Bilateral Exchange Programs

All bilateral exchanges are offered in the spring or fall semesters only.
No summer exchanges are possible.

Bilateral Exchange semester or year-long programs make the most financial sense to in-state Mason students as you can study abroad while paying your regular in-state George Mason tuition. In most cases, financial aid will apply, but you are advised to seek assistance from your Financial Aid Counselor for details.

Country University Brief Course Information
Australia University of Canberra Courses taught in English
University of Technology Sydney Courses taught in English
Chile Universidad Del Desarrollo Courses taught in Spanish
China Tsinghua University Courses taught in English
Chinese language courses available
England University of East Anglia
Courses taught in English
University of Leicester Courses taught in English
France KEDGE Business School
Courses taught in English
School of Business students
Sciences-Po Courses taught in English
Université Lumière Lyon 2 Courses taught in French
Germany Technische Universität München Courses taught in English
STEM Students
Israel Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya Courses taught in English
Japan Akita International University
Courses taught in English
Japanese language courses available
Soka University Few courses taught in English
Japanese language courses available
Sophia University Courses taught in English
Japanese language courses available
Malta University Of Malta Courses taught in English
Mexico Universidad de las Américas Puebla Courses taught in Spanish
Netherlands Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication Courses taught in English
Erasmus School of Economics Courses taught in English
Erasmus Faculty of Social Sciences Courses taught in English
Russia Higher School of Economics Courses taught in English
Lomonosov Moscow State University Courses taught in English
Economics students
South Korea Yonsei University Courses taught in English
Korean language courses available
Scotland Abertay University Courses taught in English
Spain Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Some courses taught in English
Universidad de Zaragoza Courses taught in Spanish
Sweden Linnaeus University Courses taught in English
Jönköping University Courses taught in English
Taiwan National Taiwan University Courses taught in English

Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must have at least second-semester George Mason sophomore standing (have acquired 45 credits) and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (some programs require a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or 3.3 minimum - see program pages for specifics).

The Experience

No Mason faculty member will accompany you when you study abroad through a Bilateral Exchange. You could be the only student going on your particular program, so make sure to consider the challenge of participating in a Bilateral Exchange. Note that each host institution has a study abroad and/or international student office that is responsible for incoming exchange students and most offer orientation programs upon arrival, buddy systems, and other activities/excursions to assist and include exchange students.

How Bilateral Exchange Works

Students enroll in the host institution's courses alongside local and other international students and earn 12 to 16 transfer credits per semester. Courses are taught in many different disciplines, either in English or the host country's language, depending on the site. Programs to Spanish language countries are entirely in Spanish so applicants must be advanced level to qualify. Participants pay their Mason tuition and an administrative fee to Mason Study Abroad. Room and board are paid to the host university. Students are also responsible for their International airfare, visa fees, health insurance and other personal expenses.

Please Note

Due to the nature of the exchange program, only a small number of Mason students can study abroad via Bilateral Exchange each semester. George Mason can only send as many students as each partner institution sends to Mason so space is very limited and programs fill up quickly. Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis so it pays to plan in advance - don't miss out on this opportunity. If you think Bilateral Exchange is for you, go ahead and begin planning a full semester or even a year ahead!

Course Equivalencies

This list of prior course equivalencies can provide you with guidance during your search for your own course approvals. Although the courses were approved in the past, it does not guarantee that the same courses will be considered equivalents again. You still need to get the Petition for Transfer Credit form signed by each department and turned in to Mason Study Abroad by June 1.

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Heidi Bloom

Program Officer

Email hbloom2@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-3864
Office Hours

Monday, 1pm-3pm
Wednesday, 10am-12pm

Incoming Exchange Students Portal

If you are an international student who is interested in studying at George Mason University through a Bilateral Exchange program, please refer to Information for Incoming Exchange Students.

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