Global Engagement

Supporting one of the largest international student populations in a U.S. public four-year institution, Mason has a strong commitment to global engagement and internationalization efforts across our four campuses and beyond.

The colorful flags of different countries hang from the ceiling of the Johnson Center.
Global Education Office

GEO facilitates international learning opportunities for Mason faculty and students through a diverse array of study abroad programs, exchanges, and partnerships that engage students in meaningful and life-changing experiences.

Two Mason students stand together holding the flag of their country.
Office of Admissions

Mason provides students with a tailored education and access to exceptional faculty and quality academic programs that help them grow as individuals, scholars, and career-ready professionals.

Holi Moli celebration by group of Mason students covered in colorful powders.
International Programs and Services

OIPS educates, celebrates, and serves the Mason community—including international and domestic students, faculty, and exchange visitors—by helping them reach their highest academic and personal goals.

Five Mason Korea students talk on steps outside a university building.
George Mason University Korea

Mason Korea students gain the language and cultural competencies required for success in global business and public service as well as the challenges and opportunities that cross national borders.

New Mason students sit in a circle outside on the grass.
International Enrollment Partnerships

OIEP works with institutions that support international students, including government and non-governmental agencies, sponsored student programs, and global education organizations.

Large group of Mason students walk around the Fairfax campus.
INTO George Mason University

From application to graduation, INTO Mason provides academic pathways and student support services to international students tailored to meet specific linguistic, academic, and cultural needs.


To deepen the global mindset of our students, extend faculty reach, and strengthen global connections, Mason’s global efforts focus on:  

  • Fostering faculty international research, commitment to teaching and learning, and development programs to support cultural diversity in the classroom 
  • Leveraging university partnerships around the world to bring international students to Mason 
  • Providing programmatic and transition support for international students, including development of academic language skills 
  • Offering a wide range of international experiences for all our students, including study, experiential, and intern-abroad programs  

The Mason Korea campus in Songdo is especially important for our internationalization goals, providing a gateway for research and teaching in Asia, and expanding rich opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to study and work abroad.

How We’re Organized

Mason has built a collaborative network designed to coordinate and communicate about the many internationalization efforts happening at the university. The following two groups engage a broad cross-section of the university to facilitate Mason's global learning, teaching, research, and engagement.

Mosaic tile
Global Assembly
The Global Assembly is designed to help internal stakeholders stay informed, understand challenges, and identify resources and opportunities that facilitate university-wide internationalization strategies.
Mosaic tile
Global Operations Team
The Global Operations Team coordinates knowledge about Mason’s global footprint within a decentralized context. The Team directs and advises the university community on globally-focused services and policies. 

In 2019, the Mason International Collaborative (MIC) was formed to review the current state of internationalization at Mason, frame conversations on internationalization for the Mason community, and propose recommendations for future growth.

For more information about these groups, contact Academic Affairs.