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Fact Sheet:
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Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Field Station, Hotel, Other
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, General Public, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking
Prerequisite: No Type of Program: Faculty-led
Area of Study: Geography and Geoinformation Science, Biology, Environmental Policy, Integrative Studies Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Wildlife and Conservation in Kenya

Kenya, Winter 2019

Wildlife in Kenya 2
The Wildlife and Conservation in Kenya program is designed to expose students to several key areas of conservation science with the additional benefit of on-the-ground field research in wildlife ecology. An engaging exploration of Kenya's vast and diverse ecosystems, this course will put you in close proximity to some incredible and charismatic wildlife.

Participants will have an incredible experience viewing wildlife, while learning about current challenges facing terrestrial megafauna that include the classic big five (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhino). We will accomplish this by visiting multiple national parks, meeting key conservation biologists, and being introduced to a wide range of current wildlife management issues. Here is a list of some of the places we will go:
  At both the applied and academic level, topics will include the conservation, biology, and behavior of species; landscapes and the conservation of protected and non-protected areas; human-wildlife conflicts; and the complexities of community-level interactions.

Due to the sensitive nature of the region, this group's size will be limited, so we suggest you submit your application as soon as you can.
 

Program Highlights

  • Conservation in action (general programs, conflict issues, policies, and management practices)
  • The environment and geography of Kenya
  • Ecosystem studies (acacia savanna, Rift Valley, grassland, others)
  • Overlap of culture and conservation
  • Challenges of conserving and managing wildlife
 
 

Eligibility 

This program is open to all undergraduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.  Members of the general public and non-students are also welcome to participate.  Note: Participants must be able to endure long intervals of using ground transportation (safari vehicles) in addition to spending hours out in the field and hiking across flat landscapes.  Due to the nature of the program, space is very limited.

Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25.
 

Credits

Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.
 

Anticipated Course Options*

Undergraduate:
  • Biology - BIOL 440: Field Biology
  • Environmental Science and Policy - EVPP 490: Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy
  • Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad
  • Geography and GeoInformation Science - GGS 399: Special Topics in Geography and GeoInformation Science 
Graduate:
  • Participating as a graduate student in this course is possible but requires additional work on the student side and student must have permission from their Academic Advisor and your department head. There are additional academic components required to earn graduate credit and you must talk with the Academic Director for approval.
*Subject to change. Course offerings will be finalized by the application deadline.

Program Dates*

January 3 - January 19, 2019

 

Sample Itinerary 

Day 1 Late evening arrival in Nairobi. Transport to facility in Nairobi outskirts.
Day 2 Get acclimated to Nairobi; visit shopping areas to get necessary supplies and visit wildlife related facilities in the area.
Day 3 Leave for environmental research sites near Mt. Kenya.
Day 4 Stay at environmental research sites near Mt. Kenya.
Day 5 Mt. Kenya
Day 6 Mt. Kenya
Day 7 Mt. Kenya
Day 8 Leave for hotel/guest house near Lake Nakuru
Day 9 Rest day or visit to Nakuru National Park
Day 10 Travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve
Day 11 Maasai Mara
Day 12 Maasai Mara
Day 13 Maasai Mara
Day 14 Return to Nairobi
Day 15 Nairobi
Day 16 Students depart for the U.S.


* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Winter 2018: $4,957

Winter 2019: coming soon!

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations,* most meals, guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary, in-country travel, international emergency medical insurance. *Note: Accommodations range from guest houses, cottages, to tented camps. None of the facilities will have air conditioning (though it is not necessary), and at times hot water and electricity will be limited, but always accessible.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, personal spending, recommended malaria prevention medications, required textbooks and/or course materials. *Note: Participants must arrange their own airfare once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by October 21, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by November 11, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Refund and Cancellation Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.
 

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:

Payments

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students on this program are welcome to apply:

Scholarships

Application Opens:

August 2018


Application Deadline:

Sunday, October 7, 2018

 

Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.
 

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  Dr. Laemmerzahl Photo
Name Dr. Arndt Laemmerzahl
Email alaemmer@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-5608

Global Education Office
Program Administrator

  Denise Elles-Mdahuar Photo
Name Denise Elles-Mdahaur
Email dellesmd@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-2155
  Make an appointment


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2019 10/07/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2019 01/19/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.