How to Study Abroad


Step 1: Explore

Find Study Abroad programs

Get in touch with Mason Study Abroad

  • Check the Events Calendar, the Mason Study Abroad Facebook page, and Twitter for event updates
  • Make an appointment with a Mason Study Abroad Program Officer
    • Program Officers can guide you through the process of researching and applying to a program.
    • They can help you determine the appropriateness of a particular program by reviewing eligibility requirements, application deadlines and procedures that apply to your chosen program.
  • Attend a Group Advising Session
    • Attending an Advising Session is mandatory for all semester and internship programs.
    • All sessions will take place in the Johnson Center, Room C.
    • Sessions will be held four times per week during the Spring 2016 term, unless noted otherwise. See below.
Dates or Days Times
Mondays 2:30 - 3:15pm
Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:15pm
Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:15am
Thursdays 11:45am - 12:30pm

When selecting a program you should be thinking about your goals for studying abroad, languages you speak (or wish to speak), major coursework you need to complete while abroad, and how much time you can be away from campus. All of these considerations will help you select the program that is best for you.

Step 2: Determine Eligibility

Before you begin the application process you should make sure you meet your program's eligibility requirements. Many Mason Study Abroad programs are open to Mason students, other college or university students, staff, faculty, and alumni, as well as to the general public. Always consult the program’s brochure in MasonAbroad  for details on specific program eligibility requirements.

  • To enroll in most summer or winter short-term programs, applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 to earn academic credit. No minimum credit hours required.
  • For semester or academic-year-long programs undergraduate students are eligible for study abroad once they have completed
    • at least 45 credit hours by the time you depart for the program and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, or
    • at least 30 credit hours by the time you depart for the program and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Some semester and year-long programs and bilateral exchanges require a higher minimum GPA or have language or subject background prerequisites.
  • Completed credit hours include transferred credit hours.

Step 3: Consult With Advisors

You should always consult with your Academic Advisor to ensure the program you have chosen and the credits available in the program fit your academic degree plan. If you plan on seeking financial aid to help pay for your experience, schedule a  meeting with your Financial Aid Counselor at your home university. Your Financial Aid Counselor is there to help you determine your aid eligibility.

Enrollment Fee

Required for complete application, applies to all programs.

Mason $150
non-Mason $200

Administrative Fee

Applies to Bilateral Exchange Programs and External Study Abroad

Semester (Spring or Fall) $375
Year-Long (Academic year or Calendar Year) $575

Post-Acceptance Fees

WINTER Break Programs, Summer Programs
$1,500 deposit and final program  balance

Direct Enrollment Semester Programs, Faculty-Led SEMESTER PROGRAMS

$2,500 deposit and final program  balance

Mason tuition

Keep those involved in your financial decisions, such as your family, informed of program fees and actual cost-of-attendance (the program fee, plus the items not included in the program fee such as: personal expenses, visa and passport fees, meals not covered by the program fee and international airfare).

Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement

The tuition portion of the program fee (Mason in-state rates) is deemed as qualified tuition for the purposes of determining education tax credits and reporting; however, the trip fee is for costs such as room and board, insurance, medical expenses, and transportation, and are excluded from 1098-T reporting. Please contact the Student Accounts Office with 1098-T questions or for additional information.

Step 4: Apply

Application Deadlines

  • Application deadlines are listed on MasonAbroad
  • Submit your complete application (online application and additional materials) no later than the deadline

Upon Enrollment

  • Once you create a profile and begin begin your application, additional instructions and required items will be made available to you in MasonAbroad.
  • Once you have been enrolled into your study abroad program you will receive an acceptance notification with information on post-acceptance materials that must be submitted to organize your experience and guarantee your place in the program.

Pre-departure Orientation

  • Attend the mandatory pre-departure orientation.
  • Participants from outside the DC-Metro area are encouraged to attend although it is not required.
  • Arrangements will be made for students from outside the DC-Metro area.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

This policy applies to all participants including financial aid, scholarships, and/or loan recipients

  • All enrollment/application fees and deposits are non-refundable.
  • Mason Study Abroad reserves the right to make any changes or alterations to the program including itineraries and fees, in cases of emergency, low enrollment, changed conditions or in the interest of the group. Should the University cancel the program for whatever reason, full refund of all fees will be made unless the cancellation is due to deteriorating security and safety conditions, including political unrest, natural disaster, technological failures, or other catastrophes beyond its control. In such cases the university will be able to refund only uncommitted and/or recoverable funds (lodging and/or meals, transportation deposits, airfare, and any other program-related non-recoverable expenses.)
  • In cases of insufficient enrollment, students withdrawing their participation prior to an official Mason Study Abroad cancellation notice will not receive a refund.
  • All cancellations or withdrawals from a program must be made in writing.  The charge on your student account will not be removed unless the Mason Study Abroad office is notified of your intent to withdraw.
  • If a participant cancels/withdraws from a program for any reason between payment of the deposit and forty-five days prior to the program start date, the participant will be refunded all fees paid minus the deposit and any non-recoverable costs.
  • If a participant cancels or withdraws, voluntarily or involuntarily (including dismissal from the program), less than 45 days prior to the program start date or after the start of the program, no refund will be issued.