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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
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Sociology, Communication, Integrative Studies Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Intercultural Communication for Organizational Contexts in Paris

France, Winter 2022

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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.
 

Tentative Course Options

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

Program Dates*

January 3-19, 2022

 

Tentative Itinerary 

January 3 Arrive in Paris, France | Welcome Dinner
January 4 Welcome to the class
January 5 Class Meeting: Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication
Field Trip: Musee D’Orsay
January 6 Class Meeting
Field Trip: Chateau de Versailles
January 7 Class Meeting
Field Trip: Louvre Museum
January 8 Weekend: Free time to explore and continue ethnography observations
January 9 Weekend: Free time to explore and continue ethnography observations
January 10 Class Meeting: Culture Shock
Field Trip:  Pompidou center
January 11 Class Meeting: Verbal and nonverbal communication in intercultural contexts
Field Trip: Sorbonne University and Notre Dame
January 12 Class Meeting: Intercultural communication in business contexts
Field Trip: Visit French High School
January 13 Class Meeting: Journal Presentations
Field Trip: Monmartre and Sacre Coeur Cathedral
January 14 Class Meeting: Cultural ethnography presentations
Group lunch with view of Eiffel Tower
January 15 Weekend: Free time to explore
January 16 Weekend: Free time to explore
January 17 Class Wrap-Up
January 18 Last group meeting and debrief
January 19 Depart Paris, France for US on own


* 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 2022: $3400


The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges are put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge, which together equal the published Program Cost for this course. 
 
Included: 
  • Application Deposit 
  • Tuition and mandatory fees 
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Accommodations
  • Some group meals
  • Guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary
  • International emergency medical insurance
Not included: 
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Passport fees 
  • Visa fees
  • Covid-19 Testing 
  • Vaccinations 
  • Some meals 
  • Personal spending 
  • 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 MasonAbroad.gmu.edu. 
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: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility.
 
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 MasonLed@gmu.edu 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 Military@gmu.edu.
 
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

Application Deadline:

October 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 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

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Name Jess Ostrowski-Wright (she/her)
Email masonled@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-2154


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2022 10/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2022 01/19/2022

** 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.