Arlington’s Sister City Welcomes Mason Students

Posted: January 14, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Lynn Burke

The benefits of Arlington’s sister city partnership with Aachen, Germany, are spreading to George Mason. Through the partnership, George Mason students will be given scholarships to the University of Aachen’s intensive German language program this summer.

“The University of Aachen’s program is attended by students from around the world, and Aachen has promised to reserve six spaces for George Mason students,” says Esther Elstun, a professor of German in Modern and Classical Languages. The City of Aachen and the University of Aachen are providing the scholarships for each George Mason student, which will cover all costs except airfare.

John McCracken, president of the Arlington Sister City Association, has been instrumental in arranging this and other programs for George Mason students. In March, 15 to 20 students from the School of Public Policy will travel to Brussels, Belgium; Maastricht, Netherlands; and Aachen to study the economic and political development of Europe with Tony Wallace and Desmond Dinan of the International Commerce and Policy Program. Another set of students enrolled in an interdisciplinary program on citizenship and media will go to London and Edinburgh this summer with Janette Muir, associate dean of New Century College.

Currently, students from the University of Aachen and the Aachen University of Technology, a leading technical university in Europe, come to Arlington and intern in the county offices. Officials involved hope that an exchange program with George Mason will also be formed.

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