We will be exploring restitution and reconciliation after the Second World War. On this trip, we will visit Dachau Concentration Camp to explore the crimes committed by the Nazis; Courtroom 600 where the Nuremberg Trials took place; and art museums to “trace” artwork looted by the Nazis. If you are interested in themes of restorative justice, recovery of stolen assets, international justice, or the memory of the Holocaust, this program is for you!
We will begin the program in Munich to see where the Nazi Party first came to power. Then, we will travel to Nuremberg to assess the damage and the postwar efforts at restitution. We will end in Berlin, where we will see more context for the Final Solution followed by the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall and Soviet occupation.
- See where the Nazi party rose to power and important sites from World War II
- Visit the courtroom where the Nuremberg trials took place
- Follow in the footsteps of the Monuments Men and "trace" looted artwork
This program is open to all undergraduate 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.
Tentative Course Options
- Art History - ARTH 398: Study Abroad in the History of Art
- Criminology - CRIM 485: Study Abroad
- Criminology - CRIM 490: Special Topics
- Global Affairs - GLOA 480: Study Abroad
- History - HIST 388: Topics in European History
- Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad
4 January - 16 January, 2021
||Arrival in Munich and meet the group and professor at the hotel. There will be a guided walking tour of the city
||Continuing to explore Munich, there will be several opportunities to visit sites such as the National Socialism Documentation Center and several art museums
||Full day excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle or Berchtesgaden
||Guided Tour of Dachau Concentration Camp and then taking the train to Nuremberg to check into hotel
Group dinner in Nuremberg
||Group tour to sights around Nuremberg including the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the Nuremberg Art Bunker
Free evening in Nuremberg
||Group tours to Germanisches Historiches Museum, Memoriam Nuremberg Trials, and Nuremberg Trials Court Room
Free evening in Nuremberg
||Travel to Berlin and group tour of Berlin
||Full day excursion to Wannsee
||Group tours of the Holocaust Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, and SS headquarters
Free evening in Berlin
||Group tour of the Jewish Museum, Checkpoint Cherlie, DDR Museum, and East Side Gallery
||Full day excursion to Potsdam
||Possible group tour of Sammlung Boros Gallery and European House/Europa Experience
Group dinner in Berlin.
||Depart for the U.S. with the program officially ending
* 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: $3,721
Winter 2021: TBD
Included: Tuition for 3 credits, hotel accommodations, all breakfasts and some additional group meals, guided tours and excursions as described in itinerary, transportation between program sites, international emergency medical insurance.
Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some 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.
First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by October 20th. 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 November 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.
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.