Comparative Legal Systems: American, British, and European Union
Mid July - Mid August 2013
Exact Dates TBD
APPROXIMATE PROGRAM FEE: $5,600
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 8, 2013
ELIGIBILITY: This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Earn 6 credits from any of the following courses: Criminology (CRIM 490), Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF 399), Public and International Affairs (GOVT 398), History (HIST 398), or New Century College (NCLC 399).
Earn 6 credits from any of the following courses: Criminology (CRIM 795), Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF 695), Public Administration (PUAD 739), or History (HIST 598).
Double-occupancy rooms in a residence hotel with kitchenettes
Luxembourg, Strasbourg, and The Hague
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.
Professor David Drummey, Associate University Counsel &
Assistant Attorney General
Syllabus is available upon request.
In this ever-changing political and economic world climate, there could never be a more fascinating time to visit and learn about Europe's historical and new legal systems, especially while interning abroad in the Washington DC of Europe: Brussels, Belgium. This ambitious 4-week program provides a unique in-depth perspective on European and American legal systems as program participants will observe up-close the dynamic legislative and judicial changes the European Union currently faces.
The program's exciting and challenging academic structure mixes on-site visits to historical and new legal institutions with focused classroom lectures by distinguished European Union scholars. Not only does the program offer students the chance to visit and experience the political epicenter of the European Union in Brussels, the curriculum also includes excursions to Luxembourg and Strasbourg, France.
Some of the sites to visit in Brussels (and the surrounding areas) are:
- EU Court of Justice (in Luxembourg)
- The International Court of Justice of the United Nations (in The Hague)
... and many more!
Learn more about the above institutions via Europa - Gateway to the European Union, a great website for quick references!
Though there is plenty of culture and cuisine to enjoy in Brussels itself, this program's participants will have opportunities on the weekends open to explore culturally-significant neighboring locations such as Paris, France; Cologne, Germany; and Amsterdam, Netherlands, which are all reachable within a few hours**.
Come join us this summer for a fun credit-bearing course that will be an invaluable and unforgettable learning experience in some of Europe's most globally influential cities!
Dates: Mid July - Mid August 2013
You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Brussels, Belgium for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Brussels, Belgium 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.
The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:
- Housing - double-occupancy rooms
- Welcome and Farewell Dinners
- Metro/bus pass for transportation within Brussels during program dates
- Tour of Brussels
- Excursions and site visits
- Pre-departure orientation and materials
- Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation
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.
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.
**Students are responsible to make their own travel arrangements to such locations and any other locations not part of the program's official curriculum and do so solely at his/her own risk.**