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.
- 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
*Subject to change. Course offerings will be finalized by the application deadline.
||Arrival at Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport-Housing Check-in. Meet for dinner at Maccheroni.
||Introductions and Professor presentation followed by Leece Historical Center Orientation Tour. Welcome Dinner
||"Survival Italian/adapting to the local culture;" Morning Lecture by Professor.
||Visit to living Nativity
||Morning: Professor lecture
Afternoon: Faggiano Museum followed by Pizzica or "spider bite dance" performance and lesson.
||Morning: Presentation on History of Salento by Guest Lecturer
Evening: Regional Cuisine Cooking class
||Morning: Class time
Afternoon: Day trip to Galatina
||Morning: Lecture followed by research activity updates and Map Quiz
||Morning Lecture by professor.
Afternoon: Tour Provincial Museum Sigismondo Castromediano
||Academic excursion to Gallipoli followed by tasting visit at Puglian Masseria/Farm
||Morning: Guest lecture on Organized Crime in Italy
Afternoon: Academic excursion to Fire Festival in Novoli
||Free day / Farewell dinner
||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.
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.
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.
Refund and Cancellation Policy:
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."
All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.
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:
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.