Programs : Brochure
- Program Terms: Faculty-led Proposal
- Restrictions: Mason applicants only
Mason’s Global Discovery Program is an innovative university initiative that supports the development of intensive global experiences that are travel components of existing credit-bearing courses. Global Discovery’s goal is to expand access for Mason’s diverse student body and to provide alternative ways for our students to engage in global educational experiences. All Global Discovery programs are peer-reviewed and competitively funded based on criteria that determine the degree to which each program is able to connect students’ classroom work with existing global issues and challenges.
For our students the Global Discovery Program enables a student to have a meaningful global experience in a relatively short period of time; it provides one of the most affordable study abroad options, and it provides unique exposure and access to Mason faculty.
For our faculty the Global Discovery Program provides an opportunity to connect with students in a direct way; it can bolster one’s teaching, research, and service; it provides an experiential learning component to one’s course(s); and it provides a supported framework within which to develop a travel component to one’s course.
We welcome all those interested in submitting proposals and look forward to working together in the semester to come on this tremendous opportunity for both faculty and students alike.
The Global Education Office invites all faculty across the university to submit a proposal for seed funding towards the establishment of a study abroad component in a current course. One proposal will be selected from each George Mason University College.
The proposal should connect one to two weeks of travel to an established course scheduled for Spring 2020. Travel must be related to the course content. Each proposal must describe the course subject, student learning objectives, projects, and how often the course has run in your department. The program narrative must also illustrate how an international component would enhance student learning, benefits students, and support the Mason Vision.
We encourage faculty to speak with their department heads and deans to discuss additional program support at the college level.