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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Glasgow, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; York, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
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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: Psychology, Integrative Studies
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology: Through the Lens of Harry Potter

England & Scotland, Winter 2021

Welcome to Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology! This is a 14-day study abroad course. The course will review highlights of cross-cultural research and consider how culture influences the way people view themselves, others, and the world around them. The course will focus on the installation of cultural values, with an emphasis on how stigma and stereotypes disrupt/reinforce health and well-being, through the lens of a pop culture favorite - the Harry Potter series. Cultural similarities and differences between the United States and the United Kingdom (UK) will be used as a case study to illustrate social relativism and the need for multicultural competencies across disciplines, using the backstory and sites of Harry Potter as a direct cultural reference to the UK.

Program Highlights

This course will survey topics in psychology with an emphasis on cultural factors. Students will explore their own identities and how their identities relate to the way they interact with individuals and groups from other cultures. Course material will reference relevant themes from the Harry Potter series to allow students to interact with course concepts through a pop culture lens.


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.

Course Options

  • Psychology - PSYC 379: Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad

Program Dates

January 3 - 17 January, 2021



Important Dates
Day 1 Arrive at LHR Airport in London
Meet at hotel to go to the group welcome dinner
Day 2 Morning lecture
Walking tour of London
Afternoon team activity
Free evening to explore London
Day 3 Day trip to Gloucester Cathedral
Afternoon class at cathedral 
Free time to explore 
Day 4 Day trip to Stonehenge and Bath
Visit the Bath with tea rooms 
Day 5 Morning trip to Kew Gardens
Visit to King's Cross Station
Free evening to explore London
Day 6 Day trip to Brighton and Seven Sister Country Park
Day 7 Morning at Piccadilly Circus 
Harry Potter Experience at Leavesdon Studios
Afternoon lecture
Day 8 Free Day in London
Day 9 Morning departure to York
Explore York's Chocolate Story and enjoy free time 
Evening lecture
Day 10 Morning departure to Newcastle 
Visit Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, and Alnwick Castle
Afternoon lecture
Day 11 Morning departure to Glasgow
Free day in Glasgow
Day 12 Organization visits in Glasgow 
Free evening
Day 13 Morning departure to Edinburgh
Tour of Hilltop Castle
Elephant House Café for lunch and tea
Day 14 Morning lecture
Time to finish assignments 
Farewell Dinner
Day 15 Return back to 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

Winter 2021: $4,200

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations, some meals, guided tours and excursions as described in itinerary, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, 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

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 October 20, 2020. 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 November 10, 2020. 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."

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

May 1st 


Application Deadline:

October 10, 2020


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.

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

  Stefanie Gonçalves
Name Stefanie Goncalves

Academic Director

  Robert Lopez
Name Robert Lopez

GEO Program Administrator

  Paul Locascio
Name Paul Locascio
Phone (703) 993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2021 10/10/2020 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2021 01/17/2021

** 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.