Summer Abroad Programs Open New Vistas

Posted: March 28, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

The Center for Global Education (CGE) offers a variety of summer-abroad programs that enable students to study in a different country while earning credits towards their degree.

Summer-abroad programs are open to all majors and are available for credit to Mason students. Non-Mason students can also participate as auditors.

Students can choose from three different options: Intensive Language Programs, Summer Internships and Study Tours.

The Intensive Language Programs help students develop knowledge in a foreign language while learning about the country and its culture. Programs last between two and six weeks and offer three to nine credits, depending on location. Some of the Intensive Language Programs are offered in Rabat, Morocco; Paris, France; Osaka, Japan; Guadalajara, Mexico; Granada, Spain; Florence, Italy; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Beijing, China.

Summer Internship programs are offered in Beijing, China; London, England; and Israel and Palestine. The internships place students in a professional environment where they earn work experience and academic credits.

The Beijing internship runs for eight weeks and offers six credits. Placement could be in the area of business, commerce, trade, the arts, communication, history, culture or politics.

The London internship runs for eight weeks and offers six credits. Students work four to five days per week at their internship site and enjoy several three-day weekends to explore the city. Internships are offered in areas such as business, communications, government and politics, history, psychology and social services, and theater.

The internship in Israel and Palestine runs for nine weeks and offers six credits. Internship work will be related to conflict resolution or international finance and business.

Study Tours run from two to six weeks and can earn between three and six credits. Trips to 16 different countries are available, each with a specific focus. During these tours, students learn about the country’s history and culture and how is applies to the area of focus.

Some study tours offered this summer are

  • Sustainable Human Development and Human Rights (Costa Rica)
  • Arts and Cultures of Indonesia (Bali and Java)
  • Multicultural Perspectives in Health Psychology (Greece)
  • Italian Cinema, Culture and Society (Milan)
  • Grassroots Peace-Building, History and Culture (the Philippines)

“The Center for Global Education offers several unique and life-changing opportunities for Mason students. Not only are students able to explore new cultural vistas, but they also enrich their resumes, make professional contacts and have a lot of fun,” says Yehuda Lukacs, associate provost of global education and director of CGE.

CGE holds weekly meetings for students who are interested in or have questions about studying abroad. To view the complete schedule, visit the Information Sessions web site.

For more information, visit the Mason Abroad web site.

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