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  • Locations: Songdo, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Spring Semester
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Eligible Population: 01 Freshman
Type of Program: Global Gateway Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills Mason Core Requirement: Yes Open to non-Mason Students: No
Program Description:

Global Gateway Korea

George Mason University Korea, Songdo, South Korea

Global Gateway to South Korea


GG Feature Korea
Gateway Partner George Mason University Korea
Location Songdo, Incheon, South Korea
City Population 2.95 million (Incheon 인천시)
Fun Fact A government-endorsed program encourages citizens to gain the same level of English-speaking fluency as Hong Kong and Singapore, making it an 'English City'
Attractions The Seoul capital area contains no less than five UNESCO World Heritage sites


Please feel free to contact us with questions or stop by our office in the Johnson Center Room 235.
Contact Email or Web Phone
Global Education Office (GEO) 703-993-2154
Global Gateway 703-993-2154
Students will receive a full list of on-site contacts (email, address, and phone) during the fall semester


Credit Conversion  

Students are expected to take a full-time course load. A full-time course load is 12-15 credits (US).

Partner Credits Mason Credits
3 credits 3 credits

Grade Conversion  

Credits taken at Mason Korea are considered residential credits. All grades from Mason Korea will be applied to your semester and cumulative GPA at Fairfax.

Gateway Links - Academics

Learn more about eligibility requirements and if Global Gateway is right for you.

Gateway Academics Course Database for this Location


Students are housed in fully furnished apartment buildings that have kitchenettes, study lounges, a laundromat and exercise facilities. All rooms are furnished with single beds, desks, desk chairs, bookcases or shelves, wardrobes, and private bathrooms. Public areas have unlimited access to Internet for academic purposes, at no charge. Access is available only by ID card. Students can choose to live in either a single or double. If a student chooses a double room, they will be roomed with GMUK students. Mason Korea provides a safe, comfortable, and healthy living environment that is shared with students from other universities at the Incheon Global Campus. There are two fully furnished student dormitory complexes on the IGC campus housing more than 2,000 students. Additionally, resident advisors will be assigned by the university to support students various need.  See more information about Incheon Global Campus (IGC) Housing.

IGC Housing does not provide meals. However, students have access to a Student Cafeteria and kitchenettes. The Student Cafeteria is located between two dormitory buildings and has 500 seats. The cafeteria serves multiple menus with various cuisine.There are also a variety of other eating establishments and grocery stores near the student residences.

Students do not find or lease their own apartment.

Housing On-Campus Residence Hall (IGC Housing Packing Info)
Meal Plan Self-Catering

Mason Housing

Students will move out of their Mason housing at the end of the fall semester and will not pay for Mason Fairfax campus housing during the spring semester. As part of Gateway, students will be automatically excused from their Mason housing contract.

Important Dates

Dates are subject to change at the discretion of the Gateway partner. Students will move out of their fall housing before winter break (extended winter break).
Arrival at Destination February 5-8, 2021
On-site Orientation February TBA, 2021
First Day of Classes February 22, 2021
Last Day of Exams June 16, 2021
Depart Destination June 17, 2021

Student Life

About the School

Mason Korea Video

Partner Summary

  • George Mason University-Korea (Mason Korea-MK/GMUK) is an overseas campus of George Mason University. Located in Songdo approximately 25 miles from Seoul and a 30-minute shuttle ride from Korea’s award-winning international airport.
  • Mason Korea is part of a global university campus shared with other institutions of higher learning. The campus accommodates students from all corners of the world and includes world-class teaching facilities, a library with state-of-the art technology, a performing arts center, comfortable residence halls, faculty apartments, and guest housing.

About the Destination

  • Songdo International Business District (Songdo IBD) is a new smart city or "ubiquitous city" built from scratch on 600 hectares (1,500 acres) of reclaimed land along Incheon's Yellow Sea waterfront, about 25 miles southwest of Seoul, South Korea.
  • What makes Songdo ubiquitous is the technology, i.e. computers are built into the buildings and streets. For example, Songdo IBD residents can video-conference with their neighbors, or even attend classes remotely. 

Travel Information


Students must apply for a Korean student visa in order to study on the Korea Gateway program. Students must apply for this visa through the Korean consulate in their jurisdiction. This visa will be placed in your passport and you will carry this with you to Korea. Visa packets, guidelines/advice and documents will be distributed to students during the Fall semester. Students are responsible for obtaining the visa on their own, with support from GEO.

For non-U.S. citizens, the visa process may vary. Although the visa preparation during the fall course is geared toward U.S. citizen applications, UNIV instructors will assist international students on their visa process as well.

Gateway Link - Travel and Passport Information

Find out which documents you need to secure before traveling abroad.

Gateway Travel Information

Finances and Scholarship

Program Fees

  In-State Students Out-of-State Students
Billable Costs Tuition $4,755.00 Tuition $16,485.00
  Mandatory Student Fee $1,752.00 Mandatory Student Fee $1,752.00
  Room $3,400.00 Room $3,400.00
Non-Billable Costs (estimates) Board $2,000.00
  Flight $2,200.00 Flight $2,200.00
  Visa+Alien Resident Card (ARC) $75.00 Visa+Alien Resident Card (ARC) $75.00
  Local Transportation $400.00 Local Transportation $400.00
  Books and Supplies $300.00 Books and Supplies $300.00
  TOTAL $14,882.00 TOTAL $26,612.00

Gateway Link - Finances and Scholarship

Financial aid eligibility, and the Gateway Scholarship

Gateway Finances and Scholarship

Time Abroad Budget Planning Tool

Download this Excel monthly budget planner to compare and contrast actual expenses with your set budget for you time abroad.

Download Monthly Budget Sheet (Excel) 

What to Pack

During the fall semester, students will have a number of occasions to speak with on-site staff about packing ideas and advice. GEO will provide students with packing guidance for their Gateway location. In addition, the mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation for students will cover both general and country-specific travel tips.

Global Gateway Packing List

GEO Recommends

  • Bring your passport and visa (if applicable), as well as photocopies of each.
  • Bring your Gateway host institution documents.
  • Bring all health insurance documentation.
  • Record the serial numbers of important items that you are bringing with you (phone, camera, laptop, tablet, etc.). This will be useful in case any items are lost or stolen. We recommend leaving a copy of these numbers with family members.
  • Be sure to call bank and credit card companies to notify them that accounts will be accessed from a different country during the time spent abroad. We recommend making a photocopy of all credit and ATM cards to leave with family members in case these cards are lost or stolen.
  • Consider purchasing a universal adapter.
  • Some devices, such as hair straighteners and blow dryers, may need a converter.

Students Recommend

Bath towels, bedding, slip-on shoes, backpack, heavy rain jacket, all-seasons attire, universal adapter.

Climate (Seoul)

Month Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Average high °F 40.5 50.7 64.0 73.4 80.8
Average low °F 25.9 34.9 46.0 55.8 64.8
Average rainfall (inches) 0.98 1.86 2.54 4.17 5.24

Gateway Links


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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2025 03/01/2024 03/10/2024 TBA TBA