August 25 - December 15, 2015
This program is offered every fall to students of all majors, international students, and students who attend universities other than George Mason University. Mason Study Abroad, in partnership with Anglo Educational Services, offers students the unique opportunity to participate in a professional academic internship in London. Students are placed in unpaid professional internships for academic credit, based on their course work, skills and personal interests.
6 internship credits (NCLC 490) + 9 course credits = 15 undergraduate credits
Note: Mason students receive resident credit, non-Mason students receive transfer credit to their home university.
This program is open to all students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and 45 hours completed by the start of the program, including students who do not attend George Mason University.
The following courses are based on the framework of the 2014 program. The 2015 courses and course credits listed below are pending approval and will be confirmed in mid-summer 2015.
Democracy and Education - 3 credits (GOVT credit)
British Life and Culture - 3 credits (ANTH 398 or HIST 398 credit)
US, EU & UK Transnational Relations - 3 credits (to be determined)
Internship Credits - NCLC 490 (Participants should meet with the Program Officer to discuss what alternative credits are available for the 6 internship credits).
In the past, students have received credit for the courses above in COMM 307, NCLC 490, GLOA 495, GOVT 480, ENGL 498, HIST 399, CONF 385, ECON 498, WMST 400, and more. You may be able to earn internship credits in your major. Contact Mary Getsey Bernier to discuss your options for internship credit and speak with your academic advisor, prior to applying for the program.
Students are evaluated according to their performance at the internships, and are also required to complete reflective and research assignments as part of their coursework (For both the Mason Faculty Director and their London professors). CGE will provide resume and cover letter templates. Students are also eligible for career counseling, resume writing tips and internship search strategies from Mason's University Career Services, in SUB 1, Room 348.
Click here to see a list of past placements. The internship component of the program involves working at a company 3 days per week, earning the intern 6 Mason credits. The other two days students take two courses taught by local British Faculty alongside a course taught by the George Mason University Faculty Director for a total of 15 credits for the semester.
Students share secure, furnished flats, as provided through Anglo Educational Services.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to apply?
Online application, and application fee.
After completing the online application and application fee, submit supplemental materials:
1 Passport-size photo
Resume (MS Word or PDF format)
Faculty Letter of Recommendation
Official Transcripts from home university (unofficial transcript acceptable for Mason students)
Copy of front and back of health insurance card
Scanned copy of current passport (not to expire within 6 months of date of travel)
VA tuition form (for Non-Mason students only)
Materials should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or may be mailed to the CGE office (drop off or mail passport photos):
Mason Study Abroad, George Mason University 4400
University Drive, Johnson Center Room 235, MSN 2B8
Fairfax, VA 22030
What are the requirements for acceptance?
Minimum of 45 credit hours completed by the start of Fall 2014 and 2.5 minimum GPA.
What are my chances of being accepted to the program?
As long as students meet the minimum qualifications, they have a very good chance for acceptance.
If I don’t attend George Mason University, can I still apply?
Absolutely. Many program participants attended universities in Virginia and across the United States.
What is the process to be placed in an internship?
Program participants are placed in an internship after acceptance to the program. Participant resumes and cover letters are forwarded to potential host employers for selection. The placement process can take weeks to months, however every participant is guaranteed an internship.
Do I get to choose the company and placement?
You are placed in an internship based on your academic background, personal interest, and professional experience, however you cannot choose the exact company. A placement is guaranteed and your background is used to place you in the position. All efforts are made to place you in a position most related to your field.
How can I earn internship credits in my major?
To earn internship credits in your major, you must first speak with your department’s internship coordinator. If you fit the department’s requirements to earn credit, the CGE will work with you to obtain your preferred credit. If you are not eligible to earn credit in your major, you can still earn the same amount of credit with the program’s default credit options.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, you’ll be required to apply for your visa and the cost is not included in the program fee. CGE will provide guidance with the visa process and the necessary visa sponsorship document, after your acceptance into the program.
What are the working hours?
Working hours vary depending on the workplace. Just as with any job, the field and specific sites have different requirements. You should expect to work full-time, 3 days a week.
Where do I live while in London?
Participant housing is always in flats or a townhouse shared with other program participants. The housing is located within a convenient commute to downtown London, and within walking distance to a stop on the London Underground.
|Registration and Processing Fee||Mason||non-Mason|
Tuition (15 credits)
Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation
International airfare, personal expenses, visa and passport fees, and meals are not included in the Program Fee, and are the responsibility of the participant.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Financial Aid and Scholarships are available to George Mason students through outside resources. Students may also use financial aid to cover a program's cost. 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.
Please make sure you check with your Mason Study Abroad Program Officer first to find out which forms you need for your particular program.
|List of Past Placements||List of Past Placements|
|Non-Degree Contract Course Enrollment / Admission Form*||Non-Degree Contract Course Enrollment / Admission Form 1014 [PDF]|
*Non-Degree Contract Course Enrollment / Admission Form: If you are a not a George Mason University student, you must fill out the Non-Degree Contract Course Enrollment / Admission Form and Application for In-State Tuition Rates forms whether you live in Virginia or not. If you are a permanent resident of Virginia, please fill out the entire Application for In-State Tuition Rates form. If you do not live in Virginia, fill out the top portion only of the first page, sign the top of the second page, and write "Not Applicable" on the rest of the form.
Mary Getsey Bernier
Complete an advising form prior to your appointment.
How to Apply
|STEP 1 Application||Complete the online application.|
|STEP 2 Pay the Registration and Processing Fee||Mason||non-Mason|
|Deadline*||Rolling admissions until June 17, 2015 for Fall 2015|
* All supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact your Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.
You should plan to leave the United States one day prior to the program start date to arrive in London for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from London for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.
Do not purchase international airfare until you are advised by your Program Officer.
Mason Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances