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Welcome to Mason INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

As Virginia’s largest public research university, George Mason University provides a college experience like no other. Mason offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degrees and numerous minors and certificate programs to customize your education and meet your career and personal goals.

Mason is at the forefront of emerging fields and is committed to providing a transformational learning experience that helps you grow as an individual, scholar, and professional.

Mason is one of only 131 schools in the country designated as a tier 1 research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Mason Programs

Discover Who You Are and Who You Want to Be

Mason’s nine colleges and schools provide the opportunity to craft your own course of study. Whether you’re passionate about a certain subject or want to start by exploring your options, we’ll provide the advice and guidance to help you find the best fit.

Mason’s Honors College

Mason’s Honors College provides motivated students with unique academic and social opportunities that enhance the college experience. Selected from the most outstanding students invited to the Honors College, University Scholars are awarded scholarships covering the full cost of tuition over four years.

Grad School Bound?

Jump-Start Your Graduate Education Experience!

Save money, time, and expand your career options with Mason’s bachelor's-to-accelerated master’s programs.

The Mason Experience

Part of the Vibrant Washington, D.C., Region

Mason is located 24 kilometers outside the nation’s capital. As the political and cultural center of the country, Washington, D.C., offers a great place to explore and gain valuable educational and professional experiences.

Mason is conveniently located within a few hours of all the major economic and cultural centers on the East Coast of the United States.

A Place Like No Other

Mason's Campuses

Mason’s beautiful 670-acre residential campus is located in Fairfax, Virginia. Our additional Virginia campuses in Arlington and Manassas and our overseas campus in Songdo, South Korea, provide expanded access to educational opportunities for Mason students and others in our communities.

Mason is home to the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, Virginia, a site that provides experiential education opportunities for students building careers in global conservation.

Campus Safety

Mason is committed to both individual and community safety. Our Mason Alert text notification system provides immediate updates and safety information. Students also have access to an array of safety features through the RAVE Guardian smartphone app. The George Mason University Department of Police and Public Safety has a force of more than 135 full- and part-time personnel. Officers are available on campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Learn Your Way

World-Class Faculty

Mason’s innovative spirit and reputation for excellence have attracted some of the world’s brightest minds including elected officials, retired generals, and former ambassadors.

A Brookings Institution analysis found that a Mason education adds 20 percent to the value of a college degree when comparing mid-career salaries.

Online Learning Options

Mason Online allows students to take select classes offered on campus in an online format while at home, stationed abroad, or traveling. This allows you to learn on your own time from wherever you are.

Housing

Our 50+ residence halls offer a variety of options, including suites, apartments, and Learning Communities (LCs). Residence halls offer new or recently renovated spaces, open lounge areas, shared kitchens, and free laundry facilities.

Dining

With dining locations across our campuses—some open 24 hours a day—you’ll have the flexibility to eat what you want and when you want. Mason Dining offers something for every palate or dietary need, including allergen-free, vegan, gluten-free, and halal options. Be sure to stop in for a meal at The Globe, where they offer a wide array of international cuisines. The Globe chefs and culinary staff use traditional recipes and showcase the origins of food at special “Around the Globe” events. And if you're too busy studying, Mason Dining's fleet of delivery robots can bring you dinner while you brush up before finals!

Fitness

Three state-of-the-art fitness centers offer everything from an Olympic-sized pool to group exercise classes. Mason’s fitness resources are endless—and free for full-time students.

460+ Student Organizations

There are so many ways at Mason for you to find your niche, get involved, and meet new friends. There are also opportunities for team activities through our intramural or club teams. Every year, we host thousands of events on campus, including theater, music, sports, movies, comedians, and more. There is always something to see or do.

Mason Welcomes the World

Mason provides a welcoming, safe, and supportive place to live and study. Our top priority is to help you grow as an individual through access to exceptional faculty and quality academic programs.

Mason provides English language instruction and pathway programs for international students who are academically prepared, but require additional English language proficiency to have a positive and productive experience at Mason.

Experience the World at Mason

Home to Virginia’s largest and most diverse student body, Mason also ranks among the most diverse universities in the nation.

Our diversity has defined and shaped our culture, from how we educate our students to our sense of responsibility in our communities and in the world as a whole. We are dedicated to helping individuals and organizations thrive in a complex world.

Our students represent all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Hailing from 130 countries and all 50 states, the Mason Nation brings together many different ideas and perspectives that contribute to a vibrant and engaging community.

Mason has a culture of seeing things as they are, accepting challenges, and figuring out how to get the work done.

We have a great foundation in place, but we know we can do more. Our Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force, created by President Gregory Washington, is taking a hard look at the current state of diversity and inclusivity efforts at the university. The work we do will create a strategy to incorporate change across Mason. We’re holding ourselves accountable because we know it’s not enough to set goals—we’re determined to meet the challenge today and in the future.

NIKITA FERNANDES

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Bangalore, India

About: “I started my journey in the United States in 2016 and George Mason University was the perfect place for me to grow. The community warmly welcomed me with open arms and I made lifelong friends on my first day as a freshman.”

