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Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Sociology, Honors, Government and International Policy, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Criminology Law and Society, 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:

Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery in Zanzibar

Tanzania, Summer 2022

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With its miles of white, sandy beaches, kissed by the emerald waters of the surrounding Indian Ocean, Zanzibar evokes images of an idyllic and alluring tropical paradise. The unique cobble stone streets and alleyways of UNESCO World Heritage designated Stone Town coupled with the open, embracing Swahili culture of the Zanzibari people hint at the island's historic position as a major crossroads where Africa, the Middle East and Asia converge. However, belying this idyllic and historic setting is the the darker, more haunting role that Zanzibar played in the Trans-Indian Ocean slave trade that ultimately and profoundly changed the region. It is against this amazing backdrop and paradox that we will examine the very difficult and still highly relevant problem of slavery and trafficking in human beings.
Using a highly interactive and experiential format, this course will introduce students to the history of buying, selling, and bondage of human beings. Following in the footsteps of Arab, Indian, Chinese and European traders and traffickers who have been drawn to Zanzibar for centuries, students in this course will go on the island’s unique spice tours and visit plantations that have historically fueled the demand for cheap human labor. A number of classes will be built around field activities that will bring students into contact with the Zanzibari people, and especially their cuisine, so that students will experience first-hand the unique fusion that is Swahili culture. The course will especially explore the contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking and will examine some of the major philosophical, legal, economic, public policy, social and practical law enforcement issues involved in the struggle against such practices. The course will close with an invitation to students to engage themselves in suggested ways to advance that struggle and to think about new ways to achieve an effective and enduring abolition.

Program Highlights

  • Study in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth with amazing beaches and lush tropical rainforests
  • Experience the unique Swahili culture, a fusion of Africa, the Middle East and Asia
  • Receive lectures from Dr. Bernard Freamon, one of the foremost experts on slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Opportunity to explore Tanzania and the African mainland.


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, including those who do not attend George Mason University.

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25.


Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.

Course Options

  • Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad
  • History - HIST 387: Topics in Global History
  • Government - GOVT 398: Study Abroad
  • Sociology - SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology
  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 399: Special Topics in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 385: International Field Experience
  • Criminology - CRIM 485: Study Abroad
  • Criminology - CRIM 490: Special Topics
*This course has previously offered HNRS credit - if you are interested in HNRS credit please contact the Honors College.

  • Integrative Studies - INTS 595: Experiential Learning 

Tentative Program Dates

July 29 - August 13, 2022

Day 1
  • Students Arrival Dar es Salaam.
  • Shuttle from airport to Holiday Inn.
  • Introduction to program and Welcome Dinner
Day 2
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Morning Lecture: Understanding the Scope and Dimensions of Human Trafficking Lunch provided
  • Afternoon Excursion trip to Bagamoyo
  • Prof. Semahane 
Day 3
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Morning Lecture: Understanding the Context of the History of Slavery Lunch Provided
  • Excursion City Tour of Dar el Salaam
Day 4
  • Buffet breakfast at hotel, checkout 
  • Ocean Ferry to Zanzibar Island
  • Check-in to Tausi Palace Hotel afternoon free
Day 5
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Morning Lecture: Definitions of Slavery and Human Trafficking Lunch provided
  • Afternoon excursion tour of Historic Stone town
Day 6
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Morning Lecture: Abolitionism Lunch provided
  • Afternoon Free Afternoon
Day 7
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Morning Lecture: Slavery in the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Rain Forest Tour (Jozani)
Day 8
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Morning Lecture: Understanding Terms, Definitions and Intersectionality  
  • Prison Island excursion at 12 noon."Dolphins Sundowner"
Day 9
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lecture: Palermo Protocol, Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report
  • FREE  afternoon
Day 10
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • All day Safari Blue 
Day 11
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Morning Lecture:The Economics of Human Trafficking
  • Afternoon Excursion The Spice Tour (3 hours)
Day 12

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Morning Lecture: Sex Trafficking Lunch Provided
  • Afternoon Excursion Slave Caves
Day 13
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Morning Lecture: Feminism and Human Trafficking
  • Sand Bar Excursion
Day 14
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Morning Lecture: Forced Labor and Organ Trafficking
  • Kendwa Beach
Day 15
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Morning Lecture: Taking Action to Stamp Out Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Afternoon Farewell Dinner at the Sultan's Palace
Day 16
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Students depart for the 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.

Program Cost

Summer 2022: Coming Soon!

Winter 2021: $3,800

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be 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
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Guided tours and excursions as described in itinerary
  • International emergency medical insurance.

Not included: 
  • Airfare*
  • Passport and visa fees
  • COVID-19 testing
  • Vaccinations
  • Some meals
  • Daily transportation
  • 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.

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:

March 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:

Academic Director

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Name Dr. Brian Gibson
Phone 703-993-2519

GEO Program Administrator

Name Brittany Harris
Phone 703-993-2155

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission 07/29/2022 08/13/2022

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.