policy experts, marketing and outreach directors, heritage and tourism officials, entrepreneurs, designers and artists; on-site observations and exclusive guided tours.
  • Examine how European Union initiatives such as the Capitals and Cities of Culture programs have impacted the arts in Glasgow and Galway and how popular culture tourism drivers such as the Outlander, Braveheart, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones franchises celebrate and popularize the culture, arts and heritage of both countries.
  • Topics that will be explored include: economic drivers in the arts, marketing and community outreach, policy and fundraising strategies, national identity and cultural heritage and the arts, and day-to-day arts management challenges in both regions.


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Undergraduates must have completed the course work to have standing of an incoming Senior. Graduate students must have completed 9 hours of graduate course work.

Minimum undergraduate GPA: 2.25
Minimum graduate GPA: 3.0


3 credits

Anticipated Course Options*

  • AMGT 599: Directed Study Abroad
* subject to change

Program Dates*

Classes in Arlington, VA: May 21-24

Classes in Scotland: May 30 – June 6

Classes in Ireland: June 6th – June 18



details coming soon!
* 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 2018: $4,490

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations, some meals, transportation between countries, group activities/tours/lectures as described in itinerary, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare,* passport and visa fees, other transportation, some meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

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 March 11, 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 April 8, 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 their 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."

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:

Sunday, March 4, 2018


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

  Karalee Dawn headshot
Name Karalee Dawn
Phone 646-373-9771

GEO Program Officer

  Laura Scobey
Name Laura Scobey
Phone 703-993-2106
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.