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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Krakow, Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; Warsaw, Poland
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 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: Philosophy, Honors, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, History, Integrative Studies Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Field Studies in SAIL
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Ethics and Leadership: Lessons from the Holocaust in Europe

Auschwitz entrance
This course explores the concepts of ethics and leadership through the example of the Holocaust. This ten-day traveling learning community will visit Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. There will also be meetings before and after our time in Europe.  Ethical leadership will be explored, through examples from the Holocaust, in a way that is applicable to life today so that the lessons of the Holocaust may not be forgotten.Nazi Germany mass murdered Jews, Poles, Romani people (Gypsies), gay people, people with disabilities, political opponents and many others during the Holocaust. Ethical leadership will be explored through examples from the Holocaust in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, as well as at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Students and the course facilitators will work together to explore questions such as: How are values and ethics established in individuals, groups and organizations? What are the responsibilities of leaders to establish ethical climates in their organizations and communities? What are the responsibilities of followers and bystanders? Are there universal values and ethical principles in leadership? How does culture influence ethical leadership? What are some helpful approaches to ethical questions? How does this all relate to you, today?


For interested students there is an optional 2 day extension to this 10 day program. For more details regarding this extension please contact 
Greg Justice at:

Program Details

Undergraduate credit available through:

  • School of Integrative Studies (INTS) 498: Field-Based Work
  • Honors (HNRS) 130: Conceptions of Self
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 385: International Field Experience
  • History (HIST) 388: Topics in European History
  • Psychology (PSYC) 461 Special Topics

Graduate Credit available through:

  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 595: Experiential Learning
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 695: Selected Topics
  • Philosophy (PHIL) 694: Special Topics in Contemporary Philosophy
This will count as a Summer course and can apply to the Integrative Studies (INTS) leadership minor (counts as a required course for the minor), but you do not need to be in the minor to take the course.


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


Hotels (Standard arrangement is a triple-room set-up. If you would like to request a double or single room you must email with your request. Additional charges will apply)

Program Cost with airfare included (Summer 2019): $5622.00

Program without aifare is available on request.

Students who apply and pay a deposit before October 30, 2018  will receive a $150 discount.


  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Transportation within Europe
  • Hotels (with private bathrooms)
  • Some meals
  • Sightseeing tours with local expert guides
  • Museum entrances
  • International Emergency Insurance
  • Tour Director from EF College Study Tours
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare to Europe (unless paying the "with airfare included" program cost)
  • Personal spending
  • Some meals
  • Tips for guide services

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More Information About SAIL Field Studies

Contact Information

Coordinator of Field Studies

Greg Justice


Nick Lennon, PhD
Director, Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) at George Mason University

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/08/2019
Rolling Admission 05/20/2019 05/30/2019
NOTE: The start and end dates of the program are subject to change.

** 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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.