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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking Type of Program: Faculty-led
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Intercultural Communication for Organizational Contexts in Paris

France, Winter 2021

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This experiential course will introduce theories of intercultural and organizational communication within the context of French culture. Students will understand and analyze aspects of culture shock and cultural adaptation through journal analyses. Ethnographic analyses will enhance students’ understanding of organizational communication in France.
 

Program Highlights

  • Learn to do ethnographic research in the field
  • Explore different theories of cultural adaptation and culture shock
  • Collect data from site visits throughout Paris for independent research

Eligibility 

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.
 

Credits

Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.
 

Course Options

Undergraduate:
  • Communication - COMM 307: Field Study in Communication
  • Sociology - SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology
  • Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad
Graduate:
  • Communication - COMM 696: Directed Readings and Research
 

Program Dates*

Early to Mid January, 2021

 

Sample Itinerary 

Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France with a welcome dinner in the evening
Day 2 Free-time to explore the city.
Day 3 Welcome to the course: explanation of syllabus, course guidelines, assignments/projects, expectations.  Discussion of approach of the class: self-awareness, observation of cultural rules, experiential learning.  
Field trip to Gare Montparnasse, American Church, and Rue Cler
Day 4 Basic Concepts of intercultural communication and begin observations and ethnography sites.
Field trip: Musee D'Orsay and museums  
Day 5 Context Cultures
Field trip: Louvre Museum 
Day 6 Day trip: Chateau de Versailles 
Day 7 Morning lecture on verbal and nonverbal communication in intercultural contexts
Field trip to Pompidou Center
Day 8 Weekend: Free time to explore and continue ethnography observations
Day 9 Weekend: Free time to explore and finalize assignments/projects for class
 
Day 10 Lecture: Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts
Field trip: French high school visit 
Day 11 Journal presentations and final observations
Field trip to Monmartre and Sacre Coeur Cathedral
Day 12 Cultural ethnography observations.
Group lunch with view of Eiffel Tower
Day 13 Reflections and working on Ethnography paper
Day 14 Last group meeting with debriefing instructions 
Day 15 Weekend: Free time to explore and finalize assignments/projects for class
Day 16 Depart Paris for flights back home


* 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

Winter 2020: $3,092

Winter 2021: TBD

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, hotel accommodations, all breakfasts and some additional group meals, guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary, 6-day Paris museum pass, Paris metro pass, 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.
 

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 October 20th. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by November 10th. 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."

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:

Payments

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students on this program are welcome to apply:

Scholarships

Applications Open:

May 1st

 

Application Deadline:

Oct 10th

 

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

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Name Dr. Esther Yook
Email eyook2@gmu.edu

GEO Program Administrator

  Jada
Name Jada Robinson
Email masonled@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-6808


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2021 10/10/2020 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2021 01/17/2021

** 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.