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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 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Open to non-Mason Students: 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


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.

Tentative Course Options

  • Communication - COMM 307: Field Study in Communication
  • Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad
  • Communication - COMM 696: Directed Readings and Research

Program Dates*

January 1-16, 2022


Tentative Itinerary 

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

Summer 2021: $3600

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 equal the published Program Cost for this course.


  • Tuition for 3 credits
  • Accommodations
  • All breakfasts, some group meals
  • Entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary
  • 6-day Paris museum pass
  • Paris metro pass
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure, COVID-19 testing while abroad, 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 and/or costs associated with arriving prior to the start of the program.

When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will recommend the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance. 

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. All payments and charges are reflected in the student’s Mason Student Account.

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 20, 2021. 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 10, 2021. 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."

*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:

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 on this program are welcome to apply:


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.

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

GEO Program Administrator

Name Jess Ostrowski-Wright (she/her)
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.