This Winter Break, make the world your stage by studying abroad for two weeks in London! Led by Rick Davis, Professor of Theater at George Mason University, this study abroad program has been one of CGE's most popular for nine years running! Besides being open to non-Mason students, this program is open to members of the general public who are 18 years of age or older.

Globe Theater

The Globe Theatre

Participants will see 8 shows, ranging from fringe productions to West End productions. Last year, the plays included:

  • Protest Song at the Shed

  • Fortunes Fool

  • Wendy & Peter Pan

  • One Man, Two Guvnors

  • Curious Incident of the Dog

  • From Morning to Midnight

  • Candide

  • The Weir


A distinguishing component of this program are the worshops and backstage tours that students will attend. These are interactive workshops and tours that are conducted by groups such as the Royal Shakespeare Company.

2009 London Theater group

2009 Program Participants Outside of Buckingham Palace

Don't miss this rare opportunity to earn English or Theater credits abroad while immersing yourself for two weeks in the theatre-goer's dream that is London!

Academic DirectorRick Davis Picture

Rick Davis is the Executive Director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center and Professor of Theater. He teaches courses in directing, dramatic literature, and theater history. Rick has directed widely in the professional theater and opera worlds at such venues as Center Stage, the Kennedy Center, Unseam'd Shakespeare, Delaware Theatre Company, Players Theatre Columbus; American Ibsen Theater, Opera Idaho, Lake George Opera, the IN Series, and many others, as well as directing dozens of productions in college and university theaters.

Dates:January 2-18, 2015*

You should plan to leave the United States at least 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 airfare until you are advised by your Program Officer.

Program Fee: $4,855

The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • 8 performances
  • Some meals
  • Tours
  • Workshops
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation


Scholarships are available to George Mason students through the Center for Global Education as well as through outside resources.

CGE Scholarships

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

CGE Scholarships Information Page

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 $150 registration and processing fee ($200 for non-Mason).

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.