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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, General Public, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking, PhD Prerequisite: No
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Humanism and Peacebuilding

Italy, Summer 2021

SCARArezzo

Course Description:

In this course students will explore the intersection of humanitarian ethics and peacebuilding. In addition to examining the humanitarian values motivating peacebuilding practitioners, students will witness directly the work of humanitarian relief agencies operating in Italy.

Why Italy?

This is a country with a rich tradition of addressing the needs of vulnerable population groups. A primary course activity will be visits to organizations seeking to reduce poverty, structural inequality and homelessness. Particular attention will be given to the humanitarian services directed towards immigrants who arrived recently to this country. This course also includes a day-trip to either Siena or Florence to view the work of the Italian masters of art whose images of vulnerable people motivated later generations to advance the cause of universal human rights.

Objectives:

Learn the humanitarian values of peacebuilding professionals.
Engage in a critical reflection of such values with attention to objections raised by academics, professionals and scholars
Witness the work of four humanitarian relief organizations in Italy
Examine how ethics motivates practices in the field of peacebuilding.

Eligibility 

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

Credits

Students will be registered for one 3-credit course. There is an online/Blackboard component that will be open in December and must be completed before the program begins.
 

Course Options

Graduate:
  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 695 Special Topics Electives
  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 706 Ethics and Conflict
Undergraduate:
  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 385 International Field Experience

Program Dates


May 26 - June 20, 2021


Please note this course will include an online course requirement that will be available on Blackboard on in May. Students are expected to complete the online requirements before their departure.


Itinerary

The dates listed above are in-country days of the program. Students who arrive before the program starts or stay after the program ends are responsible for their own accommodations and all other expenses associated with independent travel.

Important Dates
Mandatory Pre-trip session at GMU May 26
Leave U.S. May 30
Arrive in Arezzo, Italy May 31
Course In-Country  June 1 to June 8
Class session at GMU June 20
* 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.


* 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 2021: Coming Soon!


Included: 
  • Application deposit
  • Tuition for 3 credits and mandatory fees
  • Accommodations, double occupancy lodging at local guesthouse
  • Breakfast and lunch (6 days),
  • Guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary
  • Transportation in Arezzo
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • international emergency medical insurance

Not included: 
  • Round-trip airfare* 
  • round-trip train fare from Rome to Arezzo,
  • Passport fees 
  • Visa fees 
  • COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure
  • COVID-19 testing while abroad
  • 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 and/or costs associated with arriving prior to the start of the program. When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will recommend 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 payment 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.
 
Note: 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 MasonAbroad.gmu.edu.

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: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility.

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 MasonLed@gmu.edu 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 Military@gmu.edu.

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:

Payments

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students on this program are welcome to apply:

Scholarships

Application Opens:

August 15

Application Deadline:

March 10

Application requirements:*

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.

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

  daniel
Name Dr. Daniel Rothbart
Email drothbar@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-4474

GEO Program Administrator

  Sami2
Name Sami Sonkowsky
Email ssonkows@gmu.edu
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.