The World Economic Forum ranks Germany as the most innovative country in the world. The best of German science, culture, and history awaits you in this three-week course that highlights visits to world-renown universities and research institutes. You will be able to apply what you learned in your STEM courses to real-world applications. You'll be able to discuss of the hottest Neuroscience and Technology research by speaking (in English) with the scientists themselves during these personal tours. We will visit the ancient castles such as where Hildegard von Bingen devised medicines and founded natural history in the 1100s and learn about the history of innovation including Gutenberg's first printed book from the 1450s. We will explore the cultural differences and similarities between living and "doing science" in Europe vs North America. We will prepare our STEM students for each visit with Mason faculty-led reviews and visit previews. The course satisfies both a Global Understanding and Synthesis core requirements.
- Visit world-renowned universities and research institutes, learn about the hottest research and chat directly with the scientists.
- Learn the significance of sites of beauty and cultural and historical significance in Frankfurt, Berlin, and Munich.
- Synthesize knowledge from Neuroscience, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, and Math courses and see it in real-world applications.
This program is open to all undergraduate students. Exemptions to pre-requisite courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Undergraduate junior and senior students are welcome to apply who have 60 SH Mason or transfer credit and at least 9 credits of courses from NEUR, BIOL, CHEM, BENG or equivalent are eligible to participate. Students may be asked to participate in a selection interview. Exceptions can be considered at directors' discretion. This is also open to students who do not attend George Mason University. Minimum 2.75 GPA.
Tentative Course Options
- NEUR 473 Capstone in Neuroscience: Current Neuroscience Research in Germany (3)
- NEUR 301 Cross-Cultural Studies in Scientific Inquiry (3)
- NEUR 461: Special Topics in Neuroscience (1-3)
- BIOL 417: Selected Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology (3)
- BIOL 435: Selected Topics in Biology (4)
- PSYC 461: Special Topics (1-3)
- BENG 499: Special Topics in Bioengineering (0-4)
- INTS: 399 (3)
Tentative Program Dates:
May 26 – June 18, 2022
Please note that there will be an orientation with the Academic Directors on the Fairfax Campus prior to the program start dates.
May 23-24: Orientation in Fairfax
May 25: Fly to Germany on own
May 26: Arrive in Frankfurt, Welcome Dinner
May 27: Orientation in Frankfurt
May 28: German language course, Walking tour of Frankfurt
May 29: Academic lecture, free time
May 30: Laboratory visit in Dortmund (day trip from Frankfurt)
May 31: Academic lecture, visit with AI startup in Frankfurt
June 1: Museums in Heidelberg (day trip from Frankfurt)
June 2: Academic lecture, free time
June 3: Tour of the Rontgen Memorial, laboratory visit and walking tour of Wurzberg (day trip from Frankfurt)
June 4: Tour of the Gutenberg museum, walking tour of Bingen am Rhein “In the footsteps of Hildegard von Bingen”
June 5: Free day
June 6: Travel to Munich
June 7: Walking tour of Munich, free time
June 8: Tour of Deutsches Museum, the world’s largest museum of technology and science
June 9: Day trip to the Alps to experience Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain peak
June 10: Laboratory visit
June 11: Travel to Berlin, walking tour of Berlin
June 12: Guided tour of Ravensbruck Memorial site (daytrip from Berlin)
June 13: Tour of Berlin Adlershof, Germany’s leading technology and media park
June 14: Academic lecture, laboratory visit
June 15: Free time to prepare presentations
June 16: Presentations and wrap up
June 17: Depart from Berlin on own
* 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.
Summer 2022: $5,300
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 and mandatory fees
- Pre-departure orientation
- Some group meals
- Guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary
- International emergency medical insurance
*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.
- Round-trip airfare
- Passport fees
- Visa fees
- Covid-19 Testing
- Some meals
- Personal spending
- Required textbooks and/or course materials
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.)
$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.
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
- 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.
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.
*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.
If you plan to apply for a tuition exemption (for example VMSDEP or senior citizen exemption) to cover a portion of the total cost of the Study Abroad program please contact GEO immediately. Not all exemptions are eligible for use on study abroad courses. When an exemption is eligible for use, only tuition charges are covered. The participant will be required to pay program fees, which may include housing, meals, and direct payments to our overseas partners.
Employee Tuition Exemption Benefit
Global Education Office (Study Abroad) courses and trip fees are ineligible for tuition waivers under this policy. For more information please see the Employee Tuition Exemption Benefit for details.
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:
March 10, 2022
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.