The JSM Fellows program is a Bilateral Exchange. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad.
About the PPE Program at VU
The PPE program at VU has been awarded the “Distinctive feature of small-scale and intensive education” by the the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Council (NVAO). This designation certifies that: it is a small-scale, intensive program with emphases on extra-curricular activities that enhance its academic and professional community; its curriculum is current and socially relevant; it is designed for highly motivated and talented students, and it has stringent entrance requirements. PPE at VU is an international program, and all courses are taught in English.
The PPE model was developed at Oxford and has been implemented at George Mason as well. PPE programs combine the traditional fields of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. They have an impressive track record in training students for leadership positions in business, politics, law, academia, journalism, and beyond. PPE is premised on the idea that today's complex social problems require researchers, policy makers and professionals who can tackle issues from several angles, combine different perspectives in a constructive way, and understand the broader social and historical context of problems.
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- Students should not study abroad the last semester of senior year if they plan to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester at Mason.
- This program is open to students who major in PPE, Philosophy, Politics, Economics, Global Affairs, and International Studies. Preference will be given to PPE majors.
- Transfer between 12-16 credits per semester
- Letter grade received must be equivalent to a "C" or above
- Courses are transfer credit; will not factor into the GPA of the participant.
- Passing Grade: 7.0 or C
Choosing Courses Abroad
Fellows will select five courses from a pre-approved list. Credit for each course taken at VU will count toward students' majors at Mason. When you first consider applying, identify courses from the pre-approved list that are similar to those at Mason that you need to take. The list of pre-approved courses can be found at the following link: John Stuart Mill Course List
Students studying through the John Stuart Mill Fellows program will go to Amsterdam for the spring semester. The spring semester typically runs from early February to late June. The spring semester is divided up into three periods (periods four, five, and six). The fourth and fifth periods both last two months and students will take two courses in each period. The sixth period lasts one month and students take one course (this period is optional).
Housing at VU consists of furnished rooms with private or shared facilities. Accommodation in Amsterdam is limited so it is recommended you apply for housing as soon as you've been accepted by VU. Rooms tend to be small and you may find it is common for men and women to live together in the same student house.
The housing contract with VU will run until the end of the summer. Students are welcome to stay past the end of the spring term but will not get a refund on their housing costs should they decide to leave earlier than the end of their housing contract.
Students with financial need (as determined by the Office of Financial Aid) will automatically be considered for a travel grant up to $750. Students will be contacted by their program officer after the application deadline to let them know if they have been selected.
VU will apply for a visa and/or a residence permit on behalf of the exchange student (if necessary). Students will be informed about the procedure after submitting their application.