Study Abroad – Go GLOBAL!

“You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.” – William Hazlitt.

Undergraduate and Graduate classes available. Click here for 2016 course brochure

Travel abroad with the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. Study abroad classes enhance participants’ education with intensive, condensed three-credit courses in interesting countries that offer a comparative political experience. Participants learn from a host of guest lectures. The highlight of every course abroad is the opportunity to network with political leaders, business executives, academics, practitioners, and other program participants.

Led by distinguished faculty members, the three-credit study abroad classes are open to all SPGIA students, as well as non-degree/non-George Mason students. Students earn three credits from GMU as well as Certificates of Completion from our partner universities, such as Oxford University, the University of Pretoria in South Africa, or Fudan University in China.

Classes are typically conducted during recesses in the academic year and built on subjects such as government, policymaking, international trade, regional development, health and social issues, culture, and security. Previous programs have been held in India, China, Turkey, Singapore/Thailand, Mexico, England, South Africa, Europe, Costa Rica, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates, among other locations.

For more information, contact Michal McElwain Malur, Director of External Programs.


Undergraduates have an opportunity to study abroad with SPGIA. We are offering three signature classes this year to our undergraduates, led by our very own distinguished faculty. Undergraduates may also attend classes with Mason’s Center for Global Education. Full semester courses are offered along with courses held during recesses in the academic year.

Oxford: Summer ‘16  (August 7-14)



Oxford: Fall ‘16  (August 7-14)

All graduate students are encouraged to take one of these courses for three credits toward graduation, but in exceptional circumstances may take a second, with the approval of Dr. Thys van Schaik, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

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