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  • Locations: Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Campus Housing
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Oxford University: Entrepreneurial Leadership for the Global Marketplace or Britain Beyond Brexit: Global Challenges and Opportunities

Oxford, Summer(Travel) 2021


Students choose a concentration in either Beyond Brexit or Entrepreneurial Leadership for the Global Marketplace to write their papers on a related topic. The Certificates of Completion given by Oxford will reflect the participant's concentration choice.  

Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) has been protracted and painful. The complexity of the negotiations obscures the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Britain in a rapidly changing world.
The Schar School Oxford Program focuses on two dimensions of Britain beyond Brexit: business entrepreneurship and policy development. The business and entrepreneurship dimension is designed to provide both business and non-business students with the opportunity to engage with Oxford academics and UK/US entrepreneurs to learn how to craft successful and sustainable strategies for start-ups and spin outs in the global market place. With a practical approach to entrepreneurship, this dimension of the program aims to help students to develop entrepreneurial creativity and awareness, and to encourage the application of entrepreneurial skill sets and the development of an entrepreneurial leadership capability that can be applied to the global business environment.
Business and entrepreneurship do not happen in a political or a policy vacuum. Collectively, business lobby groups in the UK, such as the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Institute of Directors (IOD), have told Members of Parliament that business people are sick of the “nightmare” of a no-deal Brexit. The UK’s reputation as an investment location has undoubtedly suffered. In March 2019 Honda announced it would close its UK factory, with a loss of 3000 jobs. Airbus, BMW and JLR are also suggesting they will move production away from the UK if a no-deal Brexit occurs. With their supply chains extending deep inside continental Europe, it seems that UK and EU businesses are more economically entwined than many had realized.
The other dimension of the Schar School Oxford Program therefore focuses on Britain’s post-Brexit political landscape and on the policy challenges facing the UK in an increasingly uncertain world. Brexit has been a wrenching experience for all concerned. It has tested Britain’s constitutional system and political institutions. It has also affected almost every field of public policy in the UK, ranging from education and housing, to external security and defense. This dimension of the program focuses on a number of the political and policy challenges raised by Britain's experience of leaving the EU.
The Schar School Oxford Program accordingly brings together two important dimensions of post-Brexit Britain: business (entrepreneurship) and politics/policy. The program is designed to appeal to a range of students, in areas such as government and international affairs, public administration, public policy, international commerce, international security, and organizational development and knowledge management. 

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Sponsored by the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government


Credits Offered:
  • Undergraduate:GOVT 398: Study Abroad
  • Graduate:ITRN 702: Special Topics in Study Abroad
This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.

Students choose a concentration in either Beyond Brexit or Entrepreneurial Leadership for the Global Marketplace to write their papers on a related topic. The Certificates of Completion given by Oxford will reflect the participant's concentration choice.

Program Dates*

August 15th - 21st, 2020



* 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

2021: $4,550

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Single room dorm lodging at Mansfield College
  • Meals: breakfast daily, five lunches, two dinners
  • All in-country travel to program activities
  • All administrative and organizational costs
  • Cultural excursions and site visits
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending

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 20. 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 April 10. 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."

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 are welcome to apply:

Enrollment Deadline:

June 1, 2021

Program Director

Name Michal McElwain Malur
Phone 703-993-1577

Academic Director

Name Desmond Dinan
Phone 703-993-4973

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.