International Education Affairs
The Office of International Programs and Services at GMU strives to encourage global awareness by promoting the integration of international students, researchers, and faculty into the campus community. The office provides guidance to students and scholars studying and working at University in immigration, employment and taxation, assists with adjustment issues, and fosters cross-cultural understanding through programs highlighting global themes. In 2006 GMU won the Institute for International Education’s Andrew Heiskell Award in Best Practices for Internationalizing the Campus. This award recognized the GMU success in “broadening the base of participation in the international elements of teaching and learning on campus”. In order to support the foreign student, a mother tongue professor, responsible for this program at GMU, will provide constantly assistance to linguistic issue and she will support the foreign students, in regard to the teaching issue.
US Requirements and VISAs
to contact the Office of International Programs & Services (OIPS) of George Mason University (GMU).
The International Student Mobility Office Karalis (ISMOKA) is ready to provide you with the necessary information on your mobility period in Cagliari (immigration documentation, insurance, lodging, …). Also, please refer to general information on international mobility at UniCA.
To find out whether you need an entry VISA or not and which documents are required in order to apply, you can simply query the database of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. US resident and other interested students are also suggested to check how to apply for a VISA by contacting the nearest Embassy of Italy.
Language and Culture
All three institutions have excellent facilities for language training and cultural integration.
Virginia is the birthplace of America and of the American South. The culture of modern Virginia is a wider representation of the elements of the North as well as South, where both geographic traditions merge. Fairfax, Virginia where GMU is established, is located close to Washington DC, the heart of political life in the United States. In order to integrate students into university life, the GMU English Department will provide support to every student to improve their knowledge of the English language by reviewing and commenting on student documents. The GMU Modern and Classical Language Department will offer courses in Italian language, literature, technical and scientific writing to provide the linguistic, cultural, and historical understanding necessary to properly complement graduate studies such as international and global affairs, government, history, art history, religion, science, literary and film studies. The Italian language course will be an asset for the program, especially for those students willing to immerse themselves in Italian culture. US students have to complete the basic requirement language modules, suggested by the Department, to access the dual degree. These courses might be replaced by the foreign language proficiency and placement tests, available at the Department for free. Based on the test result, the equivalence of the courses is recognized. The foreign language proficiency or the completed modules allow attending the module, released during the first year at GMU.
BK-UL has a significant number of facilities designed to improve the students’ learning experience. These facilities include computer labs, libraries and social gathering hubs (Cafeterias, Student Union etc.). Students will also be offered access to all other University of London facilities (UCL, SOAS).
At UniCA, courses in Italian for visiting students will be offered by the faculty of foreign language, which will contribute to grant certification of linguistic proficiency according to European Framework of reference in linguistic skills. The same support will be granted by UniCA’s Centro Linguistico d’Ateneo (Inter-departmental Services Centre).