The glorious history of Greece from antient Athens to Byzantium and beyond is reflected in magnificent monuments, rich museum collections, and history education syllabus. How do the ways of historical representation effect the meaning of national identity and social boundaries with different ethnic and national groups? In this study abroad program students will explore the interrelations between historical narratives, patterns of exclusion and inclusion, perceptions of refugees, and implementation of policies on protracted displacement within the dynamics of global conflicts.
The itinerary will include visit to archeological sites and museums in Athens and Thessaloniki, lectures of leading historians, meetings with NGOs, refugees, and representatives of ethnic associations. Through the teamwork, students will learn research skills in diverse cultural settings, develop and own research projects, and discover new ways of understanding complex conflict dynamics.
- Through visits to sites and museums and meetings with NGOs and refugees, develop understanding of the interrelations between historical narratives, meaning of identity, and policy implementation on protracted displacement in Greece.
- Advance skills in developing research projects and conducting research in the fields of conflict analysis and resolution, public policy, and history in the international context.
This program is open to all graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Tentative Course Options
- Conflict Analysis - CONF 301: Research and Inquiry in Conflict Resolution
- Conflict Analysis -CONF 340: Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- Conflict Analysis - CONF 385: International Field Experience
- Conflict Analysis - CONF 610: Conflict Inquiry
- Conflict Analysis -CONF 625: Engaging Conflict
- Conflict Analysis - CONF 695: Selected Topics
Tentative Program Dates:
June 19 - June 30, 2021
June 19th- departure from VA
June 20th- arrival, tour of the city, orientation
June 21st- lecture on historical narrative, museum visit
June 22nd- interviews with NGOs and city government
June 23rd- interviews with NGOs and ethnic associations
June 24th- train to Thessaloniki, interview with NGOs
June 25th- visit to museums, interviews with refugees
June 26th- interviews with NGOs and refugees, train to Athens
June 27th- visits to island of Aegina
June 28th- visits to museums/ interviews, analysis of representations
June 29th- wrap up and final discussion
June 30th- departure from Athens
* 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: Coming soon!
Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations, entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary, in-country transportation, international emergency medical insurance.
Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, 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.
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.
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.
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 "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.
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.Application requirements:*
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.