This program focuses on postwar justice and restitution efforts in Germany and Austria, following the rise of the Nazi party to the Nuremberg trials after the war. Using the example of looted artwork, we will explore international cooperation on the tracing of stolen assets, including by United Nations and the European Union institutions. Site visits will include Dachau Concentration Camp, Courtroom 600 in Nuremberg, the Nazi Party rally grounds, the salt mines at Alt Aussee where Hitler kept his personal art collection, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna. The program is ideal for students interested in the intersection of criminal justice, global politics, and art history.
- 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.
- 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
Early - Mid January, TBA
||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 Pinakithek der Moderne
||Full day excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle
||Guided Tour of Dachau Concentration Camp and then taking the train to Nuremberg to check into hotel
||Day trip to the German Cultural Museum, the largest museum of cultural history in Germany followed by a tour at the Memorial Nuremberg Trials
||Visit the World War II Art Bunker and then a guided tour of the Nazi Party Rally Ground
||Explore the rest Nuremberg and then meet with group to take a train to Salzburg, Austria. Enjoy a walking tour of Salzburg and end the day with a group dinner
||Full-day trip to Alt Aussee Salt Mines
||Visit the many museums and sites of Salzburg
||Free day of independent exploration of the city
||Morning train departure to Vienna, Austria followed by a walking tour of the city
||Continuing to explore Vienna, visiting museums, palaces, and historical sites
||Touring the Leopold Museum, Kunsthistoriches Museum, and the Dorotheum Auction House
||Final full day, visit the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the European Fundamental Rights Agency. Group dinner for the last night
||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 2019: $3,630
Winter 2020: 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.
Refund and Cancellation Policy:
First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by October 20, 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 November 10, 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:
October 6, 2019
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.