Study Abroad

Experience an intensive, condensed 3-credit course in a remarkable country. The Schar School's seven- to 10-day courses provide you with comparative political experience and the opportunity to network with political leaders, business executives, academics, and practitioners.

Led by distinguished faculty members, the Schar School’s short-term study abroad programs are open to all Schar School students, as well as nondegree/non-George Mason students.

Students earn three credits from George Mason University as well as Certificates of Completion from our partner universities, such as Oxford University, the University of Pretoria in South Africa, University of Zagreb in Croatia, and Fudan University in China. Classes are typically conducted during recesses in the academic year and built on subjects such as government, policy making, international trade, regional development, health and social issues, culture, and security.

For more information, contact Michal McElwain Malur, the Schar School’s Director of External Programs.

Schar's study abroad classes are subject to the registration and withdrawal procedures of the Global Education Office. 


A collage of photos depicting individuals in Africa

Africa Zooms Ahead: African-Led Development, African Solutions to African Challenges (Virtual)
Term: Winter (Virtual)
Led by: The Honorable Gebreselassie TesfamichaelCarol Pineau, and Michal Malur

Itinerary and Information:

  • Friday, January 12, 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 13, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, January 14, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Asynchronous - watch and respond
  • Saturday, February 10, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 29, 6 to 9:30 p.m. - Final wrap-up, presentations and farewell celebration with special guests 



Cyprus: Geopolitical Landscape of the Eastern Mediterranean
May 19-26, 2024
Term: Summer
Course Directors: Ellen Laipson
, and Michal Malur

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London/Oxford: Britain Beyond Brexit and the Growing Nationalism Movements in Western Democracies
Travel Dates: June 30-July 7, 2024

Term: Summer 2024

Led by: Dean Mark Rozell

This class is open to the first 10 students that enroll.



Schar School students, along with Professor Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera (far right), stand in front of one of the many murals at the National Autónomous University of México, the largest university in Latin America.

Study Abroad Visit to U.S.-Mexico Border Immerses Students in Culture and Policy
A study abroad visit to the Texas-Mexico border expands worldviews and gives international security students a first-hand view of the realities of the issues facing both governments.

Photo of Schar School students in front of a COP26 sign in Scotland

From Classroom to Real World: Schar School Students Engage at Global Climate Conference
The trip, part of the Schar School summer course, Climate Policy: A Global Transdisciplinary Approach for the Future, allowed students the opportunity to meet with delegates, negotiators, youth activists, and indigenous groups at the conference. While there, Schar students received a crash course in the complexities of climate change policy and negotiations.

Rondene Grinam smiling for a photo while on the Oxford study abroad trip.

Oxford Study Abroad Prepared International Commerce Student for Global Business Aspirations
"I really appreciated meeting people who started their own businesses from the ground up because I want to start my agency someday. I was taking it all in and connecting with all of them" - Rondene Grinam, Master's in International Commerce and Policy student.

A group of students on the Vietnam study abroad trip pose for a photo.

A Vietnam Visit: Schar School Students Visit Historic Sites While Learning About Southeast Asia’s Economic Future
While other students spent the middle of January combating the worst of winter weather and dealing with post-holiday blahs, a cadre of 12 Schar School students basked in the dry sunshine of Vietnam for eight days and learned about the country’s fate in a rapidly changing Southeast Asia.

Congressman Marco Adame (right) shakes hands with a Schar School student on the Mexico Study Abroad trip.

A Spring Break Study Abroad Trip to Mexico Opens Eyes, Changes Minds
“Spring Break in Mexico” conjures images of sun-drenched beaches and bustling nightlife, but for a cadre of Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University graduate and undergraduate students, their week-long adventure in and around Mexico City had a decidedly different purpose—one with lasting results.

Individuals in Africa working on computers (left) and a woman washing her hands in a sink outside (right)

A Ground-Breaking Virtual Study Abroad Program Examines People-Led Development in Africa
People-centered development are some of the hottest buzz-words in international studies today, yet few universities offer courses on the topic.

Michele Diatta, ICP, comments on what the Africa Zooms Ahead class meant to her.