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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Flat/Apartment
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Education Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Program Description:

Secondary Education in Cambridge

UK, Spring 2022

Cambridge Secondary
The Secondary Education in Cambridge program provides an opportunity for pre-service teachers from Mason to immerse themselves in a secondary teaching and learning in an international setting. The two week-long experience, situated in a secondary school in Cambridge, England, will provide Mason pre-service teachers with an opportunity to consider their instructional skills and develop an understanding of secondary education traditions by observing host teachers in their subject areas at the school site. Students will spend Mon-Thurs of each week in classrooms and on relevant field trips each Friday. There will be five two hour-long seminars — two in Fairfax prior to leaving for Cambridge, two in Cambridge, and one after returning from Cambridge. Students will earn 3 elective credits on the program and still be able to take a normal course load (including internships).

Program Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in secondary teaching and learning in an international setting
  • Observe and learn about instructional skills and secondary education traditions in the classroom (Grades 6-8).
  • Previous school sites have included Parkside Secondary and Trumpington.
  • Students will be placed in single or double rooms near City Centre with easy access to shops, grocery stores, restaurants, public transportation (bus and rail), and hospital facilities.


3 credits



This program is only open to graduate students currently enrolled in the M.Ed in Secondary Education program at George Mason University. Students must be in good academic standing and are encouraged to be enrolled in their appropriate methods I courses (English, social studies, science, or math) and EDUC 472/672.

Anticipated Course Options*

  • Secondary Education EDCI 597: Secondary Education Abroad
Note: This course is an approved masters elective. * subject to change

Program Dates*

April 15 - May 1, 2022 


Day 1 Students arrive in  Cambridge; Evening Walking Tour
Day 2 Grantchester
Day  3      First day at school site
Day 4 Full day at school site
Day 5 Full day at school site; Early Evening Seminar
Day 6 Full day at school site
Day 7 Field trip
Day 8-9 Free days
Day 10 Full day at school site
Day 11 Full day at school site
Day 12 Full day at school site; Early Evening Seminar
Day 13 Full day at school site
Day 14 Full day at school site
Day 15 Free day
Day 16 Field trip

* 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

Spring 2022: $3575

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, including a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge which together equals the published Program Cost for this course.

  • Application deposit
  • Tuition for 3 credits & mandatory fees
  • Accommodations
  • Local transportation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Excursion fund
  • Airport shuttle from Heathrow
  • Pre-Departure Orientation 
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included: 
  • Airfare*
  • Passport
  • Most meals
  • Personal spending 
  • Visa fees
  • COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure
  • COVID-19 testing while abroad
  • Vaccinations
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials

*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email.

The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights. When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.  

Program Payments

The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment). 

Application Deposit: $200 non-refundable Application Deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit.

Note: You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account. George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.

Financial Aid: 
In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.

Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.

Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.

To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO.  Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.

If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must: 
  • ​​Mark "Yes" to "Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?" in your profile in

After Acceptance:

* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students:

VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

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:

December 10, 2021 


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.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  Kristien Zenkov
Name Kristien Zenkov
Phone 703-993-5413

GEO Program Administrator

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Name Allie Wallace (she/her)
Phone 703-993-3082

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 12/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission 04/15/2022 05/01/2022

** 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.