In the Dark Heart of Rome, you will delve beneath the city of Rome via the Roman Forum, the Catacombs, and the Cerveteri Necropolis, Etruscan City of the Dead. Murder, mystery, and madness will become part of your daily experience as you explore the ancient city of Rome, and we visit the ghostly remains of Pompeii, including the world’s most infamous brothel – the Lupanare. Gladiators, political intrigue, religious turmoil, annihilation of a city, and Roman legends will be evaluated through a psychologist's lens. When you are not exploring, you are still in one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Rome off hours offers cozy cafes, great food, unique boutiques, a busy nightlife including Italy’s own Irish Pub - Scholars Lounge, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. With its myriad sights, you will encounter beauty and history in Rome's every corner.
- Rome, Italy is a historic and exotic place to explore, and we will be engaged on several tours that will show you the inside of this enchanting city.
- Rome is one of my favorite cities in the world: the architecture, the people, the FOOD!
- Some of our explorations will include seeing Rome at night; seeing her dark underside; visiting Pompeii; and of course, a trip to Rome wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Vatican.
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.
Anticipated Course Options*
- Psychology - PSYC 405: Mystery, Madness, and Murder
- Psychology - PSYC 418: Death, Dying, and Grieving
- Psychology - PSYC 461: Special Topics in Psychology
- Psychology - PSYC 518: Death, Dying, and Grieving
*Subject to change. Course offerings will be finalized by the application deadline.
December 29, 2018 - January 11, 2019
||Arrive in Rome, Italy. Check into hotel.
||Welcome lunch and introduction to the course and Rome
||Morning instruction and research. Free time in the evening to explore Rome
||Morning tour of the piazzas of Rome and Castle San Angelo. Afternoon lecture followed by Dark Heart of Rome Night Tour
||All day excursion to Cerveteri and Ostia Antica
||Lecture- Gladiators: A Spectator Sport?, Pompeii: A Case Study
||Full day at Vatican City with tour
||Day trip of Florence
||Day trip to Pompeii
||Morning Crypts and Catacombs tours followed by afternoon tour of the Colosseum underground and Ancient Roman Forum/Overlook
||Lecture and student presentations
||Free day with farewell group dinner in the evening
||Students depart for the U.S.
* 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.
Winter 2017: $3,738
Winter 2019: coming soon!
Included: Tuition for 3 credits, hotel accommodations, all breakfasts and some additional group meals, guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary, metro tickets for program-related activities, international emergency medical insurance.
Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials. *Note: Participants must arrange their own airfare once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.
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.
Refund and Cancellation Policy:
First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by October 21, 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 November 11, 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 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."
All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.
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:
Sunday, October 7, 2018
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.