Joining Mason Korea

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Mason Korea offers an international experience that opens a world of new possibilities and inspires career/personal growth. Located in Songdo International Business District (Songdo IBD), studying in Mason Korea prepares you to succeed in a global economy and better understand your neighbors around the world. Mason Korea is committed to educating individuals who embrace the complexities of our interconnected world and are ready to make a positive difference.


Courses in Mason Korea

Courses at Mason Korea are completely aligned with the Mason University Catalog. Their goals and requirements are equivalent to those offered in Mason's main campus in the United States.

Many courses at Mason Korea will have special themes that take advantage of our Korean location. You might take an anthropology class on K-pop, a conflict resolution class on the North-South Korean conflict, or a literature class on Korean literature. You’ll also enjoy excursions built into your classes, such as trips to a K-pop concert, the DMZ (the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea), or to writer’s museums in Seoul and elsewhere. You’ll be learning about Korean life and culture while you immerse yourself in it. In addition, students may use their semester at Mason Korea to complete co-curricular requirements of international programs such as a minor in international business.

Feel free to browse courses and their syllabi on the following webpage, Mason Korea Courses.


How to Join Mason Korea

International students join Mason Korea through various pathways. There are three main pathways.

  1. Students directly admitted to Mason Korea
  2. Students visiting Mason Korea from the main campus in the U.S.
  3. Students visiting Mason Korea from partner universities


International Direct Admit

Students who want to join Mason Korea undergraduate programs may apply for admission directly to Mason Korea. Direct admit students usually spend 2 - 3 years in Mason Korea and transition to the main campus in Fairfax, Virginia, the United States to complete the degree

Admission is done using a holistic approach—all aspects of a student's application, including high school transcripts, standardized test scores, essays, and letters of recommendation, among other supplemental documents, are reviewed by the admissions committee.

Visit the following website to start the process, Mason Korea: How to Apply.


Students Visiting from Fairfax

Students from the main campus can join Mason Korea as visiting students. Studying abroad at Mason Korea is an opportunity to have an international experience that opens a world of new possibilities and inspires career/personal growth while remaining within the Mason system. Because Mason Korea is a campus of George Mason University, it offers the same courses as do Mason’s US campuses.


Study Abroad
In general, students from the main campus can apply for the GEO Study Abroad program to join Mason Korea.

Contact Grace Lee( or Courtney James( to start the application process and program details. Click HERE to learn more about studying abroad at Mason Korea.


Global Gateway
Global Gateway program is a unique, innovative, and affordable global experience for freshmen students only. If you are enrolled in the Global Gateway program, you can join Mason Korea by choosing South Korea as the destination for your semester abroad.

Please feel free to contact the Global Education Office( to start the process. Click HERE to learn more about the Global Gateway semester at Mason Korea.


Student Visiting from Partner Universities

Students from partner universities join Mason Korea with a non-degree status which enables visiting students enrolled in other institutions to take courses in Mason Korea on a short-term basis. Below is the list of partner universities as of 2021.

  1. Virginia Tech
  2. University of South Florida
  3. Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Students take courses that are approved as equivalent by their home institutions. It is highly recommended that students consult with the International Program office in their own home institutions first.