Study Abroad Options Available through the Center for Global Education

Posted: March 15, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

George Mason’s Center for Global Education (CGE), which sends 500-700 students abroad every year, does not just cater to the university’s student population. In fact, many CGE programs are open to faculty, staff, and members of the outside community, including students at other colleges and universities. “We get a lot of nonstudents attending our spring tours,” says Tanith Fowler Corsi, CGE’s assistant director.

This summer, CGE is offering a variety of programs, including intensive language courses, in locations from Egypt to Spain and China. Application deadlines are April 8, with one exception, and CGE scholarships are available.

For the first time, CGE is offering an intensive Arabic language program at the American University in Cairo, one of the premier institutions of higher education in the Middle East. With a four-week and an eight-week session, the program is open to those with at least one year of college-level Arabic course work. The program’s cost—$3,350 for four weeks and $5,995 for eight weeks—includes 6 credits of intermediate-level Arabic language training (corresponding to Arabic 201 and 202 at George Mason), housing, excursions around the country, some meals, visa fees, an international student card, emergency insurance, and travel guidebook. In addition to the language credits, an additional 6 credits will be available in other topics, to be announced.

Students from George Mason or other institutions with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply to CGE’s program at the Cambridge University Summer Schools (outside participants who audit courses are not required to meet the GPA requirement) in England. For two weeks, participants will follow an intensive, rigorous academic schedule in a variety of topics, including medieval studies, Shakespeare, history, art history, and English literature. Participants will spend the final week in London, where they will be able to take advantage of the city on an independent basis. The program cost is $4,978 and includes 6 credits of course work at the undergraduate or graduate level, a single room at Cambridge, breakfast and dinner each day in Cambridge, evaluation fees for Cambridge faculty to review course work, travel guidebooks, lodging in London, and ground transportation. Airfare is not included.

For those interested in studying the history, anthropology, and culture of Ireland, CGE is offering a program in Irish studies at Queens University in Belfast, which features 3 credits of course work and trips to historical and cultural sites throughout the city. The program cost is $2,697 and includes tuition, lodging, field trips, group activities, travel guidebook, and international student identity card. Airfare and most meals are not included.

The center is also offering language programs in China, France, Italy, and two in Spain. Study tours and programs are being offered in Australia, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland, as well as the University of Oxford in England, with an excursion to Scotland.

For additional information on all CGE programs, including the registration process and full program descriptions, visit its web site.

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