“As a graduate of Mason, I’ll always look back at my undergraduate days with nostalgia and happiness because Mason shaped me into the activist I am today. All the professors who I’ve met along the way have made a lasting impact on my education. My entire experience as an international student was positive and delightful.”

DANIEL H. ENCAOUA BENGIO

Majors: Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM), Marketing, and Management

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

About: “During my time at Mason I joined different organizations and had the opportunity to intern at top companies. I was able to graduate with three degrees in ISOM, marketing, and management. But most importantly, I made lifelong lasting relationships with many individuals who have become my second family!”

“George Mason is a unique university where individuals are able to grow, learn from one another, and find themselves.... The U.S. culture is known for being a melting pot, and Mason is a clear representation of that. Walking across campus you can hear different languages and make new connections with individuals [from] across the globe.”

NATALIA KANOS

Majors: Government and International Politics, and Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Hometown: Jos, Nigeria

About: “Coming to Mason, I wanted to get as involved as possible and have been part of Student Government, the African Student Association, and [I’ve] even been a resident advisor on campus as well as had various internships with different schools at Mason and in D.C. I also got involved with sports and joined the rowing team.”

“Mason has an extremely welcoming community and such a diverse population—everyone can find a place to feel at home. There are also so many opportunities to take advantage of and things to do.”
PREPARING FOR THE WORKFORCE

Graduate Career-Ready

84 percent of our graduates achieve positive career outcomes within six months of graduation.

The College of Engineering and Computing is ranked No. 5 among high ROI colleges for engineering majors on Affordable Colleges Online.

The School of Business at George Mason University is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The School of Business is among only 25 percent of AACSB-accredited business schools worldwide accredited in both business and accounting.

92 percent of Mason graduates are employed in the Washington, D.C., region, with a median salary of $65,500.

Mason’s English and history degree programs are ranked No. 1 in the country for earnings potential by PayScale.com.

More than 700 companies connect with and recruit our students and graduates throughout the year.

Connect with Top Regional Employers

ACCENTURE | APPLE | AWS | CACI | CBS NEWS | DELOITTE | DISNEY | FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS | INOVA | KPMG | LOCKHEED MARTIN | MARRIOTT | METRO | MITRE | NESTLE | NASA | U.S. NAVY | WASHINGTON NATIONALS | WORLD BANK GROUP

Amazon HQ2

Mason continues to expand our Arlington Campus and will launch our new School of Computing to support the newest location of Amazon’s headquarters.

Career Services

University Career Services offers you the support you need to be career-ready. Whether it’s through resume workshops, internship resources, or our career fairs, you’ll have the help you need to shine as a candidate for a career in your chosen field.

Mason's Career Services team serves 20,000 students annually

Mason has an active alumni network of more than 200,000 Mason graduates worldwide, with 63 percent of Mason alumni living in the Washington, D.C., area.

STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

Mason Provides an Affordable Education

Internal and external scholarships are available to students, as well as loan options for financing your education. Students who are not U.S. citizens or residents are not eligible for federal financial aid. Mason’s Office of Student Financial Aid has a team of dedicated professionals available to help you and your family.

ATHLETICS

Patriot Pride

Show your Patriot Pride with green and gold as you watch one of our 20 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s teams! Don’t forget to learn the fight song so you can sing along with our NCAA No. 1-ranked pep band, the Green Machine.

APPLYING TO MASON

International Student Admission Requirements

Undergraduate applicants are evaluated based on the following:

  • Completed online application form and payment of the required nonrefundable application fee.
  • Official, original versions of all secondary school transcripts, leaving certificates, and/or university entrance examinations.
  • Students may be considered for admission with no SAT or ACT score through our Score Optional Consideration program; however, SAT or ACT results may be required.
  • Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency. All English proficiency scores are valid for two years from the test date.

TOEFL: 80 with a minimum of 18 in each subsection on the internet-based TOEFL. Undergraduate applicants to College of Engineering and Computing programs are not required to meet the associated subsection score requirements.

IELTS: 6.5 or higher with a minimum 6.0 in each subsection

PTE: 59 overall band score

IELA: overall score of 176, with a minimum of 169 in each subsection (coordinated by INTO Mason)

ACADEMIC ENGLISH: Successful completion of INTO Mason Academic English Level 6

SAT: Evidence-based Reading and Writing score of 500 or higher

ACT: score of 20 or higher on both the English and Reading section

Score Optional Consideration: We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application with great care. We understand some students may not wish or are unable to submit standardized test scores as a component of the application process, or they may believe the SAT or ACT test scores do not adequately reflect their level of academic achievement and/or predict their potential. Score Optional Review provides an opportunity for students to be considered for admission without submitting standardized test scores.

International Student Application Deadlines

International Freshman Students

  • Admission for Spring (January) Semester: October 1
  • Early Action, Honors College, and Scholarship Priority Deadline: November 1
  • Final Deadline for Fall (August) Semester: June 1
  • Deposit Deadline: July 1

International Transfer Students

  • Admission for Spring (January) Semester: October 1
  • Admission for Fall (August) Semester: March 1
Apply today and start your educational journey with us!

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