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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom; London, 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 Description:

Harry Potter in Literature & Film

England & Scotland, Summer 2020


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 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, ENGH 202, Familiarity with Harry Potter novels and films


6 credits

Students will take one 3-credit core course and will choose an additional one 3-credit course during the application process.

Tentative Course Options

  • Core Course (3 credits): ENGH 309 –Examining Harry Potter in Context
  • Secondary Course (3 credits) Students register for one additional course:
    • ENGH 319: Harry Potter & Popular Culture
    • LING 499: Translating Harry Potter into Scots
    • HIST 398: History in Harry Potter
    • ARTH 398: Art History in Harry Potter
    • INTS 399: Harry Potter Culture
    • SOCI 398: Harry Potter & Youth Culture
    • WMST 390: Gender & Sexuality in Harry Potter Culture
    • AVT 496: Art in Harry Potter
    • FAVS 399: Harry Potter Filmmaking
    • HNRS 122: Harry Potter & Visual Culture

Program Dates

May 31 - June 27, 2020



Day City & Country Time Activity
Day 1 Edinburgh, Scotland Morning Program Arrival: Students check in
5-8 pm
Program Orientation & Course Requirements
Group Dinner
Day 2 Edinburgh, Scotland Morning
Class: Lecture & Discussion
Harry Potter Walking Tour & House Contest
Class: Project Workshop
Day 3 Edinburgh, Scotland Morning
Class: Guest Lecture - Translating Harry Potter into
Writer’s Museum
Scottish Language Scavenger Hunt
Class: Discussion (at Costa Coffee)
Day 4 Edinburgh, Scotland Morning 10-12:30 National Library of Scotland: Lecture on HP Editions, Influences, & Translations
Directed Research at Library
Class: Lecture & Discussion
Quidditch Lesson + Q & A Pizza Dinner with Univ of
Edinburgh Holyrood Hippogriffs
Day 5 Edinburgh, Scotland Morning
Edinburgh Castle
Afternoon 2-5 Tour: Balmoral Hotel, City Chambers Handprints, & Elephant Room Memorabilia
Place: A Writing Workshop at the Elephant Room
Day 6 Scottish Highlands: Fort William/Mallaig All Day
6 am-7pm
Ride the Hogwarts Express & Visit HP Film Sites in the Scottish Highlands
Class: Landscapes & Monuments in the Novels & Film
Class: Writing Workshop
Day 7 Edinburgh, Scotland    
Weekend Free
Day 8 Edinburgh, Scotland   Weekend Free
Day 9 Edinburgh, Scotland Morning
Class: Magical Creatures in Harry Potter, Carry On &
The Magicians
Afternoon 12:45-6
(incl bus)
Scottish Farm Visit: Bobcat Alpacas – Magical Creatures Experience
Day 10 Edinburgh, Scotland Morning
National Museum of Scotland – Unicorns,Quibbler Printing Press, HP Scottish History
Afternoon 2-5:30 Unicorns on Buildings & Monuments
Class: Lecture & Discussion – Unicorn’s Significance to Scottish History & HP
Pilgrim Pub Quiz & Pub Grub Dinner
Day 11 Edinburgh, Scotland Morning 10-12:30 National Library of Scotland: Lecture on the History of Pubs & Inns in Scotland
Class: The Historical, Social, and Cultural Significance of the Leaky Cauldron, The ThreeBroomsticks, & The Hog’s Head
Afternoon 2-5 Visit 14th-Century Sheep Heid Inn
Walk through Holyrood Park to Holyrood Palace
Day 12 Edinburgh, Scotland Morning
Class: Lecture & Discussion
Class: Intertextuality Drafts & Peer Review
Class: Lecture & Discussion
Dept. of Magic Potions Class & Pizza or Snacks
Day 13 Edinburgh, Scotland Morning
Class: Lecture, Discussion & Revision Workshop
Class: Finalize Essays, Midterm Asst Deadline, & Mid-Program Feedback
Day 14 Edinburgh, Scotland   Weekend Free
Day 15 Edinburgh, Scotland   Weekend Free
Day 16 Edinburgh to Alnwick to Durham Morning Travel from Edinburgh to Alnwick
Day Alnwick Castle
Class: Lecture & Discussion
Evening Travel to Durham
Day 17 Durham to Oxford Morning Durham Cathedral & Castle
Afternoon Travel to Oxford
Class: Lecture, Discussion, & Writing (en route)
Evening Arrive Oxford
Day 18 Oxford to London Morning Bodleian Library
Class: Lecture & Discussion
Afternoon Christ Church, Univ of Oxford
Evening Travel to London
Kings Cross Platform 9 ¾ & St Pancras
Day 19 London, England Morning
British Library: Introduction to Research
British Library: Harry Potter Collection
British Library: Project Conferences &
Directed Research
Evening 7:15-
Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, Performance, Part 1
Day 20 London, England Morning  
British Library: Project Conferences &
Directed Research
Evening 7:15-
Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, Performance, Part 2
Day 21 London, England   Weekend Free
Day 22 London, England   Weekend Free
Day 23 London, England All Day Harry Potter Studio Tour
Class: Lecture & Writing Assignment
Day 24 London, England Morning
Class: Lecture & Discussion
Afternoon Piccadilly Circus & Covent Garden (Film Sites)
Evening Mina Lima Gallery Tour
Day 25 London, England Morning
Class: Lecture & Discussion
Harry Potter Bus Tour
Day 26 London, England Morning Class: Lecture, Discussion, & Writing
Afternoon Class: Student Project Presentations
Day 27 London, England Morning Class: Student Project Presentations
Afternoon Class: Wrap Up & Reflections
Evening Goodbye Dinner
Day 28 London, England   Program Departure
* 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 2020: $5,900

Included: Tuition for 6 credits, accommodations, entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary, some breakfasts, some group meals, in-country transportation, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

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 22, 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 April 19, 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."

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 8, 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

Name Lisa Koch, PhD
Phone 703-993-1160

GEO Program Administrator

Name Jada Robinson
Phone 703-993-6808

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/08/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/31/2020 06/27/2020

** 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.