Study Abroad

For inquires on the possibility of being force added into Schar's summer study abroad class to Rwanda, please email Ms. McElwain Malur.

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 people and places in Cyprus

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

For inquires on the possibility of being force added into one of Schar's closed summer study abroad classes (Cyprus, London, or Rwanda), please email Ms. McElwain Malur.

A group of 4 Mason Korea students sit near the George Mason statue on the Fairfax Campus while wearing green caps and gowns.

Undergraduate Semester at Mason Korea
June 17 - July 20, 2024
Term: Summer

Explore what Mason Korea has to offer in Government, Mason Core, general electives, and in the languages of Korean and Chinese. 

Undergraduate scholarship opportunities for this can be found:

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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.

For inquires on the possibility of being force added into one of Schar's closed summer study abroad classes (Cyprus, London, or Rwanda), please email Ms. McElwain Malur.

A collage of photos depicting people and places in Rwanda

Rwandan Transformation: Post-Conflict Policy Making and Development
July 26 – August 2, 2024
Term: Summer
Led by: The Honorable Gebreselassie TesfamichaelCarol Pineau, and Michal Malur

For inquires on the possibility of being force added into one of Schar's closed summer study abroad classes (Cyprus, London, or Rwanda), please email Ms. McElwain Malur.



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 17, 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, January 19, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Asynchronous - watch and respond
  • Saturday, February 8, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 28, 6 to 9:30 p.m. - Final wrap-up, presentations and farewell celebration with special guests


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South Africa - Political, Economic, Social and Security Challenges
Travel Dates: August 10 - August 19, 2025
Term: Summer 2025


A large group of college students pose in front of a brightly colored mural.

Schar Study Abroad Immerses Students in U.S. Mexico Border Policy, Security, and Immigration
With elections looming in Mexico and the United States, a cohort of Schar School students and professors headed to an election hot spot to learn more about it: the border wall.

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.

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

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