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  • Locations: Vienna, Austria
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Post-War Peacebuilding: Austria after World War II

Austria, Summer 2021

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: 

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 2020: $3,200

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.

*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 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 "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 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:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.