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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Global Affairs
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Europe at a Crossroads

Spain, Summer 2020

Europe Crossroads
Spend 2 intensive weeks taking an interdisciplinary approach to the contemporary challenges facing a major European city at a social, political, and economic crossroads. Morning classes tackle issues such as human rights, migration and refugees. Afternoon site visits take us to museums, NGOs, sites of urban protest, the national Bank of Spain,  and Congress. Lodging and classes are in Madrid's historic city center. Lectures are in English.

Program Highlights

  • 2 week intensive course at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid studying interdisciplinary approaches to the contemporary challenges facing Europe.
  • Morning classes and afternoon site visits to museums, NGOs, sites of urban protest, and City Hall.
  • Visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites.


This program is open to all graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Junior and senior level students may apply with permission of the Academic Director, contact the Program Officer for more information.


3 credits

Course Options

  • GLOA 480
  • ECON 492
  • HIST 388
  • SOCI 395
  • ANTH 398
  • INTS 399
  • GLOA 710
  • HIST 635
  • INTS 595

Program Dates*

Summer 2019: Mid - Late June



Day 1 Arrival to Madrid
Day 2 Historic Tour of Madrid
Day 3 Morning Lecture: Spain in Modern Europe
Afternoon: Reina Sofia Museum, Welcome Dinner
Day 4 Morning Lecture: Dictatorship/ Transition
Afternoon: Visit to Valle de los Caídos
Day 5 Morning Lecture: Current Politics
Afternoon: Visit to City Hall
Day 6 Morning Lecture: Economic Crisis and Productivity in Spain
Afternoon: Work Session
Day 7 Optional: Alcalá de Henares
Day 8 Optional: Toledo
Day 9 Morning: RESCATE- Migration
Afternoon: Visit to Congress of Deputy
Day 10 Morning: CEAR-Migration
Afternoon: Visit to US Embassy
Day 11 Morning Lecture: Spain in a Global Economy
Afternoon: Visit to local business
Day 12 Morning Lecture: Spain in a Global Economy
Afternoon: Visit to a business or conversation with entrepreneur 
Day 13 Morning: Wrap up Session
Afternoon: Work Session
Evening: Close Event
Day 14 Morning: Closing Sessions- Student presentations
Afternoon/Evening: Free
Day 15 Departure from Madrid

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

* 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 2019: $3,500

Summer 2020: TBD

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations, breakfasts, required group activities, metro card, welcome and farewell dinners, guest lectures and site visits, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, other transportation, some meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*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 15, 2020 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 12, 2020. 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 their 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."

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 1, 2020


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.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

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

  Jennifer Ashley Headshot
Name Jennifer Ashley
Phone 703-993-2152

GEO Program Administrator

  Denise Elles-Mdahuar Photo
Name Denis Elles-Mdahaur
Phone 703-993-2155
  Make an appointment


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 04/30/2019
Rolling Admission 06/15/2019 06/29/2019

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.