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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, General Public, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Conflict Analysis and Resolution Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Historical Narratives and Policies Toward Protracted Displacement

Greece, Summer 2022

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Program Overview

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.
 

Program Highlights

  • 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.

Eligibility 

This program is open to all graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.

Credits

3 credits

Tentative Course Options

Undergraduate:
  • 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
Graduate:
  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 610: Conflict Inquiry
  • Conflict Analysis -CONF 625: Engaging Conflict
  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 695: Selected Topics

Tentative Program Dates: 

June 20 - June 30, 2022

 

Tentative Itinerary

June 19- depart the US on individual flights
June 20- arrive to Greece, tour of city and orientation
June 21- lecture on historical narrative, museum & cite visits 
June 22- interviews with NGOs and city government  
June 23- interviews with NGOs and ethnic associations
June 24- train to Thessaloniki and interview with NGOs 
June 25- visit to museums and interviews with refugees
June 26- interviews with NGOs and refugees, train to Athens 
June 27- visit to the island of Aegina 
June 28- visit to museums/interviews, analysis of representations
June 29- wrap up and final discussion
June 30- departure from Athens on individual flights
 
* 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 2022: Coming soon!

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.

Included:
  • Application deposit
  • Tuition for 3 credits and mandatory fees
  • Accommodations
  • Entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary
  • In-country transportation
  • Pre-departure orientation 
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included
  • Airfare*
  • Passport fees 
  • Visa fees 
  • COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure
  • COVID-19 testing while abroad
  • 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.
 
Note: 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 MasonAbroad.gmu.edu.

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: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility.

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 MasonLed@gmu.edu 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 Military@gmu.edu.

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:

Payments

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Scholarships

Application Deadline:

March 10, 2022

 

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.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.
 

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  KarinaSCAR
Name Karina Korostelina
Email ckoroste@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-1304

GEO Program Administrator

  Sami2
Name Sami Sonkowsky
Email ssonkows@gmu.edu


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/10/2022 ** 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.