George Mason University

Location

Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Availability

Available university-wide 


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    Founded in 1972, George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia with over 34,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Mason is an innovative and entrepreneurial institution with a growing and diverse student body and exceptional faculty of enterprising scholars.  
     
    The main campus in Fairfax consists of 677 wooded acres and is just 24 kms outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation. Free shuttle buses transport students to the nearby Vienna Metro subway station, allowing you to explore the city on a weekend to see the cherry blossoms and monuments, visit the museums, or go to a restaurant or theatre. At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer. In addition, in just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia. 
     
    Mason was ranked 47th in the 2017 Times Higher Education list of 200 universities under 50 years old and 14th in the U.S. News Most Innovative Schools in the U.S. With over 80 majors in a variety of fields, exchange students are able to enrol in nearly every degree program the university has to offer.  

    The University has over 350 student organizations, all available to exchange students. In addition to club sports and intramural teamsthe University also has Fraternity and Sororities, some of which have welcomed exchange students who are on campus for a year. On campus, you will also find dance, music, and theatre performances at the Center for the Arts. EagleBank Arena hosts several concerts, stand-up comedians, and live sporting events. You can also watch some of the 22 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s sports games – all at a free or discounted price. All of these and more contribute to a vibrant university life! 

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    The historical City of Fairfax, Virginia is nestled in the suburban expanse of the Washington, D.C. metro region. The city which is just 20 minutes from the capital of the US, combines the charm of a small town with the opportunities of a thriving urban area.

    With its hallmark landscaped and leafy street medians, Fairfax is an oasis, unique and brimming with vitality and recognized as one of the top places to live in the nation. City buses are free with a Mason ID and students can access a wide variety of nearby shopping and dining locations in Fairfax. 

    Fairfax is widely known for its outstanding cultural amenities. Every year the city sponsors world-class events such as Fall for the Book, Spotlight on the Arts, a weekend-long Chocolate Lovers Festival, and the Fall Festival, where Old Town Fairfax opens its streets to hundreds of renowned craft merchants and thousands of visitors.

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    • Shenandoah national park
    • Colonial Williamsburg
    • Monticello 
    • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
    • Arlington National Cemetery
    • Mount Vernon
    • Historic Jamestowne
    • Day trip to Washington DC
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    The United States of America, commonly known as the United States, US, USA or simply America, is a country in North America. Most of the country is located between Canada and Mexico, but also includes places such as Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The capital is Washington D.C., but the most populous city is New York City.

    At 9.8 million square kilometres, the US is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area, only slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe. It is the world's third most populous country, with an estimated population of over 327 million people.

    You're likely already familiar with some aspects of the US such as cross-country road trips, hearty food portions and the massive scale of everything. It is near impossible to run out of things to discover in this country! Every one of the 50 states is incredibly different, so depending where you go within the US you might feel you’re in a different country. This a very diverse nation, as people immigrate from all over the world, bringing in different religions, races, cultural traditions, and political beliefs.

    You can visit one of over 35,000 museums, check out the major cities, visit small towns and farmlands, and explore the massive and beautiful national parks such as Yellowstone and Zion. You could also visit neighbouring Canada or Mexico if you want to travel more. The US is a hub of industry and culture for nearly every aspect of modern life, so having the chance to study here can really expand your networks and open you up to future possibilities abroad.

    Did you know?

    A small community in the Grand Canyon still receives their mail via mule service as motorized delivery is not possible. The service runs six days a week with at least two mule trains daily so that animals and riders don’t have to make the trip down to the village and back without an overnight stop. Believe it or not, scientists at the Utah State University have proven at millimetre scale that the topography of the state of Kansas is actually flatter than a pancake!

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Fall Semester (SP5)
August to December

Winter Semester (SP2)
January to May


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    Undergraduate

    • American Government
    • Art and Visual Technology
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
    • Communication
    • Computer Science
    • Conflict Analysis and Resolution
    • Criminology, Law and Society
    • Economics
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Environmental Science
    • Finance
    • Geography
    • Global Affairs
    • Government and International Policy
    • History
    • Integrative Studies
    • International Business
    • Marketing
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Systems Engineering

    Postgraduate

    • American Government
    • Art and Visual Technology
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
    • Communication
    • Computer Science
    • Conflict Analysis and Resolution
    • Criminology, Law and Society
    • Economics
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Environmental Science
    • Finance
    • Geography
    • Global Affairs
    • Government and International Policy
    • History
    • Integrative Studies
    • International Business
    • Marketing
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Systems Engineering

     

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    All students must meet standard exchange selection criteria and any host institution restrictions.

