DATES: June 3 - 30, 2013
PROGRAM FEE: 5,750*
The Program Fee includes tuition and program expenses. Click on Program Fee for details.
International airfare and personal expenses are not included in the Program Fee and are the responsibility of the participant.
March 29, 2013
This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students with a cumulative GPA of 2.25, including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Undergraduate: Seeking approval for 6 undergraduate credits from among the following disciplines: History, Government, Global Affairs, Conflict Analysis and Anthropology.
Graduate:Seeking approval for 6 graduate credits from among the following disciplines: History, Government, Global Affairs, Conflict Analysis and Anthropology.
CONTACT: Sarah Mournighan via email or by calling 703.993.2106 or toll free at 866.468.1243. The toll free number does not accept calls from the 703 or 571 area code.
This four week course at Oxford University is an exciting opportunity to hear from scholars and experts about the Arab Spring, uprisings that have transformed the region of the Middle East, and impacted the nature of political opposition world-wide. Earn six credits while getting in-depth analysis on the role of the state, social groups, social media, and Islam in the hoped for transition from autocratic to democratic regimes across the region, and the instability and upheaval that has sometimes accompanied it.
Topics covered will include: "The Deep State" and the Arab Spring; Workers, Women and other in the Revolution; Islam in Politics; and Home and the Global Impact of the Arab Spring.
Dr. Sumaiya Hamdani received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in the field of Islamic history. Her publications have investigated Shi�i and Islamic thought in the classical period of Islamic history, and women in Islam. She teaches these subjects as well as modern Middle East history, Central Asian, Mediterranean and world history at GMU. Her current research examines the construction of identity in Muslim minority communities in South Asia. Dr. Hamdani has often led study tours to Egypt as well as Tunisia and Morocco through the Center for Global Education, areas of the Middle East she is familiar with from her research and residence there. Dr. Hamdani also founded and was Director of the Islamic Studies program at George Mason from 2003-2008.
Dates: June 3- 30, 2013*
You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Oxford for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Oxford for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.
Do not purchase airfare until you are advised by your Program Officer.
The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:
- Guest lectures
- Pre-departure orientation
- Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation
SCHOLARSHIP: One Monroe "Chip" Whitton Scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students at George Mason University with a minimum GPA of 3.0. To be considered for the scholarship students must participate in a Summer Program in the UK or Ireland
To apply submit:
One academic letter of reference.
A 500 word essay detailing how you hope to benefit from this study abroad experience.
Your application must be submitted to the Center for Global Education in Johnson Center Room 235 with your complete program application materials including your on-line application, application fee and supplementary application materials.
Scholarships are available to George Mason students. George Mason students can click here to download the CGE Global Perspectives scholarship application. Mason students may also use financial aid to cover a program's cost. Discuss this with your financial aid counselor early in your study abroad planning process. If you are not a George Mason University student, check with your study abroad office or office of financial aid to learn more about how to cover the cost of your study abroad.
How to apply: Consult the How to Apply section for detailed instructions. Start by completing the online application. Pay the $100 application fee.
Note that all supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact the Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.
*CGE reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.