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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, 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: School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Post-War Peacebuilding: Austria after World War II

Austria, Summer 2022

Austria Peace Building

Program Overview

This course looks at post-conflict peacebuilding from a critical perspective and provide students an opportunity to conduct individual research that expands an understanding of peacebuilding.  The course is a focused look at the peacebuilding efforts immediately following World War II, specifically the European Recovery Plan (Marshall Plan) as it and other peacebuilding efforts were implemented in Post-War Austria.  Thorough a series of site visits, expert interviews, and archival visits students will experience the decisions made in the post-war context.  Students will also conduct individualized research in archival and museum sources and with local experts leading to a publishable paper or presentation.

Program Highlights:

  • Archives of the Resistance (DOW)
  • Jewish Museum (two sites)
  • Austrian Military Museum
  • Austrian National Library
    • House of Austrian History
  • US Embassy in Vienna
  • Marshall Foundation
  • Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens
  • St. Stephen's Cathedral
  • The Belvedere Palace
  • The Vienna State Opera House
  • Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial, Museum, and Archive 


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


3 credits


Tentative Course Options

  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 375: Special Programs Field Experience
  • Conflict Analysis -CONF 625: Engaging Conflict

Tentative Program Dates: 

Summer 2022: TBD
Summer 2021: June 14- June 25, 2021


Tentative Itinerary

Pre-Trip Meetings
Thursday, May 20th 6-8 pm in person on the Arlington campus or via WebEx
Wednesday, June 2nd 6-8 pm in person on the Arlington campus or via WebEx

Monday, June 14
Arrival based on student purchased flights.  We will have prepaid for a Vienna City Card which pays for a Airport Transfer via Train and subway to get to the lodging.

Tuesday, June 15
Initial Program Meeting
Hop-on-Hop Off Bus Tour with Guide Walking Tour of Vienna

Wednesday, June 16
Austria Marshall Plan Foundation Visit
US Embassy in Vienna Visit
Program Meeting: Research Planning

Thursday, June 17
Museum Judenplatz Visit
Jewish Museum Visit
Curated Archival introduction
Archives of the Resistance Visit
Program Meeting: Finalizing Research Questions

Friday, June 18
Austrian National Library
US Information Service Archive introduction
House of Austrian History Museum
Program Meeting: Research Methodology

Saturday, June 19
Austrian National Military History Museum Visit
Free Afternoon

Sunday, June 20
Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial, Museum and Archive

Monday, June 21
Kaprun Hydroelective Plant- Marshall Plan Project Visit

Tuesday, June 22
Individual research, site visits interviews, archival work based on research questions

Wednesday, June 23
Individual research, site visits interviews, archival work based on research questions

Thursday, June 24
Program meetings: Wrapping it up
US Embassy Closing

Friday, June 25
Travel Home

Tuesday, July 6
6-8 pm Post trip meeting in person on the Arlington Campus or via WebEx

* 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!
Summer 2020: $3,200

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 (3 credit option) and mandatory fees 
  • Some meals 
  • Accommodations 
  • Guided tours and excursions, as described in itinerary 
  • 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

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.

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, 2021


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

S-CAR Associate Dean
Name Juliette Shedd
Phone 703-993-3650

GEO Program Administrator

Name Sami Sonkowsky

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.