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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking, Other
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Art History, History
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:

From Roman to Parisian: Shaping the Urban Experience in France from Antiquity to the Modern Period

France, Winter 2022

France Parisian 2021

Fall Info Sessions

In-person at the Global Education Office (Johnson Center, Room 235): 
  • Tuesday, September 28: 12:00PM-1:00PM

We would like to introduce you to Mason’s new two-week winter break program exploring urban design from the Roman ruins of Southern France to the New Millennium metropolis of Paris, City of Lights. The program will provide 3 credit hours and can count towards either a Mason Core Arts class or the Global Understanding requirement for graduation. Using the cities as our classroom in walking tours and visits to museums and monuments, this course explores the design of select Roman sites and Paris through historical artifacts and their associations, technical skill, architectural style, and cultural geography.

Paris, the City of Lights, began as a humble village on the Seine but has grown into one of the most famous cities in the modern world. This journey towards urban icon began with the Roman conquest of what we now call France more than 2,000 years ago. Like many Western European cities, Paris (ancient Roman Lutetia) became of hub of trade and culture under the Romans with its growth continuing through the Medieval periods and into the Modern Age. This two-week, 3 credit hour program explores the journey from ancient Roman city to New Millennium metropolis.

After arriving in Paris, the program will travel into Southern France to investigate the cities of Nîmes, Arles, Glanum and Lyon where substantial remains of ancient Roman urbanism survive. Rome’s city-focused culture reshaped both the landscape and the indigenous cultures of ancient Gaul, as the territory of France was called by the Romans, so we begin with these archaeologically rich places as examples of the development of public architecture, monumental commemoration and pragmatic infrastructure. As centers of dense population and commerce, these urban enclaves introduced the physical structures and social interactions of city-life that would continue to echo in the towns of later French history. Amphitheaters, theaters, temples, arches and aqueducts stand as testament to the Roman skill at city-building. Stunning collections of sculpture, mosaics, ceramics and the remnants of every-day life in antiquity will expand our understanding of movement, public display and status in the cityscapes of Roman Gaul.

Following a weekend to travel or discover modern Lyon on your own, we will return to Paris where we will explore how the old Roman walled city started to tear down its walls in the 17th century, inviting people in rather than keeping them out. By the 19th century, the entire city was rebuilt with a bold urban plan that showcased new kinds of streets and public parks, making Paris Europe’s first great walking city. Urban entertainment included a pastime invented in Paris, recreational shopping, which gave people more reasons to be out in public as never before. Paris changed how people looked at and understood the world, visibly evidenced in the work of the Impressionist painters who considered the city a worthy subject for art. Even today Paris has led the way in repurposing urban spaces for new sustainable and communal goals.

Using the city as our classroom in walking tours and visits to cultural museums and monuments, this course explores the design of Paris through a variety of lenses: historical artifacts and their associations, technical skill, architectural style, and cultural geography.

Program Highlights

  • After arriving in Paris, the program will travel into Southern France to investigate the cities of Nîmes, Arles, Glanum, and Lyon where substantial remains of ancient Roman urbanism survive. Rome’s city-focused society reshaped both the landscape and the indigenous cultures of ancient Gaul (France), as the province was often called by the Romans, so we begin with these archaeologically rich places as examples of the development of public architecture, monumental commemoration, and pragmatic infrastructure.
  • Following a weekend to travel or discover modern Lyon on your own, we will return to Paris where we will spend five days tracing the development of the city, focusing on the evolution of the old Roman walled city. By the 19th century, the entire city was rebuilt with a bold urban plan that showcased new kinds of streets and public parks, making Paris Europe’s first walking city.

Students participating in this program are required to be fully vaccinated prior to arrival in France. Students can find more information about study abroad during COVID-19 here: COVID-19 Travel Updates.

Eligibility 

This program is open to all undergraduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University. Others, including graduate students, may also be eligible. Please reach out to Dr. Gregg, Dr. Bauman, Allie Wallace, or the academic department for more information and eligibility requirements. 

Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25.
 

Credits

Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.
 

Course Options

(tentative)

 
Undergraduate:
ARTH 311: Design of Cities (Arts credit)

Students might also take it for the following course credits:
  • ARTH 303: National Traditions
  • ARTH 398: Study Abroad in the History of Art
  • HIST 387: Topics in Global History (Global Understanding credit)
  • HIST 388: Topics in European History
  • HIST 398: Study Abroad in History 
  • SOCI 377: Art and Society
  • SOCI 332: The Urban World
  • ANTH 382: Urban Anthropology
 

Program Dates*

January 1 - 15, 2022

 

Sample Itinerary 

Date Activity
Day 0: January 1 Depart the U.S. for France
Day 1: January 2 Arrival to Paris, neighborhood orientation and tour | welcome dinner
Day 2: January 3 Travel to Nîmes & neighborhood orientation
Day 3: January 4 Morning visit to Archeological site in Glanum and afternoon visit to Carrieres des Lumieres | evening return to Nîmes 
Day 4: January 5 Full day in Nîmes: Musée Romanité in Nîmes, Amphitheatre, Maison Carré, Imperial cult site and garde. 
Day 5: January 6 Nîmes coach to Arles: Musée departmental Arles antique, Van Gogh walking tour, Theatre and Amphitheatre, underground Roman site, Barbegal Archaeological site, return to Nîmes
Day 6: January 7 Travel to Lyon with stops at Pont du Gard, Orange Theater and Arch. Arrival to Lyon and orientation walk
Day 7: January 8 Free weekend
Day 8: January 9 Free weekend
Day 9: January 10 Travel to Paris: Afternoon “Rome in Paris”: Cluny Museum + Roman baths, Notre Dame and Ile de St. Louis, Sainte-Chappelle, Latin Quarter, Arenes de Lutece
Day 10: January 11 “Paris Constructed”: Invalides, Eiffel Tower (Lavirotte buildings), Musée d’Orsay and an evening Ghosts, Legends and Mysteries, or Darkest Secrets of Paris nighttime tour 
Day 11: January 12 “Paris Pleasure”: Galerie Vivienne Paris, Galerie Colbert Paris, Paris Opera, Hotel Guimard, Galeries Lafayette/Printemps
Day 12: January 13 “Paris Imperial”: Tuileries, Louvre Pyramid, Pompidou site/Les/Halles/Le Samartaine, Louvre
Day 13: January 14 “Paris Past and Future”: Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Promenade Plantee | evening farewell dinner
Day 14: January 15 Program ends | return to U.S.

Students participating in this program are required to be fully vaccinated prior to arrival in France. Students can find more information about study abroad during COVID-19 here: COVID-19 Travel Updates.

 


* 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

Winter 2022: $3800

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 
  • Some group meals 
  • Guided tours and excursions, as described in itinerary 
  • Pre-departure Orientation 
  • Accommodations 
  • International Emergency Medical Insurance

Not included
  • Round-trip 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 and/or costs associated with arriving prior to the start of the program. When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will recommend 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.
 
NoteYou 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 on this program are welcome to apply:

Scholarships

Application Deadline:

October 10

 

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.

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:


Students participating in this program are required to be fully vaccinated prior to arrival in France. Students can find more information about study abroad during COVID-19 here: COVID-19 Travel Updates.

Academic Directors

  Lisa Passaglia Bauman Christopher A. Gregg
Name Dr. Lisa Bauman Dr. Christopher Gregg
Email lbauman@gmu.edu cgregg@gmu.edu

GEO Program Administrator

  Admin photo Allie
Name Allie Wallace (she/her)
Email masonled@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-2154


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2022 10/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2022 01/15/2022

** 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.