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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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 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 Description:

Intercultural Communication for Organizational Contexts in Paris

France, Winter 2019

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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 and independent research


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.

Course Options

  • Communication - COMM 307: Field Study in Communication
  • Sociology - SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology
  • Communication - COMM 696: Directed Readings and Research

Program Dates*

January 2, 2019 - January 17, 2019


Sample Itinerary 

Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France
Day 2 Welcome to the course: explanation of syllabus, course guidelines, assignments, expectations.  
Lecture on Ethnography. For lunch enjoy a welcome meal at a Parisian Cafe followed by a visit to Gare Montparnasse.
Day 3 Discussion of approach of the class: self-awareness, observation of cultural rules, experiential learning.  
Field trip to the Louvre Museum.
Day 4 Weekend: Free time to explore the museums and markets of Paris. Students will be doing their ethnography observations around the city.
Day 5 Weekend: Free time to explore the museums and markets of Paris. Students will be doing their ethnography observations around the city.
Day 6 Morning lecture followed by field trip to L' Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees
Day 7 Day trip to Chateau de Versailles  
Day 8 Morning lecture with a field trip to Pompidou Center
Day 9 Lecture: Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts. Field trip to Monmartre and Sacre Coeur Cathedral
Day 10 Journal presentations and finals cultural ethnography observations. Field trip to Sorbonne University and Rue Mouffetard open market
Day 11 Weekend: Free time and time to finalize papers
Day 12 Weekend: Free time and time to finalize papers
Day 13 Ethnography presentations and submissions of paper drafts. Farewell cafe lunch with views of the Eiffel Tower
Day 14 Class wrap-up with final reflections 
Day 15 Last group meeting with debriefing and time to pack for flights. 
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 2019: $3,000

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 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 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."

Refund and Cancellation Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation 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 on this program are welcome to apply:


Applications Open:

August 2018

Application Deadline:

Sunday, October 21, 2018


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

Global Education Office
Program Administrator

  Andrew Miller
Name Andrew Miller
Phone 703-993-5013
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.