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  • Locations: Île-à-Vache, Haiti; Port Salut, Haiti; Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
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  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Government and International Policy, International Security, International/Comparative Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Schar School of Policy and Government Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Haiti Field Experience: Development, Stabilization, and Disaster Response

Winter 2019

Haiti images
In Haitian Creole they often say, "Deye mon, gen mon," which means, "Beyond mountains, there are more mountains." Few Haitian proverbs are more apropos at the current time, as Haiti fights to regain its path to a promising future after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake knocked it from its tenuous recovery out of dark decades of brutal dictatorship, military juntas, violent gangs, and crushing poverty. Still, the resilience of the Haitian people is strong. This study abroad seminar is a once-in-a-career opportunity for students of peace operations, development, and humanitarian relief to look at and study not just Haiti, but the system of international assistance as a whole.

Students on this program will dive headlong into the confusing world of post-disaster recovery and immerse themselves amongst the non-governmental workers, the ‘blue helmets’ of the UN, the diplomats, development officials and security experts. Students will then hear the story of international assistance from the Haitians themselves, Haitians reflecting all walks of the civil society, from government, to private, and not-for-profit groups fighting to forge the new Haiti.

Students studying development, peace operations, conflict analysis, or international relations should not miss this opportunity. Join us this winter break. The Haiti class, ITRN 702, takes place abroad during the Winter term but the credits are applied to your Spring semester course load.
Sponsored by the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. 

Program Highlights

  • Hear from the Haitian government about the benefits and risks of foreign involvement in Haitian affairs.
  • Listen to representatives of the United Nations and the United States defend competing visions of Haitian recovery and development.
  • See the contrasts between rural and city life, and how development initiatives differ in each.
  • Meet missionaries and faith-based groups, and witness the diverse world of non-governmental involvement in developing countries.
  • Think about democracy and security in a developing state.
  • Listen to opposition voices to the dominant paradigm of development from non-traditional NGOs and Haitian opposition groups.
  • Visit the US Embassy for briefings and attempt to understand the interagency soup of a complex development and recovery mission.
  • Watch critically-acclaimed filmmakers take on Haitian history and international involvement in the run-up to the course.


This program is open to all graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.


Students will be registered for one 3-credit course during the spring semester.

Course Options

  • International Commerce and Policy - ITRN 702: Special Topics in Study Abroad

Program Dates*

January 13-20, 2019


Sample Itinerary 

Day 1 Washington DC to Port-au-Prince
Day 2 Class and meetings in Port Au Prince
Day 3 Class and meetings in Port Au Prince
Day 4 Port Au Prince to Les Cayes/Port Salut
Day 5 Class and meetings in Port Salut
Day 6 Port Salut to Ile-a-Vache
Day 7 Return to Port Au Prince
Day 8 Group flight to Haiti

* 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: $4300 for students who complete their application by October 7.

Price increases to $4600 after that date.

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, one night of accommodations in Miami, double-occupancy hotel rooms in Haiti, roundtrip airfare between Miami and Port-au-Prince, some meals, excursions and entrance fees as described in itinerary, in-country transportation to all program locations, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Round-trip transportation to Miami*, 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 program administrator.

Program Payments

Students on Schar programs must pay the advertised program cost plus an application fee in order to participate. These costs will be made in three payments (Application Fee + Deposit + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Fee: All applications must pay the non-refundable application fee of $150. This payment is made through MasonAbroad once you open an application. This fee is not included in the advertised program cost above.

Program Deposit: Accepted students must make a non-refundable program deposit of $1000. This fee is paid through the Mason Student Accounts Office. This deposit is included in the program fee.

Final Payment: This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1000 deposit you've already paid. 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 deposit 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 the Global Education Office to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Non-Mason Students: Non-Mason students must be admitted to the University and assigned a student number prior to making payments. Please submit the "Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form" during the application phase in order to begin this process.

Refund and Cancellation Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.

Application Deadline:

Early bird: October 7, 2018
Regular: November 18, 2018


Application requirements:*

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.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk 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:

Schar Program Administrator

  Michal Malur
Name Michal Malur

Academic Director

Name Derek Mills


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.