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  • Locations: Lecce, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking Prerequisite: No
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Anthropology
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Experiencing Southern Italy's Culture and Heritage

Italy, Winter 2020

Italy scenes

This program will next be offered in January 2020.

While Lecce is considered one of the top twenty places to live in Italy, it is a town of fewer than 100,000 people that is surrounded by villages.  It offers an experience of Italy daily life that cities, as major tourist destinations, cannot replicate. Students do have the option of visiting Rome on their own; a high speed train connects Lecce to Italy's capital.

Program Highlights

  • Introduction to an important Western European nation, in particular by focusing on key social institutions and related aspects of life such as family, food, folk culture, religion, and identities.
  • Particular attention is placed on the vibrant southern sub peninsula known as Salento, which is why the program will be based in Lecce.   


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.


Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.

Anticipated Course Options*

  • Anthropology - ANTH 398: Study Abroad
  • Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad
  • Available upon request
*Subject to change. Course offerings will be finalized by the application deadline.

Program Dates*

January 2020


Sample Itinerary 

Day 1 Arrival at Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport-Housing Check-in. Meet for dinner at Maccheroni.
Day 2 Introductions and Professor presentation followed by Leece Historical Center Orientation Tour. Welcome Dinner
Day 3 "Survival Italian/adapting to the local culture;" Morning Lecture by Professor.
Day 4 Visit to living Nativity
Day 5 Free day
Day 6 Morning: Professor lecture
Afternoon: Faggiano Museum followed by Pizzica or "spider bite dance" performance and lesson.
Day 7 Morning: Presentation on History of Salento by Guest Lecturer
Evening: Regional Cuisine Cooking class
Day 8 Morning: Class time
Afternoon: Day trip to Galatina
Day 9 Morning: Lecture followed by research activity updates and Map Quiz
Day 10 Morning Lecture by professor.
Afternoon: Tour Provincial Museum Sigismondo Castromediano
Day 11 Academic excursion to Gallipoli followed by tasting visit at Puglian Masseria/Farm
Day 12 Free day
Day 13 Morning class
Day 14 Morning: Guest lecture on Organized Crime in Italy
Afternoon: Academic excursion to Fire Festival in Novoli
Day 15 Free day / Farewell dinner
Day 16 Departure 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 2020: coming September 2019

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, shared rooms in hotel accommodations, breakfasts and some additional group meals, guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, most meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials. *Note: 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 mid-October, 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 mid-November, 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 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."

Refund and Cancellation Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation 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 on this program are welcome to apply:


Application Opens:

August 2019

Application Deadline:

early-October, 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

  Anne Schiller
Name Dr. Anne Schiller
Phone 703-993-1441

Global Education Office
Program Administrator

Name GEO staff
Phone 703-993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.