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Dates Summer 2014*
Application Fee $100
Program Fee $TBD
Deadline March 7, 2014
Process Application Procedures
Contact

Denise Elles-Mdahuar
703.993.2155
866.468.1243 toll free

The toll free number does not accept calls from the 703 or 571 area code

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.

Eligibility

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University.

Credits

Undergraduate

3 credits in:

SOCW 475, WMST 390, or CONF 385 or 399.

Graduate

3 credits in SOCW 676, WMST 600, or CONF 695

Housing

Hotels

Excursions

Too many to list!
See the itinerary below.

Faculty Info

professor Dennis Ritchie [html]

Sustainable Human Development and Human Rights: A Gender Perspective

This field-based study abroad seminar will focus on human rights, particularly women’s and children’s rights.

"By looking at individuals through a human rights framework, I believe that as social workers we can help women like the women we met today, find empowerment in themselves and through their communities. In Costa Rica, empowerment is not a concept of self, but more of your self within a community. I have found this to be a beautiful perspective to have, and have confirmed my feelings that without gender equality, reciprocity cannot exist in the world."

Eryn Clawson, Summer 2013 participant

Other themes of interest in this unique program include sustainable human, social, economic, political, and community development; intra-familial, gender-based, and community violence; poverty; and health and social services. Students will critically examine policies and programs related to these themes and their implementation.

Program Format

The seminar format combines lectures and active learning exercises with reading and writing assignments, videos, individual and panel guest presentations, and site visits to governmental and non-governmental organizations across levels, from community-based grass roots to national and international organizations. Click Here to read more about the program!

Academic Director

The program will be led by Dr. Dennis J. Ritchie, Enochs Chair in Child Welfare and Professor of Social Work at George Mason University and by Dr. Laura Guzman Stein, currently an international consultant in Human Rights, Social Work, and Women's Studies; Dr. Stein is a retired professor of Social Work and Women's Studies and Former Director of the Center for Women's Studies Research at the University of Costa Rica.

Dates: Summer 2014

You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Costa Rica for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Costa Rica 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.

Program Fee: $TBD

The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:

  • Tuition

  • Housing - hotel accommodation for the duration of the program

  • Travel insurance

  • Pre-departure orientation

  • Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to George Mason students. Consult the Financing Your Study Abroad and the Scholarships sections for more information.

CGE Global Perspectives Scholarships

Open to George Mason University students who participate in CGE Winter Break and Summer Programs, scholarship amounts range from $250 to $1,000, depending on merit and financial need. Students who are awarded a Global Scholarship may volunteer to assist CGE in the promotion of study abroad upon their return.

Download CGE Global Perspectives Scholarships Information

Financial Aid

Mason students may also use financial aid (external link to FAFSA Student 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.

How to Apply

Consult the How to Apply section for detailed instructions.

  1. Start by completing the online application.

  2. Pay the $100 registration and processing 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.