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  • Locations: Brighton, United Kingdom; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; Oxford, United Kingdom; Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 6 Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Prerequisite: Yes Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Linguistics, Art and Visual Technology, Art History, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, English, Film and Video Studies, 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:

Harry Potter in Literature and Film

England and Scotland, Summer 2023


Program Overview

Explore the wizarding world of Harry Potter in Scotland and England!

Journey through the Highlands on the Hogwarts Express, roam through awe-inspiring castles and graveyards, write in the cafe where Rowling penned The Chamber of Secrets, gaze a the Gryffindor common room film set, and climb the hill that transported Harry to the Quidditch World Cup;  

These immersive experiences (and more!) will offer insight into Harry Potter culture.  Based in Edinburgh and London, we will investigate geographic and socio-historical influences on Harry Potter.  We will study Harry Potter's influence on contemporary literature, art, and culture - such as YA novels, tv shows, and fan sites.  

In class, we will examine discipline-specific approaches to and scholarly conversations about Harry Potter.  After four weeks of fun and intensive study, you will become a scholar of all things Harry Powtter.  In the meantime, pack your wand! 


Explore locations in Scotland and England that inspired the Harry Potter book and film series. 

Experience quidditch, magical creatures, and potions classes.  Ride the Hogwarts Express, explore castles, and tour film sets. 

Engage with experts.  Learn from the art studio that designed the Marauder's Map and Weasley candy wrappers.  Study with the Scots translator of The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone.  

This program is LGBTQ+ affirming.  It acknowledges & will address concerns about JK Rowling


All undergraduate students are welcome to apply including students who do not attend George Mason University. Minimum 2.5 GPA.

Prerequisites: ENGH 101, literature course or instructor permission, familiarity with Harry Potter novels and films.


6 credits

Students will choose two 3-credit courses from the list below. One course must be English.

Tentative Course Options

English Options:
  • ENGH 319: Harry Potter & Popular Culture (English Major Requirement Option) or
    ENGH 309: Examining Harry Potter in Context
Second Course (all students choose 1):
  • ARTH 398: Art History in Harry Potter
  • AVT 496: Art in Harry Potter
  • FAVS 399: Harry Potter Filmmaking
  • HIST 398: History in Harry Potter
  • INTS 399: Study Abroad
  • INTS 399: Harry Potter Culture
  • LING 499: Translating Harry Potter into Scots
  • SOCI 395: Harry Potter & Youth Culture
  • WMST 390: Gender & Sexuality in Harry Potter Culture
Honors Options*
  • HNRS 122: Harry Potter & Visual Culture
  • HNRS 240: Harry Potter’s Historical Influences
  • HNRS 300: Researching Harry Potter 
*Please note that students must work directly with the Honors College to receive HNRS credits for this program.

Program Dates

Summer 2023: Coming soon!
Summer 2022: June 6 - July 1, 2022


* 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 2023: Coming soon!
Summer 2022: $5,950

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

Not included: 
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Passport fees 
  • Visa fees
  • Covid-19 Testing 
  • 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. 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 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 
  • 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

Tuition Exemptions
If you plan to apply for a tuition exemption (for example VMSDEP or senior citizen exemption) to cover a portion of the total cost of the Study Abroad program please contact GEO immediately. Not all exemptions are eligible for use on study abroad courses. When an exemption is eligible for use, only tuition charges are covered. The participant will be required to pay program fees, which may include housing, meals, and direct payments to our overseas partners.
Employee Tuition Exemption Benefit
Global Education Office (Study Abroad) courses and trip fees are ineligible for tuition waivers under this policy. For more information please see the Employee Tuition Exemption Benefit for details.

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, 2023


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

Name Lisa Koch, PhD
Email or
Phone 703-993-1160

GEO Program Administrator

Name Boris Escalona Berbetty 
Phone (703) 993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 03/10/2023 ** 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.