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  • Locations: Fairfax, Virginia, United States;
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Break, Spring Semester, Summer, Winter Break
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: External Program
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Program Description:


External Study Abroad Program

You can't find a study abroad program that excites you? Once you have explored the various programs offered by the Global Education Office, you may find that you have an academic need not met by our programming. This does not mean that you cannot study abroad! Mason will allow active, degree-seeking students to participate in any accredited program and earn transfer credits toward their degree. 

How does external study abroad work?

Step 1: Choose Your Study Abroad Program

  • Your study abroad program can be through a third party provider or you can apply directly to a university overseas.
  • Make sure you select an *accredited* host institution. If the university is not accredited, you will not be able to transfer your credits back to Mason. The Global Education Office (GEO) provides a resource library of programs and institutions in the office. 
  • When searching for a study abroad program, it is important to look at the courses offered to determine if the institution provides enough courses to satisfy the needs of your degree.

Step 2: Consult with Necessary Mason Departments

  • Global Education Office (GEO): Meet with the External Study Abroad Program Officer if necessary.
  • Academic Advisor: Determine if the courses available at your desired study abroad program will apply to your degree plan. 
  • Financial Aid Counselor: Inform your financial aid counselor you are studying abroad on an External Study Abroad program.

Step 3: Apply to the Program

  • Apply directly to the External Study Abroad program provider or university. Contact the External Study Abroad Program Officer if you need a nomination or recommendation for your application.
  • Begin the External Study Abroad program application. Wait to pay the administrative fee until you’ve been accepted to your program by the provider or university.

Step 4: Complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit Process

  • Once the appropriate departments and your academic advisor have signed the form (found within your application), submit it to the External Study Abroad Program Officer in Johnson Center 235. The Program Officer will then sign it and submit it to the assistant or associate dean of your college for approval.

Step 5: Complete Your Applications and Pay the Non-Refundable Administrative Fee

  • Submit any remaining required documents for your External Study Abroad application.
  • The $375 administrative fee will cover the costs associated with transferring your credit back to Mason. In addition, you will automatically be enrolled in Mason's International Emergency Insurance program.

Step 6: Request Your Transcripts

Upon returning to Mason, request your transcript to be sent directly to the External Study Abroad Program Officer at the Global Education Office (GEO). The mailing address is:

Mikaela Spencer
Global Education Office (GEO)
Johnson Center, Room 235
4400 University Drive, MS2B8
Fairfax, VA 22030


Please Note:
George Mason University policy requires that any foreign transcript not presented in English must be officially translated by an accredited translation service provider. For information on qualified translators, please contact the American Translators Association or another recognized translation service such as University Language Service.

*If you take any classes that were not approved on your Petition for Transfer of Credits Form, you are not guaranteed transfer of these credits.
*The Global Education Office (GEO), the Office of the Registrar, and the Office of Admissions have the FINAL AUTHORITY in determining whether or not an institution is accredited.

Contact Information

Program Officer

Mikaela Spencer

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/03/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2019 09/30/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2019 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Winter Break 2019 01/24/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 06/30/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed