International Experience

International Experience

John Stuart Mill (JSM) Fellows Program at the Free University of Amsterdam

The JSM Fellows program been specially designed for PPE students. George Mason's JSM Fellows will join the prestigious Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) program at the Free University of Amsterdam (also known as Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam or VU). The JSM Fellows program is part of a partnership between GMU and VU in which we will exchange cohorts of students every year.


Program Details

JSM Fellow join the JS Mill College at the VU and participate in their rigorous PPE program. They pay tuition to Mason and their coursework is pre-approved to transfer back to Mason. The cost of living as a student in Amsterdam is surprisingly typically less than the cost of living in Virginia; JS Mill Fellows should expect to spend the same, or less, than they spend in a typical semester at Mason. 

The PPE program at VU has been awarded the “Distinctive feature of small-scale and intensive education” by the the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Council (NVAO). This designation certifies that: it is a small-scale, intensive program with emphases on extra-curricular activities that enhance its academic and professional community; its curriculum is current and socially relevant; it is designed for highly motivated and talented students, and it has stringent entrance requirements. PPE at VU is an international program, and all courses are taught in English.

The PPE model was developed at Oxford and is being implemented at George Mason and the VU. PPE programs combine the traditional fields of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. They have an impressive track record in training students for leadership positions in business, politics, law, academia, journalism, and beyond.  PPE is premised on the idea that today's complex social problems require researchers, policy makers and professionals who can tackle issues from several angles, combine different perspectives in a constructive way, and understand the broader social and historical context of problems.


Travel Grant

Students with financial need (as determined by the Office of Financial Aid) will automatically be considered for a travel grant up to $750. Students will be contacted by their program officer after the application deadline to let them know if they have been selected.


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