Winter Break Trips Abroad Offer Language Immersion and Study Tours

Posted: October 11, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Megan McDonnell

Looking for a unique winter break experience? Travel overseas, and earn undergraduate or graduate credit while doing it. George Mason’s Center for Global Education organizes trips to destinations around the world, not only for students, but also for the general public. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 15. Participants can choose from two types of trips: intensive language programs and study tours. The first programs begin Dec. 28; others begin in early January.

Intensive language programs immerse participants in either the French or Spanish language. Immersion helps participants become better speakers by surrounding them consistently with the language and the culture. Over winter break, the Center for Global Education provides two such programs—one in Mexico for Spanish speakers and another in Monaco and Monte-Carlo for French speakers. Each earns three credits.

In addition, there are nine study tours planned for this winter break, only one of which is in the United States—a Native American History and Culture tour through New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. Most study tours earn three credits. However, the Conflict Resolution: Peace Building and Development tour through Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and Israel/Palestine earns six credits.

For more information or to apply, call the Center for Global Education at 703-993-2154 or visit

Write to at