    Postgraduate students must have a GPA of at least 5.0 

    The following subjects are not available for exchange:

    • Undergraduate Nursing courses
    • Courses offered at the Antonin Scalia Law School
    • BMGT courses in the Master of Science in Management Program


    The following subjects are open to exchange students but may have limited availability due to the popularity of the program:

    • Undergraduate Computer Science courses
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    • UniSA academic transcript 
    • Passport 
    • English proficiency evidence (if applicable) 
    • US Visa documentation 
    • Evidence of funding 
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    Courses at US partner universities are generally valued at 3 credits each. Students are required to undertake a minimum of 12 credits per semester, equal to 13.5 UniSA units. 15 credits are equivalent to 18 UniSA units. 

    Therefore, we recommend that: 

    • 15 US credits = 5 US courses (@ 3 credits each) is equivalent to 18 UniSA units 
    • 12 US credits = 4 US courses (@ 3 credits each) is equivalent to 13.5 UniSA units 
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    U.S. citizens and students from English speaking countries are exempt from submitting proof of English documents. 

    All other applicants must provide an official score report for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Test results must not be older than two years. Students must have the following minimum scores on their test results:

    IELTS 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each band
    TEoFL (ibt) 80 with minimum 18 in each section for UG or 88 with minimum 20 in each section for PG

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George Mason University Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Weather
Autumn/Winter: -2°c to 25°c 
Spring/Summer: 10°c to 30°c

Currency
$ US Dollars (USD)

Local language/s
English


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    George Mason University does not offer airport pick up. You will need to make your own way to the campus from Washington Dulles International Airport.

    More information on how to get to the campus can be found here.

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    On-campus accommodation is guaranteed for undergraduate exchange students. Students are generally placed in double occupancy rooms in on-campus student dormitories. George Mason offers two types of dormitories, suites and apartments.

    To apply for housing, you will receive step-by-step instructions to complete the housing application after receiving program acceptance. After applying, you will receive a housing selection date and time. It is very important that you select your housing on your assigned date and time. If you do not select housing during your assigned time, you will be placed at the end of the list and may no longer be guaranteed accommodation.

    Unfortunately, on-campus accommodation is not guaranteed for postgraduate students. Please see here for more information if you are a postgraduate student.

    Should you wish to live off-campus, please see here for available options.

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    As an exchange partner with the University of South Australia, you do not have to pay tuition fees to George Mason University, instead you will pay tuition as you would normally at UniSA. Travel and living expenses are at your own cost. The table below gives an indication of costs you will incur:  

    Items Approximate Cost (AUD)
    Return flights from Adelaide $2400
    Mandatory Health Insurance $2525 per semester
    Accommodation $6000 per semester
    Meals/Groceries $3000 per semester
    Transportation $300 a month
    Entertainment and incidentals including phone, laundry etc. $5900 per semester

    More information can be found here.

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    UniSA offers a generous travel grant of up to $2500 for a full semester exchange. You may also be eligible to receive an OS-HELP loan of up to $8000. For more information please see funding and scholarships website.

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    UniSA offers travel insurance as part of your exchange for up to 270 days (can be extended up to 365 days). For more information please see travel insurance website 

    Please click hereto read the travel insurance policy. 

    A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here. 

    If you have any further questions about travel insurance, please contact the UniSA Insurance Office on 08 8302 1678. 

    Additional mandatory health insurance is required for exchange students in the US at George Mason University. Please see here for more details.

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Visa information

It is your responsibility to apply for your visa for your overseas study experience. You can refer to the relevant consulate regarding a specific countries visa requirement. UniSA is legally unable to provide visa advise. Please see below links for more information.

Australian Government DFAT brief on United States is available here.

United States embassy website can be found here.

George Mason University student visa FAQ is available here.

Register your travel

To participate in an exchange experience, you must register your travel with International SOS (iSOS). We will provide instructions on how to do this throughout the process. 
 
UniSA has partnered with iSOS to offer our students medical, safety and security advice, referrals, emotional support and routine and emergency assistance when travelling or living abroad. 
 
For more information please visit the Travel Health and Safety Webpage
 
Before your departure, we strongly encourage you to visit the Smartraveller website. 
 
The website contains important information you need to know about travel documents, up to date travel advisories on destinations you may be travelling to on behalf of the University, travel tips and more. 

George Mason University Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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No available summer/winter school

George Mason University is not an exchange partner for Summer/Winter School. To see other current short-term opportunities, please click here

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