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  • Locations: Split, Croatia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Emergency Management and Social Justice: A Comparison of the US and EU

Croatia, Summer 2021

George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, in conjunction with Mississippi State University, the University of Zagreb, the University of Split, and Vern’ University is proud to offer an advanced training seminar that examines civil discourse and high threats facing the United States, European Union, and Republic of Croatia. Today’s threat environment is no longer static. In the high threat world, aggressors are now focused on how to accomplish their attacks. It is the essential role of government to manage threats and deter intended consequences. Not only are assailants now engaging in ‘entrepreneur-like’ activities but also have the support of vast array of technologies. It has, therefore, become increasingly important for security specialists to not only answer questions of how but also why, where, and why there. Place matters, and, as such, population growth, alongside economic development, will inherently result in places prone to attack. Such a paradigmatic change is expanding the frontiers of research and practice. The study abroad consists of a series of sessions in which participants will engage with lecturers to learn and discuss methods and theories surrounding the use of digital data in social and policy-related studies. Participants will have the opportunity to gather knowledge from pertinent case studies for data analysis.
Social and policy areas covered include:
  • Emergency Management
  • Communal Resiliency
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Grid Security
About Croatia
Croatia extends from the furthest eastern edges of the Alps in the northwest to the Pannonian lowlands and the banks of the Danube in the east; its central region is covered by the Dinara mountain range, and its southern parts extend to the coast of the Adriatic Sea. It is also home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches along the Dalmatian Coast. Croatia is often also referred to as “the country of thousand islands.” Another interesting fact about Croatia is that a majority of the Game of Thrones episodes are filmed in Split and Dubrovnik. The Croatia Soccer Team was also a world cup finalist against the winner France in 2018.
Sponsored by the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government


Faculty members, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students are welcome to apply. Advanced undergraduate students – that is, juniors and seniors - will be accepted only on a case by case basis.


3 Credits


Course Options

  • Undergraduate:GOVT 398: Study Abroad
  • Graduate:ITRN 702: Special Topics in Study Abroad

Program Dates*

June 12th - June 19th, 2021


June 12
June 13
June 14
June 15
June 16
June 17
June 18
June 19
OYO* –
Arrival at airport
9:00 am –
Meet for breakfast and overview
OYO*  –
Meet for breakfast and debriefing
9:30 am –
Meet for breakfast and debriefing
8:00 am –
Meet for breakfast and debriefing
7:00 am –
Meet for breakfast and debriefing
7:00 am –
Meet for breakfast and debriefing
OYO* –Breakfast
AYA* –
Check into hotel
10:00 am –
11:00 am –
10:00 am –
9:00 am –
Bosnia and Herzegovina tour with lunch2
8:00 am –
Adriatic boat tour with lunch1
4:00 pm –
Closing dinner at Bokeria
AYD* –
Check out of hotel
TBD* –
Meet for welcome and introductions
1:00 pm –
Working lunch at Bajamonti
12:30 pm –
Working lunch at Konoba Pizzeria
12:00 pm –
Working lunch at NoStress
OYO* –
OYO* –
9:00 pm –
Closing dinner at Bokeria
OYO* –
Departure from airport
8:00 pm – Welcome dinner and cultural overview 5:00 pm –
Palace and bell tower tour
3:00 pm –
2:00 am –
  5:00 pm –
Rooftop gathering
4:00 pm –
Bavice beach
4:00 pm –
Meet for olive oil tour and host dinner3
  7:30 pm –
Welcome apps at De Belly
7:00 pm –
Rooftop gathering
Legend: TBD* – To Be Determined   /  OYO* – Own Your Own  /  AYA* – As You Arrive  /  AYD* – As You Depart
Notes: 1) Optional trip – bring swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, water, cash, passport, and sunglasses (pay separately); 2) Mandatory trip – bring sunscreen, water, cash, passport, and sunglasses; 3) Mandatory trip – bring sunscreen, water, cash, passport, and sunglasses; 4) Mandatory trip – bring sunscreen, water, cash, passport, and sunglasses
Hotel Information:
Cornaro Hotel – Split
Sinjska ul. 6, 21000, Split, Croatia                                        
+385 21 644 200
* 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: $4,000 (tuition included). EARLY BIRD PRICING, APPLY BY MARCH 10.

After early bird pricing: $4,250

Program fee includes:
  • Three credits of graduate tuition
  • Double occupancy hotel lodging (8)
  • Daily breakfast (8)
  • Seminar luncheons (4)
  • Welcome and closing dinner
  • Local host dinner
  • Some in-country transportation
  • City tour
  • All lectures and seminars
  • All administrative and organizational costs
Program fee does not include:
  • International airfare
  • Some meals
  • Spending money
  • 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 20. 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 10. 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 are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

March 10

Program Director

  Dr. Neaves
Name Dr. Tonya T. Neaves
Phone 703-993-9377

Program Director

Name Michal McElwain Malur

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.