Short-Term Study Abroad Programs

Experience an intensive, condensed 3-credit course in a remarkable country. The Schar School’s seven- to ten-day courses provide you with comparative political experience and the opportunity to network with political leaders, business executives, academics, and practitioners.

Led by distinguished faculty members, the Schar School’s short-term study abroad programs are open to all Schar School students, as well as non-degree/non-George Mason students.

Students earn three credits from George Mason University as well as Certificates of Completion from our partner universities, such as Oxford University, the University of Pretoria in South Africa, University of Zagreb in Croatia, and Fudan University in China. Classes are typically conducted during recesses in the academic year and built on subjects such as government, policy making, international trade, regional development, health and social issues, culture, and security.

For more information, contact Michal McElwain Malur, the Schar School’s Director of External Programs.

Spring 2022


Africa Zooms Ahead: African-Led Development, African Solutions to African Challenges
Term: Spring
Location: Virtual

  • Friday, January 14, 5-7pm and 7-9:30pm (Session 1&2 – Orientation and Intro) 
  • Saturday, January 15, 9-12pm and 1-4pm (Sessions 3 and 4)
  • Sunday, January 16, 9-12pm and 1-4pm (Sessions 5 and 6) 
  • Asynchronous sessions - to be completed before 2/12/2022 (Sessions 6 and 7) 
  • Saturday, February 12, 9-12pm and 1-4pm (Sessions 8 and 9)
  • Saturday, March 5, 9-12pm and 1-4pm (Sessions 10 and 11)
  • Saturday, April 2, 6-10pm – Sessions 13 & 14 - Wrap up and Embassy briefing, plus end of class celebration. Please note this date may change according to Embassy scheduling.

Michele Diatta, ICP, comments on what the Africa Zooms Ahead class meant to her.


Summer in person classes are being planned and more information will be available at the end of the fall semester.  Email with questions.



Rondene Grinam, Master’s in International Commerce and Policy '18

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Photo of Schar School students visiting the VNU University of Economics and Business in Hanoi

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