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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel, Other Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Honors, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, English, Integrative Studies Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills Mason Core Requirement: Yes Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Protest and Graffiti

South Africa, Winter 2022

South Africa images
Previously titled Social Movements: Stories from the Streets, this course will examine South Africa or the "Rainbow Nation", called so because of the many cultures and histories that have come together to create this vibrant democracy. However, South Africa did not always embrace the many colors of its rainbow. Social movements have played an important part in the country’s history and new and emerging political parties are using rhetoric in surprising and skillful ways to frame their arguments. It is not possible to truly understand the current arguments and struggles without looking at South Africa’s past and those who are still living with the repercussions.

The program will offer the students a complex view of South Africa as not only the Rainbow Nation, but also a nation of extremes and complexities.
 

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:
  • English - ENGH 488: Topics in Writing and Rhetoric
    • Prerequisites for ENGH 488: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English course and in Mason Core literature.
  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 397: Study Abroad Special Topics
  • Honors - HNRS 131: Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives
  • Honors - HNRS 230: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad

Program Dates

January 4 - January 17, 2022

 

Tentative Itinerary 

January 4 Arrival in Cape Town
City Tour/Table Mountain
Welcome Dinner
January 5 Cape Town Graffiti Exploration
Guest Lecture
January 6 Muizenburg Graffiti Tour
Boulders Penguin Colony & Cape Point Nature Reserve
Concert
January 7 V&A Waterfront
Robben Island
January 8 District 6 Museum
Bo Kaap Walking Tour
Cape Malay Cooking Class
January 9 Solms Delta Social Heritage Tour
Midway Reflections
January 10 Travel to Johannesburg
Apartheid Museum
Soweto Home stay
January 11 Graffiti Tour Soweto
Museum visits
January 12 Braamfontein Graffiti Workshop
January 13 Moboneng Graffiti Tour
January 14 Excursion to Inner Johannesburg
January 15 Constitution Hill
January 16 Pilanesburg National Park & game drive
January 17 Depart Johannesburg for U.S.




* 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: $4700

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 (3 credits) & mandatory fees 
  • Guided tours and excursions
  • Some meals
  • Accommodations
  • In-country travel 
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance

Not included: 
  • Airfare*
  • Passport
  • Visa fees
  • COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure
  • COVID-19 testing while abroad
  • Some meals 
  • Personal spending 
  • 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 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 10th, 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

GEO Program Administrator

  Paul Locascio
Name Paul Locascio
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 01/04/2022 01/17/2022

** 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.