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  • Locations: Arezzo, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Humanism and Peacebuilding

Italy, Summer 2021


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.


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.


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


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

  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 695 Special Topics Electives
  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 706 Ethics and Conflict
  • 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.


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: Tuition for 3 credits, double occupancy lodging at local guesthouse, breakfast and lunch (6 days), guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary, transportation in Arezzo, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Round-trip airfare* in Rome, round trip train fare from Rome to Arezzo, passport and visa fees, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials. *Note: Participants must arrange their own airfare once instructed to do so by the program administrator.

Program Payments

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 March 10. 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 April 20. 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.

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 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.

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.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

Name Dr. Daniel Rothbart
Phone 703-993-4474

GEO Program Administrator

Name Sami Sonkowsky

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.