Mexico Program China Program Oxford Program South Africa Program Brussels Program Southeast Asia Program India Program

Mexico Program

“The best part of this program is the ability to temper information with perspective. During a trip like this, unlike the traditional class setting, you have the time to fully digest the day’s activities over a meal with individuals from disparate backgrounds, developing a rich, robust understanding of the situation.”

China Program

China is projected to be the world’s largest economy by 2025. China is now the fourth largest national economy in the world by nominal GDP (US$3.42 trillion in 2007) and in second place according to purchasing power parity GDP. The annual average GDP growth rate of 10 per cent since the 1990s has been fuelled in part by China’s export-oriented economy.

Oxford Program

“The Oxford Study Abroad Program provided a wonderful opportunity to not only learn about a subject, but to also experience its relevance. I look forward to recommending the Oxford Program to all of my fellow SPP classmates.”

South Africa Program

“I was quite impressed at the professional level of the lectures. The coursework combined with the different site visits gave a terrific knowledge and experience of South African issues.”


*Photo courtesy of Layla Bonnot

Brussels Program

“We engaged in policy discussions with the European Commission and then talked conceptual and empirical basis for a single monetary policy with the European Central Bank. That kind of experience is invaluable!”

Southeast Asia Program

“The Southeast Asia trip was by far one of the best experiences of my graduate career. Not only was the trip educational, it was also fun. I would highly recommend going on a study abroad trip if you have the opportunity.”

India Program

“The Study Abroad class that I took to India was by far the best class I took at GMU-SPP. It helped to me to visualize the concepts learned in other classes and to see regional development in action.” Sarah Bonner

Travel abroad with the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs

Study abroad classes enhance participants’ graduate education with intensive, condensed three-credit courses in interesting countries that offer a comparative political experience. Participants learn from a host of guest lectures. The highlight of every course abroad is the opportunity to network with political leaders, business executives, academics, practitioners, and other trip participants.

Led by distinguished faculty members, the three-credit study abroad classes are open to all SPGIA master’s degree students, as well as non-degree/non-George Mason students.

Classes are typically conducted during recesses in the academic year, and built on subjects such as policymaking, international trade, regional development, culture, and security. Previous programs have been held in India, China, Turkey, Singapore/Thailand, Mexico, England, South Africa, Europe, and Costa Rica, among other locations.

Students may generally take only one of these courses for credit toward graduation, but in exceptional circumstances may take a second class, with the approval of Dr. Thys van Schaik, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

For more information, contact Michal McElwain Malur, Director of External Programs.