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  • Locations: Cartagena, Colombia; Panama City, Panama
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Non-Degree Seeking Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Mechanical Engineering Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

The Multi-Nationalism of Shipping

Colombia & Panama, Summer 2022

Panama Shipping Engineering

Program Overview

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how under the United Nations, the International Maritime Organization sets global standards for shipping
  • Through case studies, describe the challenges and/or opportunities associated with multi-national, multi-lingual crews operating vessels
  • Discuss global shipping routes
    • and the impact of maritime chokepoints on economic stability
    • and the impact of global shipping on biodiversity and invasive species
  • Describe multi-national collaboration with respect to drug interdiction and immigration
  • Articulate fundamentals of naval engineering through an understanding of the basics of:
    • Ship geometry
    • Hydrostatics
    • Intact stability

Program Highlights: 

  • See the Panama Canal - one of the 7 wonders of the modern world - in action!
  • Gain hands-on experience by touring a shipyard.
  • A true multidisciplinary experience:
    • For engineering and science students - gain an understanding of the geopolitical environment surrounding your work. 
    • For politics and humanities students, understand the engineering and science implications of policy decisions.


All undergraduate students and non-degree seeking students are welcome to apply including students who do not attend George Mason University. Minimum 2.5 GPA.


3 Credits

Tentative Course Options

  • Mechanical Engineering

Tentative Program Dates: 

Late May/Early June 2022


Tentative Itinerary 

Day 1 Depart Dulles for Panama, tour city upon arrival
Day 2 Visit Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama with lecture content outlining the history of the canal and treaties
Day 3 Visit Miraflores Locks with lecture content describing fundamentals of naval engineering and the function of the locks
Day 4 Panama Canal transit tour with discussions supporting understanding of the international shipping trade, regulation, multinational crews and language barriers, and maritime chokepoints
Day 5 Lecture on biodiversity and invasive species with respect to the maritime trade
Day 6 Travel to Cartagena
Day 7 Tour Cartagena, visit Museo Naval del Caribe
Day 8 Visit the Colombian Naval Academy – understand different Navy approaches to training and education
Day 9 Morning: Visit COTECMAR’s shipyard – learn about shipbuilding in Colombia; Afternoon: Visit Naval Station – learn about multi-national interdiction work
Day 10 Day trip to Barranquilla – visit Universidad del Norte and tour their Mechanical Engineering Department facilities
Day 11 Visit Sociedad Portuaria de Cartegena (the port organization of Cartagena) to understand Colombia’s approach to managing maritime trade
Day 12 Visit Promigas and SPEC LNG as feasible to learn about offshore energy sector in Colombia
Day 13 Depart for U.S.

 * 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 will be put on your student account for this course, including a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge which together equals the published Program Cost for this course.​

  • Application fee
  • Tuition for 3 credits and registration fees
  • International airfare from DC
  • Accommodations
  • Entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary
  • In-country transportation
  • Pre-departure Orientation 
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included: 
  • Passport
  • Visa fees
  • Most meals 
  • Personal spending 
  • COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure
  • COVID-19 testing while abroad
  • Vaccinations 
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials

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, 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

  leigh Colin Reagle 1
Name Leigh McCue-Weil, PhD Colin Reagle, PhD 

GEO Program Administrator

Name Allie Wallace (she/her)
Phone 703-993-2154

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.