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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Area of Study: Global Affairs Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Europe at a Crossroads

Spain, Summer 2019

Europe Crossroads
Spend 2 intensive weeks taking an interdisciplinary approach to the contemporary challenges facing a major European city at a social, political, and economic crossroads. Morning classes tackle issues such as human rights, migration and refugees. Afternoon site visits take us to museums, NGOs, sites of urban protest, the national Bank of Spain,  and Congress.  Spend a weekend exploring the city of Barcelona. Lodging and classes are in Madrid's historic city center. Lectures are in English.

Program Highlights

  • 2 week intensive course at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid studying interdisciplinary approaches to the contemporary challenges facing Europe.
  • Morning classes and afternoon site visits to museums, NGOs, sites of urban protest, and City Hall.
  • Weekend exploring Barcelona, visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites.


This program is open to all graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Junior and senior level students may apply with permission of the Academic Director, contact the Program Officer for more information.


3 credits

Course Options

  • GLOA 480: Study Abroad
  • GLOA 710: Seminar Abroad

Program Dates*

June 2-16, 2018

Summer 2019: Coming Soon! 



Day 1 Arrival to Madrid
Day 2 Historic Tour of Madrid
Day 3 Morning Lecture:
Afternoon: Reina Sofia Museum, Welcome Dinner
Day 4 Morning Lecture
Afternoon:  Visit Arco del Triunfo/Valle de los Caidos
Day 5 Morning Lecture
Afternoon: Visit City Hall
Day 6 Morning Lecture
Afternoon: Work Sessions
Day 7 Travel to Barcelona
Day 8 Barcelona
Day 9 Return to Madrid
Day 10 Morning Lecture
Afternoon: Visit Congress of Deputy
Day 11 Morning Lecture: CEAR - Migration
Afternoon Lecture: US Embassy 
Day 12 Morning Lecture: Spain in a Global Economy
Afternoon: Visit to a business or conversation with entrepreneur 
Day 13 Morning Bus to Toledo
Lecture: Muslims in Spain
Evening bus to Madrid
Closing Dinner
Day 14 Closing Sessions
Student Presentations
Day 15 Departure from Madrid

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

* 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

Summer 2018: $4,635

Summer 2019: Coming Soon!

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations, breakfasts, required group activities, metro card, welcome and farewell dinners, guest lectures and site visits, overnight trip to Barcelona (including transportation), international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, other transportation, some meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*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 March 17, 2019 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 April 14, 2019. 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."

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 are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

Sunday, March 3, 2019


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

  Jennifer Ashley Headshot
Name Jennifer Ashley
Phone 703-993-2152

GEO Program Officer

  Laura Scobey
Name Laura Scobey
Phone 703-993-2106
  Make an appointment


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.