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 café where Rowling penned The Chamber of Secrets, meet the artists who designed The Daily Prophet, and speak with the Scots translator of The Philosopher’s (Sorcerer's) Stone.
These activities and more will help you to interpret Harry Potter novels, films, and plays with greater complexity. Based mostly in Edinburgh and London, we will also visit Glenfinnan, Alnwick, Durham and Oxford to investigate geographic and socio-historical influences. Harry Potter’s influence on contemporary literature, art, and culture – such as The Magicians and fan-fiction sites – will be highlighted as well.
Because this course is interdisciplinary, you will learn to approach Harry Potter from multiple perspectives. After four weeks of fun and intensive study, you will be uniquely situated both to win pub quizzes and to contribute to scholarly conversations about Harry Potter. The knowledge and skills you acquire from this course – including evaluating cultural context, applying close-reading strategies to primary and secondary sources, interpreting and creating visual media, conducting research at National libraries, and writing creatively and analytically -- will benefit you in future course work for your major.
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.
Students will choose two 3-credit courses from the list below. One course must be English.
Tentative Course 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
- HNRS 122: Harry Potter & Visual Culture
- HNRS 300: Researching Harry Potter
- INTS 399: Harry Potter Culture
- LING 499: Translating Harry Potter into Scots
- SOCI 398: Harry Potter & Youth Culture
- WMST 390: Gender & Sexuality in Harry Potter Culture
June 7 - July 2, 2021
* 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.
Summer 2021: $5,500
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.
- Tuition for 6 credits
- Entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary
- All breakfasts, some group meals
- In-country transportation
- International emergency medical insurance
Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure, COVID-19 testing while abroad, vaccinations, some meals, 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.
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, 2021. 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, 2021. 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 Office of Financial Aid is unable to assess if a student will have aid available for summer until mid to late February. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" and "Intent to Use VA Benefits" forms are available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program.
*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.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
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:
March 10, 2021
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. The Office of Financial Aid is unable to assess if a student will have aid available for summer until mid to late February
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.