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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Munich, Germany; Nuremberg, Germany
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Art History, Criminology Law and Society, Global Affairs, History, Integrative Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Postwar Justice and Restitution

Germany, Winter 2022

Postwar Justice in Europe
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.

Program Highlights

  • 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 

Students participating in this program are required to be fully vaccinated prior to arrival in Germany. Students can find more information about study abroad during COVID-19 here: COVID-19 Travel Updates.


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

Program Dates*

January 3 - January 15, 2022



Jan. 3 Arrival in Munich and meet the group and professor at the hotel. There will be a guided walking tour of the city
Jan. 4 Continuing to explore Munich, there will be several opportunities to visit sites such as the National Socialism Documentation Center and several art museums
Jan. 5 Full day excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle or Berchtesgaden
Jan. 6 Guided Tour of Dachau Concentration Camp and then taking the train to Nuremberg to check into hotel
Group dinner in Nuremberg 
Jan. 7 Group tour to sights around Nuremberg including the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the Nuremberg Art Bunker
Free evening in Nuremberg
Jan. 8 Group tours to Germanisches Historical Museum, Memoriam Nuremberg Trials, and Nuremberg Trials Court Room
Free evening in Nuremberg
Jan. 9 Travel to Berlin and group tour of Berlin
Jan. 10 Full day excursion to Wannsee
Jan. 11 Group tours of the Holocaust Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, and SS headquarters
Free evening in Berlin
Jan. 12 Group tour of the Jewish Museum, Checkpoint Charlie, DDR Museum, and East Side Gallery
Jan. 13 Full day excursion to Potsdam
Jan. 14 Group tour to European House/Europa Experience
Group dinner in Berlin.
Jan. 15 Depart for the  U.S. with the program officially ending


Students participating in this program are required to be fully vaccinated prior to arrival in Germany. Students can find more information about study abroad during COVID-19 here: COVID-19 Travel Updates.

* 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 2022: $3,400

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges are put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge, which together equal the published Program Cost for this course.


  • Application Deposit
  • Tuition and mandatory fees
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 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
  • COVID-19 testing
  • Vaccinations
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email.

The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights. When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance. 

Program Payments

The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment).

Application Deposit: $200 non-refundable Application Deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

Final Payment: The final balance is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit.

  • You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account.
  • George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.

Financial Aid: In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility. 
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO.  Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program. 

If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must: 
  • Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in
After acceptance: 
* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students:

VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Tuition Exemptions
If you plan to apply for a tuition exemption (for example VMSDEP or senior citizen exemption) to cover a portion of the total cost of the Study Abroad program please contact GEO immediately. Not all exemptions are eligible for use on study abroad courses. When an exemption is eligible for use, only tuition charges are covered. The participant will be required to pay program fees, which may include housing, meals, and direct payments to our overseas partners.
Employee Tuition Exemption Benefit
Global Education Office (Study Abroad) courses and trip fees are ineligible for tuition waivers under this policy. For more information please see the Employee Tuition Exemption Benefit for details.

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 Deadline:

October 10th


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.

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:

Students participating in this program are required to be fully vaccinated prior to arrival in Germany. Students can find more information about study abroad during COVID-19 here: COVID-19 Travel Updates.

Academic Director

GEO Program Administrator




Brittany Harris




Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.